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12:30 PM ET, November 20, 2017

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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 …
Laura McGann / Vox:
Exclusive: NYT White House correspondent Glenn Thrush's history of bad judgment around young women journalists  —  Several women told Vox about their experiences with the star reporter, and the Times has suspended him pending an investigation.  —  Sexual harassment claims against yet another powerful man …
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Glenn Thrush, New York Times Reporter, Accused of Sexual Misconduct  —  The New York Times said on Monday that it was suspending Glenn Thrush, one of its most prominent reporters, after he was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior.  —  The move came after the website Vox published …
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
Astead W. Herndon / BostonGlobe.com:
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.
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Rachel Hope Cleves / Washington Post:
Roy Moore is not a pedophile  —  Rachel Hope Cleves is a professor of history at the University of Victoria.  Nicholas L. Syrett is a professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Kansas.  —  The hashtags #RoyMoorePedophile and #RoyMooreChildMolester have trended on Twitter over the past week.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Moore accuser refuses to appear on ‘Hannity’
Discussion: RedState, Splinter and Raw Story
New York Times:   Quandary for Alabama Pastors: What to Say About Roy Moore
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman shares why she went public in exclusive interview
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 …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Mueller interviews with senior White House officials coming up
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House braces for long Mueller winter
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump calls on NFL to suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Photos surfaced showing Lynch standing during the Mexican anthem and sitting during the US anthem  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch early Monday morning.
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New York Post:
Marshawn Lynch only stands for Mexican national anthem
Ben Schreckinger / GQ:
The Bizarre True Story of the Neighborhood Scuffle That Left Rand Paul with Six Broken Ribs  —  How did a United States Senator—just out mowing his lawn—wind up in an altercation that put him in the hospital?  Was it a politically-motivated attack?  Or was it something far more petty?
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: The Guardian and Axios
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TMZ.com:
Charles Manson — Dead at 83
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The CBO found another way the Senate tax bill benefits higher-income Americans over the rest  —  Cuts to Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies, and other spending.  —  The Senate tax bill would provide more tax benefits to higher-income Americans than the middle-class or lower-income people.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Washington Post:
After border agent is killed and partner injured in Texas, Trump renews call for wall  —  Authorities were searching southwest Texas for suspects or witnesses after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and his partner injured Sunday while on patrol in the state's Big Bend area, officials said.
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Treasury Secretary's Wife  —  She's not good at being inconspicuous, which is a shame  —  First ladies are bad enough, and the recent habit of referring to the wife of the vice president as “the second lady” is nauseating.  The first Mrs. Trump does have a point: From a certain point of view, Melania is the third lady.
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 …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Make Nepotism Great Again: 20 Families Got Jobs in Trump Administration … Most people have heard of Ivanka and Jared, but the first family is far from the only group of relatives staffing the Trump administration.  —  A Daily Beast examination of public records reveals that there are at least 20 families …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Scaramucci says don't rule out beltway return  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Anthony Scaramucci may be out at the White House, but the short-lived former communications director says his political career is not over.  —  Scaramucci said in an interview that although he has not spoken …
Discussion: Political Wire
Carlos Ballesteros / Newsweek:
TRUMP CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR AND ‘FAMILY VALUES’ REPUBLICAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING, FACES LIFE IN PRISON  —  Ralph Shortey, a former Oklahoma state senator and county campaign coordinator for President Donald Trump's campaign last year, will plead guilty to a child sex trafficking charge …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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Trump announces designation of North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism
Discussion: Axios
New York Post:
Brooklyn College doesn't want police using campus bathrooms
Chris Chavez / SI.com:
Steve Kerr is already done with the Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball beef.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump voter: If Jesus Christ told me Trump colluded with Russia, I'd check with Trump
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
How Trump Is Driving Democrats and Republicans Together
Discussion: Washington Post
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Throwing Away Their Shot at Tax Reform
Gloria Pazmino / Politico:
De Blasio heads to Iowa in hopes of defining a national role
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Naughton / The Guardian:
How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos
 Earlier Items: 
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
This Is a Man Problem
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
A notorious Russian Twitter troll came back, and for a week Twitter did nothing
Sandy Parakilas / New York Times:
We Can't Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Plan Is the Opposite of Tax Reform
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI has not verified Trump dossier
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Stan Collender / Forbes:
GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington
Discussion: Raw Story