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7:00 AM ET, November 20, 2017


 Top Items: 
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct a federal inquiry into connections between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives has now directed …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘A long winter’: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe  —  Six months into a special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, White House aides and others in President Trump's close orbit are increasingly divided in their assessments …
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Raw Story, AOL and Politicus USA
Charles Manson — Dead at 83  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Charles Manson — the man who masterminded one of the most heinous murder sprees in American history — is dead ... this according to the sister of his famous victim.  —  Debra Tate tells TMZ she received a call from the prison telling her Manson died 8:13 PM Sunday.
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Charles Manson Dies at 83; Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew  —  Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in Kern County, Calif. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life.
Discussion: Axios
Paul Valentine / Washington Post:
Charles Manson, cult leader and serial killer who terrified nation, dies at 83
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.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump campaign chair trafficked kids for sex after accusing immigrants of doing the same  —  Former Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who also served as the Trump's campaign chair in the state, agreed this week to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charges after getting caught earlier …
Stan Collender / Forbes:
GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington  —  No doubt many of you read the above headline and immediately started to tweet that the GOP tax bill can't be the end of economic sanity in Washington because there never was any to begin with.  —  I have two responses.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise  —  President Trump's budget director said Sunday that the White House is willing to remove a contentious provision taking aim at the Affordable Care Act from the Republican tax overhaul plan if politically necessary …
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Sandy Parakilas / New York Times:
We Can't Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself  —  I led Facebook's efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform in advance of its 2012 initial public offering.  What I saw from the inside was a company that prioritized data collection from its users over protecting them from abuse.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI has not verified Trump dossier  —  FBI and Justice Department officials have told congressional investigators in recent days that they have not been able to verify or corroborate the substantive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign outlined in the Trump dossier.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The publisher of blasts back at legal threats from Roy Moore  —  After The Post published an investigative article documenting Roy Moore's pursuit of a 14-year-old girl in 1979, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama pledged to sue the newspaper.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Plan Is the Opposite of Tax Reform  —  The Senate tax-cut bill contains, among other obnoxious features, a special tax break for owners of private planes.  There is a federal excise tax on private travel on the books, but the new tax would exempt “storage, maintenance …
Border Patrol Agent from Big Bend Sector Killed in Line of Duty  —  A U.S. Border Patrol agent died this morning as a result of injuries sustained while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector.  —  Agent Rogelio Martinez and his Big Bend Sector partner were responding to activity …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Mnuchin: Comparisons to James Bond villain a compliment … on Sunday said he takes it as a compliment that some people suggested that he and his wife looked like villains from a “James Bond” movie when they posed with newly printed currency.  —  “I never thought I'd be quoted as looking like villains from the ‘James Bond’ [movies].
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
A notorious Russian Twitter troll came back, and for a week Twitter did nothing  —  Update: Twitter suspended the new “Jenna Abrams” account minutes after CNN published this article revealing its existence and Twitter's lack of action against it.  —  A Kremlin-linked troll that has become infamous …
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Graham Rapier / Business Insider:
An ‘Uber for buses’ startup is launching an ICO to end tipping altogether — and it's already raised $6 million
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Puerto Rico Unity March draws demonstrators in rally for disaster aid
Discussion: Mashable and 89.3 KPCC
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Judicial appointments are the sleeper story that matters
Luke Harding / Politico:
The Hidden History of Trump's First Trip to Moscow
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Why this N.J. Republican keeps voting for things that could hurt Jersey
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Bannon: McConnell ‘picking up his game’ because of our ‘insurgent movement’
Discussion: Axios, Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
What if Ken Starr Was Right?
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Palestinians say they won't enter peace talks if US shutters DC office
Philip Sherwell / The Times & The Sunday Times:
The Magazine Interview: Rob Goldstone on setting up Trump Jr and Russia
Discussion: Axios
Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
LaVar Ball belittles Trump's role in release of son, 2 other UCLA players
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.
Discussion: FOX59
Los Angeles Times:
Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner face new allegations of sexual misconduct