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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege in not answering panel's questions about discussions with his father  —  Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday cited attorney-client privilege to avoid telling lawmakers about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump …
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New York Times:
Trump Jr. Won't Provide Details of a Call With His Father  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. refused on Wednesday to provide a congressional committee details of a July telephone conversation with his father about a meeting last year at which Trump campaign officials had expected …
CNN:
Trump Jr. says he communicated with Hope Hicks, not his father, about Trump Tower response
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
White House says Trump slurred during his speech about Jerusalem because his throat was dry
Discussion: USA Today and Daily Mail
Brian Bakst / mprnews.org:
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.
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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.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns  —  Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to appoint his lieutenant governor and close ally, Tina Smith, to Al Franken's seat if the Democratic senator resigns on Thursday, three people familiar with the Democratic governor's thinking said.
Discussion: The Week
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Inside the demise of Al Franken  —  Al Franken weathered six women's sexual misconduct allegations without hearing a single resignation call from his fellow Democratic senators.  No. 7 broke the dam.  —  The Democratic women of the Senate had been talking among themselves about the Franken allegations …
Discussion: ABC News, Associated Press and Axios
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move - document  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is asking Israel to temper its response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital because Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Politico and Axios
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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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department sets up emergency task force for Jerusalem fallout
Discussion: The White House and The Week
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Americans split on Russia investigation  —  Most Americans think former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea and cooperation with the special counsel is a serious issue for the Trump administration, including a third of Republicans.
Discussion: Axios, Politicus USA and Politico
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Christie: Warning about Flynn among reasons I was fired from Trump transition  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he was ousted as head of President Donald Trump's transition due in part to his opposition to the hiring of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.
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New York Times:
Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be ‘Ripped Up,’ Whistle-Blower Says
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Republicans hammer Mueller, FBI as Russia investigation intensifies  —  Republican activists and lawmakers are engaged in a multi-front attack on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe of possible connections between associates of President Trump and Russian agents …
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci?  A Saudi Prince  —  LONDON — He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly known source of great wealth.  But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah …
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
WATCH: CNN's Anderson Cooper clashes with combative Roy Moore spokeswoman in bonkers interview  —  In a confrontational interview on Wednesday, CNN's Anderson Cooper cornered Roy Moore's spokeswoman Janet Porter over the candidate's past positions—of which she seemed to know little about.
Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times:
Firefighters race to save Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate from Bel-Air fire  —  Fire chews its way through Bel-Air early Wednesday.  (KTLA-TV Channel 5)  —  The Bel-Air fire that has destroyed homes and forced major evacuations is burning near the vineyard estate of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Discussion: RedState and KTLA
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CNN:
Fire closes I-405, rages near Bel Air, Getty museum in Los Angeles
Politico:
VA cuts program for homeless vets after touting Trump's commitment  —  Two days after Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin held a big Washington event to tout the Trump administration's promise to house all homeless vets, the agency did an about-face, telling advocates it was pulling resources from a major housing program.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes spoke to Erik Prince about House Intel testimony despite recusal from the Russia probe  — Republican Rep. Devin Nunes met with Blackwater founder Erik Prince earlier this year and discussed Nunes' investigation into the unmasking of Americans' identities in US intelligence reports.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Haley: ‘Open question’ if US athletes can attend Olympics in South Korea  —  Haley on Jerusalem: This is about courage  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Whether US athletes will be able to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remains an “open question,” …
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
‘You Want to F*ck With Me Tonight?’:  Horror Stories from the Texas Capitol … Lauren*, a Texas legislative intern, was standing underneath the bright blue-and-red neon sign of The Continental Club, a famed Austin bar frequented by schmoozing politicians, lobbyists, and reporters.
Discussion: RedState
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.
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
Watch GOP lawmaker go into gay panic because a Democrat touched his arm  —  Apparently, when Republican elected officials aren't practicing or enabling sexual predation, they're busy projecting it onto others.  At least, that's what appears to have happened this week when state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe …
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote  —  Jubilation and tears of joy as Australia becomes the 25th country to recognise same-sex marriage  —  Australia's parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry.
Discussion: PinkNews, Towleroad and Joe.My.God.
Wall Street Journal:
House Republicans Weigh Linking Debt Ceiling Increase to Spending Bill  —  Move could help party avoid headache ahead of 2018 elections  —  WASHINGTON—A group of House Republicans is considering pushing to raise the government's borrowing limit as part of the next long-term spending bill …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Michael Calderone / Politico:
ABC reprimands producer for giving data to Trump campaign  —  Chris Vlasto gave Trump adviser David Bossie proprietory exit polling on Election Night.  —  ABC News said it has reprimanded its top producer for investigative reporting for giving Donald Trump's presidential campaign proprietary exit polling data on election night 2016.
James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Corey Feldman WAS telling the truth: Santa Barbara police say they've found historic audio of him naming abusers which he claims they then covered up  — Just weeks after denying the existence of a record of claims Corey Feldman made in 1993, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office says it has located the exact records
Discussion: Althouse, TheBlaze, IJR, AOL, Fox News and Vox Popoli
 
 
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule precedent helping unions
Discussion: Politico
Noelle Crombie / Oregonian:
Shakeup at prominent cannabis lab follows allegations two owners have neo-Nazi ties
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Bauerlein / CNN:
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The Hill:
Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting
Discussion: IJR
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
CEO says late changes to Senate tax-cut bill ‘wipes out’ what Trump has done for coal
Discussion: CNNMoney and IJR
Hayley Krischer / New York Times:
We're Going to Need More Gabrielle Union
Discussion: The Root
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
The three ultra-rich families battling for control of the Republican party
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nashville Post:
Bredesen running for Senate
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
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