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4:25 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
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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Al Franken's totally unapologetic resignation
Discussion: Raw Story, NewsBusters and IJR
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege in not answering panel's questions about discussions with his father
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
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
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
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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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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt: Trump's ‘impairment is chilling’  —  's (R-Ariz.) former presidential campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, said early Thursday that President Trump  —  was “clearly slurring his words” during an announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital …
Discussion: RedState
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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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Washington Post:
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in protests over Trump's Jerusalem speech
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 …
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
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 …
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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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
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
San Francisco activists see irony in Yass, a queer startup backed by tech wealth  —  Now a new startup is raising eyebrows over its links to Peter Thiel and its decision to open in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood  —  ne by one, San Francisco's iconic gay clubs and queer centers have shut their doors …
Discussion: Towleroad
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’
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
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Steele Dossier on Trump and Russia Is Looking More and More Real
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Jen Christensen / CNN:
Increase in accidental deaths follows spike in gun sales, study finds
Discussion: The Verge
Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider:
John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
 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
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
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