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Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17  —  Delray Beach, Fla. — Debbie Wesson Gibson was in her attic hauling out boxes of Christmas decorations last week when she noticed a storage bin she said she had forgotten about.  Inside was a scrapbook from her senior year …
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — RNC Jumps Back into Alabama Race Behind Judge Roy Moore  —  MOBILE, Alabama — The Republican National Committee (RNC) is now again backing Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.  The RNC's decision to now publicly support Moore again comes in the wake …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
'We've already lost' — GOP takes stock of the nightmare unfolding in Alabama  —  WASHINGTON  —  The Alabama Senate race is days away, but already, top Republicans are admitting defeat.  —  Whether their candidate, Roy Moore, overcomes multiple on-the-record accusations of child molestation …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
New York Times:
Roy Moore Gets Trump Endorsement and R.N.C. Funding for Senate Race
Haley Byrd / IJR:
Republican Senators Silent After Trump Endorses Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore for Senate
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign
CNN:
FBI agent dismissed from Mueller probe changed Comey's description of Clinton to ‘extremely careless’  —  Washington (CNN)A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
WH lawyer told Trump that Flynn misled FBI and Pence  —  Trump's lawyer says he wrote Flynn tweet  —  Washington (CNN)The White House's chief lawyer told President Donald Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the FBI and lied to Vice President Mike Pence …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence pleads ignorance as Russia probe deepens  —  The vice president has been absent for key moments involving senior administration figures, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  —  As the White House contends with questions about who knew about former national security …
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill, The Week and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:   Trump's tweet raises obstruction specter, worries allies
Sara Carter / The Sean Hannity Show:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Supervisor BOOTED from Mueller Probe INTERVIEWED Mike Flynn
New York Times:
McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows  —  WASHINGTON — An email sent during the transition by President Trump's former deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, appears to contradict testimony she gave to Congress over the summer …
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
McFarland testified she wasn't aware of Flynn contacts she emailed about
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
The Intercept:
TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WEIGHING PLANS FOR PRIVATE SPIES TO COUNTER “DEEP STATE” ENEMIES  —  The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal …
Discussion: Political Wire
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Manafort worked on op-ed with Russian while out on bail, prosecutors say  —  Washington (CNN)Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an op-ed while out on bail last month with a Russian who has ties to the Russian intelligence service, Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Muller's team said Monday.
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Washington Post:
Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has ‘ties’ to Russian intelligence
Discussion: New York Times
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Special counsel backs out of bail deal with Paul Manafort, saying he tried to hide a public relations effort
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MSNBC to Cut Ties With Sam Seder After Roman Polanski Rape Joke (Exclusive)  —  “Internally there was disgust over the tweet,” an individual familiar with the matter tells TheWrap  —  MSNBC has decided not to renew its contract with contributor Sam Seder after an old tweet emerged …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Sought to Undercut an Unfavorable Analysis of the Tax Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican requirement that Congress consider the full cost of major legislation threatened to derail the party's $1.5 trillion tax rewrite last week.  So lawmakers went on the offensive to discredit the agency performing the analysis.
Discussion: Business Insider, IJR and Towleroad
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Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
Is the GOP tax plan an unprecedented windfall for the wealthy?  We look at 50 years of data to find out.
Wall Street Journal:
High-Income Households Would Get Biggest Boost From Senate Tax Bill, Analysis Says
Discussion: Axios
CNBC:
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban  — The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations to go into effect.  —  The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel …
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Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
John Oliver Gets Into Heated Argument With Dustin Hoffman Over Harassment at Film Panel (Report)  —  At a ‘Wag the Dog’ 20th anniversary screening, the ‘Last Week Tonight’ host questioned Hoffman over recent sexual harassment allegations against him.  —  John Oliver got into a testy argument …
Discussion: Deadline, Raw Story and Mediaite
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
House Republicans Already Shooting Down Tax Bill's Promises … House conservatives are already indicating that they're prepared to block some of the key legislative promises that Senate Republicans demanded in exchange for their vote on tax reform legislation.
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Hard-right caucus nearly scuttles tax work
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sessions argued in Clinton impeachment that presidents can obstruct justice  —  Donald Trump's personal lawyer argued Monday that, as the nominal head of federal law enforcement, the president is legally unable to obstruct justice.  But the exact opposite view was once argued by another senior Trump lawyer …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Senate GOP Accidentally Killed Some of Its Donors' Favorite Tax Breaks  —  On Friday, Senate Republicans rewrote the American tax code over lunch — and passed their (partially handwritten) legislation around 2 a.m. the following morning. … Mitch McConnell never subjected his blueprint …
Ken White / Popehat:
Everybody Lies: FBI Edition  —  You, dear readers, know my advice about talking to the FBI: don't.  If the FBI — or any law enforcement agency — asks to talk to you, say “No, I want to talk to my lawyer, I don't want to talk to you,” and repeat as necessary.  Do not talk to them “just to see what they want.”
Rachael Bade / Politico:
A congressman's accuser: Blackballed and babysitting for cash  —  North Carolina native Lauren Greene aspired to a career in politics when she arrived on Capitol Hill as an intern in 2009.  She spent the next five years climbing the Capitol Hill ladder, ultimately becoming a communications director for a congressman in 2014.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Exclusive: Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks  —  A USA TODAY review finds thousands of guns were sold to people who should have failed their background checks.  Now, federal agents have the dangerous jobs of trying to get those guns back.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: RedState, IJR and Axios
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Department warns of violence ahead of Trump Jerusalem decision  —  The State Department has warned American embassies worldwide to heighten security ahead of a possible announcement Wednesday by President Donald Trump that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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Yara Bayoumy / Reuters:
‘Kiss of death’ to two-state solution if Jerusalem declared Israel capital: PLO envoy
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters’  —  WASHINGTON — Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, defended his work force in an email on Monday after President Trump said on Twitter that the agency's standing was the “worst in History” and its reputation was in “Tatters.”
Carrie Johnson / National Security:
2016 RNC Delegate: Trump Directed Change To Party Platform On Ukraine Support  —  President Trump may have been involved with a change to the Republican Party campaign platform last year that watered down support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine, according to new information from someone who was involved.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and NPR
 
 
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Rob Low / FOX31 Denver:
Voter fraud trial underway for former GOP chairman
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican War on Economics
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Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
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Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
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Adam Clymer / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Nassauer / Dow Jones Newswires:
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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California Assemblyman accused of forcing lobbyist into bathroom and masturbating
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Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
Trump may face a reckoning in case brought by female accuser