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4:05 PM ET, November 26, 2017


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Jennifer Brooks / Star Tribune:
‘Ashamed’ Franken says he'll return to work on Monday  —  Breaking an eight-day silence, the Minnesota senator tells the Star Tribune that he needs to regain trust of those he's let down.  —  Sen. Al Franken broke his eight-day silence Sunday, reaching out to Minnesota media outlets to talk …
Sen. Al Franken: ‘This has been a shock to me’ … A week-and-a-half after the first of four allegations of sexual misconduct against DFL Sen. Al Franken surfaced, Franken told MPR News he has felt shocked, embarrassed and ashamed but that he will not leave the Senate.
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 …
Kailani Koenig / NBC News:
Rep. John Conyers steps down from committee leadership position amid harassment accusations  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., stepped down as the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday, following multiple sexual harassment accusations.
Timothy Meads /
Conyers' 2006 Staffers: Felt like ‘House Servants’, Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time
Discussion: The Root and Fox News
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Conyers stepping down from post as ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel
Discussion: Vox, CNN, AOL and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
John Conyers Steps Aside From Judiciary Post Amid Sex Harassment Inquiry
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
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: Mediaite and Axios, more at Techmeme »
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.
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
Indianapolis Star:
IU Health investigates after controversial tweet traced to nurse  —  Indiana University Health is investigating a controversial tweet allegedly sent by a nurse who works for the organization.  —  The tweet, from an account named Night Nurse that has been linked to an employee named Taiyesha Baker …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Andy Koval / FOX59:
IU Health investigating after nurse allegedly posts controversial tweet
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Trump Tweets Link to Conspiracy Theory Website  —  Meet MAGAPILL.  —  President Trump tweeted Saturday night a link to a sycophantic website that traffics in conspiracy theories and has aligned itself to the alt-right and white nationalist movements.  Here's the Trump tweet …
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump recommends reading this insane website
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Jeffrey H Smith / The Guardian:
How Trump is slowly destroying America's national security agencies
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bernard Darty / Fox News:
Holocaust survivor: I'm giving $1 million to help wounded American veterans, to express my thanks  —  At 83 years old, I am one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors - thanks to the American troops who rescued me in what seems like a lifetime ago.  —  Since World War II …
Discussion: IJR
William Saletan / Slate:
Republicans offer a sham defense of Roy Moore.  —  The battle within the Republican Party has come down to this: Is it OK for a 32-year-old man to seduce a 14-year-old girl?  —  Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate.  He's the author of Bearing Right.
Naya Rivera charged with domestic battery in Kanawha County  —  KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — UPDATE 11/26/17 @ 12:44 a.m.  —  Naya Rivera has been charged with domestic battery in Kanawha County.  —  Rivera was arrested at a home in the Chesapeake area of Kanawha County Saturday night around 9:30 p.m.
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Stephen Marche / New York Times:
The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Graham: Failure ‘not an option’ on taxes
Discussion: Political Wire
Laurie Moy / BBG:
Statement regarding the Russian Federation's media law
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-26-17: Sen. Tim Scott and Adm. Mike Mullen
Discussion: Axios and RedState
Special Report: ‘Treacherous shenanigans’ - The inside story of Mugabe's downfall
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
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Bill Schneider / NBC News:
Trump and his voters are drawn together by a shared sense of defiance
Discussion: Politico
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How December Could Make or Break the Trump Presidency
Trump could be on track to triple Obama's time on the golf course
Discussion: Mediaite, WCMH-TV and KTLA
Jake Novak / CNBC:
Congress has handed Trump a historic presidential victory
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
'Please, God, Don't Let Me Get Stopped': Around Atlanta, No Sanctuary for Immigrants
Discussion: Power Line
Emma Stefansky / Vanity Fair:
The State Department Is Reportedly Snubbing Ivanka's India Trip