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11:55 AM ET, December 3, 2017


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Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:
Was Michael Flynn asked to wear a wire in Mueller hunt for evidence on Russia?  —  Plea agreement includes clause showing Flynn consented to participate in 'covert law enforcement activities" if required  —  The least-noticed sentence in Michael Flynn's plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Louis: It's time to start talking about impeachment  — Errol Louis: It's time for Americans to ponder the gravity of the scandal engulfing the White House  — Louis: Expect more pressure on Pelosi to speak the truth: Top Trump officials have been lying about Russia
Discussion: The Atlantic and Bloomberg
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:   Oops: Trump's latest tweet about Michael Flynn could strengthen Mueller's case against president, experts say
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Did Trump's tweet about Michael Flynn's guilty plea just admit something it shouldn't have?
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
ABC Suspends Reporter Brian Ross Over Erroneous Report About Trump
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Trump on Michael Flynn's guilty plea: It's a ‘shame’ because he had ‘nothing to hide’
ABC News:
After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross
Axios:   ABC's Brian Ross suspended over erroneous Flynn report
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 …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Finds Loopholes in Chief of Staff's New Regime  —  Kelly establishes control, but the president's ‘workarounds’ show its limits  —  WASHINGTON—Chief of Staff John Kelly over the past five months has imposed discipline and rigorous protocols on a freewheeling White House.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Alabama Republicans call allegations against Roy Moore false  —  A new CBS News poll finds 71 percent of Alabama Republicans say the allegations against Roy Moore are false, and those who believe this also overwhelmingly believe Democrats and the media are behind those allegations.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
McConnell Walks Back Roy Moore Criticisms: It's Up to Alabama to Decide  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday appeared to walk back his criticisms of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.  “I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call,” he said on ABC's This Week.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Axios
T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
Why Trump's Tax Bill Could Be His Death Warrant
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump campaigned as a populist.  He's not delivering as president  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump ran a campaign on lifting up the little guy.  He was, in the words of his oldest son, “a blue-collar billionaire,” and it was his plain-spoken promise to be their warrior in Washington …
David Weigel / Washington Post:   ‘This is class warfare’: Tax vote sparks political brawl over populism that will carry into 2018 elections
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump waffles on size of corporate tax cut, hours after Senate GOP passes bill that met his demands
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes blows up, threatens contempt after FBI stonewalls House on Russia investigator demoted for anti-Trump bias
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
Discussion: AOL, RedState and Axios
Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report
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: Balloon Juice
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Terry McAuliffe's Dead-Serious Advice For Democrats: Have Some Fun!  —  Terry McAuliffe spent 35 years chasing checks from donors, raising millions for Democrats, amassing success and scandal, befriending the Clintons, and earning legendary political status as the high-energy, fun-loving fundraiser known as “the Macker.”
New York Times:
Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry  —  The overhaul by Republican lawmakers of the nation's tax laws percolated for weeks with virtually no public input, and by the end it turned into a chaotic mad dash with many last-minute changes on Friday night and Saturday morning …
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Charlottesville Police Chief: ‘Let Them Fight’  —  Yesterday I wrote about the damning 200-page report on the failure of police (and the city) to handle the escalating violence in Charlottesville back in August.  To summarize the report briefly, police were not properly prepared or equipped …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets He Knew Flynn Lied to FBI When He Asked Comey to ‘Let Flynn Go’
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
SNL's Toothless Trump Schtick Is Tired as Hell
Discussion: Althouse
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Trolls Locked My Twitter Account For 10 Days, And Welp
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pompeo: Trump tweets actually ‘help’ CIA
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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’
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Most vulnerable Republican senator kicks stage 4 cancer patient out of town hall
Discussion: Raw Story