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9:30 AM ET, December 4, 2017


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’
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.
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.
What to make of Kushner's remarks on Middle East peace
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Trump's lawyer says he was behind President's tweet about firing Flynn
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Justice Dept. offers up key witness in Russia probe as House Intel Chair threatens contempt
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Reality check? Trump's contradictions on full display
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lots Of Alabama Voters Care About Roy Moore's Scandals
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 …
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.
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”
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
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.
Dan Walters / Mercury News:
Could California be seeing the onset of a recession?  —  Twice each year, once in January and again in May, Gov. Jerry Brown warns Californians that the economic prosperity their state has enjoyed in recent years won't last forever.  —  Brown attaches his admonishments to the budgets …
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
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
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Scher / Politico:
Clinton Should Run for Cotton's Senate Seat
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Prepare Contempt Action Against FBI, DOJ
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt
Discussion: Reuters and Mother Jones
Joe Roberts /
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: Splinter and ImmigrationProf Blog
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