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11:30 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: Mediaite, AOL, Bloomberg and Joe.My.God.
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Has Privately Decided the Sexual-Assault Allegations Against Roy Moore Are Bunk … President Donald Trump has privately told confidants over the past week that he firmly believes Roy Moore's innocence and feels no hesitation at all about endorsing the embattled Alabama Senate candidate …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Conway defends Trump's Moore endorsement: ‘The president has tremendous moral standards’ … White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump's endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Wednesday, citing the president's high moral standards.  —  “The president has tremendous moral standards.
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.
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 …
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Bannon on Romney: ‘You hid behind your religion’ to avoid Vietnam  —  Bannon hits Romney for avoiding Vietnam  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Steve Bannon bashed Mitt Romney Tuesday night for, as he put it, hiding behind his religion to avoid getting drafted into the Vietnam War.
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NBC News:
Here's how Trump, Moore and Bannon have transformed the GOP
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 …
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
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 …
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Time picks women who sparked ‘#MeToo’ movement as ‘Person of the Year’ … Time's 2017 “Person of the Year” is “The Silence Breakers” who sparked the “#MeToo” movement.  —  The magazine's cover included actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler.
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.
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable  —  FBI investigator Peter Strzok not only let Hillary Clinton off the hook, he may have used Democratic Party opposition research as an excuse to spy on Trump campaign advisers.  —  Strzok became such a political liability …
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   More charges could be coming against former Trump aide in Russia probe
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump — and Congress should make it impossible
Discussion: CREW and ACS Blog
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Respect ‘status quo’ of Jerusalem, says Pope in response to Trump move  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, speaking hours before U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Jerusalem, called on Wednesday for the city's “status quo” to be respected, saying new tension in the Middle East would further inflame world conflicts.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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CNN:
White House: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘recognition of reality’
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.
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.
CNNMoney:
How a joke, and Mike Cernovich, got Sam Seder booted from MSNBC  —  In 2009, Sam Seder told a vulgar joke on Twitter that would eventually cost him a job he didn't yet have — and make him a target of a movement that didn't yet exist.  —  MSNBC said Monday that it will not renew Seder's contract …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Phil Van Stockum / Politico:
I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close.  The Jury Didn't Botch It.  —  I was an alternate juror in the Kate Steinle murder trial in San Francisco.  I didn't get a vote, but I saw all of the evidence and the jury instructions, and I discussed the verdict with the jury after it was delivered.
Discussion: abc7news.com
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.
Washington Post:
Ferocious wildfires rage across Southern California as new fire breaks out in Los Angeles … Ferocious wildfires continued to rage across Southern California on Wednesday, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee as forecasters and officials warned that dangerous fires could endanger the region for days.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Root and Shareblue Media
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: Axios, IJR, twitchy.com and Instapundit
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, NPR and Politico
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 …
Diana Falzone / Fox News:
Corey Feldman's 1993 audio files naming alleged sexual predators found by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office  —  Has Corey Feldman been vindicated?  —  The former child actor claimed in October that he had given the names of sexual predators in Hollywood to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office …
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Jamie Dupree / AJC:
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Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Justice Department Records Show Strong Support by Mueller Deputy Andrew Weissmann …
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness
Olivia Rudgard / Telegraph:
Don't call us snowflakes - it damages our mental health, say young people
Discussion: RedState
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Nevada Democrat accused of sexual misconduct says he won't resign
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees
Discussion: Axios