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6:45 PM ET, December 1, 2017

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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 prepared to testify that Trump directed him to contact Russians about ISIS, confidant says  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
SHennessey / Lawfare:
The Flynn Plea: A Quick and Dirty Analysis  —  The news that former national security adviser Michael Flynn has reached a cooperation and plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not come as less of a surprise.  Reports of Flynn's bizarre behavior across a wide spectrum …
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
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
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 …
CNN:
Sources: Kushner was the ‘very senior’ transition member mentioned in court filing
Discussion: ThinkProgress and emptywheel
Reuters:   Exclusive: Mideast nuclear plan backers bragged of support of top Trump aide Flynn
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Flynn to testify Trump ‘directed him to make contact with the Russians’: report
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Wall Street rocked by Michael Flynn, tax debate
Discussion: CNN and myfox8.com
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Flynn charged with one count of making false statement
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:   Limbaugh: Timing of Flynn Charges ‘May Not Be Coincidental’ — ‘Look at All the News It Has Swept Off the Front Pages’
CNBC:
Stocks fall sharply on report that Michael Flynn was directed by Trump to talk to Russians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:   Trump lawyer: ‘Nothing’ in Michael Flynn's guilty plea implicates Trump or White House
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 …
BuzzFeed:
She Says She Quit Her Campaign Job After He Harassed Her.  Now He's In Congress.  —  Last year, a 25-year-old woman left her job on Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen's campaign because of what she says were repeated unwanted propositions for dates and sex.  Responding to these allegations …
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.
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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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Corker to vote no on GOP tax bill  —  (R-Tenn.) said on Friday that he will oppose the GOP tax plan, making him the only GOP senator currently expected to vote no.  —  Corker has long said he could vote against the bill if it hiked the deficit, and he reconfirmed to those concerns in his statement.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top GOP senators say they have the votes to pass tax bill
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Leaders Claim They've Sewn Up 50 Votes For Tax Bill
Discussion: Bloomberg, Slate, ThinkProgress and Axios
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 …
Brian Calle / LA Weekly:
And the New Owners Are ...  There is a lot of talk about who owns L.A. Weekly.  We've seen all the speculation.  Is it a Russian oligarch?  Is it some Trumpista?  Is it Lord Voldemort?  —  Rumors are rampant and the assumption is that someone bought the Weekly for some nefarious reason.
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David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:   LA Weekly reveals at least some of its secret owners: mostly men with Orange County ties
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: KTLA and The Week
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.
Discussion: Common Dreams
 
 
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