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9:25 PM ET, December 2, 2017


 Top Items: 
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 …
ABC News:
ABC News statement on Michael Flynn report  —  We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday.  The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.  As a result of our continued reporting …
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:
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 …
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Trump on Michael Flynn's guilty plea: It's a ‘shame’ because he had ‘nothing to hide’  —  In his first public comments about Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with a Russian official, President Trump reiterated Saturday that his campaign did not collude …
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.
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 …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes blows up, threatens contempt after FBI stonewalls House on Russia investigator demoted for anti-Trump bias
Discussion: Power Line and The Last Refuge
The Hill:
Mueller removed FBI agent from Trump investigation over possible bias: reports
Discussion: and RedState
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.
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Book on Trump campaign reveals Hope Hicks steamed Trump's suits while he wore them  —  White House communications director Hope Hicks steamed President Trump's suits on the 2016 campaign trail while he was wearing them, according to an upcoming book on the campaign.
Discussion: RedState and Business Insider
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report
Discussion: Business Insider
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump waffles on size of corporate tax cut, hours after Senate GOP passes bill that met his demands  —  President Trump on Saturday suggested for the first time that he would consider significant changes to the emerging tax overhaul plan, including setting the corporate tax rate at 22 percent …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
Why Trump's Tax Bill Could Be His Death Warrant  —  The president is giving establishment Republicans the one thing they need to abandon him.  —  “This is our due.”  So spoke Dick Cheney, according to journalist Ron Suskind, summing up the case for passing more tax cuts even as the United States …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Brian Faler / Politico:   What's next on tax reform
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
ABC News suspends Brian Ross for 4 weeks over erroneous Flynn story  —  Trump's praise of Michael Flynn over the years  —  ABC News announced Saturday that it has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about Michael Flynn.
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 …
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.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
How an unequal tax cut grew more unequal
Discussion: RedState
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Kushner holding talks with Saudi prince: report
Discussion: Bloomberg and RedState
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Throws a Holiday Party for the Press. Awk-ward.
Discussion: The Guardian and Shareblue Media
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History
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 Earlier Items: 
John Cicchitti / NTK Network:
Leon Panetta: It's a ‘Stretch’ to Say Trump Team Broke Law With Russian Contacts
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
US News:
The Female Obama  —  As someone christened the next Barack Obama …
Discussion: NTK Network
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  The public trust is in jeopardy, he said …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Is It Too Late for Robert Mueller to Save Us?
Jill Filipovic / New York Times:
The Men Who Cost Clinton the Election
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP's List of Economists Backing Tax Cut Includes Ghosts, Office Assistants, Ex-Felons …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Steve Schmidt: If Trump pardons Flynn it will create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that will end the GOP