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7:35 AM ET, December 5, 2017

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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 …
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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
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence pleads ignorance as Russia probe deepens  —  The vice president has been absent for key moments involving senior administration figures, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  —  As the White House contends with questions about who knew about former national security …
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill, The Week and Hullabaloo
CNN:
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 …
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Washington Post:
A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice … The brazen assertion Monday by one of President Trump's lawyers that a president cannot be found guilty of obstruction of justice signaled a controversial defense strategy in the wide-ranging Russia probe …
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 …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
WH lawyer told Trump that Flynn misled FBI and Pence
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sessions argued in Clinton impeachment that presidents can obstruct justice
Associated Press:   Trump's tweet raises obstruction specter, worries allies
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller's Credibility Problem
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 …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   Trump's Threat to Take Down the GOP Still Stands
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: Raw Story and Mother Jones
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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Manafort worked on op-ed with Russian while out on bail, prosecutors say  —  Washington (CNN)Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an op-ed while out on bail last month with a Russian who has ties to the Russian intelligence service, Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Muller's team said Monday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has ‘ties’ to Russian intelligence
Discussion: ABC News and New York Times
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 …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Sought to Undercut an Unfavorable Analysis of the Tax Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican requirement that Congress consider the full cost of major legislation threatened to derail the party's $1.5 trillion tax rewrite last week.  So lawmakers went on the offensive to discredit the agency performing the analysis.
Discussion: IJR, Business Insider and Towleroad
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Wall Street Journal:
High-Income Households Would Get Biggest Boost From Senate Tax Bill, Analysis Says
Discussion: Axios
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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
Ken White / Popehat:
Everybody Lies: FBI Edition  —  You, dear readers, know my advice about talking to the FBI: don't.  If the FBI — or any law enforcement agency — asks to talk to you, say “No, I want to talk to my lawyer, I don't want to talk to you,” and repeat as necessary.  Do not talk to them “just to see what they want.”
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.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Another John Conyers accuser comes forward, saying he groped her in church  —  WASHINGTON — Another former staff employee of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, came forward late Monday to publicly accuse the congressman of sexual harassment, saying he once slid his hand up her skirt in church.
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and twitchy.com
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters’  —  WASHINGTON — Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, defended his work force in an email on Monday after President Trump said on Twitter that the agency's standing was the “worst in History” and its reputation was in “Tatters.”
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.”
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Democrats' Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment  —  The party needs to focus on winning elections, not removing Trump.  —  Amid a stream of revelations, arrests, and plea bargains from Robert Mueller's investigation of Donald Trump campaign's connections with Russia …
Discussion: SPLICETODAY.com
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Senate GOP Accidentally Killed Some of Its Donors' Favorite Tax Breaks  —  On Friday, Senate Republicans rewrote the American tax code over lunch — and passed their (partially handwritten) legislation around 2 a.m. the following morning. … Mitch McConnell never subjected his blueprint …
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Snapshot: Trump Approval Ties Weekly Low, at 35%
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
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Discussion: RedState, IJR and Axios