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1:55 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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and Russians
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rich Lowry / National Review:   No, Michael Flynn Didn't Violate the Logan Act
Handelsblatt Global Edition:
Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Detroit News:
Conyers vs. Conyers?  Congressman backs son for seat  —  As the longest-serving member of Congress effectively resigned Tuesday, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. tried to keep his legacy alive by endorsing his oldest son, John Conyers III, to succeed him in Congress.
Discussion: The Week
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Another John Conyers accuser comes forward, saying he groped her in church
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Woman says Rep. Conyers groped her while they were in church
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 …
David Dayen / New Republic:
The Republican Tax Plan Is a Gift to the Next Democratic Majority
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Dems warn GOP: We're prepared for class war
Steven Moore / Washington Examiner:   Democrats are now the party of the rich — so why not tax the rich?
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi denounces GOP tax reform as ‘armageddon’
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Wall Street Journal:
Oral Argument Ends With Sparring Between Sotomayor and Baker's Lawyer
Discussion: Splinter and NPR
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 …
CBS News:   Commentary: Why Roy Moore is surging in Alabama
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.
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
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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.
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
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
FEMA Tells Staffers They Might Get Billed for Working Too Much  —  Cap on annual pay expected to mean clawed-back compensation  —  Employees may have payroll deduction in 2018 for 2017 pay  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has informed employees who've worked extra hours battling …
Discussion: Axios and The Slot
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
These are the women who could elect Roy Moore  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)If Republican Roy Moore wins next week's Senate special election in Alabama, it will be largely because of his support among women.  —  More specifically, Moore's ability to survive the allegations …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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