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4:55 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 …
FBI agent dismissed from Mueller probe changed Comey's description of Clinton to ‘extremely careless’  —  Washington (CNN)A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Washington Times and KTLA
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.
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.
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and IJR
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump meets with Mormon leaders in Utah
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Trump shrinks Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in historic proclamations
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
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 …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lots Of Alabama Voters Care About Roy Moore's Scandals
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
Why I want to challenge Bob Menendez in a bid for senator  —  BY MICHAEL STARR HOPKINS, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 12/04/17 12:00 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  My name is Michael Starr Hopkins, and I am exploring a bid to become the next U.S. senator from New Jersey.
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Paul Guzzo / Tampa Bay Times:
Sign language interpreter at Seminole Heights news conference delivered confusion, not clarity
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Greg Leiserson / Equitable Growth:
The Tax Foundation's treatment of the estate tax in its macroeconomic model
Discussion: New York Times
Bill Clinton / New York Times:
Americans Must Decide Who We Really Are
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Trump Tax Cuts for the Rich Must, and Will, Be Repealed
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite pledge, Trump company works with a foreign entity. Again.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
NRSC staffers resign after digital break-in
Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Bus company serving University of Illinois criticized for ‘racist and bigoted’ ad
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Why does conservative Armstrong Williams want to buy the liberal Washington City Paper?
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Women Line Up to Run for Office, Harnessing Their Outrage at Trump
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Talk of a Peace Plan That Snubs Palestinians Roils Middle East
Billy Bush / New York Times:
Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That