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7:55 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 and Balloon Juice
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
‘Keep coming at me guys!!!’:  Donald Trump Jr. meets Russia scrutiny with defiance  —  Donald Trump Jr. had just posted a batch of private messages he exchanged with WikiLeaks during last year's campaign, confirming reports that he communicated with the website that published stolen Democratic emails obtained …
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: Power Line, Political Wire, Mediaite and AOL
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
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 Daily Beast, The Hill, IJR and Raw Story
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.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘American mercenaries are torturing’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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, IJR and FOX59
Akela Lacy / Politico:
Trump's Thanksgiving message to troops: 'We're really winning'
Discussion: Axios
Editorials / New York Daily News:
Trump has let down more than 50,000 Haitians in America  —  President Trump and his acting homeland security secretary have just put more than 50,000 Haitians in America at risk of being sent back to a dirt-poor nation that's been battered by a series of cataclysmic natural disasters.
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 …
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 and New Yorker
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Bill Bowden / Arkansas Online:
14 sites in Arkansas, including Johnny Cash's boyhood home, get look for U.S. register
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Discussion: RedState
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Beverly Hills police are investigating 12 Hollywood sexual assault allegations
 Earlier Items: 
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Conservative Plan to Weaponize the Federal Courts
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Grabien News:
Exclusive: In '99, Franken Copped to Copping a Feel of Kathie Lee Gifford
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit