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3:45 PM ET, November 22, 2017


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Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton apologizes for graphic online photo  —  Texas Congressman Joe Barton released a statement Wednesday apologizing for a graphic nude photo of him that circulated on social media earlier this week.  He announced his re-election bid earlier this month.
Texas Congressman Joe Barton Apologizes for Sending Nude Pic to Woman, Not His Wife  —  Texas Congressman Joe Barton sent nudes and illicit text messages to a woman, and he's apologizing for the graphic image first revealed by a Twitter user.  —  Barton, a Republican, sent the nude photo showing his penis.
Discussion: Vox, Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
Joe Barton apologizes for explicit photo, but doesn't plan to resign
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Elaina Plott / Washingtonian:
Roy Moore's Communications Director Resigns  —  John Rogers confirms he's left the Alabama Senate candidate's campaign.  —  John Rogers has resigned as communications director from Roy Moore's Senate campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter.  —  Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rogers confirmed his resignation.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Roy Moore campaign refuses to substantiate claims about accuser  —  Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign refused Wednesday to substantiate a key claim it made as part of an effort to raise doubts about one of the candidate's accusers.  —  The campaign has claimed to have found documents …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Former Alabama police officer: We were told to make sure Moore didn't hang around cheerleaders
Discussion: Political Wire
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Alabama ex-cop says she was tasked with keeping Roy Moore away from cheerleaders at high school games
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Cowardly GOP leaders go silent after Trump endorses accused child molester for Senate
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure
Eve Fairbanks / BuzzFeed:
Mark Halperin Poisoned Our Politics  —  Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career.  But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics.  —  In mid-2005 I packed two duffel bags and took a train to Washington …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Legal complaint filed over Kellyanne Conway's comments on Roy Moore race  —  A prominent government ethics expert has filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, alleging that she violated federal law Monday by appearing to oppose Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
KSTP/SurveyUSA: Franken Job Approval Plummets, Many Say He Should Resign
Discussion: RedState and National Review
Associated Press:
The Latest: 2 groups that dumped Moore not reconsidering him
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Roy Moore weighing legal action against women accusing him of harassment
Discussion: RedState and Splinter
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   The Republican Case for Doug Jones
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: The Mahablog and Washington Post
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.
New York Times:
Trump Organization Will Walk Away From Its Struggling SoHo Hotel in New York  —  The announcement came on his television show, “The Apprentice.”  Donald J. Trump would open his second luxury hotel in New York, a “work of art” in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan that would become “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.”
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: Daily Kos
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Minutes after saying he's hard at work, Trump goes to his golf club for the 50th time
Discussion: The Guardian
Continuing Transparency on Russian Activity  —  A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook.  This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy.
David McCabe / Axios:   Facebook will tell users if they followed Russian pages
Ali Breland / The Hill:   Facebook will let users see Russian content they've interacted with
Duane Patterson / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Hillary Rodham Clinton on “What Happened”  —  Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton joined me for an in-depth conversation about her new book, “What Happened”:  —  The audio:  —  11-22hhs-clinton  —  The transcript:  —  HH: So pleased to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton to the program.
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
The Young Turks and Reporter Abruptly Part Ways Following Sexual Assault Allegations  —  The progressive online news outlet the Young Turks abruptly cut ties with reporter Jordan Chariton, according to an email obtained by The Intercept, after initially placing him on administrative leave following allegations …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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.
Foster Klug / Associated Press:
Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.  —  His dark olive-green jeep speeds down a straight …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Josh Smith / Reuters:
North Korea calls terror relisting ‘serious provocation’ by Trump: state media
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
The Voices in Blue America's Head  —  For years, liberals have tried, and failed, to create their own version of conservative talk radio.  Has Crooked Media finally figured it out?  —  It was early November, the day before Virginia's elections, and the Democratic cavalry …
Tory Newmyer / Reuters:
The Finance 202: There is something very strange about the GOP tax plan  —  THE TICKER  —  President Donald Trump talks to reporters Tuesday before departing with his family to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving.  (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) … Here's one way to tell whether …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
NY AG probing ‘massive scheme’ to influence FCC with fake net neutrality comments  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) is investigating what he calls a massive scheme to corrupt the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with fake public comments on net neutrality.
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 …
Daily Mail:
Sean Spicer was so sure Trump would lose that he was shopping for TV jobs BEFORE the 2016 election  — A new book, written by ex-Trump campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, portrays Sean Spicer as a non-believer  — Lewandowski and Bossie contend that Spicer was job shopping at TV networks before the 2016 election
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
37 of 38 economists said the GOP tax plans would grow the debt.  The 38th misread the question.  —  An overwhelming majority of academic economists say in a new survey that the Republican tax proposals would cause America's debt to grow by one critical measure.
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Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Watch: Brazilian cop with his infant on his arm kills two robbers in gun battle
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
George Joseph / ProPublica:
Extreme Digital Vetting of Visitors to the U.S. Moves Forward Under a New Name
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason Marks / WAVY-TV:
Mom charged after putting recording device in daughter's backpack
Discussion: WATE-TV and Raw Story
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Conservatives have a breathtaking plan for Trump to pack the courts
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
A portrait of pain  —  The Kennedy clan closely guarded …
Discussion: Business Insider and AOL
Mariko Paulson / Issues:
The Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Amended (11/15/17): The Byrd Rule
Discussion: Business Insider and Mother Jones
The Commonwealth Fund:
New Analysis Finds Senate Tax Bill Results in Premium Increases for Many Who Buy Their Own Coverage …
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Charlie Rose accused of sexual harassment by three CBS employees
Discussion: CBS News, RedState and Axios
Jeremy Gorner / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago cop faces discipline for insensitive, threatening posts on Facebook
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 2018 could be the ‘Year of the Woman’ …
Mark Bauerlein / Politico:
This Is What It's Like to Be the Only Trump Fan at Thanksgiving Dinner
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Murkowski says she backs Obamacare mandate repeal