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11:35 AM ET, November 18, 2017


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New York Times:
Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin  —  WASHINGTON — A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
NBC News:
Kushner failed to disclose outreach from Putin ally to Trump campaign  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose what lawmakers called a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” involving a banker who has been accused of links …
Discussion: AOL, NBC News and Raw Story
Kushner testified he did not recall any campaign WikiLeaks contact  —  Washington (CNN)White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told congressional Russia investigators that he did not communicate with WikiLeaks and did not recall anyone on the Trump campaign who had, a source with knowledge of his testimony told CNN.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Week 26: Donald Jr. and WikiLeaks Talk Dirty  —  If we've learned anything from months of scandal reporting, the Russians set their sights on two types of people wandering the halls of Trump Tower.  There were the self-promoters like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort who they knew would cooperate based on direct or potential payouts.
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Post
Associated Press:
Moscow meeting in June 2017 under scrutiny in Trump probe
Discussion: emptywheel
Robert Windrem / NBC News:
Rob Goldstone ready to come to U.S. and talk to Mueller
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
Trump to Pay His Own Legal Bills, Set Up Fund to Cover Staff
Discussion: Politico, CNN, CNBC and KTLA
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Clinton blasts Trump and Moore over sexual misconduct allegations  —  Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Friday over their alleged sexual misconduct, criticizing them for not “accepting responsibility” and “apologizing” for their reported transgressions as Sen. Al Franken did.
Mike Cason /
Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in U.S. Senate race
Discussion: New York Magazine and NPR
Annie Karni / Politico:
Aides give up on trying to control Trump's tweets
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and Axios
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 …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
GOP chairman breaks with Trump on elephant trophy imports  —  The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee slammed President Trump Friday for allowing imports of hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe.  —  Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who has prioritized fighting wildlife crime …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump halts Interior's elephant trophy decision
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Vox
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 …
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Greg Gianforte misled police after assault of Guardian journalist, report reveals … US congressman Greg Gianforte misled police after his assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in May, falsely stating that Jacobs had initiated physical contact and that the “liberal media …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sean Spicer Is Resetting His Post-White House Career Strategy  —  The former press secretary didn't land a lucrative TV news pundit job.  Now both Spicer and Washington super lawyer/agent Bob Barnett are distancing themselves from each other.  —  At first, Sean Spicer's exit …
The Wrap:
‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller Accused of Raping Underage Actress Aurora Perrineau (Exclusive)  —  “Passengers” star says she woke up in 2012 with Murray “on top of me having sexual intercourse with me”  —  Actress Aurora Perrineau has gone to police to accuse “Girls” writer …
Kandace Redd / WXIA-TV:
Fire dept. refuses to remove confederate flag so county axes funding  —  TROY, N.C. - There's a Confederate flag battle going on in a small town in Montgomery County.  —  TROY, N.C. - There's a Confederate flag battle going on in a small town in Montgomery County.
Discussion: The Courier, The Root and Raw Story
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
How a conservative group dealt with a fondling charge against a rising GOP star  —  On a fall evening two years ago, donors gathered during a conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel near Washington to raise funds for a 31-year-old candidate for the Ohio legislature who was a rising star in evangelical politics.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Rep. Wilson's former intern caught on Grindr using racist epithets  —  At a time of growing concern about racism in gay social media apps, a former campaign intern for Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) was recently caught using racist epithets on Grindr while on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump still loves polls  —  The president often decries surveys showing him with slumping support as fake, but advisers say he can't stop himself from obsessively keeping track.  —  As a TV host, Donald Trump loved ratings.  As president, he loves polls—as long as they show him on the upswing.
Ryan Collingwood /
Navy says it will hold Whidbey Island aircrew accountable for tracing giant phallus over Okanogan County  —  —  (509) 598-0014  —  Look!  Up in the sky!  —  It's a bird.  —  It's a plane.  —  No, it's a phallic skydrawing, and a military aircraft is the culprit.
Discussion: The Root, KRQE-TV and RT
Tegna / KREM-TV:
Graphic: Navy admits to being involved in obscene skydrawings spotted in Okanogan Co.
Shoshana Weissmann / Wall Street Journal:
Al Franken Doesn't Get the Joke  —  The Senate grills a judicial nominee, Don Willett, about his corny tweets.  —  Washington  —  Democratic senators didn't have many questions for Justice Don Willett about his decisions and dissents as a member of the Texas Supreme Court.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump releases updated short list of potential Supreme Court nominees
Discussion: Axios
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: RedState
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr / NBC Chicago:
Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis
Discussion: NBC News and The Root
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Congressional aides may have answers on pro-Russia GOP platform change
Jonathan Rothwell / New York Times:
Myths of the 1 Percent: What Puts People at the Top
David Nather / Axios:
The tax bill's not looking so popular
Howard Altman / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa church warns: We are armed and ready to use deadly force
Discussion: Faithwire, TheBlaze and IJR
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘A lot of boob stuff:’ Fla. Democratic Party chair apologizes after six women complain of ‘demeaning’ behavior
Discussion: RedState, WTVR-TV and Florida Politics