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5:45 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?
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
What if Ken Starr Was Right?  —  In the longstanding liberal narrative about Bill Clinton and his scandals, the one pushed by Clinton courtiers and ratified in media coverage of his post-presidency, our 42nd president was only guilty of being a horndog, his affairs were nobody's business but his family's …
Discussion: Power Line
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: National Review and Politico
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-19-17: Sen. Susan Collins and Marc Short
Discussion: AOL
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   The G.O.P. Is Fooling Itself on Taxes
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Jeffrey Tambor Exits ‘Transparent’ After Sexual Harassment Allegations  —  EXCLUSIVE: Facing two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor today has decided not to return to the Amazon series.
Discussion: IndieWire and
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No, Al Franken has not admitted what his accuser alleged
Philip Sherwell / The Times & The Sunday Times:
The Magazine Interview: Rob Goldstone on setting up Trump Jr and Russia  —  “My email to Don Trump Jr took three minutes.  I never thought it would be read by the world”.  Interview by Philip Sherwell  —  Rob Goldstone was one of the most distinctive faces of the summer …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Nolan Clay / Daily Oklahoman:
Former Oklahoma state senator has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense  —  Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense for offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual “stuff” last March.
Discussion: Splinter
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Former Oklahoma state senator pleads guilty to child sex trafficking charge: report
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Bannon: McConnell ‘picking up his game’ because of our ‘insurgent movement’  —  Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist, said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  (R-Ky.) is “picking up his game” amid threats to his power posed by the …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Why this N.J. Republican keeps voting for things that could hurt Jersey  —  Gallery: Rep. Tom MacArthur has town hall meeting in Willingboro  —  WASHINGTON — In just his second term in office, Rep. Tom MacArthur is helping to shape legislation in a way lawmakers who've been here a long time can only dream of.
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
LaVar Ball belittles Trump's role in release of son, 2 other UCLA players  —  (CNN)Days after President Donald Trump touted his role in the release of three UCLA basketball students who were arrested in China, LaVar Ball, the father of one of those players, suggested the President had little to do with the matter.
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.
The Guardian:
Mugabe expected to announce resignation in TV address
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Root
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.
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Discussion: Fox News and IJR
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
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Discussion: Refinery29
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Ohio Gov candidate apologizes for bragging about sexual history
Discussion: Raw Story and Bill O'Neill
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story