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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 …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Sources: McMaster Mocked Trump's Intelligence In a Private Dinner  —  National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump's intelligence at a private dinner with a powerful tech CEO, according to five sources with knowledge of the conversation.  —  Over a July dinner …
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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump aide blasts Democrat running against Moore
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Moore accuser refuses to appear on ‘Hannity’
Discussion: RedState, Splinter and Raw Story
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Woman who says Roy Moore assaulted her at 14 tells her story
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Jess Bidgood / New York Times:   In Race Against Roy Moore, Democratic Candidate Is Mostly on His Own
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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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Mueller interviews with senior White House officials coming up
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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?
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
GOP Surrenders Cherished IRS Scandal at Last  —  The fiction served the GOP for years, yet died quietly this month, forsaken and alone.  —  The IRS scandal came to a pathetic, whimpering conclusion earlier this month.  For half a decade the scandal had kept delinquent members of Congress occupied …
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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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the rogue nation to a list from which it had been removed during the George W. Bush administration.
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Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.
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: New Republic, The Guardian and Axios
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David L. Ulin / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed The human side of Charlie Manson
Grant Schulte / Associated Press:
Nebraska Panel Approves Keystone Pipeline Expansion Despite Oil Leak  —  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska commission approved an alternative route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state on Monday, removing the last major regulatory obstacle to building the long-delayed $8 billion project.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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The Hill:
Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle
Discussion: New Republic and Common Dreams
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Keystone XL pipeline wins green light in Nebraska
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ed Klein / Daily Mail:
Bill Clinton is accused of sexual assault by four women  —  Bill Clinton is facing accusations of sexual assault from four women, highly placed Democratic Party sources exclusively told author Ed Klein.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
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Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Mika Brzezinski: Bill Clinton needs to apologize or stop talking
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Fox News:
Apollo moon landing was ‘faked,’ conspiracy theorists claim with new photo  —  Despite insurmountable evidence to the contrary, conspiracy theorists have claimed for years that man did not walk on the moon, that the landings were fake.  That theory has surfaced again, thanks to a new “picture” …
Paul Gutierrez / ESPN:
Donald Trump criticizes Marshawn Lynch for anthem protest in Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY — President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Monday morning to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for standing during the Mexican national anthem but sitting during the anthem …
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Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump calls on NFL to suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump's friends schedule fake events at failing Mar-a-Lago to make him feel better  —  Following the trajectory of his previous properties, Donald Trump's private resort in Palm Beach is failing.  But in a bid to make him feel better about another failed business venture …
Discussion: Raw Story
Caleb Hull / IJR:
EXCLUSIVE: 30 Sources Expose Sexually Explicit Evidence of Harassment by Ohio GOP Rep Wes Goodman  —  Note: This article contains graphic content.  —  Disgraced Ohio State Representative Wes Goodman — a Republican — in the wake of the lawmaker's recently-revealed sex scandal and resignation …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
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.
 
 
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