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11:05 AM 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, Political Wire and Mediaite
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
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.
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
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
Nazis Are Just Like You and Me, Except They're Nazis  —  ELKO, Nevada—"The water is almost ready," he said, bending down to look for the little bubbles.  “Once you see the bubbles rising to the surface, you know the water is hot enough to cook the pasta.”  —  Steve Stevenson dispenses wisdom freely, though he is not a chef.
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 …
Discussion: The Root
New York Times:
Why Trump Stands by Roy Moore, Even as It Fractures His Party  —  By the time Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, made the last of his repeated pleas to President Trump to keep his distance from the Senate candidacy of Roy S. Moore, it was too late.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump recommends reading this insane website  —  MagaPill gets the POTUS seal of approval.  —  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
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 …
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.
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
I Interviewed a White Nationalist and Fascist.  What Was I Left With?  —  There is a hole at the heart of my story about Tony Hovater, the white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer.  —  Why did this man — intelligent, socially adroit and raised middle class amid the relatively …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
In America's Heartland, the Nazi Sympathizer Next Door
Discussion: and Mediaite
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How December Could Make or Break the Trump Presidency  —  Donald Trump is unique among modern Presidents in that he has no significant legislative accomplishments to show for ten months after taking office.  Year one is when Presidents usually make their mark, especially if they came into office …
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
'Please, God, Don't Let Me Get Stopped': Around Atlanta, No Sanctuary for Immigrants  —  CHAMBLEE, Ga. — Not many notice when the SUVs arrive.  —  Around 5 a.m., when the immigration agents pull into the parking lot of the Chamblee Heights apartments, 16 miles from downtown Atlanta, only one person is on the lookout.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
In retaliatory move, Putin signs media ‘foreign agents’ law  —  (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed amendments into law that will allow foreign media outlets in Russia to be listed as “foreign agents,” according to state-run news agency Sputnik news.
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Russia's Putin signs ‘foreign agents’ media law
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Rachel Syme / New York Times:
Hooray for Fiona the Hippo, Our Bundle of Social-Media Joy
Trump could be on track to triple Obama's time on the golf course
Discussion: WCMH-TV and KTLA
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Obama ethics chief warns Trump: Tweet on CNN could be evidence in AT&T case
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for his family
Discussion: RT
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000
Discussion: The Hill and
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Trump tells Turkish president U.S. will stop arming Kurds in Syria
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David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
As he investigates Trump's aides, special counsel's record shows surprising flaws
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit