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9:05 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.
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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   More charges could be coming against former Trump aide in Russia probe
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
The new right-wing attack on the Mueller probe, explained
Financial Times:
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation
Discussion: Politicus USA
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Deutsche Bank Records Subpoenaed by Mueller
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Mueller deputy praised DOJ official after she defied Trump travel ban order: ‘I am so proud’
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 …
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.
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Argument analysis: Conservative majority leaning toward ruling for Colorado baker (UPDATED)  —  [Editor's note: This post was updated at 2:49 p.m. to provide expanded analysis of the argument.]  —  Lines began forming outside the Supreme Court last week for one of the biggest oral arguments of the year …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple
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.
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Senate Republicans Warm to Roy Moore
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
CBS News:
Commentary: Why Roy Moore is surging in Alabama
Discussion: Weekly Standard, NBC News and Vox
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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:
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Hullabaloo
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
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.
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 …
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 and Political Wire
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.
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Olivia Rudgard / Telegraph:
Don't call us snowflakes - it damages our mental health, say young people
Angela Greiling Keane / Politico:
Women Rule: Live updates and highlights
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Daily Kos
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
Sam Thielman / Talking Points Memo:
READ: The Op-Ed Manafort Is Accused Of Ghostwriting With A Russian Asset
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
New York Times:
The New ‘60 Minutes’ Book Has a Troubled History
Discussion: Splinter and TVNewser
Jon Christian / The Outline:
How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories
 Earlier Items: 
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
White House spokesman refuses to answer questions on the record from reporters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
FEMA Tells Staffers They Might Get Billed for Working Too Much
Discussion: IJR, The Slot, The Daily Caller and Axios
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
John Conyers to Leave Congress Amid Harassment Claims