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2:40 PM ET, November 25, 2017

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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves  —  WASHINGTON — Of all the State Department employees who might have been vulnerable in the staff reductions that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has initiated as he reshapes the department, the one person who seemed least likely …
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
In America's Heartland, the Nazi Sympathizer Next Door  —  HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Tony and Maria Hovater were married this fall.  They registered at Target.  On their list was a muffin pan, a four-drawer dresser and a pineapple slicer.  —  Ms. Hovater, 25, was worried about Antifa bashing up the ceremony.
Washington Post:
While eyes are on Russia, Sessions dramatically reshapes the Justice Department  —  For more than five hours, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sat in a hearing room on Capitol Hill this month, fending off inquiries on Washington's two favorite topics: President Trump and Russia.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Power Line
New York Times:
Jared Kushner's Vast Duties, and Visibility in White House, Shrink  —  WASHINGTON — At a senior staff meeting early in President Trump's tenure, Reince Priebus, then the White House chief of staff, posed a simple question to Jared Kushner: What would his newly created Office of American Innovation do?
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The shrinking profile of Jared Kushner  —  A month ago, Jared Kushner — President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser — made a surprise trip to Riyadh to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the fellow son of a world leader who is making waves with crackdowns and modernization efforts.
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
The CFPB now has two acting directors.  And nobody knows which one should lead the federal agency  —  President Trump and the outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both named acting directors to head the watchdog agency on Friday, throwing its leadership into disarray.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Axios and NBC News
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Matt Latimer / Politico:
Want to Know Why Roy Moore Might Win?  Blame the Media.  —  In the wake of the Roy Moore fiasco, a number of “hot takes” have made their rounds in the media.  How obviously hypocritical it is, for example, for evangelical leaders to stand behind a man crediblay accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
As he investigates Trump's aides, special counsel's record shows surprising flaws  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Capitol Hill.  —  When he was named special counsel in May, Robert S. Mueller III was hailed as the ideal lawman — deeply experienced, strait-laced and nonpartisan …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump visits his West Palm Beach golf club  —  President Trump traveled to his West Palm Beach, Florida golf club Saturday, marking the fourth consecutive day he's visited one of his golf properties.  —  Trump departed his Mar-a-Lago resort at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and arrived …
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CNN:
Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME's person of the year
Emily Goldberg / Politico:
Time says Trump is ‘incorrect’ after president says he rejected Person of the Year overture
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
How a powerful senator schooled Betsy DeVos  —  Several months ago, Sen. Lamar Alexander phoned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with a message: Back off.  —  Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, was furious that a top DeVos aide was circumventing a new law aimed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
A flat-Earther's plan to launch himself in a homemade rocket just hit a speed bump  —  A California man who planned to launch himself 1,800 feet high Saturday in a homemade scrap-metal rocket — in an effort to prove that Earth is flat — said he is postponing the experiment …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Friendly Atheist and RT
Greg P. / twitchy.com:
PIEGATE: Sarah Sanders accused of using stock photo for Thanksgiving tweet; Update  —  Apparently, Sarah Sanders can't even tweet a photo of a pie without triggering the MSM:  —  I dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm! …
WTVR-TV:
Youth pastor arrested for allegedly murdering family on Thanksgiving … CHESTER, Va. - Police have arrested a youth pastor for allegedly murdering his family at a home in Chester on Thanksgiving night.  —  Officers discovered two women and a man shot to death at a home on Dogwood Ridge Court …
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
Judge rules Seattle's tax on the wealthy is illegal; city vows to appeal  —  Seattle's controversial tax on the wealthy failed its first legal test this week after a judge ruled the new ordinance violates state law - but the city isn't backing down and vows to appeal, setting the stage for a Washington State Supreme Court showdown.
Zia Weise / Politico:
Turkey's Torrid Love Affair With Michael Flynn  —  ISTANBUL—Were Michael Flynn a Turkish citizen, it's very likely he would be sitting in prison right now, awaiting trial for terror crimes.  —  In July of 2016, before he briefly became Donald Trump's national security adviser …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Fox News:
Texas woman sent Obama, Abbott homemade bombs: prosecutors
Discussion: New York Times, IJR and TheBlaze
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘Morning Joe,’ did you really just pretape your post-Thanksgiving banter?
Mona Eltahawy / New York Times:
Egypt Is Failing to Deal With Its Sinai Insurgency
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress
Joanna Walters / The Guardian:
Weinstein inquiry: police departments likely to join forces, experts say
Discussion: New York Daily News
New York Times:
Exploiting Veterans for Profit
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet:
Navy identifies Sailors lost in C-2A crash
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WTKR-TV
Jazmine Ulloa / Los Angeles Times:
Running for state Assembly in ‘Bernie Country,’ a former Hillary Clinton aide faces a battle with local contenders
 Earlier Items: 
Angelo Codevilla / American Greatness:
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans flee from McConnell in 2018 primaries
Discussion: Raw Story
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
'Doug Jones's problem': African American voters not energized by Alabama's Senate race
BBC:
North Korea digs DMZ trench after recent defection
Washington Post:
Mueller might be the one who's ‘draining the swamp’
Discussion: Raw Story