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2:30 AM ET, November 20, 2017

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
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 …
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Nolan Clay / Daily Oklahoman:
Former Oklahoma state senator has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense
Discussion: Splinter and The Hill
TMZ.com:
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The publisher of AL.com 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.
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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.
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
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.
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 …
cbp.gov:
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 …
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: RedState
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
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 …
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.
Graham Rapier / Business Insider:
An ‘Uber for buses’ startup is launching an ICO to end tipping altogether — and it's already raised $6 million  — Skedaddle, an ‘Uber-for-buses’ startup, is launching a blockchain project that aims to completely eliminate tipping.  — Users can rate any interaction with a service worker …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No, Al Franken has not admitted what his accuser alleged
Discussion: NPR, 89.3 KPCC, Politico and Power Line
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
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Washington Post:
Puerto Rico Unity March draws demonstrators in rally for disaster aid
Discussion: Mashable and 89.3 KPCC
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
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
Tennessean.com:
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
 Earlier Items: 
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-19-17: Sen. Susan Collins and Marc Short
Discussion: AOL
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.
Los Angeles Times:
Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner face new allegations of sexual misconduct
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Is Fooling Itself on Taxes
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why no one is talking about Trump's game-changing deal