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6:30 PM ET, December 6, 2017


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Brian Bakst /
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
James Pindell /
Aide says Warren told Franken he should resign
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
More than two dozen Democratic senators call on Franken to 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 …
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
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy …
Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Jerusalem Speech Won't Kill the Mideast Peace Process: It's Already Dead
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Jerusalem Divides Trump's Team and Complicates Kushner's Peace Plan
Discussion: BloombergQuint
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 …
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 …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
House rejects Trump impeachment resolution after Dem Rep. Al Green forces vote  —  The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to impeach President Trump after a liberal Texas congressman forced a vote on his effort.  —  Democratic Rep. Al Green, who has repeatedly called …
Discussion: Breaking, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Politico:   Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump says government shutdown ‘could happen’
Discussion: IJR and RedState
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
New contract for Roger Goodell has been signed  —  The Commissioner finally has a new contract.  —  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL's Compensation Committee has informed all owners that a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell has been executed.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
N.F.L. Extends Roger Goodell's Contract, Ending Weeks of Discord
Discussion: BloombergQuint and Deadline
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 …
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable
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: Mike Cernovich and CANNONFIRE
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
This Is MSNBC's De Facto Ombudsman
Discussion: Vox, Rewire, New Republic and GotNews
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.
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.
AnneClaire Stapleton / CNN:   Gay man denied a marriage license by Kim Davis is now running against her
New York Times:
Paris Review Editor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into His Conduct with Women  —  Lorin Stein, the editor of The Paris Review, the prestigious magazine that for more than 60 years has acted as an international literary tastemaker, resigned on Wednesday, amid an internal investigation into his behavior toward female employees and writers.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump wants LePage to challenge King in Maine Senate race  —  President Donald Trump is pushing Maine Gov. Paul LePage to run for the U.S. Senate, according to White House advisers.  —  Trump has told advisers he plans to call Mr. LePage, the bombastic governor who endorsed him in February 2016 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Nashville Post:
Bredesen running for Senate  —  Former governor jumps in the Democratic primary  —  Former Gov. Phil Bredesen is entering the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.  —  According to multiple sources, Bredesen began calling major donors this afternoon to confirm that he is in the race.
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
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.
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: CNBC, Axios 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.
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
House passes concealed carry gun bill
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
California AG on Trump EPA: 'It's almost as if they believe they're above the law'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don't Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Warrantless Surveillance Can Continue Even if Law Expires, Officials Say
Discussion: The Verge
UK will not pay lump sum Brexit bill, according to draft agreement
Discussion: The Guardian and Index
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Investigators probe European travel of Trump associates
Oprah Winfrey / Hollywood Reporter:
The Jennifer Lawrence Interview, by Oprah Winfrey
Discussion: NewsBusters
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Concha / The Hill:
NYT's Bret Stephens says he can never vote Republican again
Eliot Nelson / HuffPost:
Steve Bannon Glosses Over Racist Past In Speech To Black Republicans
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell
Discussion: CitizenVox, Hullabaloo and Splinter
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Harvey Weinstein Accused of Racketeering to Cover Up Sexual Assaults of Women