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9:00 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
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 …
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House paranoid: 'Everyone thinks they're being recorded'  —  Paranoia is enveloping the White House and President Donald Trump's network of former aides and associates as Robert Mueller's Russia probe heats up.  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate …
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.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's uncontrollable tweeting triggers deeper anxiety among advisers
Discussion: The Week
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hounded by Bob Mueller, Donald Trump Is Still Profoundly Reshaping the Country
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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: Just Security and 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
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 and Axios
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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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Reality check?  Trump's contradictions on full display  —  The TAKE with Rick Klein  —  There's so much winning - but oh so much potential losing.  —  The Trump presidency's many contradictions and contradictory impulses are on full display right now.
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.
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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Prynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Grassley Implies Working Class Spends Tax Cuts On “Booze Or Women Or Movies”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:   GOP senator: No tax cuts for working people because they blow them on “booze or women”
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
New York Times:
Why the Trump Team Should Fear the Logan Act  —  President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, acknowledged in court last week that he lied to F.B.I. investigators about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States in the run-up to Mr. Trump's inauguration.
Discussion: The Root
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Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Why did Flynn lie and why did Mueller charge him with lying?
Discussion: USA Today and Althouse
Corey Lewandowski / Politico:
'I've Got a Crook Running My Campaign'  —  The following is an excerpt from Let Trump Be Trump by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to be published on December 3.  —  We were somewhere over New Jersey, on our way to an event in Delaware, on the Trump helicopter when all hell broke loose.
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
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?
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.
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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Lost Einsteins: The Innovations We're Missing  —  Much of human progress depends on innovation.  It depends on people coming up with a breakthrough idea to improve life.  Think about penicillin or cancer treatments, electricity or the silicon chip.  —  For this reason, societies …
Discussion: Vox and Marginal REVOLUTION
 
 
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In a Venezuela Ravaged by Inflation, ‘a Race for Survival’
Michael McGowan / The Guardian:
Why did Roy Moore escape to Australia? Clues remain in the outback wilderness
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
George Papadopoulos' late night with the FBI
Dan Walters / Mercury News:
Could California be seeing the onset of a recession?
Discussion: Instapundit
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Eric Garcetti for president? Really?
Discussion: Instapundit
Detroit Free Press:
Demolition executive says wiring to blame in failed Pontiac Silverdome implosion
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping
Discussion: CNN
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
USA TODAY Investigation: VA knowingly hires doctors with past malpractice claims, discipline for poor care
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joe Roberts / Metro.co.uk:
Iceland's new PM is a 41-year-old anti-war feminist and environmentalist
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