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11:35 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.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
More charges could be coming against former Trump aide in Russia probe  —  Manafort, Gates remain under house arrest  —  (CNN)Robert Mueller may not be through with Rick Gates, a deputy Trump campaign aide and one of the four people who have been charged as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Russia probe tests Pence in-the-dark defense  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)New revelations about Michael Flynn's lies to the FBI are laying bare Vice President Mike Pence's in-the-dark strategy when it comes to Russia's election meddling, raising new questions about whether …
Financial Times:
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation
Discussion: Politicus USA
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
The new right-wing attack on the Mueller probe, explained
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Deutsche Bank Records Subpoenaed by Mueller
New York Times:
Weinstein's Complicity Machine  —  HARVEY WEINSTEIN BUILT his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between.  He commanded enablers, silencers and spies, warning others who discovered his secrets to say nothing.  He courted those who could provide the money …
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 …
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 …
Suleiman Al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Jordan's king warns Trump over moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem - palace
Discussion: The Atlantic
Shibley Telhami / Locking Palestinians …:
Why is Trump undoing decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem?
Discussion: The (false) …
New York Times:
Trump's Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's sudden decision on Monday to endorse Roy S. Moore and direct the Republican National Committee to restore funding for the embattled Senate candidate in Alabama undercut party officials who have disavowed him.
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 …
JTA / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Roy Moore suggests George Soros is headed to hell
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Senate Republicans Warm to Roy Moore
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   GOP senators grumble over Trump, RNC backing Moore
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness  —  Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders rejected the notion that the White House frequently is untruthful.  “We believe the truth is fundamental and to suggest otherwise is outrageously insulting,” she said by email.
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
White House spokesman refuses to answer questions on the record from reporters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
Matt Vespa /
Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed As New DHS Secretary  —  Well, the Department of Homeland Security has a new secretary.  Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to helm the department.  Nielsen will be taking over for her former boss, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who previously held that position (via NYT):
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Olivia Rudgard / Telegraph:
Don't call us snowflakes - it damages our mental health, say young people  —  Being called a “snowflake” is damaging to mental health, young people say.  Figures show that the majority of young people think the term is unfair - and even more think it could have a negative effect of its own.
Sky News:
Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled  —  A terror plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky sources have confirmed.  —  Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “It's the latest in a number of terror plots that police and MI5 believe they've foiled this year.
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
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:
Rick Wilson / Washington Post:
If Sen. Orrin Hatch won't retire, Mitt Romney should shove him aside  —  Republicans who've repudiated President Trump need to start taking their party back.  —  Love him or hate him (I'm admittedly in the first camp), Mitt Romney is a gentleman.  That's why he's waiting patiently …
Jamie Dupree / AJC:
No easy answers in the search for my voice  —  Over the last 18 months, hardly a day goes by without a listener or reader asking about my health and my voice, and when I will be back on the radio talking about politics, the Congress and President Trump.  Even more questions came my way this week …
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: Axios
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.
Democrats place hold on McFarland nomination  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn …
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New York Times:
Consumer Bureau's New Leader Steers a Sudden Reversal
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Justice Department Records Show Strong Support by Mueller Deputy Andrew Weissmann …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House conservatives returned to their old ways this week: Playing havoc with spending legislation
New York Times:
Tax Plan Crowns a Big Winner: Trump's Industry
Emily Gee / Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Estimates of the Increase in Uninsured by Congressional District Under the Senate GOP Tax Bill
Discussion: ACA Signups
Jon Campbell /
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: GOP tax bill would ‘rape and pillage’ New York
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Sam Thielman / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
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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Discussion: Splinter and TVNewser
Jon Christian / The Outline:
How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories