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8:25 PM ET, December 3, 2017

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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's uncontrollable tweeting triggers deeper anxiety among advisers  —  It took nearly 24 hours for President Donald Trump to tweet about the news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents — a delay that Trump's advisers said was not uncommon …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at the F.B.I. on Sunday, defending himself after the guilty plea by his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, by charging that the bureau's reputation was …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hounded by Bob Mueller, Donald Trump Is Still Profoundly Reshaping the Country
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:   Was Michael Flynn asked to wear a wire in Mueller hunt for evidence on Russia?
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Trump's lawyer: I wrote the president's ‘sloppy’ tweet about Flynn's dismissal
Billy Bush / New York Times:
Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That  —  He said it.  “Grab 'em by the pussy.”  —  Of course he said it.  And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America's highest-rated bloviator.  Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present …
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.
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Is Roy Moore winning? Don't ask the pollsters
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
McConnell Says He'll Let Alabama Voters ‘Make the Call’ on Roy Moore
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Most Republicans in Alabama do not believe Moore allegations: poll
Discussion: RedState and Splinter
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Justice Dept. offers up key witness in Russia probe as House Intel Chair threatens contempt  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department has agreed to allow congressional investigators to interview a key FBI employee believed to have served as the main contact, or “handler” of …
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Prepare Contempt Action Against FBI, DOJ  —  Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray named  —  ‘It all starts to make sense,’ Trump says of Russia probe  —  U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kailani Koenig / NBC News:
Feinstein: Senate Russia probe building obstruction case against Trump  —  WASHINGTON — A Senate investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election has revealed a possible obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on “Meet The Press” Sunday.
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:   Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers
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.
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump has given staffers assignments and told them not to tell Kelly: report
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Prynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Grassley Implies Working Class Spends Tax Cuts On “Booze Or Women Or Movies”  — Home- 2017- December- 3- Grassley Implies Working Class Spends Tax Cuts On “Booze Or Women Or Movies”  —  After pretending for a brief moment in 2016 that the Republican Party stood for working people …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
'I don't think it's going to help': In a pro-Trump area, many voters are skeptical of GOP tax plan  —  STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — On a busy weeknight at the 5 Star Lanes bowling alley in this Detroit suburb that voted heavily for President Trump, there was little excitement about the Republican plan to cut taxes.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Axios:
What to make of Kushner's remarks on Middle East peace
Discussion: Politico
New York Post:
Legendary opera conductor molested teen for years: police report  —  Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine molested an Illinois teenager from the time he was 15 years old, sexual abuse that lasted for years and led the alleged victim to the brink of suicide, according to a police report obtained by The Post.
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Met Opera to Investigate James Levine Over Sexual Abuse Accusation
Discussion: thecut
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
MSNBC Host Joy Reid Wrote Numerous Anti-Gay Articles on Her Old Blog  —  Recently resurfaced internet archives show political commentator Joy Reid wrote a dozen blog posts in 2007, 2008, and 2009 that contained homophobic conspiracies and anti-gay jokes.  —  The MSNBC weekend host ran …
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Why did Flynn lie and why did Mueller charge him with lying?  —  BY ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 12/02/17 03:50 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  The charge to which retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty …
Discussion: Althouse
Art Buchwald / Kansas City Star:
Oh yeah?  Well, what about Chappaquiddick?  —  Republished courtesy of the estate of Art Buchwald  —  WASHINGTON  —  These are difficult times for people who are defending the Nixon administration.  No matter where they go they are attacked by pseudo-liberals, McGovern lovers …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Pence tells Christian broadcaster: ‘Trump is a believer’  —  Vice President Pence said Sunday that President Trump is a “believer” who is also “grateful [for] the support of believers.”  —  “Let me be clear: President Trump is a believer and so am I,” Pence told Christian Broadcast Networking …
Discussion: RedState
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CBN.com:
EXCLUSIVE ‘President Trump Is a Believer and so am I’: Pence Confirms Trump's Christian Faith to CBN News
Discussion: IJR
 
 
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Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
As Hurricane Irma Neared Florida, Immigration Agents Kept Picking Up Undocumented People Despite Promises
Discussion: Shareblue Media
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt
Discussion: Mother Jones
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
USA TODAY Investigation: VA knowingly hires doctors with past malpractice claims, discipline for poor care
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joe Roberts / Metro.co.uk:
Iceland's new PM is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist and environmentalist
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump's military buildup still a mirage
Nina Shapiro / The Seattle Times:
ICE tracks down immigrant who spoke to media in SW Washington: ‘You are the one from the newspaper’
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
The short, now-unhappy political career of Ruben Kihuen
Discussion: Townhall.com and NBC News
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Trump Boycotts U.N. Migration Talks
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Obama should be arrested for implying Trump needs a filter, Fox Business host suggests
Discussion: bizpacreview.com
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Will GOP Cut Social Security And Medicare Before Or After The 2018 Election?
Discussion: The Guardian
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Terry McAuliffe's Dead-Serious Advice For Democrats: Have Some Fun!
New York Times:
Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry