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1:40 PM ET, November 26, 2017

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The Hill:
Conyers stepping aside as ranking Dem on House Judiciary Committee  —  Jr. (D-Mich.) announced he is stepping aside as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.  —  “After careful consideration and in light …
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Conyers stepping down from post as ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel  —  But the Michigan Democrat says he does so reluctantly.  —  Rep. John Conyers is stepping down from his post as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee amid accusations of sexual harassment against aides and misuse …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hot Air:
Pelosi Chokes, Won't Say That “Icon” Conyers Should Resign Over Settlement Of Harassment Allegations; Update: Conyers Quits Top Spot On Judiciary Committee  —  An astounding performance, in which the first woman Speaker in American history goes to bat for a credibly accused harasser in the midst …
Timothy Meads / Townhall.com:
Conyers' 2006 Staffers: Felt like ‘House Servants’, Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time
Discussion: The Root and Fox News
Associated Press:
FBI didn't tell US targets as Russian hackers hunted emails  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin's crosshairs, The Associated Press has found.
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite, more at Techmeme »
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Why a historically conservative county in Virginia is making national Republicans nervous  —  (Julia Rendleman/For The Washington Post)  —  CHESTERFIELD, Va. — In this bastion of Virginia-brand conservatism, dozens of Democratic women roared on a recent night as their organization's leader crowed …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Emma Brockes / The Guardian:
Susan Sarandon: 'I thought Hillary was very dangerous.  If she'd won, we'd be at war'  —  She talks about Hollywood sexism, female empowerment and playing Bette Davis  —  usan Sarandon at 71 is bright-eyed and airy, and perhaps shyer than she can publicly seem.
Andy Koval / FOX59:
IU Health investigating after nurse allegedly posts controversial tweet  —  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - IU Health is investigating after one of their nurses allegedly posted a controversial Tweet that surfaced Friday on social media.  —  Taiyesha Baker is facing an internal investigation by IU Health …
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Indianapolis Star:
IU Health investigates after controversial tweet traced to nurse
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
What's Dangerous About Donald Trump's Foreign Policy?  —  When critics argue that Donald Trump is an exceptionally reckless commander in chief, they tend to highlight how the American president deviates from the norm.  —  By issuing “diplomatic pronouncements” on Twitter …
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Jeffrey H Smith / The Guardian:
How Trump is slowly destroying America's national security agencies
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Gathering Storm in the Western Pacific
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Readers Accuse Us of Normalizing a Nazi Sympathizer; We Respond  —  The Reader Center is a newsroom initiative that is helping The Times build deeper ties with our audience.  —  We have asked our national editor, Marc Lacey, to respond to feedback on our recent profile of a white nationalist.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Republicans fret over White House sales job on taxes  —  When photos of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, posing with freshly printed sheets of money ricocheted across the internet earlier this month, Democrats fighting the GOP tax bill saw an opportunity to whack it.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Graham: Failure ‘not an option’ on taxes  —  (R-S.C.) said Sunday that “failure is not an option” when it comes to the GOP's effort on tax reform.  —  “The economy needs a tax cut and the Republican Party needs to deliver, so I think we'll get there,” Graham told CNN's “State of the Union.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Schneider / NBC News:
Trump and his voters are drawn together by a shared sense of defiance  —  The American tradition is not deference to authority; it's defiance of authority, even when the cause is hopeless.  Sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset once wrote that the United States was, in fact, peopled by …
Jake Novak / CNBC:
Congress has handed Trump a historic presidential victory  — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is giving President Trump yet another major victory on judicial nominations.  —  President Donald Trump should give special thanks to two U.S. Senators this Thanksgiving weekend.
Reuters:
Special Report: ‘Treacherous shenanigans’ - The inside story of Mugabe's downfall  —  MacDonald Dzirutwe, Joe Brock, Ed Cropley  —  HARARE (Reuters) - Inside State House in Harare, Robert Mugabe was in the tightest spot of his 37-year rule.  Tanks were on the streets and troops had occupied …
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Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for his family
Discussion: RT
Laurie Moy / BBG:
Statement regarding the Russian Federation's media law  —  President Putin has signed a law under which foreign media organizations can be classified as “foreign agents.”  Russian officials have indicated that, under this law, even more restrictions may be placed on the BBG's networks …
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CNN:
In retaliatory move, Putin signs media ‘foreign agents’ law
 
 
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ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-26-17: Sen. Tim Scott and Adm. Mike Mullen
Discussion: Axios and RedState
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan Deploys Military Troops After Violent Clashes in Islamabad
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Daily Caller
Patti Solis Doyle / CNN:
Drop the partisan nonsense on harassment
Rachel Syme / New York Times:
Hooray for Fiona the Hippo, Our Bundle of Social-Media Joy
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The age of outrage  —  Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How December Could Make or Break the Trump Presidency
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Trump could be on track to triple Obama's time on the golf course
Discussion: WCMH-TV and KTLA
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
'Please, God, Don't Let Me Get Stopped': Around Atlanta, No Sanctuary for Immigrants
Discussion: Power Line
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
White House consulted Justice Department before naming CFPB critic to lead agency, administration says
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump recommends reading this insane website
Discussion: Mediaite and CANNONFIRE
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000
Discussion: The Hill and bizpacreview.com