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5:00 PM ET, December 7, 2017

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CNN:
Exclusive: Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting  —  Analyzing Donald Trump Jr.'s House testimony  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. is clamming up on Russia.  Republicans may help him get away with it.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  In a closed-door interview with congressional investigators yesterday, Donald Trump Jr. refused to divulge the contents of a phone conversation with his father …
Sean Illing / Vox:
9 legal experts on why Trump Jr. can't hide behind attorney-client privilege
J. Patrick Coolican Star / Star Tribune:
Gov. Mark Dayton likely to tap Lt. Gov Tina Smith as Franken replacement  —  Dayton appears likely to pick Smith if Franken quits.  —  Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is likely to be Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to replace Sen. Al Franken if he resigns as expected, which would set in motion a cascade of job openings and reshape Minnesota politics.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here's Why Democrats Forced Al Franken to Do the Right Thing—And Why They May Come to Regret It … So Al Franken is out.  It was the right thing for him to do.  I guess.  What he did was wrong.  It wasn't asking-a-14-year-old-girl-to-take-her- clothes-off wrong, but it was wrong.
CNN:
Al Franken resigning ‘in the coming weeks,’ calls out Trump and Moore
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
We need a healthier conversation about partisanship and sexual assault
Discussion: Politico
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:   With Al Franken resignation, Democrats seize the high ground. Over to you, GOP.
FOX News Radio:
Senator Bill Cassidy On Al Franken & Roy Moore: There Is A Difference Between A 14 Year Old Girl & An Adult Female
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired For Misconduct By Morgan Stanley  —  A woman who was interviewed as part of the company's HR probe separately told HuffPost that Ford harassed her one evening in Manhattan several years ago.  —  Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
MSNBC Reverses Decision To Fire Contributor Sam Seder  —  Progressive radio and television personality Sam Seder will be offered his MSNBC contributor job back and plans to accept, according to multiple MSNBC sources.  —  Seder and MSNBC were set to part ways when his contributor contract expired next year …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Less-guarded Sessions spars with interns in internal DOJ video  —  This summer, in the midst of President Donald Trump's criticism of the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular, Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be …
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Fox News:
Top DOJ official demoted amid probe of contacts with Trump dossier firm  —  EXCLUSIVE: A senior Justice Department official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump “dossier,” the department confirmed to Fox News.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Sessions derides intern in newly released DOJ video
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Carter warns Trump: Jerusalem decision could jeopardize ‘any prospect for peace’  —  Former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that President Trump  —  's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital “exacerbates tensions” and “jeopardizes any prospect for peace” in the Middle East.
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Washington Post:
Trump had for months been determined to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House: Pence still plans to meet Palestinian leader
Washington Post:
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in protests over Trump's Jerusalem speech
Pew Research Center:
Stark Partisan Divisions Over Russia Probe, Including Its Importance to the Nation  —  Trump's style, Twitter use top ‘disappointments’ among supporters  —  A majority of Americans say they think senior members of Donald Trump's administration definitely or probably had improper contacts …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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Michael Harriot / The Root:
A Racist Flyer Might Cost Doug Jones the Election Because the Entire Democratic Party Is Trash  —  The above photo is not a stock photo or an image created by The Root's art department.  It is an actual flyer circulating around from the Doug Jones for Senate Committee in his run …
Discussion: The Daily Dot, Power Line and WHNT-TV
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Sean McElwee / The Outline:   The Democratic party is fine
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:   What's Missing From Reports on Alabama's Black Turnout
Jen Christensen / CNN:
Did President Trump slur his speech?  —  (CNN)While President Donald Trump was giving his historic speech Wednesday to announce that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, some on the internet focused on the manner in which he made his statement.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt: Trump's ‘impairment is chilling’
Discussion: RedState
Jenna Lifhits / Weekly Standard:
Cory Gardner: The NRSC ‘Will Never Endorse’ Roy Moore  —  As Donald Trump and the RNC move to support the Alabama Senate candidate, one group stands firm.  —  A protester holds up a sign as Roy Moore, not pictured, speaks during a campaign rally in Fairhope, Alabama, on Tuesday.
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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year's Holiday Parties  —  “Ambiance and atmosphere models” contractually obligated to pretend they're party guests are in record demand from local agencies.  —  Along with a seemingly endless string of harassment and discrimination scandals …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
Arizona's Trent Franks Expected to Resign  —  Rumors of inappropriate behavior surround Freedom Caucus member's anticipated exit  —  Kihuen Mum on Re-Election Question Bannon: Roy Moore Allegations Part of a ‘Setup’ Ruben Kihuen: 'I'm Not Resigning'  —  Trent Franks, R-Ariz. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
CNN:
Lindsey Vonn: I won't be representing US President at Winter Olympics  —  St Moritz, Switzerland (CNN)A number of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.  —  Targeting Olympic gold …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems will oppose short-term spending bill  —  House Democrats will oppose a short-term spending bill when it comes to the floor Thursday afternoon, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  —  (D-Calif.) said hours before.  —  The announcement puts the onus on GOP leaders to gather …
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Pelosi says Democrats will not back short-term funding bill on Thursday
Discussion: The Atlantic
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Ex-cop Michael Slager faces 19 to 24 years in prison for shooting death of Walter Scott  —  Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager faces 19 to 24 years in prison for the deadly shooting of unarmed black man Walter Scott.  —  U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled today …
Associated Press:
Trust no one: Scholar risked all to document Islamic State  —  The historian carried secrets too heavy for one man to bear.  —  He packed his bag with his most treasured possessions before going to bed: the 1 terabyte hard drive with his evidence against the Islamic State group …
Dylan Farrow / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Dylan Farrow: Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?  —  Director Woody Allen attends a special screening of “Wonder Wheel” in New York City on Nov. 14.  (Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press) … We are in the midst of a revolution.
Discussion: IndieWire and AOL
J.K. Rowling:
Grindelwald casting  —  When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role.  However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Steele Dossier on Trump and Russia Is Looking More and More Real  —  When news surfaced at the beginning of the year that British intelligence agent turned private investigator Christopher Steele had compiled a report on Donald Trump's ties to Russia, news reports immediately treated its findings as radioactive.
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Identified as Buyer of Record-Breaking da Vinci  —  U.S. government intelligence and a Saudi art-world figure familiar with the purchase say Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman used a proxy to purchase the 500-year-old ‘Salvator Mundi’
 
 
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Chris Crowley / grubstreet:
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Jen Christensen / CNN:
Increase in accidental deaths follows spike in gun sales, study finds
Discussion: The Verge
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
San Francisco activists see irony in Yass, a queer startup backed by tech wealth
Discussion: Towleroad
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Trump to Release Infrastructure Plan in January, Official Says
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Political Wire
Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider:
John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Alan Dershowitz's new reality: Tweeted by Trump, shunned by liberal friends
Discussion: Above the Law, IJR and The Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Closing of the Republican Mind
Discussion: The Week and Shareblue Media
Hannah Lang / CNN:
Gretchen Carlson declines to rule out Senate run
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AP Interview: On North Korea, senator says China a problem
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Service dog causes chaos at ‘Cats’ performance
People's Policy Project:
Destruction Of Black Wealth During The Obama Presidency
Discussion: Jacobin
Nash Jenkins / TIME:
Exclusive: Sen. Jeff Flake Defends His ‘Yes’ Vote on the Republican Tax Bill
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Intrigue grows over what sparked the attack on Rand Paul
Discussion: Mother Jones