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12:10 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 …
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: Axios and NBC News
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: Power Line
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
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 …
Zia Weise / Politico:
Turkey's Torrid Love Affair With Michael Flynn  —  A failed coup and a national obsession with an elderly cleric embroiled Trump's formed national security adviser in scandal.  —  ISTANBUL—Were Michael Flynn a Turkish citizen, it's very likely he would be sitting in prison right now, awaiting trial for terror crimes.
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: Friendly Atheist, RT and Daily Kos
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
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 …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
'Doug Jones's problem': African American voters not energized by Alabama's Senate race  —  Doug Jones makes a campaign stop in Troy, Ala., on Nov. 17.  The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate believes he can win if he pieces together an unusually delicate coalition.  (Aly Grice/Troy Messenger/AP)
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.
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet:
Navy identifies Sailors lost in C-2A crash  —  PHILIPPINE SEA - After notifying their families that extensive search and rescue efforts had ended, the Navy identified Lt. Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WTKR-TV
Emily Goldberg / Politico:
Time says Trump is ‘incorrect’ after president says he rejected Person of the Year overture  —  President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that Time called to tell him that he was “probably” going to be named the magazine's person of the year, but that he turned the offer down, an account Time later disputed.
Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME's person of the year
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans flee from McConnell in 2018 primaries  —  Nobody wants to be on Team McConnell.  —  Heading into the 2018 elections, only one Republican Senate candidate nationwide has pledged unequivocally to back Mitch McConnell as majority leader.  Most Republicans facing competitive primaries …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
New York Times:
Exploiting Veterans for Profit
Jazmine Ulloa / Los Angeles Times:
Running for state Assembly in ‘Bernie Country,’ a former Hillary Clinton aide faces a battle with local contenders
Angelo Codevilla / American Greatness:
Power, Sex, and Politics
North Korea digs DMZ trench after recent defection
Miranda Green / CNN:
Rep. Kathleen Rice: Ethics committee's accountability ‘not real’
Discussion: and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
House to vote next week on required anti-harassment training
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Mueller might be the one who's ‘draining the swamp’
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Sheriff Arpaio pursued case to hurt Sen. Flake, lawsuit says
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and Axios
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What to Read Now  —  Holiday shopping.  As you read this …