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12:20 PM 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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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Who Wrote That Flynn Tweet, Trump or Dowd?  It Hardly Matters—Both Answers Are Horrible for Trump … President Trump believed that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn probably told the FBI the same lies that he told Vice President Mike Pence.  —  In journalism, we are taught …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer says president knew Flynn had given FBI the same account he gave to vice president
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 …
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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
Associated Press:
Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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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.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Why does conservative Armstrong Williams want to buy the liberal Washington City Paper?  —  Armstrong Williams sat in his Capitol Hill office with a pistol on his hip and a plan for buying the Washington City Paper on his desk.  —  Why he'd need either is anybody's guess.
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: Politico and israpundit.org
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.
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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New York Times:
Did American Missile Defense Fail in Saudi Arabia?  —  The official story was clear: Saudi forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebel group last month at Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh.  It was a victory for the Saudis and for the United States, which supplied the Patriot missile defense system.
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite pledge, Trump company works with a foreign entity.  Again.  —  WASHINGTON  —  A construction company owned in part by the governments of Saudi Arabia and South Korea plans to build a Trump-branded luxury resort development in Indonesia despite a vow from Donald Trump that his family business …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Bus company serving University of Illinois criticized for ‘racist and bigoted’ ad  —  Suburban bus company that operates a shuttle at U. of I. draws condemnation from university, other groups for ad that took aim at Chinese students.  —  A bus company that runs shuttles between college campuses …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
NRSC staffers resign after digital break-in  —  Two fundraising staffers for the National Republican Senatorial Committee who broke into the computer servers of the House GOP campaign arm resigned late last week, Republican sources told POLITICO.  —  The staffers, Laura Kleffner and Krista Madaio …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party Maintains Edge in Party Affiliation  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-four percent of U.S. adults identify as Democrats or are independents who lean to the Democratic Party, while 37% are Republican identifiers or leaners.  Democrats have maintained an edge of between five …
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 …
 
 
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Halina Watts / mirror:
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Shawnee News-Star:
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Discussion: Raw Story and KFOR-TV
Sheryl Sandberg:
The 1992 presidential race was once summed up in a pointed phrase …
Discussion: AOL
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Trump-Russia probe, was it all about the Logan Act?
CBS News:
McConnell says it's “impossible” to guarantee tax cut for everyone in middle class
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
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