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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 …
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
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Justice Department set to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal  —  DOJ set to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal  —  The Justice Department is set to file a lawsuit to block AT&T's takeover of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, a source familiar with the matter says.  AT&T says it is preparing a response.
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Special counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department
Bloomberg:
AT&T Faces U.S. Antitrust Suit Over Time Warner Deal
Harper Neidig / The Hill:   DOJ poised to sue AT&T to stop Time Warner merger: report
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump administration to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Washington Post:
Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls  —  Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence …
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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FOX News Radio:
Senator Lindsey Graham On Roy Moore: If You Can't Go To A Mall In Alabama Maybe You Shouldn't Go To The Senate
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump aide blasts Democrat running against Moore
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Politico
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
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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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?
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Hasn't Fired Mueller Yet Because His Lawyer Is Blowing Sunshine  —  Years ago, my wife and I moved into a fixer-upper townhouse, and we hired contractors to replace the somewhat shabby kitchen.  One September day, their workers came and tore out the old kitchen, leaving nothing behind but bare wooden paneling.
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
Terry Cunha / TransCanada:
TransCanada Evaluating Nebraska PSC Decision On Keystone XL  —  TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) confirmed today that the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved an alternative route for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project through the state.
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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
CNN:
Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.  —  Trump announced the move Monday during …
Discussion: Mediaite, IJR and Axios
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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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump is playing zero-dimensional chess (again)  —  Flake caught on hot mic talking about Trump  —  (CNN)On Sunday night, President Donald Trump attacked Jeff Flake on Twitter.  —  It went like this: … The Trump tweet came after Flake, the Arizona Republican senator …
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
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Doyenne of DNA Says: Just Chillax With Your Ex  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In 2007, Anne Wojcicki, then 33, lassoed the moon.  —  She was getting her new company, 23andMe, a mail-order genetics testing firm, off the ground with her “Party 'til you spit” celebrity get-togethers.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Page Six and AOL
Adam O'Neal / Wall Street Journal:
What Will Tax Reform Do for Puppies?  —  The IRS shouldn't favor Child Moms over Dog Moms.  —  As tax reform snakes its way through the legislative process, it's becoming clear that one critical group could come out behind: dog families.  This inequity must be remedied.
Discussion: New York Magazine
 
 
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Oliver Smith / Telegraph:
Room rates at Trump's hotels have fallen by up to 63 per cent since he became president
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Starbucks Is Criticized for Its Holiday Cups. Yes, Again.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
CBS News:
Trump Jr. met with man with close ties to Kremlin
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
TYT Network:
White House Says No Conflict of Interest with Mulvaney and Apple
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Let's All Savor The Democrats' Pervgate Pain
Discussion: Village Voice
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Juan Williams: The politics of impeachment
Benjamin Y. Fong / New York Times:
The Climate Crisis? It's Capitalism, Stupid
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
If the GOP tax plan is so good, why do they lie so much about it?
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
Jess Bidgood / New York Times:
In Race Against Roy Moore, Democratic Candidate Is Mostly on His Own
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Anti-Gerrymandering Group Defies Odds With 2018 Ballot Drive
Ed Klein / Daily Mail:
Bill Clinton is accused of sexual assault by four women
Discussion: RedState, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Fox News defends Sean Hannity amid calls for ad boycott
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Treasury Secretary's Wife
Discussion: Weekly Standard