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4:00 PM ET, December 7, 2017

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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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CNN:
Al Franken resigning ‘in the coming weeks,’ calls out Trump and Moore  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning following allegations that he touched women inappropriately, he announced on the Senate floor Thursday.
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
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 …
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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 …
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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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Sessions derides intern in newly released DOJ video
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 …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege in not answering panel's questions about discussions with his father
Sean McElwee / The Outline:
The Democratic party is fine  —  It is the most united American party in modern political history.  —  Take down  —  It is the most united American party in modern political history.  —  Welcome to TAKE DOWN, a new column in which Sean McElwee holds pundits accountable for their hot garbage takes …
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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
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:   What's Missing From Reports on Alabama's Black Turnout
Washington Post:
Trump had for months been determined to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem … During a visit to his Mar-a-  —  Lago resort in March, President Trump approached legal scholar Alan Dershowitz to talk about the Middle East.  —  While Trump questioned Dershowitz, a confidant …
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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
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AP Interview: On North Korea, senator says China a problem  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States on dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump told the Associated Press during a wide-ranging interview Thursday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
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 …
Sarah Parvini / Los Angeles Times:
Ventura fire rages, threatening communities both coastal and inland; section of 101 Freeway closed  —  The return of powerful winds Thursday pushed the destructive Ventura County fire closer to several communities, prompting new evacuations.  —  Communities both on the coast and inland were under threat.
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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 …
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Trump to Release Infrastructure Plan in January, Official Says  —  White House turning to infrastructure in 2018 after taxes  —  Advocates bemoan ‘missed opportunity’ to get a bill this year  —  President Donald Trump plans to keep pushing his legislative agenda in 2018 by releasing …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
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’
Discussion: Axios and Business Insider
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Closing of the Republican Mind  —  When Ronald Reagan passed his historic tax cut in 1981, he won support from 25 Democrats in the Senate and 113 in the House.  —  When George W. Bush passed his sweeping tax cut in 2001, he won support from 12 Democrats in the Senate and 28 in the House.
Discussion: The Week and Shareblue Media
Nash Jenkins / TIME:
Exclusive: Sen. Jeff Flake Defends His ‘Yes’ Vote on the Republican Tax Bill  —  When Senate Republicans voted by the narrowest of margins — 51 to 49 — to pass their sweeping tax overhaul after midnight last Friday, many of the bill's critics turned their anger to Sen. Jeff Flake …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Americans say tax plan helps wealthy, not middle class  —  Republicans expect economic boost, but not personal tax cut  —  The Republican tax plan faces opposition from a majority of Americans.  Over half disapprove of it - including four in 10 who disapprove strongly …
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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Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider:
John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing ‘hit man’ Trump's attendance
mprnews.org:
APMG head meets with staff to discuss Keillor allegations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
HuffPost:
Australia Celebrates As Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: ABC, The Guardian, ABC News and Joe.My.God.
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
FBI chief pushes back after Trump claims reputation in ‘tatters’
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Hannah Lang / CNN:
Gretchen Carlson declines to rule out Senate run
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
Lauren Etter / Bloomberg:
How Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon—With a Little Help From Facebook
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Intrigue grows over what sparked the attack on Rand Paul
Discussion: Mother Jones
travel.state.gov:
Worldwide Caution  —  As part of the Department of State's …
Steve Cuozzo / New York Post:
Iconic Brooklyn sign taken down after 70 years
Discussion: New York's PIX11
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
‘You Want to F*ck With Me Tonight?’: Horror Stories from the Texas Capitol
Discussion: RedState