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11:00 AM ET, December 2, 2017


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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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence  —  The end game is the removal of Trump, either by impeachment or by publicly discrediting him and making his reelection politically impossible.  —  Here's what I'd be tempted to do if I were President Trump …
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump: I'm not worried about Flynn's guilty plea  —  President Trump on Saturday addressed for the first time his former national security adviser's admission that he lied to FBI investigators about his contact with Russian officials.  —  “No, I'm not” worried about what Michael Flynn will tell investigators, Trump told reporters.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Joe.My.God.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump keeps playing nice with Mueller, for now  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers have been counseling him since this past summer to play nice with special counsel Robert Mueller.  —  Cooperation with the Russia probe, the president's attorneys have argued, is the best path to the exoneration 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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:   Is It Too Late for Robert Mueller to Save Us?
New York Times:
Flynn's Guilty Plea Looms Over a White House on the Verge of a Tax Cut Success
Discussion: Business Insider
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump White House caught off guard by Flynn plea
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Kushner Is Said to Have Ordered Flynn to Contact Russia
Associated Press:
Trump's favorite general: Michael Flynn's rise and fall
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Over By Thanksgiving’: White House Lawyer Ty Cobb Was Disastrously Wrong
Discussion: Raw Story
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Facing mounting legal vulnerabilities, Flynn turned to a deal
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Discussion: The Week, Politico and CNBC
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Week, Vox and New York Times
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Washington Post:
Senate passes Republican tax plan in major win for Trump and party leaders
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 …
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 …
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.
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:   Gay GOP group urges ‘good Christians’ to oppose Moore
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 …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Special Giveaways in Tax Cut Bill Benefit Family Members, Colleagues of Key GOP Senators
Discussion: NBC News, Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: WNYC News
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Lori Ann LaRocco / CNBC:
Bush tax-cut architect dismisses JCT scoring of the Senate tax bill as a ‘fraud’
Discussion: and Vox
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Steve Schmidt: If Trump pardons Flynn it will create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that will end the GOP
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats say GOP tax perk aimed at helping one influential conservative college
Discussion: RedState
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How the Lawyer David Boies Turned a Young Novelist's Sexual Past Against Her
Discussion: Althouse and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
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”