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12:45 PM ET, November 19, 2017


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Our view: Alabama voters must reject Roy Moore; we endorse Doug Jones for U.S. Senate  —  There is only one candidate left in this race who has proven worthy of the task of representing Alabama.  He is Doug Jones.  —  A vote for Roy Moore sends the worst kind of message to Alabamians struggling with abuse.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Alabama's biggest newspapers urge voters to ‘reject Roy Moore’  —  WaPo: Two more women accuse Moore  —  The three biggest newspapers in Alabama have a message for their readers: “Stand for Decency, Reject Roy Moore.”  —  The Alabama Media Group stripped the editorial across its Sunday front pages.
Discussion: Splinter
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Moore harassment scandal spreads to 2018 battle for Congress  —  Roy Moore's sexual misconduct scandal is metastasizing beyond Alabama into the 2018 battle for Congress.  —  Democrats have quickly seized on accusations that the Republican Senate hopeful assaulted and harassed teenage girls …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julian E. Zelizer / The Atlantic:   Will the Senate Expel Roy Moore If He's Elected?
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
‘We dare defend our rights’: Alabama Republicans standing by Moore reflect state's tradition of defiance
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and Booman Tribune
Sen. Jeff Flake says Republicans may be ‘toast’, citing ‘the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump’
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Mulvaney: White House ‘OK’ pulling individual mandate repeal from tax bill  —  White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the administration wants to repeal part of Obamacare in Congress' tax bill but is “OK with taking it out” if “it becomes an impediment.”
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Is Fooling Itself on Taxes  —  The Republican Party seems to have backed itself into a corner on tax policy.  —  After the failure of their health care plan, President Trump and congressional leaders have understandably decided that they need a win.
Ellie Smith / ABC News:
Republican Sen. Susan Collins: ‘I want to see changes’ in Senate tax bill  —  A key moderate Senate Republican said the Senate's tax bill needs revisions before it is put to a vote.  —  “I want to see changes in that bill, and I think there will be changes,” Sen. Susan Collins …
Discussion: Politico
Los Angeles Times:
Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner face new allegations of sexual misconduct  —  Keri Claussen Khalighi was a 17-year-old fashion model from a farm town in Nebraska when she met Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons at a casting call.  —  Ratner was an up-and-coming music video director and a protege of Simmons, the Def Jam Recordings mogul.
Jennifer Brooks / Star Tribune:
Sidelined by scandal, Sen. Al Franken faces questions about ability to do his job  —  A once-bright political career now hangs in the balance.  —  WASHINGTON - A political star on the rise, Sen. Al Franken had emerged in recent months as a leading voice in opposition to President Donald Trump …
Abby Honold / Washington Post:   Al Franken wrote a bill to help rape survivors like me. He can't lead on it now.
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why no one is talking about Trump's game-changing deal  —  President Trump's vow of job growth during the campaign won him strong support in West Virginia.  —  MORE FROM: … Glen Dale, W. Va. — Bad news travels fast.  Good news, meanwhile, doesn't seem to travel at all.
Jeffrey Moyo / New York Times:
Robert Mugabe Is Ousted From His Ruling Party in Zimbabwe  —  President Robert Mugabe's own party voted to oust him as its leader on Sunday, a day after thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets to celebrate his stunning fall from power after a military takeover.
New York Times:
For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy  —  The current furor surrounding the Senate candidate has played out like a concentrated version of his battle-filled career.  —  GADSDEN, Ala. — It was 1982, and four circuit judges from rural Etowah County, Ala. …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Shareblue Media
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A dying vet needed CPR.  Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.  —  By the late winter of 2014, James Dempsey had served in a world war, raised children, buried a wife and seen the best of his health behind him.  As he prepared for a stay at a nursing home on the outskirts of Atlanta, the 89-year-old began to feel nervous.
Discussion: Associated Press
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
‘He Was Masturbating... I Felt Like Crying’: What Housekeepers Endure To Clean Hotel Rooms  —  Low-wage workers have been fighting sexual harassment for years.  The national conversation is finally catching up with them.  —  Cecilia was working as a minibar attendant at a Chicago hotel …
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
Ivanka's signature real estate deals were disasters linked to drug cartels and money laundering  —  Before her father became president, Ivanka Trump tied herself more closely to two of her father's international projects than any others.  —  One, in Panama, was the current president's …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Mar-a-Lago's new winter season: The Red Cross Ball is out, the Trumpettes are in  —  Toni Holt Kramer, a Mar-a-Lago member who calls herself the leader of the Trumpettes, at her home in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Scott McIntyre/For The Washington Post)  —  In years past, the Mar-a-Lago Club's White …
Discussion: Raw Story
NEW: Russian yacht docks in port; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and AOL
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