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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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Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic:
I Believe Franken's Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too  —  In mid-November, a Los Angeles radio host named Leeann Tweeden stepped forward to claim that Senator Al Franken had shoved his tongue down her throat under the pretext of a rehearsal for a sketch he'd written.
Brian Bakst / mprnews.org:
Sen. Al Franken will resign, Democratic official says  —  A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.  —  The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken's staff.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
More than two dozen Democratic senators call on Franken to resign
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Aide says Warren told Franken he should resign
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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New York Times:
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.
House Oversight Dems / Oversight Democrats:   Flynn Text to Business Colleague During Trump Inauguration
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Flynn told former business associate that Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up,’ according to congressional witness
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Bloomberg:
Jerusalem Divides Trump's Team and Complicates Kushner's Peace Plan
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Associated Press:
Transcript: Trump's remarks on Jerusalem
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Axios
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: IJR and RedState
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Politico:
Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
CNN:
Fire closes I-405, rages near Bel Air, Getty museum in Los Angeles  —  Los Angeles (CNN)A new wildfire closed Interstate 405 early Wednesday near Los Angeles' posh Bel Air area and prompted evacuations — one in a series of blazes that have scorched more than 83,000 acres …
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Bloomberg:
Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller  —  Corrects Dec. 5 story that said subpoena ‘zeroed in’ on Trumps  —  Subpoena is said to seek information on affiliated people  —  Deutsche Bank AG provided records to special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation after receiving …
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Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable
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.
NBC News:
John Conyers III arrested but not prosecuted in domestic abuse case  —  LOS ANGELES — John Conyers III, a Detroit hedge fund manager named as a possible successor to his scandal-rocked father, Rep. John Conyers, was arrested in Los Angeles this year on suspicion of domestic violence …
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.
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
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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 …
Linda Blackford / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis denied him a marriage license.  Now he wants to take her job.  —  MOREHEAD  —  David Ermold, one of the men denied a same-sex marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015, hopes to challenge her for the clerk's seat next year, he announced Wednesday.
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Oobah Butler / VICE:
I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor  —  Once upon a time, long before I began selling my face by the acre for features on VICE dot com, I worked other jobs.  There was one in particular that really had an impact on me: writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor.
Discussion: Eduwonk and The Week
Washington Post:
GOP leaders considering 22 percent corporate tax rate as deadlines near, sources say  —  Republican leaders, convinced they need to find new revenue in order to fund last-minute changes to the giant tax package moving through Congress, are looking at decreasing the size of their planned corporate tax cut …
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Political Wire
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell  —  MIAMI — A dozen high school students working for Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political network funded by Charles G. and David H. Koch, fanned out across the Little Havana neighborhood one day last week …
Discussion: CitizenVox, Hullabaloo and Splinter
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 …
Eliana Dockterman / TIME:
‘I Was Angry.’ Taylor Swift on What Powered Her Sexual Assault Testimony  —  Before the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke, and before #MeToo swept the Internet, Taylor Swift testified in court on Aug. 10 about being assaulted in a room full of people.  Swift, who TIME recognized …
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Charlotte Alter / TIME:
Republicans Are Less Likely Than Democrats to Believe Women Who Make Sexual Assault Accusations: Survey
 
 
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Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Verge
Politico:
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Discussion: The Guardian and Index
Nicole Lewis / Washington Post:
Does the Senate tax bill really offer a tax break for private jets, as key Democrats claim?
Oprah Winfrey / Hollywood Reporter:
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Associated Press:
Votes by citizen legislators sometimes have personal benefit
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and 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
Discussion: Raw Story
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
CNNMoney:
How a joke, and Mike Cernovich, got Sam Seder booted from MSNBC
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Conyers faced mounting sexual misconduct allegations as he weighed his future