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11:40 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 …
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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
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  —  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 …
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 …
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New York Times:
Roy Moore Gets Trump Endorsement and R.N.C. Funding for Senate Race
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
The RNC Resumes Helping Roy Moore
Discussion: Shareblue Media, RedState and Splinter
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, MSNBC, Hullabaloo, RedState, IJR and Vox
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump lawyer claims the “President cannot obstruct justice”
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.
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
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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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 …
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: Raw Story
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 …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
A congressman's accuser: Blackballed and babysitting for cash
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
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 …
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.”
CNNMoney:
ABC News president excoriates staff over Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error  —  ABC suspends reporter over faulty Trump report  —  ABC News president James Goldston excoriated staff Monday over Brian Ross' major error on a report about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn …
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
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.
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.
CNN:
Trump pick for top UN position praised Milo Yiannopoulos, shared inflammatory memes on Facebook  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's pick for a top post at the United Nations repeatedly praised far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and shared disparaging memes …
TIME:
TIME Announces 2017 Person of the Year Shortlist on Today Show  —  The shortlist of candidates for TIME's 2017 Person of the Year was unveiled Monday morning on NBC's Today.  Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced …
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.”
 
 
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Rob Low / FOX31 Denver:
Voter fraud trial underway for former GOP chairman
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican War on Economics
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Department warns of violence ahead of Trump Jerusalem decision
NBC News:
Microwave weapon could fry North Korean missile controls, say experts
Discussion: Axios
Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins
Discussion: CBS New York
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Snapshot: Trump Approval Ties Weekly Low, at 35%
Adam Clymer / New York Times:
John Anderson, Who Ran Against Reagan and Carter in 1980, Is Dead at 95
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
PBS announces ‘Amanpour’ as interim replacement for Charlie Rose
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
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
President Trump Expected to Shrink Bears Ears by as Much as 90 Percent