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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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
MSNBC awaits NYT probe of allegations against Glenn Thrush
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
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman shares why she went public in exclusive interview
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Woman who says Roy Moore assaulted her at 14 tells her story
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro hit with speeding charges after cops clock her driving 119 mph upstate  —  ALBANY — Fox News host and TV judge Jeanine Pirro is heading to court herself after being ticketed for excessive speeding Sunday in upstate New York.  —  State Police say Pirro …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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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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” …
Discussion: Politicus USA
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
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Scaramucci says don't rule out beltway return
Discussion: Political Wire
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?
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
From City Hall to the White House?  Eric Garcetti May Try to Defy the Odds  —  LOS ANGELES — There have been governors and generals, senators and members of Congress, secretaries of states and vice presidents.  There was even a billionaire business executive chosen as commander in chief.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Gloria Pazmino / Politico:
De Blasio heads to Iowa in hopes of defining a national role
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
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 …
Louis Nelson / 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.”
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Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
How Trump Is Driving Democrats and Republicans Together
Discussion: Washington Post
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Fox News defends Sean Hannity amid calls for ad boycott  —  Carusone defends anti-Hannity ad boycott  —  Fox News is standing by host Sean Hannity amid an advertiser boycott campaign.  —  The network on Sunday denounced a petition that is calling on advertisers to ditch Hannity's show as an …
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Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Moore accuser refuses to appear on ‘Hannity’
Discussion: RedState, Splinter and Raw Story
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
CNN:
Argentinian navy detects noises that could be signal from missing sub  —  (CNN)Argentina's navy on Monday picked up noises that could be a distress signal from the crew of a missing submarine and said the sub's captain reported a “failure” in the vessel's battery system before it disappeared.
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
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Anti-Gerrymandering Group Defies Odds With 2018 Ballot Drive  —  An all-volunteer group of activists has defied the odds by collecting hundreds of thousands of voter signatures for a 2018 initiative to overhaul redistricting in Michigan _ without having to pay a dime for a signature.
 
 
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Adam O'Neal / Wall Street Journal:
What Will Tax Reform Do for Puppies?
Discussion: New York Magazine
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure
Discussion: Axios
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
If the GOP tax plan is so good, why do they lie so much about it?
Discussion: bradford-delong.com and NBC News
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Mika Brzezinski: Bill Clinton needs to apologize or stop talking
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jess Bidgood / New York Times:
In Race Against Roy Moore, Democratic Candidate Is Mostly on His Own
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Doyenne of DNA Says: Just Chillax With Your Ex
Discussion: AOL
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Opening for Romney Senate bid gets wider
Discussion: YouTube
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Still Silent About Flights On Pedophile's Sex Plane
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Klein / Daily Mail:
Bill Clinton is accused of sexual assault by four women
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump's friends schedule fake events at failing Mar-a-Lago to make him feel better
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
Brooklyn College doesn't want police using campus bathrooms
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The CBO found another way the Senate tax bill benefits higher-income Americans over the rest
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Treasury Secretary's Wife
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump voter: If Jesus Christ told me Trump colluded with Russia, I'd check with Trump
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Throwing Away Their Shot at Tax Reform