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Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
Arizona's Trent Franks to Resign Jan. 31  —  Updated 7:24 pm |  Arizona Republican Trent Franks said Thursday he is resigning from Congress effective Jan. 31 amid an Ethics Committee investigation into discussions he had with two female staffers about surrogacy.
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Rep. Trent Franks to resign after discussing surrogacy with female staffers  —  Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced Thursday that he would resign from office as of Jan. 31, 2018, after discussing surrogacy issues with female staffers.  —  “I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Ethics Committee clears Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes  —  Washington (CNN)The House Ethics Committee has cleared House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes in its investigation into whether he disclosed classified information to the Trump White House, which could create an avenue for Nunes …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Paul Ryan forces GOP colleague out of Congress
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who asked staffers if they would bear his child as a surrogate, says he will resign
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Reuters and Raw Story
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ethics Committee launches investigation into Farenthold sexual harassment allegations
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Trent Franks stepping down from Congress amid claims of inappropriate behavior
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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Sean Illing / Vox:
9 legal experts on why Trump Jr. can't hide behind attorney-client privilege
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Justice Department Moves To Investigate Planned Parenthood's Fetal Tissue Practices … The Justice Department is taking steps to investigate Planned Parenthood, The Daily Beast has learned.  —  The head of Justice's office of legislative affairs has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee asking …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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Fox News:
Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue  —  The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices and the sale of fetal tissue.  —  In a letter first obtained by Fox News, Justice Department Assistant Attorney General …
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.
Discussion: Star Tribune, The Hill and NPR
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
We need a healthier conversation about partisanship and sexual assault
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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 …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Rep. John Lewis to skip Trump visit to Mississippi Civil Rights Museum  —  Civil rights icons Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson announced Thursday they will not attend President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, calling the trip “an insult” to the African-Americans commemorated there.
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
On eve of Trump visit, Mississippi blacks say he's brought back troubles of the past
Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider:
John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance
Discussion: New York Times, IJR and Daily Kos
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
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Heavy winds and dry air could prolong Ventura County wildfire for weeks, officials say  —  Gusty Santa Ana winds and bone-dry conditions continued to stoke major wildfires in Southern California on Thursday as Ventura County fire officials said the battle there could last well over a week.
Discussion: The Week
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New York Times:
Southern California Fires Live Updates: Threats in Ventura and San Diego Counties
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.
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 …
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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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
NRA spends nearly $55K on mailers targeting Doug Jones
Discussion: Politicus USA
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Ex-Governor's Run Gives Democrats a Bit More Hope of Retaking the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win statewide office in Tennessee, announced on Tuesday that he would run for the seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker, handing his party a conceivable …
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 Daily Caller and The Week
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 …
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.
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.
Blair Miller / TheDenverChannel.com:
Former Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis found guilty of voter fraud, forgery  —  republican found guilty of voter fraud |  DENVER - Steve Curtis, the former chairman for the Colorado Republican Party, was found guilty Thursday by a Weld County jury of voter fraud and forgery.
Discussion: Politicus USA
 
 
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Reuters:
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Lindsey Ellefson / CNN:
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Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
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Kate Aronoff / In These Times:
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Liz Moyer / CNBC:
President Trump asked a billionaire investor twice whether Amazon was a monopoly
Discussion: Raw Story
John Eligon / New York Times:
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
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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: CNBC and Axios
Washington Post:
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in protests over Trump's Jerusalem speech