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1:40 AM ET, November 27, 2017


 Top Items: 
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.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The New York Times Can't Figure Out Where Nazis Come From In 2017.  Pepe Has An Answer.  —  In a follow-up to his New York Times feature on Tony Hovater, the 29-year-old white nationalist and “Nazi sympathizer next door,” Richard Fausset confessed that “there was a hole at the heart” of his story.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Bharara compares Trump to Jan Brady after Russia tweet  —  For U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara invoked the classic sitcom “The Brady Bunch” after President Trump lamented coverage of the Russia investigation, comparing Trump's “Russia, Russia, Russia” comment to Jan Brady's famous “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” line.
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.
Discussion: Slate, Power Line and NPR
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Franken says he's ‘ashamed’ by allegations, will return to work Monday
Discussion: RedState
Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed:
More Than 180 Women Have Reported Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy  —  Across the US, people go to Massage Envy spas in search of a soothing, affordable escape.  More than 180 people say what they got instead was sexual assault.  But the billion-dollar company says that's not its problem to solve.
Discussion: NBC News and AOL
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
GOP leaders in advanced talks to change tax plan in bid to win over holdouts  —  Senate Republicans are seriously considering several last-minute changes to their tax legislation in an effort to mollify wavering members, four people familiar with the discussions said, as GOP leaders seek …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds  —  The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation's poorest would be worse off, according to a report released Sunday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:   Graham: Failure ‘not an option’ on taxes
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 …
New York Times:
John Conyers Steps Aside From Judiciary Post Amid Sex Harassment Inquiry
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Conyers allegations put Pelosi in tight spot
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Caller
Kailani Koenig / NBC News:
Rep. John Conyers steps down from committee leadership position amid harassment accusations
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Consumer bureau's top lawyer sides with Trump in leadership clash  —  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's top lawyer sided with the Justice Department over President Donald Trump's appointment of Mick Mulvaney to lead the CFPB as a leadership battle over the controversial watchdog agency escalated.
Discussion: NPR and NBC News
Exclusive: U.S. consumer finance agency lawyer sides with Trump over succession - sources
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Time Inc. Is Said to Near Sale in Deal Backed by Koch Brothers  —  Time Inc. is nearing an agreement to sell itself to the Meredith Corporation in a deal backed by Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers known for using their wealth and political connections to advance conservative causes.
Meredith, backed by Koch brothers affiliate, to acquire magazine publisher Time
Discussion: New York Magazine
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Roy Moore Is Deplorable, and Donald Trump Condoning His Sins Is Unforgivable … A society where nothing is forgivable is as untenable as one where every transgression is hand-waved away.  The things we forgive in the name of compassion should be many.  The things we forgive in the name of comity should be large.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's long history of misleading the media  —  Trump has been playing the media like a fiddle for more than 30 years.  I was reminded of that fact this week while reading Harry Hurt's 1993 book, “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.”  —  Hurt recounts how Trump used …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
NBC News:
Archbishop of Canterbury baffled by Christians who back Trump  —  LONDON — England's top religious authority, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said Sunday that he doesn't understand why so many Christians in the U.S. support President Donald Trump.  —  The Most Reverend Justin Welby told ITV's …
Discussion: ITV and Raw Story
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University of Florida Selects Dan Mullen as Head Football Coach
Discussion: WBRC-TV, WHNT-TV and The Daily Caller
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Fox News Anchor Bret Baier Hangs With Trump at Mar-a-Lago During Thanksgiving Weekend
Discussion: AOL and Mediaite
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Unhinged coverage of Trump is hurting the media
Discussion: Instapundit
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Congress stares down shutdown amid December deluge
Discussion: Axios
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Raquel Laneri / New York Post:
I went to jail for leaving my baby outside a restaurant
Discussion: The Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Bernard Darty / Fox News:
Holocaust survivor: I'm giving $1 million to help wounded American veterans, to express my thanks
Discussion: IJR
Stephen Marche / New York Times:
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Special Report: ‘Treacherous shenanigans’ - The inside story of Mugabe's downfall
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Why a historically conservative county in Virginia is making national Republicans nervous
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story