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7:55 AM ET, December 4, 2017

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Billy Bush / New York Times:
Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That  —  The president is currently engaging in some revisionist history.  —  December 3, 2017  —  OPINION  —  Soil Power!  The Dirty Way to a Green Planet  —  Regenerative agriculture can help mitigate climate change.  —  December 2, 2017  —  OPINION
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 …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Beast
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House paranoid: 'Everyone thinks they're being recorded'  —  Michael Flynn's agreement to cooperate with investigators only adds to the worries after a former campaign aide's secret deal was kept quiet for months.  —  Paranoia is enveloping the White House and President Donald Trump's network …
CNN:
Trump's lawyer says he was behind President's tweet about firing Flynn  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, told CNN on Sunday that he wrote a tweet for the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account about the firing of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers
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
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Steve Bannon mulls Orrin Hatch endorsement to block Mitt Romney
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Sneak Peek: Trump's schedule this week
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump lawyer claims the “President cannot obstruct justice”  —  John Dowd, President Trump's outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.  —  The “President cannot obstruct justice …
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.
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Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Reality check? Trump's contradictions on full display
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Alabama Republicans call allegations against Roy Moore false
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Is Roy Moore winning? Don't ask the pollsters
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
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Grassley: Ending estate tax ‘recognizes people that are investing,’ not ‘spending every darn penny’
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:   GOP senator: No tax cuts for working people because they blow them on “booze or women”
New York Times:
Talk of a Peace Plan That Snubs Palestinians Roils Middle East  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a mysterious trip last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, traveled to Saudi Arabia's capital for consultations with the hard-charging crown prince about President Trump's plans for Middle East peace.
Discussion: israpundit.org
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
The POLITICO PLAYBOOK POWER LIST: 18 to watch in 18 — BIG WEEK: Gov't funding runs out Friday, House-Senate tax negotiations to begin — BILLY BUSH on Trump — ANNIE KARNI on Jared — TRUMP works to block ROMNEY  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good Monday morning.  JUST POSTED — THE POLITICO PLAYBOOK POWER LIST: 18 TO WATCH IN 18.
Axios:
What to make of Kushner's remarks on Middle East peace
Discussion: Politico
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: Towleroad, The Week, KTLA and NBC News
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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
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Prepare Contempt Action Against FBI, DOJ
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Bill Scher / Politico:
Clinton Should Run for Cotton's Senate Seat  —  With rumors swirling that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton will soon head for the CIA, another Senate race may be added to the 2018 list.  The safe money is for an open seat in Arkansas to stay in Republican hands.  But who thought Alabama would host a competitive Senate race?
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
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Lost Einsteins: The Innovations We're Missing
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Detroit Free Press:
Demolition executive says wiring to blame in failed Pontiac Silverdome implosion
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping
Discussion: CNN
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” Dec. 3, 2017
Discussion: IJR
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Roberts / Metro.co.uk:
Iceland's new PM is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist and environmentalist
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
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Trump Boycotts U.N. Migration Talks
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Why did Flynn lie and why did Mueller charge him with lying?
Discussion: Althouse