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11:20 AM ET, December 8, 2017


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Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address …
Washington Post:
Russian social media executive sought to help Trump campaign in 2016, emails show … An executive at a leading Russian social media company made several overtures to Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 — including days before the November election — urging the candidate to create …
Exclusive: Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails to a Russian participant and a member …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Is Rotting  —  A lot of good, honorable Republicans used to believe there was a safe middle ground.  You didn't have to tie yourself hip to hip with Donald Trump, but you didn't have to go all the way to the other extreme and commit political suicide like the dissident Jeff Flake, either.
Discussion: Washington Post
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Roy Moore is the last straw, you can now call me a Democrat  —  The GOP would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on teenagers than a prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat.  That's it, I'm switching parties.  —  My first exposure to politics was at the local level.
Discussion: Vox
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Roy Moore Believes America Was Great During Slavery.  Twitter Users Detonate.  —  “Families were united” then, the Senate candidate actually told an African-American person.  —  GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore stunned some listeners when he said he thought America was “great” during the era of slavery.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
How to beat Roy Moore, according to the guy who nearly did
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Daily Kos
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.
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  —  Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican who is among the most conservative members of the House, said he would resign his seat after House officials learned that he had asked …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Arizona Congressman Resigns for —Wait, What Was That Again?
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
BREXIT talks move to phase 2 — SHUTDOWN AVERTED, problems punted to the end of the month …
New York Times:
Congressional Democrats Left Out of White House Hanukkah Party  —  WASHINGTON — The latkes were fried and the kosher lamb chops were prepared on Thursday, just as in past years, for the first White House Hanukkah party of the Trump era.  But there was one prominent break with tradition …
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 …
Rebecca Shapiro / HuffPost:
Poll Shows Trump's Support Dropping Among White Evangelicals  —  The president's approval rating continues to fall in his first year in office.  —  A new national Pew Research Center poll released Thursday shows that President Donald Trump's approval rating is declining among demographic groups …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Axios and Joe.My.God.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dossier author was in contact with Obama Justice Department  —  It's been ten months since Washington learned that former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the so-called “Trump dossier,” took the Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research document to the FBI, which considered sponsoring …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Obstruction of Congress  —  Mueller, the Justice Department …
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Another strong jobs report  —  U.S. economy continues its strong performance  —  The American economy continues its strong performance.  —  Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%, the government reported Friday.
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
The economy added 228,000 jobs in November, unemployment at 4.1 percent
Discussion: TheBlaze and NPR
Rhonda Schwartz / ABC News:
George Papadopoulos' fiancee: He's a patriot, not a Trump campaign coffee boy  —  The Italian fiancee of George Papadopoulos offered the first public defense of the embattled former Trump campaign adviser, who in October was revealed as the first campaign adviser to plead guilty and cooperate with the special counsel's Russia probe.
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
Al Franken's Resignation and the Selective Force of #MeToo  —  On what he called the worst day of his political life, Senator Al Franken articulated two points that are central to understanding what has become known as the #MeToo moment.  In an eleven-minute speech, in which Franken announced …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Was Al Franken's punishment fair?
John Fund / Fox News:   Democrats forced Franken out to ramp up their strategy to bring down Trump
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Fox's pro-Trump hosts are working overtime to discredit Robert Mueller  —  This is why Trump loves ‘Fox & Friends’  —  What's President Trump hearing when he watches Fox News?  —  He's hearing that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is “illegitimate and corrupt.”
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Zinke booked government helicopters to attend D.C. events  —  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony …
David Choi / Business Insider:
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly spent $6,250 on a government helicopter ride …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Collins' Obamacare deal faces moment of truth  —  House conservatives thumb their nose at the Maine moderate's bid to slow the demise of the health law.  —  Sen. Susan Collins is barreling toward yet another health care showdown with her own party.  But this time, she might not have the leverage to get what she wants.
Discussion: Political Wire
Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals  —  BuzzFeed News is publishing the slide presentation by the founder of Blackwater to privatize the Afghan war and mine Afghanistan's valuable minerals.  He pitched the proposal to the Trump administration.
Washington Post:
Trump's richest friends are asking for changes to the GOP tax plan, and he's listening … Some of President Trump's wealthiest New York friends have launched a last-minute campaign to pressure him for changes to the GOP tax bill, telling the president personally that the current plan would drive up their taxes and hurt his home state.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
The Bitcoin Whales: 1,000 People Who Own 40 Percent of the Market  —  A few massive investors can rock it with a shrug.  —  On Nov. 12, someone moved almost 25,000 bitcoins, worth about $159 million at the time, to an online exchange.  The news soon rippled through online forums …
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson: 'I pray that he's changed'  —  One of the women accusing Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, Beverly Young Nelson, told ABC News it “sickens” her to think what might happen if Moore is elected to the U.S. Senate.
Nina Martin / NPR:
Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth.  Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why  —  On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.
Discussion: STAT
Arizona Republic:
Ex-Mesa Officer Philip Brailsford found not guilty of murder in shooting of unarmed man  —  Former Mesa police Officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford is on trial for second-degree murder in the shooting of Texas man Daniel Shaver in January 2016.  Here's an overview of the case.  Wochit  —  CONNECT
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
The Finance 202: GOP drive to repeal estate tax risks making its tax plan more unpopular  —  THE TICKER  —  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman.  Kevin Brady (R-Calif.).  (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein)  —  If you didn't know better, you might think some Republicans were trying …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
Bredesen Announces, Putting the Race in Toss Up  —  In a recruiting victory for Democrats, former Gov. Phil Bredesen announced today that he will run for the open seat created by the retirement of GOP U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.  Bredesen's announcement puts the race into the Toss Up column …
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Lindsay Kornick / NewsBusters:
Sarah Silverman ‘Felt Very Weird,’ ‘Scared,’ ‘Shaken’ By Seeing American Flag Flown in Yard
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Trump's ‘fake news’ mantra a hit with despots
Lindsey Vonn: I won't be representing US President at Winter Olympics
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Jailed for a Text: China's Censors Are Spying on Mobile Chat Groups
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Republican War on Children
Discussion: American Prospect
Dan Charles / NPR:
Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?
Discussion: The Week
David Freedlander / Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand's Moment Has Arrived
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Nearly Every Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Disagrees With Trump's Jerusalem Decision
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
California's vulnerable GOP members watch closely as final tax bill is negotiated
Discussion: KTLA
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
2 Times Reporters Will Write Book on Sexual Abuse Scandals
Exclusive: Wells Fargo sanctions are on ice under Trump official - sources
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Politico and The Hill
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Ethics Committee clears Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes
Blair Miller /
Former Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis found guilty of voter fraud, forgery
Discussion: Politicus USA