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9:10 AM ET, December 2, 2017

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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
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Over By Thanksgiving’: White House Lawyer Ty Cobb Was Disastrously Wrong
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
MICHAEL FLYNN'S GUILTY PLEA SHOWS THAT ROBERT MUELLER IS CLOSING IN
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Former Prosecutors Break Down What Mike Flynn's Plea Deal Really Means
Discussion: The Guardian, Washington Post and Vox
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
What the Flynn Plea Means
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:   Limbaugh: Timing of Flynn Charges ‘May Not Be Coincidental’ — ‘Look at All the News It Has Swept Off the Front Pages’
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Facing mounting legal vulnerabilities, Flynn turned to a deal
Discussion: BuzzFeed
David Faris / The Week:
The GOP's massive tax overhaul is a monstrosity  —  In a truly wild and dizzying Friday night and Saturday morning in Washington, Senate Republicans committed collective political suicide by passing a deeply detested tax bill they were still writing seemingly moments before they jammed …
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New York Times:
Senate Passes Sweeping Republican Tax Overhaul Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades early Saturday, with Republicans lining up to approve an overhaul that will touch almost every corner of the United States economy, affecting families …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
How an unequal tax cut grew more unequal  —  When Senate Republicans introduced their tax bill in mid-November, they faced competing interests: Some senators thought it wasn't generous enough for working-class families.  Others thought it didn't deliver enough to business owners.
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
GOP passes deeply unpopular tax hike on middle class, sealing their fate for 2018  —  At 2 AM on Saturday morning, after an endless marathon of procedural wrangling, Senate Republicans voted to wreak havoc on the middle class.  —  By passing their massive scheme to raise taxes …
Discussion: The Week and Vox
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
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP's List of Economists Backing Tax Cut Includes Ghosts, Office Assistants, Ex-Felons, and a Sprinkling of Real Economists  —  Touting support for their tax cut legislation, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, released a letter …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security
Discussion: The Week and Politico
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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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:   Gay GOP group urges ‘good Christians’ to oppose Moore
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats say GOP tax perk aimed at helping one influential conservative college  —  At nearly 500 pages, the emerging Senate tax bill provides breaks for industries small and large, but one particular provision sparked a heated exchange Friday night, something Democrats calling it the “Hillsdale carveout”.
Discussion: RedState
John Bowden / The Hill:
Clinton on Matt Lauer: ‘Every day I believe more in karma’  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  —  commented Thursday night on longtime NBC host Matt Lauer's firing, remarking that she believes in the concept of karma a little more “every day,” Philly Voice reports.
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NBC News source says Matt Lauer will not receive a payout
Emily Smith / Page Six:
The ‘Today’ show was a ‘total boys’ club' during Lauer's tenure
 
 
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Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Steve Schmidt: If Trump pardons Flynn it will create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that will end the GOP
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How the Lawyer David Boies Turned a Young Novelist's Sexual Past Against Her
Discussion: New York Times
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule decision on DACA documents
Discussion: Politico
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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
DOJ issues arrest warrant for undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle killing
Discussion: IJR and Washington Free Beacon
 Earlier Items: 
Page Six:
Scaramucci and his wife call off their divorce
Discussion: East Bay Times
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
Former President Barack Obama: ‘Think before you tweet’
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Actually, a Roy Moore Victory Could Set Back the Pro-Life Cause for Years
Discussion: The Federalist
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
The Great American Single-Family Home Problem
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Lawmaker behind secret $84K sexual harassment settlement unmasked