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2:00 PM 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 …
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Shareblue Media, AOL and NBC News
CNN:
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, KTLA and Bloomberg
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump lawyer's backstory for a stunning tweet
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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?
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Trump on Michael Flynn's guilty plea: It's a ‘shame’ because he had ‘nothing to hide’
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  —  President Trump has reportedly given staffers direct assignments by calling them secretly to the residence in the evenings, in an attempt to circumvent chief of staff John Kelly
Discussion: RedState, Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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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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: Washington Post, ABC News and Axios
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
McConnell: 'There's not going to be a government shutdown'
Discussion: Axios and The Week
ABC News:
Senate majority leader: 'There's not going to be a government shutdown'
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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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
BostonGlobe.com:
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 …
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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
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Will GOP Cut Social Security And Medicare Before Or After The 2018 Election?  —  The headline above is a serious question.  Assuming the Trump Family and Friends Tax Cut approved by the Senate by the Senate is enacted, big cuts to Social Security and Medicare will be the next target …
Discussion: The Guardian
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Terry McAuliffe's Dead-Serious Advice For Democrats: Have Some Fun!  —  There's a joke about Terry McAuliffe.  He made it up himself.  —  “Lot of history here,” he'll tell guests at the Virginia Executive Mansion.  “Our first governor, Patrick Henry.  Our second governor, Thomas Jefferson.
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
Discussion: AOL, RedState and Axios
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 …
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Will Mark Halperin's Harassment Scandal Be a Game Changer?  —  Halperin, who has proven to be one of Trump's many enablers, is now dealing with the aftermath of his own scandal that has cost him a publishing deal and his reputation.  —  Reputations aren't what they used to be.
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
ABC Suspends Reporter Brian Ross Over Erroneous Report About Trump  —  Brian Ross, the chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, has been suspended for four weeks without pay after incorrectly reporting that Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, would testify …
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Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Obama should be arrested for implying Trump needs a filter, Fox Business host suggests
Discussion: bizpacreview.com and Mediaite
Ilan Lior / Haaretz:
Tens of Thousands of Israelis Join ‘March of Shame’ Against Netanyahu in Tel Aviv
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Despite lawmakers' warnings, few Iowa farmers face estate tax
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Charlottesville Police Chief: ‘Let Them Fight’
Discussion: RedState
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Trolls Locked My Twitter Account For 10 Days, And Welp
 Earlier Items: 
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pompeo: Trump tweets actually ‘help’ CIA
Discussion: bizpacreview.com
Jeanne Sahadi / CNNMoney:
Here's what's in the Senate tax bill - and how it differs from the House's bill
Discussion: EconLog and The Root
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
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
During tax debate, Republican questions funding for children's health
Discussion: Vox and Balloon Juice