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8:35 PM ET, December 6, 2017


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Brian Bakst /
Sen. Al Franken will resign, Democratic official says  —  A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.  —  The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken's staff.
Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic:
I Believe Franken's Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too  —  In mid-November, a Los Angeles radio host named Leeann Tweeden stepped forward to claim that Senator Al Franken had shoved his tongue down her throat under the pretext of a rehearsal for a sketch he'd written.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Another woman says Franken tried to forcibly kiss her  —  A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator.  —  The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity …
Kirsten Gillibrand:
Senator Franken Should Step Aside  —  I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable.  I consider Senator Franken to be a friend and have enjoyed working with him in the Senate …
Maggie Severns / Politico:   Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns
James Pindell /
Aide says Warren told Franken he should resign
New York Times:
Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be ‘Ripped Up,’ Whistle-Blower Says  —  WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration's first acts …
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Whistleblower: Flynn told ex-partner Russia sanctions would be ripped up  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump was just 11 minutes into his presidency when his choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business partner to say an ambitious U.S. collaboration with Russia …
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
Read the Letter That Cummings Sent on Flynn Whistle-Blower  —  Representative Elijiah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, wrote a letter on Wednesday to Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Joe.My.God.
House Oversight Dems / Oversight Democrats:   Flynn Text to Business Colleague During Trump Inauguration
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Flynn told former business associate that Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up,’ according to congressional witness
Trump Jr. says he communicated with Hope Hicks, not his father, about Trump Tower response  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. told House investigators that did not communicate directly with his father when confronted with news reports about his June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his testimony.
Trump Jr. won't tell lawmakers what he and President discussed about Trump Tower meeting  —  Trump Jr. says he talked to Hope Hicks about meeting  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege in not answering panel's questions about discussions with his father  —  Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday cited attorney-client privilege to avoid telling lawmakers about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy …
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
White House says Trump slurred during his speech about Jerusalem because his throat was dry
Discussion: Daily Mail and Political Wire
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department sets up emergency task force for Jerusalem fallout
Discussion: The Week
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci?  A Saudi Prince  —  LONDON — He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly known source of great wealth.  But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah …
Discussion: Hyperallergic and The Daily Caller
NBC News:
John Conyers III arrested but not prosecuted in domestic abuse case  —  LOS ANGELES — John Conyers III, a Detroit hedge fund manager named as a possible successor to his scandal-rocked father, Rep. John Conyers, was arrested in Los Angeles this year on suspicion of domestic violence …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
This Is MSNBC's De Facto Ombudsman  —  The network has decided that Pizzagate conspiracist Mike Cernovich is its new voice of reason.  —  On Monday, The Wrap reported that MSNBC would not be renewing its contract with contributor Sam Seder in the wake of an online smear campaign led by a group …
Discussion: Vox and Rewire
How a joke, and Mike Cernovich, got Sam Seder booted from MSNBC
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Mike Cernovich
New York Times:
Paris Review Editor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into His Conduct with Women  —  Lorin Stein, the editor of The Paris Review, the prestigious magazine that for more than 60 years has acted as an international literary tastemaker, resigned on Wednesday, amid an internal investigation into his behavior toward female employees and writers.
AnneClaire Stapleton / CNN:
Gay man denied a marriage license by Kim Davis is now running against her
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Fire closes I-405, rages near Bel Air, Getty museum in Los Angeles  —  Los Angeles (CNN)A new wildfire closed Interstate 405 early Wednesday near Los Angeles' posh Bel Air area and prompted evacuations — one in a series of blazes that have scorched more than 83,000 acres …
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
The three ultra-rich families battling for control of the Republican party  —  This week, the House and Senate will work to reconcile their different versions of the tax bill into something that president Donald Trump can sign into law.  As they do, dozens of protests and rallies against the bill …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nashville Post:
Bredesen running for Senate  —  Former governor jumps in the Democratic primary  —  Former Gov. Phil Bredesen is entering the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.  —  According to multiple sources, Bredesen began calling major donors this afternoon to confirm that he is in the race.
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don't Owe.  One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance  —  Andrew Therrien wanted payback.  He got it—and uncovered a conspiracy.  —  On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home …
Brian Faler / Politico:
‘Holy crap’: Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches  —  Republicans' tax-rewrite plans are riddled with bugs, loopholes and other potential problems that could plague lawmakers long after their legislation is signed into law.  —  Some of the provisions could be easily gamed, tax lawyers say.
Oobah Butler / VICE:
I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor  —  Once upon a time, long before I began selling my face by the acre for features on VICE dot com, I worked other jobs.  There was one in particular that really had an impact on me: writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor.
Discussion: American Digest, The Week and Eduwonk
Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller  —  Corrects Dec. 5 story that said subpoena ‘zeroed in’ on Trumps  —  Subpoena is said to seek information on affiliated people  —  Deutsche Bank AG provided records to special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation after receiving …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
VA cuts program for homeless vets after touting Trump's commitment  —  Two days after Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin held a big Washington event to tout the Trump administration's promise to house all homeless vets, the agency did an about-face, telling advocates it was pulling resources from a major housing program.
Discussion:, Military Times and Raw Story
Washington Post:
GOP leaders considering 22 percent corporate tax rate as deadlines near, sources say  —  Republican leaders, convinced they need to find new revenue in order to fund last-minute changes to the giant tax package moving through Congress, are looking at decreasing the size of their planned corporate tax cut …
Discussion: CNBC, Axios and Political Wire
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump wants LePage to challenge King in Maine Senate race  —  President Donald Trump is pushing Maine Gov. Paul LePage to run for the U.S. Senate, according to White House advisers.  —  Trump has told advisers he plans to call Mr. LePage, the bombastic governor who endorsed him in February 2016 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Eun Kyung Kim /
The Silence Breakers are TIME's 2017 Person of the Year  —  TIME has named The Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year.  —  The magazine's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
House rejects Trump impeachment resolution after Dem Rep. Al Green forces vote  —  The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to impeach President Trump after a liberal Texas congressman forced a vote on his effort.  —  Democratic Rep. Al Green, who has repeatedly called …
Discussion: Breaking, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Doctors identify brain abnormalities in Cuba attack patients  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
‘Over 10,000 texts’ between ex-Mueller team officials found, after discovery of anti-Trump messages
Discussion: Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Calderone / Politico:
ABC reprimands producer for giving data to Trump campaign
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Female police captain in Indiana suspended after ‘white male privilege’ remark
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Czech Republic announces it recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Discussion: IJR
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Hero cop of Pulse shooting is being terminated from force
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Hayley Krischer / New York Times:
We're Going to Need More Gabrielle Union
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David Shortell / CNN:
Mueller attorney praised Yates as DOJ official, email shows
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Russian oligarch Deripaska drops libel suit against Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for GOP and NRA
Discussion: Axios, and Splinter
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Warrantless Surveillance Can Continue Even if Law Expires, Officials Say
Discussion: The Verge
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Investigators probe European travel of Trump associates
Discussion: Washington Post