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11:40 AM ET, November 22, 2017


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Geoffrey Rowland / The Hill:
Trump lashes out at Ball, says he is an ‘Ungrateful fool!’  —  President Trump early Wednesday morning lashed out at the father of one of three UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting earlier this month, referring to LaVar Ball a “poor man's version of Don King” and an “Ungrateful fool!”
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an ‘ungrateful fool’
Discussion: IJR and
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump privately doubted Moore's female accusers  —  President Donald Trump's near-endorsement of Alabama Republican Roy Moore followed days of behind-the-scenes talks in which he vented about Moore's accusers and expressed skepticism about their accounts.  —  During animated conversations …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Alabama ex-cop says she was tasked with keeping Roy Moore away from cheerleaders at high school games  —  A retired Alabama police officer told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday that she had to keep an eye on Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the 1980s at local high school football games …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half think Franken should resign
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, Mediaite and alicublog
Rick Journey / WBRC-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: New poll shows Roy Moore and Doug Jones in statistical tie
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:   Trump proves his warrior spirit by defending Moore
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Republican Case for Doug Jones
Detroit Free Press:
U.S Rep. John Conyers must resign  —  John Conyers Jr. has a long and complicated legacy in southeast Michigan and the U.S. Congress.  —  He has been an undisputed hero of the civil rights movement, a legislator of uncommon influence and power, and an aging icon whose felonious wife …
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed:
Another Woman Accused Rep. John Conyers Of Sexual Harassment In Court Filings This Year
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP rep: Taxpayer money should not pay for settlements
How Sarah Sanders humiliated the press  — Sarah Sanders encouraged reporters to say what they're thankful for before she'd answer questions on Monday  — John Kirby: Her aw-shucks stunt was part of administration's effort to undermine credibility, stature of a free press
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Degrading Ritual of Sarah Huckabee Sanders's Pre-Thanksgiving Press Briefing  —  The President of the United States is a bully who makes a mockery of his office, democratic institutions, and the English language.  So is his press secretary.  On Monday, during the last briefing …
Discussion: Washington Post
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet:
Eight Personnel Recovered from C2-A Aircraft Crash in Philippine Sea  —  PHILIPPINE SEA - Search and rescue operations recovered eight personnel following a C2-A Greyhound aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa at approximately 3:23 p.m. today.  —  All personnel were transferred to USS Ronald Reagan …
Navy aircraft crash leaves 3 missing in Philippine Sea
Discussion: New York Magazine
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean off Japan, 8 rescued
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Kelly Has Clipped his Wings”: Jared Kushner's Horizons Are Collapsing within the West Wing  —  The West Wing princeling's portfolio had been shrunk largely to the Middle East—but then his Saudi Arabia trip caused problems for the chief of staff.  —  When Donald Trump appointed John Kelly …
Wall Street Journal:
Special Counsel Mueller Probes Jared Kushner's Contacts With Foreign Leaders  —  Investigators look into Trump senior adviser's role in talks about U.N.'s resolution condemning Israel  —  WASHINGTON— Robert Mueller's investigators are asking questions about Jared Kushner's interactions …
Joe Berkowitz / GQ:
It's Your Civic Duty to Ruin Thanksgiving by Bringing Up Trump  —  This Turkey Day, consider making life HELL for a few of your relatives.  —  It's late-November 2017, and you know what that means: Every man you've ever seen on TV for any reason has just been unmasked as a woman-hating sewer ghoul.
Mark Bauerlein / Politico:
This Is What It's Like to Be the Only Trump Fan at Thanksgiving Dinner  —  In my household, when the holidays come, the usual family members plus a friend or two gather.  We have three generations at the table: two female 80-year-olds, some 50-year-olds and the millennials.  Only one of us is a Trump supporter.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sen. Lisa Murkowski /
Alaskan senator supports free choice for health care  —  FAIRBANKS —I have always supported the freedom to choose.  I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed.  That is the fundamental reason why I opposed …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Murkowski says she backs Obamacare mandate repeal
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Splinter
Meg Kelly / Washington Post:
President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list  —  “Women are very special.  I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very, very good for women and I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People's Data  —  Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet  —  Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted  —  Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc. …
Uber Newsroom:
2016 Data Security Incident
Kelley Paul / CNN:
Since the attack, my husband Rand Paul hasn't taken a single breath without pain  —  Kelley Paul is the wife of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.  —  (CNN)The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day.  Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain.
Jeremy Gorner / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago cop faces discipline for insensitive, threatening posts on Facebook  —  Chicago police Officer Brian J. Hansen was cited by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability for more than 60 rule violations, including inflammatory Facebook posts.  (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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.
Here Are the White House Visitor Records the Trump Administration Didn't Want You to See  —  The Trump White House tried to block public access to visitor logs of five federal offices working directly for the president even though they were subject to public disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act.
Discussion: CNBC
Eric Schneiderman:
An Open Letter to the FCC:  —  Dear FCC Chairman Ajit Pai:  —  As you recently announced, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under your leadership, soon will release rules to dismantle your agency's existing “net neutrality” protections under Title II of the Communications Act …
Roll Call:
Opinion: Stop the Next Internet Power Grab
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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Rex W. Tillerson / US Department of State:
Efforts To Address Burma's Rakhine State Crisis
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Ratko Mladic Is Convicted in 1990s Slaughter of Bosnian Muslims
Walt Hickey / FiveThirtyEight:
Don't Mention Trump On Thanksgiving
Discussion: The Atlantic and NBC News
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 2018 could be the ‘Year of the Woman’ …
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
2 Minnesota Lawmakers Accused of Sexual Harassment Step Down
Discussion: Star Tribune
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
A Republican tax plan built for plutocrats
Washington Post:
How Trump is building a border wall that no one can see
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
How Trump's Hands-Off Approach to Policing Is Frustrating Some Chiefs
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
After Roem's election, Va. GOP leader wants to do away with ‘Gentlewoman’ title
Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
Mel Gibson: Weinstein scandal is a ‘precursor to change’
Discussion: IndieWire and Mediaite