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4:15 PM ET, December 3, 2017


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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.
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 and Raw Story
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.
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
McConnell Says He'll Let Alabama Voters ‘Make the Call’ on Roy Moore  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, who has argued for weeks that Roy S. Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate, should leave the race, said on Sunday that he was “going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump lawyer's backstory for a stunning tweet
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Trump's lawyer: I wrote the president's ‘sloppy’ tweet about Flynn's dismissal
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?
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Critics react to Trump's tweet on firing Flynn
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 …
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.
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 …
Louis: It's time to start talking about impeachment
Discussion: The Atlantic and KTLA
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
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 …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
McConnell: There will be no government shutdown  —  (R-Ky.) said Sunday that there will not be a government shutdown over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing “there is no crisis.”  —  “Look, there's not going to be a government shutdown.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
McConnell: 'There's not going to be a government shutdown'
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and The Week
The Daily Beast:
McConnell Walks Back Roy Moore Criticisms: It's Up to Alabama to Decide
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Axios
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.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Met Opera to Investigate James Levine Over Sexual Abuse Accusation
Discussion: thecut
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Trump Boycotts U.N. Migration Talks  —  The White House's ‘America First’ policy makers see little gain in setting the global rules for migration.  —  President Donald Trump has decided to boycott a global conference on migration scheduled to begin Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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
The Daily Beast:
Report: FBI Agent Axed From Russia Probe Over ‘Anti-Trump Texts’  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller removed a senior FBI official from his team in the Russia probe after learning of anti-Trump text messages that could be used to undermine the investigation's credibility, The Washington Post reports.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Week, Breaking and NBC News
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Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
The short, now-unhappy political career of Ruben Kihuen
Discussion: NBC News, The Slot and NPR
New York Times:
How the Republicans Broke Congress
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal that could shake up health-care industry, people familiar with the deal said
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Obama should be arrested for implying Trump needs a filter, Fox Business host suggests
Ilan Lior / Haaretz:
Tens of Thousands of Israelis Join ‘March of Shame’ Against Netanyahu in Tel Aviv
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Will GOP Cut Social Security And Medicare Before Or After The 2018 Election?
Discussion: The Guardian
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Despite lawmakers' warnings, few Iowa farmers face estate tax
 Earlier Items: 
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Will Mark Halperin's Harassment Scandal Be a Game Changer?
Trump campaigned as a populist. He's not delivering as president
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Charlottesville Police Chief: ‘Let Them Fight’
Discussion: RedState
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Terry McAuliffe's Dead-Serious Advice For Democrats: Have Some Fun!
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Trolls Locked My Twitter Account For 10 Days, And Welp
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pompeo: Trump tweets actually ‘help’ CIA
New York Times:
Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry