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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: Joe.My.God.
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
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 …
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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 …
mprnews.org:
Most Senate Dems calling for Franken to resign
Discussion: Politicus USA
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
More than a dozen Dem senators call on Franken to resign
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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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.
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
NYT's Bret Stephens says he can never vote Republican again  —  New York Times columnist Bret Stephens declared he can never vote Republican again because of the party's backing of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.  —  “Until last year, I voted Republican in every single election,” Stephens told MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump's Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Utah senators defend Romney after Bannon attack
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:   The Latest: Moore campaign complains about super PAC ad
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.
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Schumer says he advised Trump to declare Jerusalem Israel's ‘undivided’ capital  —  advised President Trump to declare Jerusalem the “undivided” capital of Israel ahead of Trump's expected announcement on the matter this week, the New York Democrat told The Weekly Standard on Tuesday.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's Jerusalem decision promises upheaval
CNN:
Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Discussion: KTLA
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump says government shutdown ‘could happen’  —  President Trump said Wednesday a government shutdown could happen and argued that Democrats should shoulder the blame if Congress fails to pass a funding bill.  —  “It could happen,” Trump said when asked about the chances of a shutdown.
Discussion: RedState
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Politico:
Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters warn against government shutdown
Los Angeles Times:
Several homes burning in Bel-Air as fire closes the 405 Freeway and forces evacuations  —  Several homes in Los Angeles' Bel-Air neighborhood were burning Wednesday morning as a wind-driven wildfire prompted a full closure of the 405 Freeway as well as mandatory evacuations in an area of multimillion-dollar homes.
Discussion: Business Insider, NBC News and Mashable
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CNN:
Fire closes I-405, rages near Bel Air, Getty museum in Los Angeles
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.
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Accuser: Conyers brought up Chandra Levy when I turned down his advances
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump — and Congress should make it impossible  —  The widening gap between reality and Trump's expectations increases the odds he will try to stop the Russia probe.  For many reasons, he'd likely fail.  —  White House attorney Ty Cobb has reportedly built …
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CREW:
Why Trump Can't Easily Remove Mueller—and What Happens If He Tries
Discussion: ACS Blog
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: CANNONFIRE and TVNewser
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, Raw Story, AOL and IJR
 
 
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Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Invoking the specter of Nazi Germany, Obama warns against complacency
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
NRA Blasts Misleading Claims Made About Gun Background Check Bill Ahead of House Vote
Discussion: RedState
John Lichfield / The Guardian:
The tragedy of Johnny Hallyday? He should have sung Piaf, not Presley
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Eliot Nelson / HuffPost:
Steve Bannon Glosses Over Racist Past In Speech To Black Republicans
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell
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fns.usda.gov:
USDA Promises New SNAP Flexibilities to Promote Self-Sufficiency
Discussion: Axios
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country's wealth than at any time in the past 50 years
Discussion: Discourse.net and Bloomberg
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Atlanta Mayoral Race Poised to Move to a Recount
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Root
Phil Van Stockum / Politico:
I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close. The Jury Didn't Botch It.
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