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6:25 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 …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
WH lawyer told Trump that Flynn misled FBI and Pence  —  Trump's lawyer says he wrote Flynn tweet  —  Washington (CNN)The White House's chief lawyer told President Donald Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the FBI and lied to Vice President Mike Pence …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sessions argued in Clinton impeachment that presidents can obstruct justice  —  Donald Trump's personal lawyer argued Monday that, as the nominal head of federal law enforcement, the president is legally unable to obstruct justice.  But the exact opposite view was once argued by another senior Trump lawyer …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Sessions deemed obstruction a “high crime” in Clinton's case
Discussion: RedState
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17  —  Delray Beach, Fla. — Debbie Wesson Gibson was in her attic hauling out boxes of Christmas decorations last week when she noticed a storage bin she said she had forgotten about.  Inside was a scrapbook from her senior year …
New York Times:
McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows  —  WASHINGTON — An email sent during the transition by President Trump's former deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, appears to contradict testimony she gave to Congress over the summer …
Discussion: Axios
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Dismissed FBI agent changed Comey's language on Clinton emails to ‘extremely careless’: report
Discussion: RedState
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Is Sued by Woman Who Settled Over Harassment Accusations  —  A woman who reached a settlement with Bill O'Reilly over harassment allegations sued Mr. O'Reilly and Fox News on Monday for defamation and breach of contract, saying that public statements he and the network made violated …
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Tucker Carlson explains why he has avoided covering sexual-harassment stories about Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump shrinks two huge national monuments in Utah, drawing praise and protests
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MSNBC to Cut Ties With Sam Seder After Roman Polanski Rape Joke (Exclusive)  —  “Internally there was disgust over the tweet,” an individual familiar with the matter tells TheWrap  —  MSNBC has decided not to renew its contract with contributor Sam Seder after an old tweet emerged …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban while legal challenges continue  —  The Supreme Court on Monday granted President Trump's request that his revised travel ban be enforced fully while legal challenges to it proceed in lower courts.  —  The justices approved a request …
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Breaking
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Senate GOP Accidentally Killed Some of Its Donors' Favorite Tax Breaks  —  On Friday, Senate Republicans rewrote the American tax code over lunch — and passed their (partially handwritten) legislation around 2 a.m. the following morning. … Mitch McConnell never subjected his blueprint …
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 Collins / The Daily Beast:
Mueller: Manafort Wrote Op-Ed With Russian Operative Last Week
Discussion: Politico
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation  —  Which means that it's an impeachment investigation  —  The smoke is clearing from an explosive Mueller investigation weekend of charges, chattering, and tweets.  Before the next aftershock, it might be helpful to make three points about where things stand.
Rick Spruill / KAJA-TV:
Farenthold: “I didn't do anything wrong.”  —  CORPUS CHRISTI -  —  U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold says he's going to pay back the money taxpayers spent settling a lawsuit filed against his office by a former employee.  —  The four-term Congressmen tells 6 Investigates he was not given a choice …
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Exclusive: Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks  —  A USA TODAY review finds thousands of guns were sold to people who should have failed their background checks.  Now, federal agents have the dangerous jobs of trying to get those guns back.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Axios and IJR
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Sought to Undercut an Unfavorable Analysis of the Tax Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican requirement that Congress consider the full cost of major legislation threatened to derail the party's $1.5 trillion tax rewrite last week.  So lawmakers went on the offensive to discredit the agency performing the analysis.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Roy Moore: ‘Immorality has sunken to a new low’  —  Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said in an interview released Monday that he's learned while running for Senate that “immorality has sunken to a new low,” citing political advertisements run by his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
Sarah Nassauer / Dow Jones Newswires:
While other retailers focus on cities, the thriving discount chain is building thousands of stores aimed at lower-income shoppers in small towns  —  EVENSVILLE, Tenn.—The local Dollar General store, built on a rural highway and surrounded by farmland, sells no fresh meat, greens or fruit.
Discussion: Vox
Trump pick for top UN position praised Milo Yiannopoulos, shared inflammatory memes on Facebook  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's pick for a top post at the United Nations repeatedly praised far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and shared disparaging memes …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economist Larry Summers predicts 10,000 will die per year due to tax reform  — Some 10,000 Americans a year will die if the Republican tax reform bill is passed as written, economist Larry Summers said.  — Summers, a top official in both the Clinton and Obama administrations …
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
Trump may face a reckoning in case brought by female accuser  —  In the weeks leading up to his election, Donald Trump went on a tear against a list of women who had accused him of touching them inappropriately.  One was Summer Zervos, who had been a contestant on his reality television show.
Discussion: Political Wire
Steve Inskeep / National : NPR:
After Flynn Plea, What Comes Next In Russia Investigation?  —  Steve Inskeep talks to Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney fired by President Trump, on Michael Flynn's guilty plea and the special counsel investigation into Russia's election meddling.  —  STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Netflix Exec Tells Woman The Company Doesn't Believe Actor's Rape Accusers.  Then She Said She Was One.  —  Police are investigating four women's claims that “The Ranch” star Danny Masterson raped them in the early 2000s.  —  One of actor Danny Masterson's alleged sexual assault victims …
2 people fired after ‘deplorable’ comments surface directed at Eagle Grove basketball team  —  Two identified as Orin Harris, on-air personality, and a board operator who is also a teacher at Forest City schools.  —  Forest City, Iowa - Two employees at radio station KIOW have been fired …
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.
Discussion: CNBC
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
California Assemblyman accused of forcing lobbyist into bathroom and masturbating  —  Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)  —  Sacramento lobbyist Pamela Lopez has claimed that, in 2016, Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh followed her into a bathroom …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party Maintains Edge in Party Affiliation
Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Aluminum War
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Cafe Hayek
ABC News president excoriates staff over Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
NBC News:
Meet the Press - December 3, 2017
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Mulvaney says he won't fire consumer bureau deputy director who sued him
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
Letter to the newsroom: We've filed for an election
Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
Why I want to challenge Bob Menendez in a bid for senator
Paul Guzzo / Tampa Bay Times:
Sign language interpreter at Seminole Heights news conference delivered confusion, not clarity
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Leiserson / Equitable Growth:
The Tax Foundation's treatment of the estate tax in its macroeconomic model
Discussion: New York Times
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Trump Disbands Group Meant to Prepare Cities for Climate Shocks
Discussion: Axios
Jack Goldsmith / The Atlantic:
The Cost of Trump's Attacks on the FBI
Discussion: MSNBC
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite pledge, Trump company works with a foreign entity. Again.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Bus company serving University of Illinois criticized for ‘racist and bigoted’ ad
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Ilya Marritz / WNYC News:
Harassment and Bullying Allegations Rock WNYC After Departure of Celebrated Host
Discussion: Eschaton
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Trump Has Unleashed “Unprecedented” Levels Of Polarization In How People View The Media, Says This New Survey
Discussion: The Hill