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4:15 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 …
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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.
Rich Lowry / National Review:   No, Michael Flynn Didn't Violate the Logan Act
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:   Trump's personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller
The Daily Beast:
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and Russians
Handelsblatt Global Edition:
Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Mahablog
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Wall Street Journal:
Oral Argument Ends With Sparring Between Sotomayor and Baker's Lawyer  —  Ms. Waggoner returns for her rebuttal.  It quickly turns into a wrestling match between the baker's attorney and Justice Sotomayor.  —  Justice Sotomayor notes that Masterpiece Cakeshop is a corporation — does that affect the constitutional claims, she asks.
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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, Towleroad, Cafe Hayek and Joe.My.God.
Jack Phillips / USA Today:
Here's why I can't custom-design cakes for same-sex weddings
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 …
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Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Dems warn GOP: We're prepared for class war
David Dayen / New Republic:
The Republican Tax Plan Is a Gift to the Next Democratic Majority
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Detroit News:
Conyers vs. Conyers? Congressman backs son for seat
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Another John Conyers accuser comes forward, saying he groped her in church
CBS News:
Commentary: Why Roy Moore is surging in Alabama  —  One of the first lessons I learned as a young GOP political flack was this: Nothing is good or bad, except by comparison.  Democrats hoping to beat Judge Roy Moore and pick up that Alabama senate seat are likely to re-learn that lesson one week from today.
Discussion: NBC News, Vox and IJR
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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.
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Dustin Hoffman Spars With John Oliver Over Harassment Claims: “You've Put Me On Display Here”
Discussion: Page Six, Mediaite, Althouse and AOL
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Sam Seder's Firing Proves, Once Again, That Corporations Like MSNBC Can't Stop Getting Rolled by the Far Right  —  Yesterday, the Wrap reported that MSNBC was cutting ties with its contributor Sam Seder, host of the progressive podcast Majority Report, after the following old tweet of his, archived here, was unearthed:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
MSNBC is cutting ties with Sam Seder. 'I think they're afraid' of Mike Cernovich & Co., he says.
Emily Atkin / New Republic:
The Environmental Case Against Bitcoin  —  “Bitcoin is the World's Hottest Currency, but No One's Using It,” the Wall Street Journal proclaimed on Saturday.  The day prior, the digital currency had surged past $10,000 per coin—and then past $11,000, too.  But despite Bitcoin's value …
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Eric Holthaus / Grist:   Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future
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 …
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Top gossip editor accused of sexual misconduct  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications openly described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees' sex lives and forced women to watch …
PRRI:
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 …
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: IJR, Axios, The Daily Caller and The Slot
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Independents, Democrats Not on Board With GOP Tax Plan  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Senate version of the Republican tax reform bill made its way through the legislative process this weekend, Gallup documented a highly partisan imbalance in Americans' reactions.
Discussion: Axios, Business Insider and CNBC
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Hannity: GOP is a ‘dead party’  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity railed against the Republican Party on Monday night, citing its failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare and referring to it as a “dead party.”  —  During an interview on SiriusXM 125, Hannity blasted the Republican Party …
 
 
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Congress to Grill Trump's Data Guru and His Longtime Assistant
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Arrests along Mexico border drop sharply under Trump, new statistics show
Discussion: RedState
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Ryan's office warning he wasn't part of deal on ObamaCare: source
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
White House spokesman refuses to answer questions on the record from reporters
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Matt McKinney / WRTV-TV:
Plainfield police captain on leave after ‘white male privilege’ comment at training session
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Moore Police release body cam footage from night state senator found in hotel room with teen boy
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
These are the women who could elect Roy Moore
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's survival plan
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Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Democrats' Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment