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1:45 PM ET, December 6, 2017

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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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, AOL, Bloomberg and Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Trump's Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos
Associated Press:
The Latest: Moore campaign complains about super PAC ad
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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
New York Times:   Read the Letter That Cummings Sent on Flynn Whistle-Blower
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:   Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump — and Congress should make it impossible
CREW:
Why Trump Can't Easily Remove Mueller—and What Happens If He Tries
Discussion: ACS Blog
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 Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump's Israel-Palestine policy is at war with itself  —  Wednesday's expected announcement that President Trump will declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel is only the latest evidence that there are two separate Trump administration policies working against each other …
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CNN:
White House: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘recognition of reality’
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Respect ‘status quo’ of Jerusalem, says Pope in response to Trump move
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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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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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 …
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.
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
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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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters warn against government shutdown
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
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
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, AOL, IJR and Raw Story
Eliot Nelson / HuffPost:
Steve Bannon Glosses Over Racist Past In Speech To Black Republicans  —  “A lot of women have come forward and accused me of doing things!” one attendee said.  “Half of them are true!”  —  WASHINGTON Former White House adviser and Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon doesn't exactly …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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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
Orlando Sentinel:
Eatonville police officer who saved Pulse victim losing job at end of month
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story and WGN-TV
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
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Harvey Weinstein Accused of Racketeering to Cover Up Sexual Assaults of Women
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Badger / New York Times:
What Happened to the American Boomtown?
Discussion: CityLab
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Trump's voter fraud commission plans to create a massive voter database. …
Discussion: Shakesville
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Atlanta Mayoral Race Poised to Move to a Recount
Discussion: The Root and Shareblue Media
Sam Baker / Axios:
Everyone's falling out of love with the bipartisan ACA bill
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
Consumer Bureau's New Leader Steers a Sudden Reversal
Discussion: BillMoyers.com
NBC News:
Donald Trump Jr. asked Russian lawyer for info on Clinton Foundation