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5:20 PM ET, December 3, 2017


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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.
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Most Republicans in Alabama do not believe Moore allegations: poll
Discussion: RedState and Splinter
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
McConnell Says He'll Let Alabama Voters ‘Make the Call’ on Roy Moore
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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: CNN, IJR and The Daily Caller
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Trump's lawyer: I wrote the president's ‘sloppy’ tweet about Flynn's dismissal
Louis: It's time to start talking about impeachment
Discussion: The Atlantic and KTLA
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:   Oops: Trump's latest tweet about Michael Flynn could strengthen Mueller's case against president, experts say
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
Discussion: RedState
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 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Report: FBI Agent Axed From Russia Probe Over ‘Anti-Trump Texts’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Breaking
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 …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:   Despite lawmakers' warnings, few Iowa farmers face estate tax
What to make of Kushner's remarks on Middle East peace
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
EXCLUSIVE ‘President Trump Is a Believer and so am I’: Pence Confirms Trump's Christian Faith to CBN News
Discussion: IJR
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
Nina Shapiro / The Seattle Times:
ICE tracks down immigrant who spoke to media in SW Washington: ‘You are the one from the newspaper’  —  After talking to The Seattle Times about his girlfriend's arrest by immigration officials, a Pacific County man was detained himself.  He said an agent told him it was because of what had been written.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Joe Roberts /
Iceland's new PM is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist and environmentalist  —  Iceland's new prime minister is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist, democratic socialist, who is also an expert on crime literature.  —  Katrin Jakobsdottir plans to make the small island nation a world-leader in fighting climate change.
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
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
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Art Buchwald / Kansas City Star:
Oh yeah? Well, what about Chappaquiddick?
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump's military buildup still a mirage
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
The short, now-unhappy political career of Ruben Kihuen
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
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
McConnell: There will be no government shutdown
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Will Mark Halperin's Harassment Scandal Be a Game Changer?
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