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9:40 AM ET, December 5, 2017


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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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's Russia defense in disarray  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal defense against Robert Mueller's unrelenting special counsel investigation is beginning to look as chaotic as his early days in the White House.  —  A sequence of reflexive tweets and comments …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller's Credibility Problem  —  The special counsel is stonewalling Congress and protecting the FBI.  —  Donald Trump is his own worst enemy, as his many ill-advised tweets on the weekend about Michael Flynn, the FBI and Robert Mueller's Russia probe demonstrate.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Trump's personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller
Washington Post:
A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
A special counsel needs to investigate the FBI and Justice Department. Now.
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17  —  Delray Beach, Fla. — Debbie Wesson Gibson was in her attic hauling out boxes of Christmas decorations last week when she noticed a storage bin she said she had forgotten about.  Inside was a scrapbook from her senior year …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — RNC Jumps Back into Alabama Race Behind Judge Roy Moore  —  MOBILE, Alabama — The Republican National Committee (RNC) is now again backing Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.  The RNC's decision to now publicly support Moore again comes in the wake …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   Trump's Threat to Take Down the GOP Still Stands
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
It took the GOP just 20 days to stop caring Roy Moore is an accused pedophile
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign
The Intercept:
TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WEIGHING PLANS FOR PRIVATE SPIES TO COUNTER “DEEP STATE” ENEMIES  —  The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal …
Discussion: AOL, Raw Story and Mother Jones
New York Times:
McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows  —  WASHINGTON — An email sent during the transition by President Trump's former deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, appears to contradict testimony she gave to Congress over the summer …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence pleads ignorance as Russia probe deepens
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.
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Conyers Won't Seek Re-election in Wake of Harassment Claims, Relative Says  —  WASHINGTON — Representative John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, plans to announce Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, according to a family member who now plans to run for his seat.
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Conyers lawyer casts doubt on reports the congressman won't seek reelection after harassment allegations
Discussion: ABC News and Roll Call
Rachel Leah / Salon:
“Alt-right” women are upset that “alt-right” men are treating them terribly  —  Some prominent “alt-right” women are calling for more equality and acceptance within the movement  —  There's trouble brewing in the MAGA world, as prominent women in the “alt-right” are upset that white nationalists are being misogynistic towards them.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
Jack Phillips / USA Today:
Here's why I can't custom-design cakes for same-sex weddings  —  A Supreme Court case has profound implications for LGBT rights and religion's place in public life.  The case pits a Denver-area gay couple against a baker who cited his Christian faith in refusing to make a cake for their wedding celebration.
Discussion: Fox News, SCOTUSblog and Instapundit
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
The Gay-Wedding Cake Fight Isn't About Religious Freedom—It's About Sex
Andrew R. Lewis / Washington Post:
Abortion taught conservative Christians to argue for minority rights — as they're doing today in Masterpiece Cakeshop.
Discussion: ACS Blog and Politico
David Dayen / New Republic:
The Republican Tax Plan Is a Gift to the Next Democratic Majority  —  The bill will become a powerful tool for Democrats to enact big ideas like free college and universal health care.  —  Liberals are rightly despairing after the Senate last week passed a sweeping rewrite of the tax code.
Discussion: The Week
Rachael Bade / Politico:
A congressman's accuser: Blackballed and babysitting for cash  —  North Carolina native Lauren Greene aspired to a career in politics when she arrived on Capitol Hill as an intern in 2009.  She spent the next five years climbing the Capitol Hill ladder, ultimately becoming a communications director for a congressman in 2014.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Discussion: Associated Press
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
John Oliver Gets Into Heated Argument With Dustin Hoffman Over Harassment at Film Panel (Report)  —  At a ‘Wag the Dog’ 20th anniversary screening, the ‘Last Week Tonight’ host questioned Hoffman over recent sexual harassment allegations against him.  —  John Oliver got into a testy argument …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MSNBC to Cut Ties With Sam Seder After Roman Polanski Rape Joke (Exclusive)  —  “Internally there was disgust over the tweet,” an individual familiar with the matter tells TheWrap  —  MSNBC has decided not to renew its contract with contributor Sam Seder after an old tweet emerged …
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Pressing the legal celebrity on his Trump-approved, controversial stance on the Mueller investigation.  —  “I have been right more than any other pundit,” Alan Dershowitz exclaimed Monday afternoon.  “Do you know why?  Because I don't put hope over reality.”
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Netflix Ousts Actor Danny Masterson Amid Rape Allegations  —  Four women have accused Masterson of violent rape.  —  Actor Danny Masterson has been ousted from the Netflix show “The Ranch” amid multiple rape allegations, the streaming service announced in a statement sent to HuffPost on Tuesday.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's survival plan  —  President Trump, his lawyers and his political team are telegraphing with increasing precision their strategy for fighting any charges against the president in the unfolding Russia investigation:  —  1. Wishful thinking: Cooperate with special counsel Bob Mueller, and tell Trump everything is fine.
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Discussion: Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
These are the women who could elect Roy Moore
Discussion: Political Wire
Foreign Affairs:
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Discussion: Axios
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
High Six Figures for G.O.P. Infighting: Another Times Reporter Is Cashing in on Trumpian Chaos
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Democrats' Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment
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 Earlier Items: 
Ken White / Popehat:
Everybody Lies: FBI Edition
Carrie Johnson / National Security:
2016 RNC Delegate: Trump Directed Change To Party Platform On Ukraine Support
Discussion: Balloon Juice and NPR
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Georgia's Biggest Democratic Bastion May Hand Democratic Candidate for Mayor a Big Defeat
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Manafort worked on op-ed with Russian while out on bail, prosecutors say
Discussion: Daily Kos