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12:15 PM ET, November 26, 2017


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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, Mediaite and Political Wire
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, Raw Story and Political Wire
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
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Gathering Storm in the Western Pacific
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.
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
Nazis Are Just Like You and Me, Except They're Nazis  —  Editor's Note: This essay was inspired by “A Voice of Hate in America's Heartland,” published in The New York Times on November 25, 2017.  The Times reflected on the shortcomings of the piece after it was met with outrage and ridicule.
Discussion: and New York Times
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 …
The Guardian:
Charles Barkley decries Roy Moore links to ‘white separatist’ Steve Bannon  —  The NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley on Saturday denounced Roy Moore, the Republican Alabama Senate candidate who faces allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, for his ties to “white separatism”.
New York Times:
Why Trump Stands by Roy Moore, Even as It Fractures His Party
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.
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 …
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for his family
Discussion: RT
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The age of outrage  —  Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business and author of The Righteous Mind, among other books.  He is also cofounder of Heterodox Academy and is a voice of sanity in the asylum of higher education.
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan Deploys Military Troops After Violent Clashes in Islamabad  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan deployed army troops in Islamabad on Sunday to help restore law and order to the capital, officials said, a day after violent clashes between Islamist protesters and the police left at least six people dead and 200 others injured.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Daily Caller
Timothy Meads /
Conyers' 2006 Staffers: Felt like ‘House Servants’, Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time  —  Yesterday, Cortney covered new comments from John Conyers' (D-MI) former lawyer, Melanie Sloan, regarding his alleged sexual misconduct.  But a 2006 CNN interview with Sloan and two other former staffers shows …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-26-17: Sen. Tim Scott and Adm. Mike Mullen  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR “THIS WEEK” on November 26, 2017 and it will be updated.  —  MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS: And I'm joined now by a Republican in congress, Senator Tim Scott.  Good morning, senator.
Discussion: Axios and RedState
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 …
In retaliatory move, Putin signs media ‘foreign agents’ law
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump recommends reading this insane website  —  In a Saturday night tweet, Trump attacked CNN, saying the network's international division “represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly.”  A few minutes later, Trump tweeted an alternative:
Discussion: Mediaite
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
White House consulted Justice Department before naming CFPB critic to lead agency, administration says  —  The White House is preparing for a showdown over who will be the next leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a high-stakes battle that could end up in court …
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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How December Could Make or Break the Trump Presidency
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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
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000
Discussion: The Hill and
Washington Post:
Trump tells Turkish president U.S. will stop arming Kurds in Syria
Washington Post:
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