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2:30 AM ET, December 2, 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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Bloomberg:
Kushner Is Leaving Tillerson in the Dark on Middle East Talks, Sources Say  —  Tillerson worries secret plan could plunge region into chaos  —  White House rejects accusation State Department isn't informed  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is increasingly alarmed by what he sees …
Discussion: RedState, IJR, Raw Story and BloombergQuint
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 …
CNN:
Russia investigation ‘wearing’ on White House, despite spin  —  Source: White House ‘totally in a bubble’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, who was already incensed by the idea that his accomplishments weren't getting the credit they deserve …
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.
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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 …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report  —  Trump's praise of Michael Flynn over the years  —  ABC News on Friday evening corrected an explosive special report that aired in the morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.
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 …
Washington Post:
Mueller's swift moves signal mounting legal peril for the White House  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has swept up four former Trump aides in his investigation.  Two pleaded guilty and are said to be cooperating with his probe.  (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Over By Thanksgiving’: White House Lawyer Ty Cobb Was Disastrously Wrong
Discussion: Raw Story
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Former Prosecutors Break Down What Mike Flynn's Plea Deal Really Means
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Post
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:   Limbaugh: Timing of Flynn Charges ‘May Not Be Coincidental’ — ‘Look at All the News It Has Swept Off the Front Pages’
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
MICHAEL FLYNN'S GUILTY PLEA SHOWS THAT ROBERT MUELLER IS CLOSING IN
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Flynn to Plead Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   Facing mounting legal vulnerabilities, Flynn turned to a deal
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Trump lawyer: ‘Nothing’ in Michael Flynn's guilty plea implicates Trump or White House
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Washington Post:
Senate passes Republican tax plan in major win for Trump and party leaders
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   Corker to vote no on GOP tax bill
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:   NBC News source says Matt Lauer will not receive a payout
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: Reuters, Business Insider, KTLA and The Week
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Special Giveaways in Tax Cut Bill Benefit Family Members, Colleagues of Key GOP Senators  —  The tax plan before Congress, though sold as broad legislation to reduce rates and end favoritism in the tax code, contains targeted provisions designed to benefit special interest groups …
Discussion: Mother Jones, NBC News and Joe.My.God.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
DOJ issues arrest warrant for undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle killing  —  A federal warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Mexican immigrant acquitted Thursday evening of murder charges in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle.  —  Steinle's death has been taken up by opponents of so-called sanctuary cities.
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Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
DOJ files arrest warrant for illegal immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle case
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How the Lawyer David Boies Turned a Young Novelist's Sexual Past Against Her  —  In February, 2017, the novelist Emma Cline received a fifteen-page letter from the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP containing a list of accusations against her.  Cline had recently found literary success …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats say GOP tax perk aimed at helping one influential conservative college
Discussion: RedState
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule decision on DACA documents
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Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Judge again tells felon to behave because Trump “could use your vote”
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Former congressman William Jefferson goes free, thanks to Supreme Court ruling in McDonnell case
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 Earlier Items: 
John Ismay / New York Times:
U.S. Will Keep Older Cluster Munitions, a Weapon Banned by 102 Nations
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
Former President Barack Obama: ‘Think before you tweet’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Actually, a Roy Moore Victory Could Set Back the Pro-Life Cause for Years
Discussion: The Federalist
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why the Alabama Senate race is shifting in Roy Moore's favor
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
The Great American Single-Family Home Problem
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday