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12:05 PM 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 …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Trump's personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller  —  Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump's biggest lender, is forced to submit documents after special prosecutor issues subpoena  —  Donald Trump's personal banking information has formally been turned over to Robert Mueller …
FBI agent dismissed from Mueller probe changed Comey's description of Clinton to ‘extremely careless’
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Deutsche Bank Records Subpoenaed by Mueller
Discussion: Politicus USA
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.
CBS News:
Rep. John Conyers announces retirement, endorses son to run for seat  —  Embattled Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, has announced that he will be retiring Tuesday and has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to run for his seat.  —  “My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now.
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Woman says Rep. Conyers groped her while they were in church
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Rep. Conyers announces he's retiring, endorses son to fill seat
Detroit News:
Rep. Conyers: ‘I am retiring today’
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Another John Conyers accuser comes forward, saying he groped her in church
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Conyers announces retirement, endorses son to succeed him
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Dayen / New Republic:
The Republican Tax Plan Is a Gift to the Next Democratic Majority
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
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
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 …
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: Althouse and AOL
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 …
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
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.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
A congressman's accuser: Blackballed and baby-sitting 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
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 …
One Nation, Divided, Under Trump: Findings from the 2017 American Values Survey  —  Current Controversies: Sexual Harassment, the National Anthem, Confederate Monuments, and Bias in the Media  —  Seven in ten (70%) Americans say that recent stories about women being sexually harassed …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
Discussion: The Atlantic and Lawfare
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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
FEMA Tells Staffers They Might Get Billed for Working Too Much
Discussion: Axios
Andrea Cavallier / New York's PIX11:
Protests grow over racist, anti-Semitic tweeter becoming firefighter
Discussion: KFOR-TV and Raw Story
Adrianne Pasquarelli / Ad Age:
Patagonia to Sue Trump Administration Over ‘Unlawful Actions’
Harvard University:
Fall 2017 Poll  —  Two-thirds of youth fearful about America's future …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
These are the women who could elect Roy Moore
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
High Six Figures for G.O.P. Infighting: Another Times Reporter Is Cashing in on Trumpian Chaos
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's survival plan
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Democrats' Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment
Ken White / Popehat:
Everybody Lies: FBI Edition