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5:05 PM ET, November 21, 2017

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Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump on Roy Moore race: We don't need a Democrat in the seat … President Trump on Tuesday appeared to throw his support behind Roy Moore, despite allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against the Republican Alabama Senate candidate.  —  “We don't need a liberal Democrat in the seat,” …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:   Trump Defends Roy Moore, Citing Candidate's Denial of Allegations
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump gives Roy Moore his de facto endorsement
Discussion: ABC News and Joe.My.God.
Melissa Brown / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Young Republicans: Moore victory ‘will not be a win for our party’
Discussion: AOL
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
‘The View’: Kellyanne Conway ‘Sold Her Soul’ to Defend Roy Moore
Discussion: ABC News, Mother Jones and Raw Story
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 …
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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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Why BuzzFeed teamed with a far-right figure to break the John Conyers scandal  —  Journalism can make for strange bedfellows.  Case in point: BuzzFeed and Mike Cernovich.  —  Cernovich — a controversial far-right figure who has promoted blatantly false conspiracy theories, such as the discredited …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Pelosi calls for ethics investigation into alleged Conyers sexual harassment
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Conyers scandal rocks House Democrats
Discussion: RT and twitchy.com
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
John Lasseter Taking Leave of Absence From Pixar Amid “Missteps”  —  “It's never easy to face your missteps, but it's the only way to learn from them,” the executive stated.  —  Disney Animation head John Lasseter is taking a leave of absence from Pixar after acknowledging “painful” …
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
John Lasseter's Pattern of Alleged Misconduct Detailed by Disney/Pixar Insiders  —  One longtime Pixar employee says Lasseter was known for “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes.”  —  Rashida Jones is still credited as a writer on Toy Story 4, the next installment in the beloved franchise.
Discussion: Mediaite, IndieWire and Gizmodo
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use  —  Federal regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use, and at what cost.
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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality  —  The Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mashable and Hit & Run
Ajit Pai / Wall Street Journal:
How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet
Discussion: New York Times, Politico, Mashable and NPR
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The FCC's craven net neutrality vote announcement makes no mention of the 22 million comments filed
Discussion: Common Dreams, RT and The Verge
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.
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 …
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CNN:
US official: Additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson found in Niger
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and WTKR-TV
Reuters:
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 …
Megha Mohan / BBC:
Rape and no periods in North Korea's army  —  A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating.  And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.  —  For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept …
Discussion: RedState
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Breitbart editor: Rape used to mean something, now it's ‘any sex that the woman ends up regretting’  —  Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow says the way rape is defined has changed.  —  “Rape used to have a narrow definition.  Rape used to have a definition where it was — it was brutality …
Discussion: RedState
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Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Breitbart Editor-In-Chief: ‘Rape Used to Mean Something,’ Now It's Just Sex Women Regret
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.
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 …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Charlie Rose fired by CBS over sexual harassment allegations  —  Charlie Rose's CBS News career came to an unceremonious end Tuesday when the network fired him over allegations of sexual harassment.  —  Charlie Rose's CBS News career came to an unceremonious end Tuesday when the network fired him over allegations of sexual harassment.
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:   Arianna Huffington denies Franken behaved inappropriately in response to new photos
ProPublica:
Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race  —  After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads.  We retested and found major omissions.
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?
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
Richard Spencer hosted an event at a Maryland farm.  Halfway through, everyone was kicked out.  —  A weekend conference organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer was shut down after the owners of the Maryland farm he rented discovered he was behind the event.
Discussion: Raw Story
Cameron Smith / al.com:
A defiant Roy Moore answers tough questions: ‘I will never give up.’  —  On December 12th Alabamians will vote in a special election to choose a senator who will serve the remainder of former Senator Jeff Sessions's term through January of 2021.  The election has drawn national headlines …
Yascha Mounk / Slate:
The End of German Stability  —  The collapse of coalition talks bodes badly for Angela Merkel, and for democratic governments everywhere.  —  It is astounding how quickly politics has descended into chaos on both sides of the Atlantic.  —  YASCHA MOUNK  —  Yascha Mounk, a lecturer …
 
 
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: AOL, The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Alayna Treene / Axios:
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TMZ.com:
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Neil Cavuto Shreds Trump: 'You're The President... Why Don't You Act Like It?'
Discussion: CNN and AOL
Adam Ferrise / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland man harassed 70-year-old with racial slurs, stabbing threats, police say
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Sexual harassment troubles mount in statehouses around the country
Scott Huver / Hollywood Reporter:
Sarah Silverman on Hollywood Harassment, Jewish Representation On Screen
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Times and IJR
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Feds Plan Nationwide Operation Targeting Food Service Chain Over Undocumented Workers
New York Times:
Robert Mugabe Resigns as Zimbabwe's President, Ending 37-Year Rule
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
There is something truly historic about Trump
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, Law & Crime and Axios
New York Times:
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