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1:10 AM ET, November 24, 2017


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New York Times:
A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, notified the president's legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel's investigation …
Washington Post:
Flynn's lawyer shuts down communications with Trump's team, a sign he may be cooperating with Mueller probe  —  Michael Flynn speaks during a press briefing at the White House on Feb. 1.  A lawyer for the former national security adviser told President Trump's legal team this week …
Discussion: ABC News
Tom Namako / BuzzFeed:
Here's What Trump Told The Coast Guard When He Visited Them On Thanksgiving  —  “I said, how good is this plane?  They said, well, sir, you can't see it.  I said but in a fight.  You know, in a fight, like I watch on the movies.”  —  President Trump visited and addressed the Coast Guard in Riviera Beach …
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Ret. Lieutenant General calls Trump Thanksgiving remarks ‘insulting’  —  A retired lieutenant general said Thursday that President Trump's comments to troops deployed overseas, which included remarks about the economy and military's recent success, were “somewhat insulting.”
Miranda Green / CNN:
Trump touts his leadership during Thanksgiving teleconference with troops
Discussion: NPR, FOX59 and IJR
Akela Lacy / Politico:
Trump's Thanksgiving message to troops: 'We're really winning'
Discussion: Axios
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
Franken pledges to regain trust in Thanksgiving apology  —  (D-Minn.), who is facing a growing number of allegations of sexual misconduct, issued a new statement on Thursday promising to regain the trust of Minnesotans and apologizing for past behavior.  —  “I feel terribly that I've …
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and RedState
Jennifer Brooks / Star Tribune:
Sen. Al Franken vows to regain trust of Minnesota after harassment allegations  —  'Let me say again that I'm sorry,' the senator wrote.  He apologized for embraces that ‘crossed a line.’  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he plans to stay in the U.S. Senate and try to win back Minnesotans' trust.
Discussion: AOL and Mediaite
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia's Arab Spring, at Last  —  The crown prince has big plans to bring back a level of tolerance to his society.  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — I never thought I'd live long enough to write this sentence: The most significant reform process underway anywhere in the Middle East today is in Saudi Arabia.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘American mercenaries are torturing’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Actor Billy Baldwin says President Trump hit on his wife during party at upscale Manhattan hotel  —  Actor Billy Baldwin claims President Trump hit on his wife during a ritzy hotel party in Manhattan over two decades ago, blasting the commander-in-chief as a “black belt” sexual harasser.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and IJR
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known  —  WASHINGTON  —  Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin's allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties.
Discussion: The Hill
Richard Morgan / New York Post:
The NFL ratings slump is getting worse  —  The TV audience for NFL games steepened its slide in Week 11, losing 1 million viewers versus last year's season-to-date average.  —  The 6.3 percent slump — worsening from comparable declines of 5.6 to 5.7 percent during the previous three weeks …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Thankfully Recommitting to Resistance  —  Last Thanksgiving I wrote a column titled, “No, Trump, We Can't Just Get Along,” in which I committed myself to resisting this travesty of a man, proclaiming, “I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:   Thanksgiving Gratitude for a Father's Lesson
Woman accused of mailing explosives to Gov. Abbott, Pres. Obama  —  Court documents say Gov. Abbott opened the package, but it failed to explode because he didn't open it correctly.  If opened correctly, says “it could've caused severe burns and death.”  —  Author: , KHOU
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Conservative Plan to Weaponize the Federal Courts  —  Even though there's been nothing subtle about the current push to fill dozens of judicial vacancies kept open by the Republican-controlled Senate during the final years of the Obama administration, a document now making the rounds inside the Beltway is head-snapping.
Discussion: Balkinization and Common Dreams
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Top Trump staffers failed to file financial reports on their way out the door
Discussion: The Hill
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Rand Paul and wife release Thanksgiving video following senator's attack
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Beverly Hills police are investigating 12 Hollywood sexual assault allegations
Grabien News:
Exclusive: In '99, Franken Copped to Copping a Feel of Kathie Lee Gifford
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Seven Things Conservatives Should Be Thankful For
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Shannon Najmabadi / The Texas Tribune:
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Fox News:
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Derek Robertson / Politico:
How Donald Trump Ruined Thanksgiving
Discussion: The Hill
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
A Russian Journalist Explains How the Kremlin Instructed Him to Cover the 2016 Election