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10:50 AM ET, December 4, 2017

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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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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer says president knew Flynn had given FBI the same account he gave to vice president … President Trump's personal lawyer said on Sunday that the president knew in late January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had probably given FBI agents the same inaccurate account …
CNN:
Trump's lawyer says he was behind President's tweet about firing Flynn
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lots Of Alabama Voters Care About Roy Moore's Scandals  —  Roy Moore, who has been accused by two women of initiating unwanted sexual contact with them when they were underaged, is back in the lead in the most recent polls of Alabama's Senate race.  Although it's still anyone's election …
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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.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Reality check? Trump's contradictions on full display
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A small-town Alabama newspaper takes a stand on Roy Moore. A very careful one.
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: CANNONFIRE
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   In Trump-Russia probe, was it all about the Logan Act?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump rips FBI over treatment of Flynn, Clinton … President Trump on Monday defended former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying it's “very unfair” he was charged with a crime and Hillary Clinton was not.  —  “Well, I feel badly for Gen. Flynn,” Trump told reporters.  “I feel very badly.
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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 …
Discussion: RedState, Axios and abc7news.com
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Danny Mok / South China Morning Post:
Cathay Pacific not changing routes despite crew's suspected sighting of North Korean missile test
Discussion: AOL and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Grassley: Ending estate tax ‘recognizes people that are investing,’ not ‘spending every darn penny’
Discussion: NPR and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
GOP senator: No tax cuts for working people because they blow them on “booze or women”
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Trump Has Unleashed “Unprecedented” Levels Of Polarization In How People View The Media, Says This New Survey  —  An alarming percentage of Republicans and Trump supporters see the press as “an enemy of the American people.”  Meanwhile, Democrats are seeing a surge in trust and confidence in the press.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
President Trump Expected to Shrink Bears Ears by as Much as 90 Percent  —  SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump is expected to announce a historic reduction to Bears Ears National Monument on Monday, a sprawling region of red rock canyons in Utah that has been at the center of a national fight …
Discussion: Axios
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
George Papadopoulos' late night with the FBI  —  When former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos stepped off a flight from Germany at Dulles Airport outside Washington last July, he had no inkling of the unwelcome surprise in store for him: FBI agents waiting to place him under arrest.
Ilya Marritz / WNYC News:
Harassment and Bullying Allegations Rock WNYC After Departure of Celebrated Host  —  On the morning of August 11 of this year, John Hockenberry signed off for the last time as host of WNYC's The Takeaway, the show he helped to launch almost a decade earlier.
 
 
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Sheryl Sandberg:
The 1992 presidential race was once summed up in a pointed phrase …
Discussion: AOL
CBS News:
McConnell says it's “impossible” to guarantee tax cut for everyone in middle class
Discussion: Eschaton and New York Magazine
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's “Fake News” Tactics
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
After Steinle verdict, rep unveils bill to imprison officials who shelter illegal immigrants
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Women Line Up to Run for Office, Harnessing Their Outrage at Trump
Brooke Sopelsa / NBC News:
MSNBC's Joy Reid apologizes for ‘insensitive’ LGBT blog posts
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Lost Einsteins: The Innovations We're Missing
Discussion: Vox and Marginal REVOLUTION
Detroit Free Press:
Demolition executive says wiring to blame in failed Pontiac Silverdome implosion
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
Bill Scher / Politico:
Clinton Should Run for Cotton's Senate Seat
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt
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
Discussion: Raw Story