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7:55 AM ET, December 6, 2017

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New York Times:
Trump's Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's sudden decision on Monday to endorse Roy S. Moore and direct the Republican National Committee to restore funding for the embattled Senate candidate in Alabama undercut party officials who have disavowed him.
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Washington Examiner:
Court records suggest Roy Moore dated wife while she was still married  —  Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's account of when he began dating his wife Kayla would place the start of their courtship before her divorce from her first husband, according to court documents.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ashley Killough / CNN:
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake writes check to Democrat opposing Roy Moore
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
GOP senators grumble over Trump, RNC backing Moore
JTA / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Roy Moore suggests George Soros is headed to hell
NBC News:
Donald Trump Jr. asked Russian lawyer for info on Clinton Foundation  —  Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting whether she had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee in answers to written questions obtained exclusively by NBC News.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Dem senator calls for Trump Jr. to be subpoenaed
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Weinstein's Complicity Machine  —  HARVEY WEINSTEIN BUILT his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between.  He commanded enablers, silencers and spies, warning others who discovered his secrets to say nothing.  He courted those who could provide the money …
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 …
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Suleiman Al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Jordan's king warns Trump over moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem - palace
Discussion: The Atlantic
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
More charges could be coming against former Trump aide in Russia probe  —  Manafort, Gates remain under house arrest  —  (CNN)Robert Mueller may not be through with Rick Gates, a deputy Trump campaign aide and one of the four people who have been charged as part of the special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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CNN:
Russia probe tests Pence in-the-dark defense  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)New revelations about Michael Flynn's lies to the FBI are laying bare Vice President Mike Pence's in-the-dark strategy when it comes to Russia's election meddling, raising new questions about whether …
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
The new right-wing attack on the Mueller probe, explained
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 …
Sam Baker / Axios:
Everyone's falling out of love with the bipartisan ACA bill  —  Just a few weeks ago, the Affordable Care Act stabilization bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray looked like a common-sense fix with a decent shot at finding its way into Congress' big end-of-the-year package.
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Wall Street Journal:   Support Wavers for Senate Bill to Shore Up Health-Insurance Markets
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   House conservatives returned to their old ways this week: Playing havoc with spending legislation
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness  —  Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders rejected the notion that the White House frequently is untruthful.  “We believe the truth is fundamental and to suggest otherwise is outrageously insulting,” she said by email.
New York Times:
Consumer Bureau's New Leader Steers a Sudden Reversal  —  The defanging of a federal consumer watchdog agency began last week in a federal courthouse in San Francisco.  —  After a nearly three-year legal skirmish, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appeared to have been victorious.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
‘They all knew’: Media elites roared in laughter at obscene 2008 ‘roast’ sending up Matt Lauer's office sexcapades  —  UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Ann Curry ,Matt Lauer and Meredith Rivera at the NY Friars Club “Roast” of Matt Lauer held in the Hilton Hotel (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily …
Discussion: NewsBusters and Instapundit
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.
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed As New DHS Secretary  —  Well, the Department of Homeland Security has a new secretary.  Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to helm the department.  Nielsen will be taking over for her former boss, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who previously held that position (via NYT):
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Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary
Discussion: IJR and The Week
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.
Discussion: The Week
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Justice Department Records Show Strong Support by Mueller Deputy Andrew Weissmann, Other Top DOJ Officials for Yates' Refusal to Enforce President Trump Travel Ban  —  ‘I am so proud.  And in awe.  Thank you so much.  All my deepest respects’ - Andrew Weissmann …
Jamie Dupree / AJC:
No easy answers in the search for my voice  —  Over the last 18 months, hardly a day goes by without a listener or reader asking about my health and my voice, and when I will be back on the radio talking about politics, the Congress and President Trump.  Even more questions came my way this week …
Daniel Rapaport / SI.com:
Kaepernick Vows to Continue Combating Racial Injustice ‘With or Without the NFL’  —  Kaepernick's said he'll continue fighting for the people “with or without the NFL.”  —  After he accepted Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mashable
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
California Republicans Push to Preserve Income-Tax Deduction
Discussion: Politico
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
After Push on Taxes, Republicans Line Up Welfare Revamp Next
Discussion: Daily Kos
Phil Van Stockum / Politico:
I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close. The Jury Didn't Botch It.
Discussion: abc7news.com
New York Times:
Tax Plan Crowns a Big Winner: Trump's Industry
Discussion: Politico
Olivia Rudgard / Telegraph:
Don't call us snowflakes - it damages our mental health, say young people
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Gee / Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Estimates of the Increase in Uninsured by Congressional District Under the Senate GOP Tax Bill
Discussion: ACA Signups
CNN:
Democrats place hold on McFarland nomination
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Ex-Leader of Georgia Confronts Ukraine Agents in Rooftop Standoff
Discussion: The Guardian and NPR
Jon Christian / The Outline:
How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees
Discussion: Axios
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