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10:45 PM ET, November 18, 2017


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Christopher Harress /
Some Alabama pastors stand behind Roy Moore, cite “war on men”  —  Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore, many pastors in Alabama and other states in the Southeast are sticking by the twice-removed Chief Justice.  —  “This attack on Judge Moore is an attempt …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Alabama pastor supporting Moore: ‘More women are sexual predators than men’  —  An Alabama pastor who supports Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) blasted the allegations of sexual harassment against Moore, saying they're part of a “war on men.”  —  “More women are sexual predators than men,” Pastor Franklin Raddish told
CBS News:
Flake, on hot mic, says GOP will be “toast” if it's the party of Trump and Moore  —  Outspoken Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona was heard on a hot mic Saturday saying the Republican Party will be “toast” if it is defined by figures like President Trump and Alabama Republican Roy Moore.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mcoscarelli / WABC-AM | Cumulus:
Hillary Clinton Exclusive with Rita Cosby: Discusses Roy Moore, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Flake after hot mic: ‘No news here’
Discussion: Raw Story
Sen. Jeff Flake says Republicans may be ‘toast’, citing ‘the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump’
Discussion: Axios
Mark Osborne / ABC News:
GOP is ‘toast’ with Trump in control, Republican senator says
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.  —  Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC.  —  With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.  —  As a guitarist, songwriter …
Discussion: The Current, Page Six, IJR, Decider and NBC News
AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at 64
Discussion: AOL and Just Jared
Associated Press:
Moscow meeting in June 2017 under scrutiny in Trump probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this year, a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump's son …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and emptywheel
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
“Russians were all over the Trump campaign.”  Disturbing report details new contacts  —  It's no secret that Trump associates had a lot of contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign — but according to a new report, those contacts reached the highest levels of the campaign …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Week 26: Donald Jr. and WikiLeaks Talk Dirty
Discussion: NBC News and CBS News
CBS News:   Senate panel interested in Russians' request for Trump meeting during campaign
CBS News:
Top general says he would resist “illegal” nuke order from Trump  —  The top U.S. nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against President Trump if he ordered a nuclear launch the general believed to be “illegal,” saying he would hope to find another solution.
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
As We Rethink Old Harassers, Let's Talk About Clarence Thomas … Long suppressed talk about the sexual predation of men, in Hollywood, politics, business, the news industry, professional sports and life in general has swept across the country, exposing decades of dirty laundry and putting an entire nation of men on notice and on edge.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
When the Right Pushes Fake Jews  —  Bernie Bernstein pretty much fits the mold of a Jew — at least as the alt-right sees us.  —  A strange Northeastern accent, somewhere between New York and Boston?  Check.  Tossing money, but not too much money, around to no good end (remember, we're rich, but cheap)?
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Harvey Weinstein had secret hitlist of names to quash sex scandal  —  Producer hired team to investigate 91 film industry figures in attempt to stop harassment claims going public  —  The Observer has gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein …
Ivy League / ESPN:
LaVar Ball downplays Donald Trump's role in UCLA freshmen's release  —  LOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball downplayed his son's shoplifting incident in China, as well as President Donald Trump's involvement in getting LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players back to the United States earlier this week.
NEW: Russian yacht docks in port; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?  —  Highlights  —  Putin ally's yacht arrives at Port of Palm Beach just as Trump is coming for Thanksgiving  —  Days before President Trump flies into town for Thanksgiving, one of the world's most expensive yachts …
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and AOL
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump still loves polls  —  As a TV host, Donald Trump loved ratings.  As president, he loves polls—as long as they show him on the upswing.  —  He crowed on Twitter hours after landing back in Washington from his 12-day Asia tour about his Rasmussen number—46 percent—noting it was …
New York Times:
How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways  —  Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year.  But the crisis was long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows.  —  After a drumbeat of transit disasters this year …
Discussion: Mashable
New York Times:
The Trump Administration Is Making War on Diplomacy  —  American diplomats in recent decades have helped bring about an Israel-Egypt peace treaty, the peaceful fall of the Soviet Union, the unification of Germany, the end of the Bosnia war and a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Republican Governors' 2018 Dilemma: What to Do About Trump?  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — For nearly a decade, meetings of the Republican Governors Association were buoyant, even giddy, affairs, as the party — lifted by enormous political donations and a backlash against the Obama administration …
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Blue States Practice the Family Values Red States Preach
Discussion: Raw Story
Abby Honold / Washington Post:
Al Franken wrote a bill to help rape survivors like me. He can't lead on it now.
Discussion: Axios and Law & Crime
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Mar-a-Lago's new winter season: The Red Cross Ball is out, the Trumpettes are in
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert O'Harrow Jr. / Washington Post:
Law clerk by day, ghost hunter by night, now Trump's judiciary nominee
Discussion: Politico
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C.
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Refinery29
Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
Let's Restart the Adoption Movement
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Jake Tapper Would Prefer Not To Be So Agitated
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sean Spicer Is Resetting His Post-White House Career Strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
Kandace Redd / WXIA-TV:
Fire dept. refuses to remove confederate flag so county axes funding
Discussion: The Courier, Raw Story and The Root
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Axios and Eschaton
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Rep. Wilson's former intern caught on Grindr using racist epithets
Discussion: Raw Story