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11:35 PM ET, December 3, 2017


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Trump's lawyer says he was behind President's tweet about firing Flynn
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hounded by Bob Mueller, Donald Trump Is Still Profoundly Reshaping the Country
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump moves to block Romney from the Senate  —  Donald Trump is going all out to persuade seven-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to seek reelection — a push aimed in no small part at keeping the president's longtime nemesis, Mitt Romney, out of the Senate.  —  Romney has been preparing to run …
Discussion: The Week
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Steve Bannon mulls Orrin Hatch endorsement to block Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Sneak Peek: Trump's schedule this week
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.
New York Times:
Alabama's Disdain for Democrats Looms Over Its Senate Race  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Anne Stickney does not have many good things to say about Roy S. Moore.  She saw as mere “posturing” his name-making crusade over the display of the Ten Commandments in various Alabama courthouses.
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
McConnell Says He'll Let Alabama Voters ‘Make the Call’ on Roy Moore
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Grassley: Ending estate tax ‘recognizes people that are investing,’ not ‘spending every darn penny’  —  (R-Iowa) said he favors repealing the estate tax, which the Senate tax reform bill does not do, saying it “recognizes the people that are investing,” The Des Moines Register reported Saturday.
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
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
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: Raw Story and RedState
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Met Opera Suspends James Levine After Sexual Abuse Accusations  —  The Metropolitan Opera suspended James Levine, its revered conductor and former music director, on Sunday after three men came forward with accusations that Mr. Levine sexually abused them decades ago, when the men were teenagers.
Discussion: NBC News
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
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 …
What to make of Kushner's remarks on Middle East peace  —  President Trump's son in law and senior adviser Jared Kushner was the administration's key note speaker today at the Saban Forum in Washington.  It was the first time Kushner spoke publicly about the administration's efforts to promote …
Discussion: Politico
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping  —  Now that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I., and agreed to dish on his former boss, some Trump-watchers are suggesting that impeachment may be around the corner.  “It's time to start talking about impeachment,” announced a Saturday column on
Discussion: CNN
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
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Detroit Free Press:
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Discussion: NBC News and NPR
Bill Scher / Politico:
Clinton Should Run for Cotton's Senate Seat
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” Dec. 3, 2017
Discussion: IJR
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
As Hurricane Irma Neared Florida, Immigration Agents Kept Picking Up Undocumented People Despite Promises
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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
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Iceland's new PM is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist and environmentalist
 Earlier Items: 
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Pence tells Christian broadcaster: ‘Trump is a believer’
Discussion:, IJR and RedState
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
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
The short, now-unhappy political career of Ruben Kihuen
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Trump Boycotts U.N. Migration Talks
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller