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8:35 AM ET, December 3, 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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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:
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 …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Oops: Trump's latest tweet about Michael Flynn could strengthen Mueller's case against president, experts say  —  On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he'd fired Flynn because he lied to the FBI.  According to legal experts, that admission could help prosecutors build …
Washington Post:
Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Did Trump's tweet about Michael Flynn's guilty plea just admit something it shouldn't have?
Fox News:
FBI official's role in Clinton email investigation under review  —  EXCLUSIVE - Two senior Justice Department officials have confirmed to Fox News that the department's Office of Inspector General is reviewing the role played in the Hillary Clinton email investigation by Peter Strzok …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes blows up, threatens contempt after FBI stonewalls House on Russia investigator demoted for anti-Trump bias  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark …
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Top FBI official assigned to Mueller's Russia probe said to have been removed after sending anti-Trump texts
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
New York Times:
Mueller Removed Top F.B.I. Agent Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts
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.
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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: AOL and RedState
Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report
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 …
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Axios:   ABC's Brian Ross suspended over erroneous Flynn report
ABC News:
After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties  —  WASHINGTON — A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia told a Trump campaign adviser last year that he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Most vulnerable Republican senator kicks stage 4 cancer patient out of town hall  —  “Why is Sen. Dean Heller so afraid of a stage 4 cancer patient?”  —  On Saturday morning, millions of Americans awoke to the news that Senate Republicans had passed a historically unpopular bill that raises taxes …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
During tax debate, Republican questions funding for children's health  —  Congress was supposed to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by Oct. 1.  As regular readers know, that was the day current funding for the program, which has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support, expired.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korean soldier's survival is ‘truly a miracle,’ says American rescue crew
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Detroit News:
Rep. Levin on retiring: ‘I just thought time had come’
T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
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NBC News:
Senators' pet projects added at last-minute into tax bill
Discussion: NBC News and Mother Jones
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Republican Women in Alabama Sound Off on Roy Moore
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
San Francisco's Shame
Discussion: Power Line
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Throws a Holiday Party for the Press. Awk-ward.
John Cicchitti / NTK Network:
Leon Panetta: It's a ‘Stretch’ to Say Trump Team Broke Law With Russian Contacts
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Is It Too Late for Robert Mueller to Save Us?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post