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10:20 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
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 …
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 …
Louis: It's time to start talking about impeachment
Discussion: The Atlantic and Bloomberg
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’
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets He Knew Flynn Lied to FBI When He Asked Comey to ‘Let Flynn Go’
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 …
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 …
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 and RedState
Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report
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
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 …
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.
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.
T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
Why Trump's Tax Bill Could Be His Death Warrant
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Republican Women in Alabama Sound Off on Roy Moore
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
David Weigel / Washington Post:   ‘This is class warfare’: Tax vote sparks political brawl over populism that will carry into 2018 elections
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pompeo: Trump tweets actually ‘help’ CIA  —  said on Saturday that President Trump's Twitter habits have actually helped his agency gather and understand intelligence.  —  Asked by Fox News's Bret Baier in a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif. …
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 …
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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:
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NBC News:
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Discussion: NBC News