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12:50 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, Refinery29 and Mediaite
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House braces for long Mueller winter
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
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 …
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Moore accuser refuses to appear on ‘Hannity’  —  A woman who accused Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriate behavior is refusing to be interviewed by Sean Hannity.  —  Paula Cobia, an attorney for Gloria Thacker Deason, wrote in an email to a “Hannity” …
Discussion: RedState, Splinter and Raw Story
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Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:   Fox News defends Sean Hannity amid calls for ad boycott
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman shares why she went public in exclusive interview
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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New York Times:   Quandary for Alabama Pastors: What to Say About Roy Moore
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?
Politico:
Trump announces designation of North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism  —  President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, saying the move would ratchet up sanctions against the repressive state to “the highest level.”
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
How Trump Is Driving Democrats and Republicans Together
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul GutierrezESPN / 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
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
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.
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 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
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.
 
 
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Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Keystone XL pipeline wins green light in Nebraska
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Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump's friends schedule fake events at failing Mar-a-Lago to make him feel better
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Carlos Ballesteros / Newsweek:
TRUMP CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR AND ‘FAMILY VALUES’ REPUBLICAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING, FACES LIFE IN PRISON
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Josef Federman / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Scaramucci says don't rule out beltway return
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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
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 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI has not verified Trump dossier
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller