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2:45 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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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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer says president knew Flynn had given FBI the same account he gave to vice president
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
NONE DARE CALL IT COLLUSION
Discussion: Lawfare, Mediaite and Splinter
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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Associated Press:
Cathay Pacific crew witnessed North Korea missile test
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Danny Mok / South China Morning Post:
Cathay Pacific not changing routes despite crew's suspected sighting of North Korean missile test
Discussion: Axios, Telegraph, The Guardian and AOL
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: Hit & Run and CANNONFIRE
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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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Trump-Russia probe, was it all about the Logan Act?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Tucker Carlson explains why he has avoided covering sexual-harassment stories about Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lots Of Alabama Voters Care About Roy Moore's Scandals
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.
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
Eric Garcia / Roll Call:
Former Rep. Corrine Brown Sentenced to Five Years  —  A federal court sentenced former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison Monday for fraud and conspiracy charges, according to WOKV.  —  Brown was found guilty in May for fraudulently taking thousands of dollars …
Discussion: WJXX-TV
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Corrine Brown sentenced to 5 years in federal prison
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and twitchy.com
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.
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Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Poll: Majority of Trump supporters say media is ‘enemy of American people’
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Trump Disbands Group Meant to Prepare Cities for Climate Shocks  —  Community Resilience Panel was created by Obama in 2015  —  ‘One of the last federal bodies’ to talk about climate change  —  The Trump administration has terminated a cross-agency group created to help local officials protect …
Discussion: Axios
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
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.
 
 
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Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis call for boycott of Jewish arts centre over LGBT support
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economist Larry Summers predicts 10,000 will die per year due to tax reform
Kelly Maricle / WHOTV:
Radio Employees Fired After Racist Comments Go Viral
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Jack Goldsmith / The Atlantic:
The Cost of Trump's Attacks on the FBI
Discussion: Vox
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Trump Tax Cuts for the Rich Must, and Will, Be Repealed
Discussion: Washington Post
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
NRSC staffers resign after digital break-in
 Earlier Items: 
Halina Watts / mirror:
Pink reveals her daughter wants to marry an African woman - and she's delighted about it
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party Maintains Edge in Party Affiliation
Sheryl Sandberg:
The 1992 presidential race was once summed up in a pointed phrase …
Discussion: AOL
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
George Papadopoulos' late night with the FBI
New York Times:
Talk of a Peace Plan That Snubs Palestinians Roils Middle East
Discussion: Politico and israpundit.org
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump moves to block Romney from the Senate