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5:35 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  —  “A lawyer isn't a walking cone of silence.”  —  President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has refused to tell lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee about conversations he had with his father …
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.
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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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
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 …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Donald Trump — keeper of promises  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)A politician who actually does what he told voters he would do seems almost unfathomable in Washington, a town of broken promises.  For Donald Trump, being a president who delivers is especially crucial …
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Washington Post:
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in protests over Trump's Jerusalem speech
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House: Pence still plans to meet Palestinian leader
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
Arizona's Trent Franks Expected to Resign  —  Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign from Congress, a source with knowledge told Roll Call.  —  The 8th District congressman did not confirm or deny any plans to resign.  He said he expected to make a statement Thursday.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CQ.com and twitchy.com
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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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House passes bill to avoid shutdown  —  The House on Thursday passed a two-week stopgap spending bill one day before a deadline to avoid a government shutdown.  —  House Republicans managed to pass the legislation mostly along party lines in the 235-193 vote, despite often coming short …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems will oppose short-term spending bill
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Lawmaker says GOP has the votes to avert government shutdown
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Pelosi says Democrats will not back short-term funding bill on Thursday
Discussion: The Atlantic
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
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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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
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.
Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider:
John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance  —  Correction appended.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis said he has cancelled his plans to attend the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because he would have had to share a stage with President Donald Trump.
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Rep. John Lewis to skip Trump visit to Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and ThinkProgress
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Trump to Release Infrastructure Plan in January, Official Says
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Political Wire
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The Closing of the Republican Mind
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Hannah Lang / CNN:
Gretchen Carlson declines to rule out Senate run
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
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People's Policy Project:
Destruction Of Black Wealth During The Obama Presidency
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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