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9:20 PM ET, November 19, 2017


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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 …
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.
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’
Discussion: Splinter
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Moore harassment scandal spreads to 2018 battle for Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
The Latest: Church leaders who oppose Roy Moore hold rally
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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.
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.
Ellie Smith / ABC News:
Republican Sen. Susan Collins: ‘I want to see changes’ in Senate tax bill
Discussion: National Review and Politico
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Mulvaney: White House ‘OK’ pulling individual mandate repeal from tax bill
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Luke Harding / Politico:
The Hidden History of Trump's First Trip to Moscow  —  It was 1984 and General Vladimir Alexandrovich Kryuchkov had a problem.  The general occupied one of the KGB's most exalted posts.  He was head of the First Chief Directorate, the prestigious KGB arm responsible for gathering foreign intelligence.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Discussion: NPR, 89.3 KPCC, Power Line and Politico
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
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Judicial appointments are the sleeper story that matters  —  Tax reform and the end of year spending deal will consume all of Washington's oxygen until the end of the year.  But quietly, a potentially far more important, though far less sexy story is unfolding.
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans  —  (CNN)New Orleans voters elected LaToya Cantrell as mayor Saturday, making her the first woman to hold that position in the city's 300-year history.  —  Cantrell, a city councilwoman, got 60% of the votes over her opponent …
Washington Post:
Puerto Rico Unity March draws demonstrators in rally for disaster aid  —  Demonstrators packed the Mall on Sunday for a Unity March in support of disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.  —  Puerto Rican flags flapped in the wind as speakers made impassioned pleas for funding …
Discussion: Mashable and 89.3 KPCC
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.
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: Axios, Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
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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
Christopher DeMuth / Wall Street Journal:
Trump vs. the Deep Regulatory State
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Palestinians say they won't enter peace talks if US shutters DC office
Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-19-17: Sen. Susan Collins and Marc Short
Discussion: AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Is Fooling Itself on Taxes
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
Ivanka's signature real estate deals were disasters linked to drug cartels and money laundering
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why no one is talking about Trump's game-changing deal
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
‘He Was Masturbating... I Felt Like Crying’: What Housekeepers Endure To Clean Hotel Rooms
Discussion: Refinery29