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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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Charles Ventura / USA Today:
Did President Trump slur his Jerusalem speech?  You be the judge  —  President Donald Trump says he's directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Trump says the move is “a recognition of reality.”  (Dec. 6) AP
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
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.
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move - document
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Politico and Axios
New York Times:
Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Force in Arab World
Discussion: Power Line and Just Security
Reuters:   Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising in response to Trump's Jerusalem plan
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 …
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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Brian Bakst / mprnews.org:
Sen. Al Franken will resign, Democratic official says
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Inside the demise of Al Franken
Discussion: Splinter, ABC News and Axios
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Jr. Refuses to Discuss Father-Son Talk With Investigators
Discussion: Just Security
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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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Ghostly Boats Carry North Korean Crews, Dead and Alive, to Japan
Discussion: Althouse
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Nikki Haley Calls U.S. Presence at South Korea Olympics an ‘Open Question’
Discussion: New Republic and The Daily Caller
FOX News Radio:
Senator Bill Cassidy On Al Franken & Roy Moore: There Is A Difference Between A 14 Year Old Girl & An Adult Female  —  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) spoke with Brian Kilmeade about tax reform and his hopes that the Senate's version doesn't change too much after it goes through conference …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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David Edwards / Raw Story:   CNN host Alisyn Camerota grilled Trump ally Corey Lewandowski …
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:   WATCH: CNN's Anderson Cooper clashes with combative Roy Moore spokeswoman in bonkers interview
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Lauren Etter / Bloomberg:
How Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon—With a Little Help From Facebook  —  Rodrigo Duterte walked down the aisle of a packed auditorium at De La Salle University in downtown Manila, shaking hands and waving to nearly 2,000 college students snapping photos of the rising political star.
Hannah Lang / CNN:
Gretchen Carlson declines to rule out Senate run  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson declined Thursday to rule out a run for the US Senate, telling CNN's Poppy Harlow and John Berman that she's been asked to run in her home state of Connecticut.
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
What's Missing From Reports on Alabama's Black Turnout  —  In order to understand democracy in the United States, take a moment to consider Alabama.  In the good old heart of Dixie, the story of voting rights can be told just about from beginning to end.  It was in towns and cities throughout …
Discussion: al.com
travel.state.gov:
Worldwide Caution  —  As part of the Department of State's continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence …
Nash Jenkins / TIME:
Exclusive: Sen. Jeff Flake Defends His ‘Yes’ Vote on the Republican Tax Bill  —  When Senate Republicans voted by the narrowest of margins — 51 to 49 — to pass their sweeping tax overhaul after midnight last Friday, many of the bill's critics turned their anger to Sen. Jeff Flake …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Intrigue grows over what sparked the attack on Rand Paul  —  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Rand Paul was on the verge of becoming a powerful senator and the nation's leading libertarian.  His neighbor was a successful doctor and Kennedy-style Democrat who favored nationalized medicine.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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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 …
Sarah Parvini / Los Angeles Times:
Ventura fire rages, threatening communities both coastal and inland; section of 101 Freeway closed  —  The return of powerful winds Thursday pushed the destructive Ventura County fire closer to several communities, prompting new evacuations.  —  Communities both on the coast and inland were under threat.
Discussion: Reuters, Common Dreams, Mashable, NPR and KTLA
 
 
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