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9:05 AM ET, December 6, 2017


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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
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Hannity: GOP is a ‘dead party’
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and RedState
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel: White House officials
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Atlanta Mayoral Race Poised to Move to a Recount  —  ATLANTA — For the second time in eight years, the mayoralty of the South's most influential city is likely to head to a recount.  —  Fewer than 800 votes separated Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood after local officials tallied …
New York Times:
Tax Plan Crowns a Big Winner: Trump's Industry  —  After a frenzy of congressional action to rewrite the tax code, salesclerks and chief executives are calculating their gains.  Business was treated with the everyone's-a-winner approach that ensures no summer camper goes home without a trophy.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Daniel Rapaport /
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, WGN-TV and Mashable
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Conyers faced mounting sexual misconduct allegations as he weighed his future  —  As Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) this week weighed calls for his resignation from a Michigan hospital bed, more women were coming forward with accounts of sexual misconduct by the lawmaker.
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 …
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.
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
USTR pressing ahead quickly in Section 301 probe against China  —  With help from Doug Palmer, Megan Cassella and Sabrina Rodriguez  —  USTR PRESSING AHEAD QUICKLY IN SECTION 301 PROBE AGAINST CHINA: It's only been 109 days since USTR launched a Section 301 investigation that could lead …
Discussion: Axios and
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 …
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Trump's voter fraud commission plans to create a massive voter database.  Former national security officials say it could be hacked.  —  More than a half-dozen technology experts and former national security officials filed an amicus brief Tuesday urging a federal court to halt the collection …
Rick Wilson / Washington Post:
If Sen. Orrin Hatch won't retire, Mitt Romney should shove him aside  —  Republicans who've repudiated President Trump need to start taking their party back.  —  Love him or hate him (I'm admittedly in the first camp), Mitt Romney is a gentleman.  That's why he's waiting patiently …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors.
Discussion: Axios
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
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