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9:20 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 …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Mueller interviews with senior White House officials coming up  —  Who is Hope Hicks?  —  Washington (CNN)Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are scheduled to interview additional senior White House officials in the coming weeks, adding to their list of high-profile interviews …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House braces for long Mueller winter
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Astead W. Herndon /
Why evangelicals are again backing a Republican despite allegations of sexual misconduct  —  WASHINGTON — Allegations that Roy Moore sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago have turned many Republicans against their party's Senate candidate in Alabama, but one bloc of conservative leaders is standing by their man: evangelicals.
New York Times:
Quandary for Alabama Pastors: What to Say About Roy Moore
Discussion: The Hill
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The publisher of blasts back at legal threats from Roy Moore
MJ Lee / CNN:
Woman says Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.  —  It is the first allegation of improper touching by Franken …
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
Charles Manson — Dead at 83
Paul Valentine / Washington Post:
Charles Manson, cult leader and serial killer who terrified nation, dies at 83
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].
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Mnuchin: 'I didn't realize' viral dollar bill photo would go public
Discussion: Associated Press and Common Dreams
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Throwing Away Their Shot at Tax Reform  —  America badly needs corporate tax reform.  —  The United States pretends to tax corporations heavily.  But those heavy tax rates are perforated by randomly generous rules such that many tax-efficient firms pay nothing at all, or even receive money back from the U.S. Treasury.
Washington Times:
Lerner, Paz say they fear physical harm from enraged public, want IRS testimony sealed permanently  —  Former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that members of her family, including “young children,” face death threats and a real risk of physical harm if her explanation …
Discussion: RedState and
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.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump voter: If Jesus Christ told me Trump colluded with Russia, I'd check with Trump  —  A man who said he voted for President Trump in 2016 said on Monday that if Jesus Christ said Trump colluded with Russia, he would still have to check with the president to see if it was true.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
This Is a Man Problem  —  It is impossible to say too often or loudly how important a moment this is, when many women feel brave and empowered enough to speak up about being sexually assaulted or harassed by powerful men.  —  It feels like a watershed, like something is fundamentally shifting.
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
John Naughton / The Guardian:
How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos  —  If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now  —  ne of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media …
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
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 …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Make Nepotism Great Again: 20 Families Got Jobs in Trump Administration
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
How Trump Is Driving Democrats and Republicans Together
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Gloria Pazmino / Politico:
De Blasio heads to Iowa in hopes of defining a national role
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Let's just cancel the Oscars
Associated Press:
Bush administration alums rising in Trump's orbit
Discussion: Politico
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats see backlash over Republicans' tax bill as a key to winning in the suburbs
Deadline for Zimbabwe's Mugabe to resign passes
Discussion: The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner's Lawyer Pushes Back Against Senate Panel
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
A notorious Russian Twitter troll came back, and for a week Twitter did nothing
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Plan Is the Opposite of Tax Reform
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Judicial appointments are the sleeper story that matters
Stan Collender / Forbes:
GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington
Luke Harding / Politico:
The Hidden History of Trump's First Trip to Moscow
Discussion: Raw Story