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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations  —  NBC has fired its leading morning news anchor Matt Lauer over sexual harassment allegations, the network's president for news said in a memo to staff on Wednesday.  —  “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague …
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Emily Smith / Page Six:
Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted staffer during Olympics  —  Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a female NBC staffer during the Rio Olympics, sources told Page Six.  —  The staffer, who has not been named and wishes to remain anonymous, complained to NBC News bosses yesterday, prompting them to move fast and fire him.
TMZ.com:
Katie Couric in 2012 said Matt Lauer Pinched Me on the Ass a Lot  —  Katie Couric straight-up said Matt Lauer pinched her on the ass a lot during their 9-year run on the “Today” show.  —  Katie appeared on Andy Cohen's “Watch What Happens Live” back in 2012, and during a segment …
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
NBC News fires ‘Today’ anchor Matt Lauer after sexual misconduct review  —  Matt Lauer, the anchor of “Today” for two decades, was fired by NBC News after a detailed complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.  —  “Today” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NBC fires Matt Lauer after complaint about ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’  —  Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” the network announced.  —  Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the “Today” show.
James Ball / BuzzFeed:
The Far-Right Group Retweeted By Donald Trump Deleted A Bunch Of Pro-Putin Posts From Its Website  —  Deleted posts included “GO PUTIN!  Russian president's popularity on rise in Czech Republic!” and “VIDEO: Putin backs our Brexit”.  —  The far-right political party Britain First removed …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Business Insider:
Theresa May condemns Donald Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim hate videos from the British far-right
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
David Duke after Trump tweets videos of Muslims attacking people: 'That's why we love him!'
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Trump Once Said the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Was Real.  Now He's Not Sure.  —  WASHINGTON — Shortly after his victory last year, Donald J. Trump began revisiting one of his deepest public humiliations: the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of him making vulgar comments about women.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Reports Suggest Trump Might Not Be a Liar at All, But Truly Delusional  —  The prevailing interpretation of Donald Trump, shared by all his enemies and many of his allies, is that he is a con man.  It is a theory that explains both his career in business and politics …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
CONYERS spotted on flight to Detroit …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
CNN to boycott White House Christmas party
Garrison Keillor / Washington Post:
Al Franken should resign?  That's absurd.  —  My friend Pastor B.D. Christensen said something so good Sunday morning that I woke up and wrote it down: “[something something] . . . about making peace with the mistakes of the past [blah blah blah] and learning from them.
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Angie Andresen / Minnesota Public Radio:
STATEMENT FROM MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO REGARDING GARRISON KEILLOR AND A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.
Discussion: NPR, mprnews.org, Mediaite and myfox8.com
Manu Raju / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr. to talk to House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to meet with the House Intelligence Committee as soon as next week, giving lawmakers their first opportunity to question President Donald Trump's eldest son …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Bloomberg and IJR
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:   Don Jr. will talk to House members for Russia probe next week
New York Times:
Republicans Clear Major Hurdle as Tax Bill Advances  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans took a significant step toward passing a sweeping tax overhaul on Tuesday, with a key panel giving its approval and several wavering senators indicating they would support the tax package …
Discussion: New Republic and The Week
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
No feeling of party loyalty for Johnson, a key Senate holdout for the GOP tax bill
Discussion: Reuters
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Trump's Tax Promises Undercut by CEO Plans to Reward Investors  —  Corporate leaders say tax cut proceeds will go to shareholders  —  President has said corporate tax cut will boost hiring, wages  —  Major companies including Cisco Systems Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. say they'll turn …
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Exclusive: Accuser to Roy Moore, ‘Where does your immorality end?’  —  In an impassioned letter released exclusively today to AL.com, Leigh Corfman, who accused Roy Moore of undressing her when she was 14 and he was 32, demanded the Republican Senate candidate stop calling her a liar …
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
As a teen, he savagely beat a classmate.  The attack was forgotten, until he went into politics  —  Rupert Tarsey was elected secretary of the Broward County Republican Party in May, replacing Dolly Rump after she resigned.  The two were together at the party's March membership meeting.  (Sun Sentinel)
WCHS-TV:
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to run for U.S. Senate  —  Eyewitness News has learned that former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship plans to run for U.S. Senate.  (WCHS/WVAH)  —  AA  —  CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —  Eyewitness News has learned that former Massey Energy …
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
Undercover conservative activist rented basement apartment in home of top Democratic operative  —  Shortly after announcing online that she was joining the “conservative media movement,” Jaime Phillips checked into an Airbnb apartment for a two-week stay in the basement of the Capitol Hill home …
NBC News:
Millennial poll: Strong majority want a third political party  —  A strong majority of millennials — 71 percent — say the Republican and Democratic parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed, according to the results of a new NBC News/GenForward poll.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Political Wire
Steve LeVine / Axios:
McKinsey: automation may wipe out 1/3 of America's workforce by 2030  —  In a new study that is optimistic about automation yet stark in its appraisal of the challenge ahead, McKinsey says massive government intervention will be required to hold societies together against the ravages of labor disruption over the next 13 years.
Discussion: The Week
Owen Bowcott Legal affairs / The Guardian:
Bosnian Croat war criminal dies after drinking poison in UN courtroom  —  Former commander Slobodan Praljak drank from small bottle moments after judges upheld 20-year sentence at court in The Hague  —  A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison at a UN tribunal in The Hague …
Keith Myers / Kansas City Star:
Kansans beg Sen. Jerry Moran: ‘Why take this failed experiment nationwide?’  —  By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board  —  Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is not just another Republican who has to decide which way to jump on the tax bill.  For one thing, his could be the deciding vote.
Discussion: bradford-delong.com and The Week
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea's latest missile launch appears to put U.S. capital in range  —  TOKYO — North Korea claimed the entire United States mainland was within reach after “successfully” testing a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile, which it called the Hwasong-15, and said could carry a “super large heavy warhead.”
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Scarborough fires back after Trump's dead staffer tweet: ‘He is not well’  —  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Wednesday labeled tweets from President Trump, including one that appeared to be a call for an investigation into a dead staffer found in the former GOP congressman's office in 2001, as “bizarre.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard, RedState, Mediaite, AOL and IJR
 
 
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The Hill:
Trump court pick Kyle Duncan is the Neil Gorsuch of Louisiana
Toby Eckert / Politico:
GOP voter support drops for House tax plan, poll says
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Axios
Alayna Treene / Axios:
House will hold hearing on sexual harassment settlements next week
Discussion: Politico
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
New documents: Trump paid over $1 million to settle labor lawsuit
Discussion: RedState and New York Times
John Koblin / New York Times:
A Sharp Decline for Jimmy Fallon's ‘Tonight Show’
James Winnefeld / The Atlantic:
No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.
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Washington Post:
The Russian billionaire next door: Putin ally is tied to one of D.C.'s swankiest mansions
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democratic group will invest $4 million to train 50k candidates in 2018
Justin Green / Axios:
Scoop: When Trump reamed Manafort
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Stuart Rothenberg / sturothenberg.com:
Why Evangelicals Stick with Donald Trump & Roy Moore
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