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9:25 AM ET, December 2, 2017


 Top Items: 
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
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 …
New York Times:
Flynn Flipped.  Who's Next?  —  We now have a better idea why President Trump went to such great lengths to shield Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, from the prying eyes of the F.B.I. and various congressional committees over the past year.  Unfortunately for Mr. Trump, it didn't work out as he had planned.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump keeps playing nice with Mueller, for now
Discussion: Raw Story, FiveThirtyEight and IJR
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
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:   Limbaugh: Timing of Flynn Charges ‘May Not Be Coincidental’ — ‘Look at All the News It Has Swept Off the Front Pages’
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
What the Flynn Plea Means
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Facing mounting legal vulnerabilities, Flynn turned to a deal
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
How the Flynn Charges Box In Trump
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.
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 …
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
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Steve Schmidt: If Trump pardons Flynn it will create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that will end the GOP  —  GOP strategist Steve Schmidt isn't optimistic about the Republican Congress' potential for impeaching President Donald Trump in the wake of former adviser Mike Flynn's guilty plea …
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.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NBC News source says Matt Lauer will not receive a payout
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
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.
Discussion: IJR and Washington Free Beacon
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
DOJ files arrest warrant for illegal immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle case
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Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How the Lawyer David Boies Turned a Young Novelist's Sexual Past Against Her
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
Former President Barack Obama: ‘Think before you tweet’
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
The Great American Single-Family Home Problem
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Lawmaker behind secret $84K sexual harassment settlement unmasked