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10:10 PM ET, December 4, 2017


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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 …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
McFarland testified she wasn't aware of Flynn contacts she emailed about
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence pleads ignorance as Russia probe deepens
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Trump's tweet raises obstruction specter, worries allies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting explanations for why President Donald Trump fired national security adviser Michael Flynn have revived questions about whether the president may have obstructed an ongoing investigation of potential contacts between his campaign and Russia.
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 …
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.
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Mueller: Paul Manafort Wrote Op-Ed With Russian Operative Last Week
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and ABC News
Washington Post:
Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has ‘ties’ to Russian intelligence
Discussion: New York Times
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Manafort tried to pen positive op-ed on Ukraine work: special counsel
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and IJR
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
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
The RNC Resumes Helping Roy Moore
Discussion: RedState and Fox News Insider
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 …
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 …
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 …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Is Sued by Woman Who Settled Over Harassment Accusations  —  A woman who reached a settlement with Bill O'Reilly over harassment allegations sued Mr. O'Reilly and Fox News on Monday for defamation and breach of contract, saying that public statements he and the network made violated …
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Tucker Carlson explains why he has avoided covering sexual-harassment stories about Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban while legal challenges continue  —  The Supreme Court on Monday granted President Trump's request that his revised travel ban be enforced fully while legal challenges to it proceed in lower courts.  —  The justices approved a request …
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.
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Hard-right caucus nearly scuttles tax work  —  The Latest on tax bills in Congress (all times local):  —  House GOP conservatives may be making headway in their effort to keep the government open through Dec. 30 instead of setting up a pre-Christmas deadline for a potential bipartisan budget deal.
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:   House Republicans Already Shooting Down Tax Bill's Promises
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
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.”
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Georgia's Biggest Democratic Bastion May Hand Democratic Candidate for Mayor a Big Defeat  —  Tensions between the business-friendly wing of the Democratic Party and the progressive faction have endangered the Democratic candidate for mayor of Atlanta in what ought to be a cakewalk of an election.
Rick Spruill / KAJA-TV:
Farenthold: “I didn't do anything wrong.”  —  CORPUS CHRISTI -  —  U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold says he's going to pay back the money taxpayers spent settling a lawsuit filed against his office by a former employee.  —  The four-term Congressmen tells 6 Investigates he was not given a choice …
Sarah Nassauer / Dow Jones Newswires:
While other retailers focus on cities, the thriving discount chain is building thousands of stores aimed at lower-income shoppers in small towns  —  EVENSVILLE, Tenn.—The local Dollar General store, built on a rural highway and surrounded by farmland, sells no fresh meat, greens or fruit.
Discussion: Vox
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economist Larry Summers predicts 10,000 will die per year due to tax reform  — Some 10,000 Americans a year will die if the Republican tax reform bill is passed as written, economist Larry Summers said.  — Summers, a top official in both the Clinton and Obama administrations …
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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