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10:05 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 …
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
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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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
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
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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
Discussion: National Review and Politicus USA
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
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”
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Despite lawmakers' warnings, few Iowa farmers face estate tax
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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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 …
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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
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 …
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.
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: Axios
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 …
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Prepare Contempt Action Against FBI, DOJ
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CBS News:
McConnell says it's “impossible” to guarantee tax cut for everyone in middle class  —  After the Senate passed its version of the GOP-led tax bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it's “impossible” to craft a bill with language that would guarantee everyone in the middle class would see a tax cut.
Discussion: Eschaton
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
 
 
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's “Fake News” Tactics
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
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Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Women Line Up to Run for Office, Harnessing Their Outrage at Trump
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
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Discussion: Axios
Brooke Sopelsa / NBC News:
MSNBC's Joy Reid apologizes for ‘insensitive’ LGBT blog posts
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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
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Eric Garcetti for president? Really?
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Reuters and Mother Jones
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