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Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Bannon on Romney: ‘You hid behind your religion’ to avoid Vietnam  —  Bannon hits Romney for avoiding Vietnam  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Steve Bannon bashed Mitt Romney Tuesday night for, as he put it, hiding behind his religion to avoid getting drafted into the Vietnam War.
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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.
Rick Wilson / Washington Post:
If Sen. Orrin Hatch won't retire, Mitt Romney should shove him aside
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Hannity: GOP is a ‘dead party’
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and RedState
Ashley Killough / CNN:
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake writes check to Democrat opposing Roy Moore
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
GOP senators grumble over Trump, RNC backing Moore
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Court records suggest Roy Moore dated wife while she was still married  —  Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's account of when he began dating his wife Kayla would place the start of their courtship before her divorce from her first husband, according to court documents.
Discussion: Mediaite and Bloomberg
Brian Faler / Politico:
‘Holy crap’: Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches  —  Republicans' tax-rewrite plans are riddled with bugs, loopholes and other potential problems that could plague lawmakers long after their legislation is signed into law.  —  Some of the provisions could be easily gamed, tax lawyers say.
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
The Silence Breakers are TIME's 2017 Person of the Year  —  TIME has named The Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year.  —  The magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed …
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.
CNN:
White House: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘recognition of reality’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and direct the State Department to begin the process to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, senior administration officials said.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Plans Waiver on Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
New York Times:
U.S. to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Another woman says Franken tried to forcibly kiss her  —  A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator.  —  The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity …
CNNMoney:
How a joke, and Mike Cernovich, got Sam Seder booted from MSNBC  —  In 2009, Sam Seder told a vulgar joke on Twitter that would eventually cost him a job he didn't yet have — and make him a target of a movement that didn't yet exist.  —  MSNBC said Monday that it will not renew Seder's contract …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Sam Baker / Axios:
Everyone's falling out of love with the bipartisan ACA bill  —  Just a few weeks ago, the Affordable Care Act stabilization bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray looked like a common-sense fix with a decent shot at finding its way into Congress' big end-of-the-year package.
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Wall Street Journal:   Support Wavers for Senate Bill to Shore Up Health-Insurance Markets
New York Times:
Consumer Bureau's New Leader Steers a Sudden Reversal  —  The defanging of a federal consumer watchdog agency began last week in a federal courthouse in San Francisco.  —  After a nearly three-year legal skirmish, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appeared to have been victorious.
Phil Van Stockum / Politico:
I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close.  The Jury Didn't Botch It.  —  I was an alternate juror in the Kate Steinle murder trial in San Francisco.  I didn't get a vote, but I saw all of the evidence and the jury instructions, and I discussed the verdict with the jury after it was delivered.
Discussion: abc7news.com
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Doctors identify brain abnormalities in Cuba attack patients  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.
Discussion: The Week
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Atlanta Mayoral Race Poised to Move to a Recount  —  ATLANTA — For the second time in eight years, the mayoralty of the South's most influential city is likely to head to a recount.  —  Fewer than 800 votes separated Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood after local officials tallied …
New York Times:
Tax Plan Crowns a Big Winner: Trump's Industry  —  After a frenzy of congressional action to rewrite the tax code, salesclerks and chief executives are calculating their gains.  Business was treated with the everyone's-a-winner approach that ensures no summer camper goes home without a trophy.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable  —  FBI investigator Peter Strzok not only let Hillary Clinton off the hook, he may have used Democratic Party opposition research as an excuse to spy on Trump campaign advisers.  —  Strzok became such a political liability …
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
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 …
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.
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.
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Trump's voter fraud commission plans to create a massive voter database.  Former national security officials say it could be hacked.  —  More than a half-dozen technology experts and former national security officials filed an amicus brief Tuesday urging a federal court to halt the collection …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Donald Trump Could Really Use a Friend  —  Show me a person who has no true friendships and I'll show you someone with little if any talent for generosity, which is a muscle built through interactions with those who have no biological or legal claim to you but lean on you nonetheless.
Discussion: ESPN
Kyle Mizokami / Popular Mechanics:
China's Aircraft Carriers Have a Menace: Jellyfish Swarms  —  Scientists invented a net lined with blades—seriously— to deal with the swarms that are fouling up China's warships.  —  One of China's most intractable enemies doesn't even have a vertebrae—or a brain.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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 …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Team to Slash Budget, Staff at Financial-Data Office  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has told employees of the U.S. Office of Financial Research to expect deep budget and staffing cuts, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest example of its efforts to undo policies put …
 
 
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Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Conyers faced mounting sexual misconduct allegations as he weighed his future
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
USTR pressing ahead quickly in Section 301 probe against China
Discussion: Axios and pm.gc.ca
Wall Street Journal:
California Republicans Push to Preserve Income-Tax Deduction
Discussion: Politico
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
After Push on Taxes, Republicans Line Up Welfare Revamp Next
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Daniel Rapaport / SI.com:
Kaepernick Vows to Continue Combating Racial Injustice ‘With or Without the NFL’
Discussion: The Daily Beast, WGN-TV and Mashable
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Justice Department Records Show Strong Support by Mueller Deputy Andrew Weissmann …
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed As New DHS Secretary
Discussion: New York Times, IJR and The Week
Olivia Rudgard / Telegraph:
Don't call us snowflakes - it damages our mental health, say young people
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Nevada Democrat accused of sexual misconduct says he won't resign
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees
Discussion: Axios