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11:15 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.
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 …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Trump's personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller's Credibility Problem
Washington Post:
A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice
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.
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Woman says Rep. Conyers groped her while they were in church  —  In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing.  —  A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers …
Discussion: Splinter
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Rep. Conyers announces he's retiring, endorses son to fill seat  —  Currently facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today.  —  Conyers, 88, confirmed the news on the Mildred Gaddis radio show …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Another John Conyers accuser comes forward, saying he groped her in church
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   Trump's Threat to Take Down the GOP Still Stands
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi denounces GOP tax reform as ‘armageddon’
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Dems warn GOP: We're prepared for class war
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
Is the GOP tax plan an unprecedented windfall for the wealthy?  We look at 50 years of data to find out.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:   No, Michael Flynn Didn't Violate the Logan Act
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence pleads ignorance as Russia probe deepens
Discussion: Just Security and ABC News
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios, Mashable, Mediaite, The Hill and Gizmodo
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.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Dustin Hoffman Spars With John Oliver Over Harassment Claims: “You've Put Me On Display Here”
Discussion: AOL
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 Chapman / Shareblue Media:
It took the GOP just 20 days to stop caring Roy Moore is an accused pedophile
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
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
The Gay-Wedding Cake Fight Isn't About Religious Freedom—It's About Sex … The slippery-slope argument goes something like this: If Masterpiece Cakeshop, and its owner, Jack Phillips, can refuse to bake a cake for a gay wedding, what's to stop him from refusing to bake a wedding cake for two Jews …
Jack Phillips / USA Today:
Here's why I can't custom-design cakes for same-sex weddings
Discussion: Fox News, SCOTUSblog and Instapundit
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
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
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 …
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Harvard University:
Fall 2017 Poll  —  Two-thirds of youth fearful about America's future …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
No ‘wins on the board yet’ for US foreign policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Three Obama tweets, no Trump posts make list of 2017's most retweeted
One Nation, Divided, Under Trump: Findings from the 2017 American Values Survey
Discussion: Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
These are the women who could elect Roy Moore
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Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Democrats' Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
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Everybody Lies: FBI Edition
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Georgia's Biggest Democratic Bastion May Hand Democratic Candidate for Mayor a Big Defeat
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