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7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2017

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NBC News:
Donald Trump Jr. asked Russian lawyer for info on Clinton Foundation  —  Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting whether she had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee in answers to written questions obtained exclusively by NBC News.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:   Dem senator calls for Trump Jr. to be subpoenaed
Steven Arons / Bloomberg:
Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank Records  —  Mueller is said to ask about bank's dealings with president  —  Trump owes lender about $300 million for real estate loans  —  Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump's business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG …
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Arno Schuetze / Reuters:
Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: source  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
The new right-wing attack on the Mueller probe, explained
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Townhall.com
Financial Times:
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation
Discussion: Politicus USA
Handelsblatt Global Edition:
Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Mueller deputy praised DOJ official after she defied Trump travel ban order: ‘I am so proud’
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Deutsche Bank Records Subpoenaed by Mueller
New York Times:
U.S. to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders  —  President Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders on Tuesday that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a symbolically fraught move that would upend decades of American policy …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Plans Waiver on Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem  —  President has been holding calls Tuesday with world leaders  —  Regional leaders have pushed back on possible U.S. move  —  President Donald Trump told Arab and Israeli leaders on Tuesday that he'll make good on a campaign promise …
Shibley Telhami / Locking Palestinians …:
Why is Trump undoing decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem?
Discussion: The (false) …
Wall Street Journal:
Oral Argument Ends With Sparring Between Sotomayor and Baker's Lawyer  —  Ms. Waggoner returns for her rebuttal.  It quickly turns into a wrestling match between the baker's attorney and Justice Sotomayor.  —  Justice Sotomayor notes that Masterpiece Cakeshop is a corporation — does that affect the constitutional claims, she asks.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Splinter and Althouse
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple
New York Times:
I.O.C. Gives Russia Major Punishment for Winter Olympics  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia's Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The country's government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
‘Death to Democrats’: How the GOP Tax Bill Whacks Liberal Tenets  —  SALT deductions, education benefits among those under attack  —  Conservatives bolstered by other provisions in GOP tax plans  —  Some of the biggest losers under the Republican tax overhaul include upper-middle class families …
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Hannity: GOP is a ‘dead party’  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity railed against the Republican Party on Monday night, citing its failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare and referring to it as a “dead party.”  —  During an interview on SiriusXM 125, Hannity blasted the Republican Party …
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Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Senate Republicans Warm to Roy Moore
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
God's Plan for Mike Pence  —  No man can serve two masters, the Bible teaches, but Mike Pence is giving it his all.  It's a sweltering September afternoon in Anderson, Indiana, and the vice president has returned to his home state to deliver the Good News of the Republicans' recently unveiled tax plan.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
‘They all knew’: Media elites roared in laughter at obscene 2008 ‘roast’ sending up Matt Lauer's office sexcapades  —  UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Ann Curry ,Matt Lauer and Meredith Rivera at the NY Friars Club “Roast” of Matt Lauer held in the Hilton Hotel (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily …
JTA / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Roy Moore suggests George Soros is headed to hell  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama Senate candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump, said George Soros' agenda is “not our American culture” and suggested the Jewish billionaire philanthropist was headed to hell.
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CBS News:
Commentary: Why Roy Moore is surging in Alabama
Discussion: NBC News and Vox
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
John Conyers to Leave Congress Amid Harassment Claims  —  WASHINGTON — Representative John Conyers Jr., under intense pressure to resign amid multiplying allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced Tuesday that he would leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to succeed him.
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Detroit News:
Conyers vs. Conyers? Congressman backs son for seat
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Emily Atkin / New Republic:
The Environmental Case Against Bitcoin  —  “Bitcoin is the World's Hottest Currency, but No One's Using It,” the Wall Street Journal proclaimed on Saturday.  The day prior, the digital currency had surged past $10,000 per coin—and then past $11,000, too.  But despite Bitcoin's value …
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Eric Holthaus / Grist:   Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Sam Seder's Firing Proves, Once Again, That Corporations Like MSNBC Can't Stop Getting Rolled by the Far Right  —  Yesterday, the Wrap reported that MSNBC was cutting ties with its contributor Sam Seder, host of the progressive podcast Majority Report, after the following old tweet of his, archived here, was unearthed:
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Independents, Democrats Not on Board With GOP Tax Plan  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Senate version of the Republican tax reform bill made its way through the legislative process this weekend, Gallup documented a highly partisan imbalance in Americans' reactions.
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
John Oliver grills Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment allegations  —  NEW YORK — HBO host John Oliver hammered Dustin Hoffman about allegations of sexual harassment and the actor fired back with a ferocious defense, as a seemingly benign screening became an explosive conversation about Hollywood sexual misconduct on Monday night.
PRRI:
One Nation, Divided, Under Trump: Findings from the 2017 American Values Survey  —  Current Controversies: Sexual Harassment, the National Anthem, Confederate Monuments, and Bias in the Media  —  Seven in ten (70%) Americans say that recent stories about women being sexually harassed …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Nevada Democrat accused of sexual misconduct says he won't resign  —  Amid allegations of sexual harassment, embattled freshman Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen vowed he will not resign from his post, despite calls from Democratic leaders that he step aside.  —  Instead, Kihuen is digging …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and NTK Network
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
 
 
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Jon Campbell / lohud.com:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: GOP tax bill would ‘rape and pillage’ New York
Sam Thielman / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Ex-Leader of Georgia Confronts Ukraine Agents in Rooftop Standoff
Discussion: The Guardian and NPR
America's Voice:
Grassley and Cornyn Gear Up to Derail Dreamer Relief
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Congress to Grill Trump's Data Guru and His Longtime Assistant
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
White House spokesman refuses to answer questions on the record from reporters
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Matt McKinney / WRTV-TV:
Plainfield police captain on leave after ‘white male privilege’ comment at training session
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
FEMA Tells Staffers They Might Get Billed for Working Too Much
Discussion: IJR, The Slot, Axios and The Daily Caller
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Netflix Ousts Actor Danny Masterson Amid Rape Allegations
The Intercept:
TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WEIGHING PLANS FOR PRIVATE SPIES TO COUNTER “DEEP STATE” ENEMIES