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12:30 PM ET, November 21, 2017


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Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed:
She Said That A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her.  Here's Why You Didn't Hear Her Story.  —  “When you make private settlements, it doesn't warn the next woman or the next person going into that situation.”  —  Lissandra Villa  —  Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements  —  FILE- In this April 4, 2017, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Buzzfeed, a news website, is reporting that Conyers settled a complaint …
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Michigan Rep. Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements
Discussion: Business Insider
Kyle Whitmire /
Don't believe Roy Moore's accusers?  Then listen to Moore  —  Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore leaves after he speaks at a church revival, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Jackson, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Brynn Anderson)  —  For some it is too much to ask to believe the women.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Exclusive - State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed …
New Yorker:
Harvey Weinstein's Secret Settlements  —  The mogul used money from his brother and elaborate legal agreements to hide allegations of predation for decades.  —  On April 20, 2015, the Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez sat in an office in midtown Manhattan with an eighteen-page legal agreement in front of her.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump tax plan is much worse than you thought.  A new analysis confirms it.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  The fate of the Senate GOP tax plan now rests in the hands of a few undecided Republican senators, and next week, they will make up their minds.  But a new nonpartisan analysis …
New York Times:
Robert Mugabe Resigns as Zimbabwe's President, Ending 37-Year Rule  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe — Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, resigned as president on Tuesday shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him, according to the speaker of Parliament.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Guardian:
Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe
Discussion: Towleroad
Happiness Chikwanha / The Herald:
BREAKING NEWS: President Mugabe resigns!
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BBC and Reuters
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 …
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
Judge rules Trump's sanctuary city order unconstitutional  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Trump signed the order withholding funding for jurisdictions that defied ICE soon after taking office  —  (CNN)A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Trump's executive order on denying funding to sanctuary cities
Washington Post:
DHS inspector general: Travel-ban confusion led agents to violate court order
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Leading Trump Census pick causes alarm  —  The Trump administration is leaning toward naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau, according to two people who have been briefed on the bureau's plans.
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg:
House Tax Bill Is Littered With Loopholes for Wall Street's Wealthiest  —  ‘Glitches’ in measure might benefit investors, fund managers  —  Senate is working on its own provisions; changes are likely  —  Lawmakers who sped a bill through the U.S. House last week may have handed a few …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A report shows the Senate GOP tax bill ultimately raises taxes on 50 percent of people.  That's a problem.
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
Melissa Matthews / Newsweek:
HOW MURDERER CHARLES MANSON AND DONALD TRUMP USED LANGUAGE TO GAIN FOLLOWERS  —  The death of cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson resurfaces tales from his twisted family's killing spree after nearly four decades.  Manson orchestrated the brutal deaths of actress Sharon Tate …
Wall Street Journal:
Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies  —  Justice Department accuses university of failing to cooperate in investigation of whether its admission policies discriminate against Asian-Americans  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the use …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Newly surfaced pics show Al Franken grabbing Arianna Huffington's breasts and butt  —  Newly revealed pictures show Sen. Al Franken grabbing self-described feminist Arianna Huffington on her bottom and breasts.  —  The never-before-published images, taken for a magazine in 2000 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
When Our Allies Are Accused of Harassment  —  Last Thursday, after a photograph emerged of Senator Al Franken either groping or pretending to grope a sleeping woman, Leeann Tweeden, with whom he'd been traveling on a 2006 U.S.O. tour, I wrote that he should resign.
Douglas Murray / National Review:   Beware of Running with the Al Franken Story — Consider Where That Leads
Keith Collins / Quartz:
Google collects Android users' locations even when location services are disabled  —  Many people realize that smartphones track their locations.  But what if you actively turn off location services, haven't used any apps, and haven't even inserted a carrier SIM card?
New York Times:
Trump Halted These Hunt Trophies.  Elephant Lovers Will Never Forget It.  —  WASHINGTON — Maybe it was the memory of a long-ago childhood visit to the zoo.  Maybe it was a sense of loyalty to the symbol of his political party.  —  But President Trump's surprise intervention to try to save …
Discussion: Washington Post and
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
Additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson found in Niger  —  Additional remains of U.S. soldier Sgt. La David Johnson were found on Nov. 12 at the site in Niger where his body was recovered, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News.  —  Johnson and three other U.S. Army soldiers were killed …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Congress speeds toward shutdown over Dreamers  —  Concern is growing in both parties that a clash over the fate of Dreamers will trigger a government shutdown this December.  —  House conservatives have warned Speaker Paul Ryan against lumping a fix for undocumented immigrants who came …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
21st Century Fox in $90 million settlement tied to sexual harassment scandal  —  (Reuters) - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has reached a $90 million settlement of shareholder claims arising from the sexual harassment scandal at its Fox News Channel, which cost the jobs of longtime news chief Roger Ailes and anchor Bill O'Reilly.
NBC News:
Donald Trump is shutting down his charitable foundation  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's charitable foundation, which last year admitted violating federal rules on “self-dealing,” is in the process of dissolving, according to newly filed documents reviewed by NBC News.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Nationalist's Delusion  —  THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.  —  It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, astonished political observers when he came within striking distance …
Dino-Ray Ramos / Deadline:
Melissa Gilbert Accuses Oliver Stone Of Sexual Harassment: “It Was Humiliating And Horrid”  —  During an interview on Andy Cohen's satellite radio show Radio Andy, actress Melissa Gilbert claimed that director Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during an audition for his 1991 film The Doors.
Discussion: Mediaite
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Feds Plan Nationwide Operation Targeting Food Service Chain Over Undocumented Workers … Federal agents are planning to conduct a major worksite enforcement operation at a national food service chain in the coming weeks, according to an internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document reviewed by The Daily Beast.
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign Stops Paying Donald Jr.'s Legal Bills  —  Advisers to president's son planning to set up defense fund  —  Russia probe is growing expensive for Trump and associates  —  The Trump campaign has stopped paying legal bills for Donald Trump Jr. and is setting up a legal defense fund …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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USA Today:
In Thanksgiving spirit, keep DACA Dreamers at the family table
Associated Press:
White House: Trump, Putin set to speak Tuesday
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Pentagon's Inspector General Praises Secret $97 Billion Bomber
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
UIC may absorb John Marshall Law School
Discussion: Above the Law
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump and Jeff Sessions take center stage in Doug Jones ad in Alabama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
There is something truly historic about Trump
Shiri Moshe /
Rutgers President Defends ‘Academic Freedom’ of Three Professors Blasted for Comments on Israel, Jews
Michael Wear / The Atlantic:
Why Democrats Must Regain the Trust of Religious Voters
CBS News:
Donald Trump's science office is a ghost town
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Russia probe: Trump's tweets could be evidence against him, legal experts say
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Gets Ticket for Speeding at 119 M.P.H.
Discussion: IJR