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7:15 PM ET, November 24, 2017


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Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Probe Looks at Mike Flynn's Work on Documentary Targeting Exiled Turkish Cleric  —  Special counsel focuses on links to Turkey as legal team's move signals possible cooperation with investigators  —  WASHINGTON—Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating former White House …
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
If Flynn Is Cooperating With Mueller, Then Case Against Trump Gets Much More Serious … The report by the New York Times that Michael Flynn has withdrawn from a joint defense agreement with President Donald Trump might indicate that he is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Militants Kill More Than 235 People at Sufi Mosque in Egypt  —  CAIRO — Islamist militants detonated explosives and sprayed gunfire at a crowded Sufi mosque near Egypt's Sinai coast on Friday, killing at least 235 people and wounding 109 more, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the country's modern history.
Key developments:  —  Coordinated attack: Gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions took place at the mosque.  The attackers also opened fire on ambulances, witnesses said.  —  The target: The mosque, located in northern Sinai, is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Egypt says death toll in mosque attack up to 200
Discussion: NPR and Axios
Victoria Guida / Politico:
In final act, Cordray blocks Trump from naming his successor at consumer protection bureau  —  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Friday appointed the agency's chief of staff, Leandra English, as the CFPB's deputy director, establishing her as his successor when he steps down at the end of the day.
Carol Robinson /
Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Alabama's largest mall 40 minutes early  —  Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Riverchase Galleria mall early  —  Shoppers getting an early start on Black Friday deals had their Thanksgiving trek to the Riverchase Galleria cut short when fights broke out in the mall.
Discussion: WKRG-TV, Mediaite, AOL, Law & Crime, IJR and Splinter
Denise Hollinshed / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis Galleria reopened after protest and arrests on Black Friday
Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
Tillerson's senior team planning to skip Ivanka Trump's India trip  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — A Senior State Department official told CNN: “They (Tillerson and his staff) won't send someone senior because they don't want to bolster Ivanka”  —  (CNN)Days ahead of what should be a major moment …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Ben Shapiro, a Provocative ‘Gladiator,’ Battles to Win Young Conservatives  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Benjamin Shapiro strode down the aisle of a packed auditorium at the University of Utah like a prizefighter walking toward a ring.  He was dressed in a dark suit jacket and a gray shirt and was followed closely by a bodyguard.
Discussion: Politico
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Sheriff Arpaio pursued case to hurt Sen. Flake, lawsuit says  —  PHOENIX (AP) — A federal lawsuit set to go to trial next month marks the latest legal action brought against former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio over allegations that he pursued a trumped-up criminal case to get publicity and embarrass an adversary.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Twitter Has Suspended Another 45 Suspected Propaganda Accounts After They Were Flagged By BuzzFeed News  —  The social media giant is facing serious questions over its efforts to deal with fake propaganda accounts after BuzzFeed News uncovered a network directly connected to the Russia-linked accounts Twitter submitted to Congress.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
States prepare to shut down children's health programs if Congress doesn't act  —  Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Mueller might be the one who's ‘draining the swamp’  —  President Trump famously promised that, if elected president, he would “drain the swamp” — upending the culture in Washington that favors the well-connected.  —  It is special counsel Robert S. Mueller III whose work seems …
Discussion: Raw Story
James S. Robbins / USA Today:
Hijab Barbie: Perfect Christmas gift for non-Muslim parents who want to stick it to Trump  —  There is something about this that is sickeningly politically correct and wonderfully all-American.  —  Meet hijab Barbie — just in time for Christmas!  Talk about mixed messages.
Michelle Robertson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Colin Kaepernick makes surprise appearance at ‘Unthanksgiving Day’ on Alcatraz  —  Colin Kaepernick made a surprise appearance at the Alcatraz Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering on Thursday.  —  A tradition since 1975, the annual dawn festivities, also known as Unthanksgiving Day …
Sharon Noguchi / Mercury News:
San Jose: Muslim teacher wearing head scarf repeatedly bullied by students  —  SAN JOSE — Eagerly anticipating her English students delving into “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” Maimona Afzal Berta arrived early to school Sept. 11.  Her classroom walls at Fischer Middle School depicted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
New John Conyers accuser: He showed up to a meeting in his underwear  —  WASHINGTON — A lawyer who formerly worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, and later ran an ethics watchdog group in the nation's capital confirmed for the Free Press on Thursday that Conyers verbally abused her …
Spiegel Online:
The End of the End of History  —  The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis.  But it is symptomatic.  It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world.  —  The Chancellery in Berlin
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What to Read Now  —  Holiday shopping.  As you read this, people are jostling each other in stores across the land.  I have a different suggestion for holiday shopping: Buy a subscription — for yourself or as a gift — to a publication that does great work and that needs more help than, say, The New York Times.
Associated Press:
House to vote next week on required anti-harassment training  —  The House will vote next week on requiring anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs.  —  Speaker Paul Ryan said earlier this month that the training would be required …
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Why Putin's Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling  —  MOSCOW — For months, President Vladimir V. Putin has predictably denied accusations of Russian interference in last year's American election, denouncing them as fake news fueled by Russophobic hysteria.
Discussion: Motherboard
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
How Dem insiders rank the 2020 contenders  —  Democrats predict that as many as 30 candidates will compete in their party's presidential primary in 2020.  —  And while it's still too early to say who might come out on top, buzz is building around some potential candidates, even as other hopefuls fade to the background.
Discussion: Washington Post
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOP deficit hawks fear tax plan is secret budget-buster  —  The GOP has yet to resolve an internal clash over whether expiring tax cuts will really expire, potentially threatening the party's push for a desperately-needed legislative achievement.  —  On one side are the White House …
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Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos's Net Worth Just Broke $100 Billion
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
Malibu church pressured to end homeless dinners, with some saying it lures needy to upscale city
Discussion: KTLA
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
LAPD chief expects more high-profile Hollywood sex crime allegations
Associated Press:
Police: US diplomat shot in foot outside Rio de Janeiro
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
John Bowden / The Hill:
Eminem angry Trump ‘not paying attention to me’
Chris Kudialis /
‘A great stocking-stuffer’: Deals on recreational marijuana enter Black Friday frenzy
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
Stewart Paterson / Daily Mail:
‘No suspects, no shots, no casualties’ …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Requiem for a Hit Man
 Earlier Items: 
Marie Solis / Newsweek:
Discussion: The Hill, NewsBusters and Axios
Peter J. Boyer / Weekly Standard:
Linda Tripp: 'It's a Day Late, and It's a Dollar Short'
Jerusalem Post:
Discussion: Washington Post and
Shawn Cohen / New York Post:
Cops tried to intimidate rape accuser out of pressing charges: lawyer
Discussion: RedState
Henry Grabar / Slate:
Black Friday Ain't What It Used to Be
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Here's your leftover turkey: The case for Hillary Clinton 2020
Sarah Jaffe / New Republic:
There Are No Safe Spaces
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
‘Keep coming at me guys!!!’: Donald Trump Jr. meets Russia scrutiny with defiance