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5:45 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
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's uncontrollable tweeting triggers deeper anxiety among advisers  —  It took nearly 24 hours for President Donald Trump to tweet about the news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents — a delay that Trump's advisers said was not uncommon …
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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.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at the F.B.I. on Sunday, defending himself after the guilty plea by his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, by charging that the bureau's reputation was …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hounded by Bob Mueller, Donald Trump Is Still Profoundly Reshaping the Country
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Steve Bannon mulls Orrin Hatch endorsement to block Mitt Romney
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Sneak Peek: Trump's schedule this week
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.
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CBS News:
CBS News poll: Alabama Republicans call allegations against Roy Moore false  —  A new CBS News poll finds 71 percent of Alabama Republicans say the allegations against Roy Moore are false, and those who believe this also overwhelmingly believe Democrats and the media are behind those allegations.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Is Roy Moore winning? Don't ask the pollsters
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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
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
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.
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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?
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
Detroit Free Press:
Demolition executive says wiring to blame in failed Pontiac Silverdome implosion  —  A series of thunderous detonations rocked the Pontiac Silverdome early Sunday morning, sending up clouds of smoke and thrilling a spectator crowd of hundreds out to watch the start of the stadium's demolition.
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
CNN:
US masses stealth jets in South Korea for war games  —  (CNN)US F-22 fighter jets roared into the sky over South Korea on Monday to start air combat exercises that North Korea says are pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.  —  A US 7th Air Force official said the top-of-the-line F-22s …
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
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
MSNBC Host Joy Reid Wrote Numerous Anti-Gay Articles on Her Old Blog  —  Recently resurfaced internet archives show political commentator Joy Reid wrote a dozen blog posts in 2007, 2008, and 2009 that contained homophobic conspiracies and anti-gay jokes.  —  The MSNBC weekend host ran …
 
 
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping
Discussion: CNN
CBS News:
Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Face the Nation,” Dec. 3, 2017
Discussion: IJR
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
As Hurricane Irma Neared Florida, Immigration Agents Kept Picking Up Undocumented People Despite Promises
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Pence tells Christian broadcaster: ‘Trump is a believer’
Discussion: IJR, CBN.com and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump's military buildup still a mirage
Axios:
What to make of Kushner's remarks on Middle East peace
Discussion: Politico
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
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Trump Boycotts U.N. Migration Talks
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Why did Flynn lie and why did Mueller charge him with lying?
Discussion: Althouse