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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Kushner Is Said to Have Ordered Flynn to Contact Russia  —  Now that the retired general has pleaded guilty, the president's son-in-law could be one of the next dominoes to fall.  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea Friday for lying to the FBI is alarming news for Donald Trump.
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Brian Ross / ABC News:
Flynn has promised special counsel ‘full cooperation’ in Russia probe: Source  —  Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn has promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel's Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians …
New York Times:
Flynn to Plead Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, will plead guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about a conversation with the Russian ambassador last December.  —  The plea was the latest indication …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
What the Flynn Plea Means  —  There's less to the news than meets the eye.  —  Former Trump-administration national-security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty today to lying to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump White House caught off guard by Flynn plea  —  No one in the White House was prepared.  —  Friday began with the now-routine flurry of tweets from President Donald Trump — two about the acquittal of an undocumented immigrant accused of a 2015 killing in San Francisco, one about his tax legislation.
BuzzFeed:
It Was Kushner Who Told Flynn To Make Calls About Israel UN Vote, Source Says  —  The president's son-in-law prompted the Dec. 22 call to Russia's ambassador that is the focus of Flynn's guilty plea Friday.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC  —  WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner …
Discussion: CNBC and Common Dreams
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Over By Thanksgiving’: White House Lawyer Ty Cobb Was Disastrously Wrong  —  Ty Cobb, the Beltway lawyer brought to the White House to handle the Russia investigation, predicted in August that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be done with his work by Thanksgiving: “I'd be embarrassed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Former Prosecutors Break Down What Mike Flynn's Plea Deal Really Means  —  The explosive news that ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials was delivered in a brief, tidy package: a one-and-a-half-page document laying out the single count against him.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
How the Flynn Charges Box In Trump  —  Keeping the focus on advisers' Russia contacts helps Mueller keep his job.  —  The news that Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to Russia-related offenses is striking, for several reasons.  The lies he told the FBI were about asking the Russian ambassador …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Suspected for Weeks That Mike Flynn Would Flip … On Friday morning, President Donald Trump learned that his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been charged with lying to the FBI by reportedly seeing news reports.  —  It was a shock but not necessarily a surprise.
CNN:
Sources: Kushner was the ‘very senior’ transition member mentioned in court filing  —  (CNN)Jared Kushner is the “very senior member” of President Donald Trump's transition team who directed incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador to the United States …
The Daily Beast:
‘Very Senior’ Trump Official Authorized Flynn's Russia Outreach … Everything President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed last December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. — everything that led to his dramatic guilty plea and cooperation agreement Friday …
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Flynn to testify Trump ‘directed him to make contact with the Russians’: report
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:   Trump lawyer: ‘Nothing’ in Michael Flynn's guilty plea implicates Trump or White House
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Flynn charged with one count of making false statement
CNBC:
Stocks fall sharply on report that Michael Flynn was directed by Trump to talk to Russians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:   Limbaugh: Timing of Flynn Charges ‘May Not Be Coincidental’ — ‘Look at All the News It Has Swept Off the Front Pages’
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Wall Street rocked by Michael Flynn, tax debate
Discussion: CNN and myfox8.com
Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Judiciary Dem: ‘More than enough evidence’ to probe Trump for obstruction of justice
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Lawmaker behind secret $84K sexual harassment settlement unmasked  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman — the only known sitting member of Congress to have used a little-known congressional account to pay an accuser …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top GOP senators say they have the votes to pass tax bill  —  Top Republicans said on Friday that they have the votes to pass their tax plan after two key holdouts came on board.  —  “I believe so,” Sen. John Cornyn  —  (R-Texas) told reporters, asked if they had the votes needed to pass the legislation.
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Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Leaders Claim They've Sewn Up 50 Votes For Tax Bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Slate
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Flake to back tax bill, giving GOP 50 votes
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and IJR
Emily Smith / Page Six:
The ‘Today’ show was a ‘total boys’ club' during Lauer's tenure  —  Top NBC News execs received complaints about Matt Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct long before he was fired for harassment — but chose to protect him, current and former staffers told The Post on Thursday.
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Clinton on Matt Lauer: ‘Every day I believe more in karma’
Claire Spellberg / Decider:
Meredith Vieira Found A “Huge Bag Of Sex Toys” In Matt Lauer's Office
Discussion: Mediaite and TMZ.com
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security  —  High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other parts of the social safety net.
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New York Times:
Former N.S.A. Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Information  —  BALTIMORE — A former National Security Agency employee admitted on Friday that he had illegally taken from the agency classified documents believed to have subsequently been stolen from his home computer by hackers working for Russian intelligence.
Discussion: The Week
Sarah Rumpf / RedState:
Have We Been Lied to About the Kate Steinle Case?  —  The illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle in 2015 was found not guilty of her murder by a San Francisco jury today.  Outrageous, right?  —  Before the killing, Garcia Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail despite a standing federal deportation order.
NPR:
Transcript: Paul Ryan's Full Interview With NPR's Steve Inskeep  —  President Trump wants a tax overhaul plan passed by Christmas.  Both the Senate and the House have versions of the plan with the goal of cutting taxes.  Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Gowdy, Benghazi panel settled wrongful firing suit with $150,000 in public funds  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)  —  As chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) used $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who alleged …
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
Former President Barack Obama: ‘Think before you tweet’  —  NEW DELHI (AP) — When former President Barack Obama spoke to a leadership forum in India's capital on Friday, he never once used the words “Donald Trump” and was careful to avoid any direct reference to his successor in the White House.
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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