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3:55 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.
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election …
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.
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 …
Stocks fall sharply on report that Michael Flynn was directed by Trump to talk to Russians  —  Stocks fell Friday on a report that Michael Flynn was directed by President Trump to talk to Russians.  —  ABC News reported that Flynn, the former national security adviser …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
The Latest: WH cancels Trump media event after Flynn plea  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigations into Trump campaign associates and Russian election interference (all times local):  —  The White House has cancelled a scheduled opportunity for reporters to question President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story, Business Insider, AOL and Axios
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Flynn to testify Trump ‘directed him to make contact with the Russians’: report  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to testify that President Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, according to a report by ABC News.
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 …
David French / National Review:
The Michael Flynn Charge: Monstrous Injustice or Prelude to Bigger Things?  —  There's not much middle ground here.  In reading the single-count criminal information against Michael Flynn, I was struck by an immediate thought.  If this is all there is, then Flynn is the victim of a monstrous injustice.
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Wall Street rocked by Michael Flynn, tax debate
Discussion: CNN and
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Flynn charged with one count of making false statement
Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Judiciary Dem: ‘More than enough evidence’ to probe Trump for obstruction of justice
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn's guilty plea: A comprehensive timeline
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Suspected For Weeks That Mike Flynn Would Flip
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story, ABC News and Axios
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation tops $5 million
Discussion: Washington Examiner, RedState, Axios and IJR
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 …
Ben Siegel / ABC News:   Since 2012, Congress has paid out $84,000 to settle one sexual harassment claim
Senate GOP Working to Address Deficit Concerns (8:14 a.m.)  —  Senate Republicans made a lot of progress overnight in crafting a new approach to address deficit concerns in their sweeping tax legislation, according to a Senate GOP aide.  —  More work remains in the next few hours …
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:
Top GOP senators say they have the votes to pass tax bill
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Flake to back tax bill, giving GOP 50 votes
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and IJR
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Republicans are rejecting the official analysis of their tax bill's cost
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.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why the Alabama Senate race is shifting in Roy Moore's favor  —  After all that has happened, the Alabama Senate race appears to be reverting to a fundamental political truth: A state that is one of the most Republican in the nation is likely to vote Republican.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP donors in New York sour on party's tax plan
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump to recognize Jerusalem the capital of Israel on Wednesday  —  President Trump is giving a speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to two sources with direct knowledge.  —  A White House spokesman refused to confirm the report: “The President has always said it is a matter of when, not if.
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
The Great American Single-Family Home Problem  —  Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge.  A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.  —  BERKELEY, Calif. — The house at 1310 Haskell Street does not look worthy of a bitter neighborhood war.
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