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6:00 PM ET, December 2, 2017

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New York Times:
Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in February, White House officials portrayed him as a renegade who had acted independently in his discussions …
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Michael Flynn's Guilty Plea Sends Donald Trump's Lawyers Scrambling  —  The President insists that the investigations into Russian meddling amount to nothing more than fake news.  But the truth is now emerging.  —  Last June, less than a month after President Donald Trump fired James Comey …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets He Knew Flynn Lied to FBI When He Asked Comey to ‘Let Flynn Go’ … A day after Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Trump team's alleged ties to the Kremlin, Trump tweeted about Flynn:
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump transition official in email: Russia ‘has just thrown the U.S.A election’  —  President Trump's former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland told a friend in an email when she was on Trump's transition team that Russia “threw” the U.S. election to Trump, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump: I'm not worried about Flynn's guilty plea
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Top FBI official assigned to Mueller's Russia probe said to have been removed after sending anti-Trump texts … The former top FBI official assigned to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this past summer …
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New York Times:
Mueller Removed Top F.B.I. Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts  —  Washington — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, removed a top F.B.I. agent from his investigation into Russian election meddling after the Justice Department's inspector general began examining whether …
Washington Post:
Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation … A white sedan whisked a man into the loading dock of a glass and concrete building in a drab office district in Southwest Washington.  Security guards quickly waved the vehicle inside, then pushed a button that closed …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Is It Too Late for Robert Mueller to Save Us?  —  It might not be enough for the special counsel to hand us a smoking gun and an indictment.  —  We talk a lot these days about how the United States has sorted itself into two distinct media bubbles, and all the ways in which those bubbles become self-reinforcing and reality-denying.
The Hill:
Mueller removed FBI agent from Trump investigation over possible bias: reports
Discussion: RedState and bizpacreview.com
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump's campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries  —  Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 15, 2016.  At right is his son, Eric Trump, and at left is campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Washington Post:
Alabama race is neck and neck, with voters divided over Roy Moore allegations, poll finds  —  Alabama's closely watched U.S. Senate race is a neck-and-neck contest as voter concerns about personal moral conduct weigh on the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll.
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Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Republican Women in Alabama Sound Off on Roy Moore
Discussion: Friendly Atheist, The Root and Salon
New York Times:
A Historic Tax Heist  —  With barely a vote to spare early Saturday morning, the Senate passed a tax bill confirming that the Republican leaders' primary goal is to enrich the country's elite at the expense of everybody else, including future generations who will end up bearing the cost.
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
How an unequal tax cut grew more unequal
Discussion: RedState
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The Republican tax bill will exacerbate income inequality in America
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brian Faler / Politico:
What's next on tax reform  —  Republicans are confident they can quickly overcome the differences between the House and Senate tax bills and send President Donald Trump a plan he can sign into law by year's end.  —  In their efforts to enact the biggest changes to the tax code since …
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T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:   Why Trump's Tax Bill Could Be His Death Warrant
Associated Press:
Tax bill clears Senate in big boost for Trump, GOP
Discussion: Politico
Suki Kim / thecut:
Public Radio Icon John Hockenberry Accused of Harrassing Female Colleagues  —  This story starts differently than most sexual harassment accounts out there.  It begins with the accused harasser honorably “retiring” after a successful career, which sets off an investigation—my own …
Jill Filipovic / New York Times:
The Men Who Cost Clinton the Election  —  Matt Lauer, like Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin before him, is a journalist out of a job after his employer fired him for sexually harassing female colleagues.  It's good news that real penalties are now leveled on men who harass …
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  The public trust is in jeopardy, he said, especially since the election of Republican Donald Trump as president last year.  That was one of the worst moments of his lengthy congressional career, he said.  —  “I understood why some people voted for him, but I was worried …
NBC News:
Senators' pet projects added at last-minute into tax bill  —  WASHINGTON — In last-minute changes to the Republican tax bill, an array of senators' wish-lists were added to the bill, including a unique tax exemption for a small Christian college in Michigan and a carve-out for cruise ships docking in Alaska.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats say GOP tax perk aimed at helping one influential conservative college
Discussion: RedState
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins to vote for GOP tax plan  —  (Maine) said on Friday that she will support the Senate tax plan, giving the legislation an additional shot of momentum.  —  “I will cast my vote in support of the Senate tax reform bill.  As revised, this bill will provide much-needed tax relief …
Discussion: Axios and IJR
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate GOP repeals ObamaCare mandate
 
 
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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John Cicchitti / NTK Network:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
US News:
The Female Obama  —  As someone christened the next Barack Obama …
Discussion: NTK Network
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP's List of Economists Backing Tax Cut Includes Ghosts, Office Assistants, Ex-Felons …
Discussion: The Slot and Shareblue Media
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Steve Schmidt: If Trump pardons Flynn it will create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that will end the GOP