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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
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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 …
Discussion: IJR, ABC News and Outside the Beltway
CNN:
White House officials: Jerusalem decision could hurt peace process  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital could temporarily derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, two senior White House officials acknowledged after Trump's speech.
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
New York Times:
Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Force in Arab World
Discussion: Just Security
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department sets up emergency task force for Jerusalem fallout
Discussion: The White House and The Week
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
White House says Trump slurred during his speech about Jerusalem because his throat was dry
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move
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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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Inside the demise of Al Franken
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic:
I Believe Franken's Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too
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
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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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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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 …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
State Department issues ‘worldwide caution’ after Trump's Jerusalem announcement
Discussion: IJR
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
A viewer called Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed the n-word.  She responded on air.  —  On Tuesday night all of Atlanta was anxiously waiting out the results of the city's mayoral election, a nail-biter shot through with racial and historical implications.  —  Two city councilwomen …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Robert Mueller Jumps Onto the Trump Money Trail  —  Do the Russians have something on Donald Trump?  The question has been asked since the early days of Trump's Presidential campaign, in an attempt to make sense of his vocal admiration for Vladimir Putin, and his advocacy for improved relations with the Kremlin.
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 …
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
Steve Cuozzo / New York Post:
Iconic Brooklyn sign taken down after 70 years  —  Watch closely — because you might not see it again.  —  The Watchtower sign, a Brooklyn waterfront icon for 70 years, was taken down on Wednesday from atop the former Jehovah's Witnesses building at 30 Columbia St.
Discussion: New York's PIX11
NBC News:
John Conyers III arrested but not prosecuted in domestic abuse case  —  LOS ANGELES — John Conyers III, a Detroit hedge fund manager named as a possible successor to his scandal-rocked father, Rep. John Conyers, was arrested in Los Angeles this year on suspicion of domestic violence …
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Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
John Conyers's Son Was Arrested This Year, Accused of Stabbing His Girlfriend
Discussion: The Week
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.
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.
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
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.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Ghostly Boats Carry North Korean Crews, Dead and Alive, to Japan  —  MIYAZAWA BEACH, Japan — The weather-beaten wood fishing boat still harbored its secrets as it lodged in the sand, frigid waves beating against its side.  All that remained were a few clues, strewn across the deck.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Julian E. Zelizer / The Atlantic:
Will Richard Nixon's Three-Pronged Defense Work for Trump?
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Intrigue grows over what sparked the attack on Rand Paul
Wall Street Journal:
House Republicans Weigh Linking Debt Ceiling Increase to Spending Bill
Discussion: Political Wire
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes spoke to Erik Prince about House Intel testimony despite recusal from the Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times:
Firefighters race to save Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate from Bel-Air fire
Discussion: RedState and KTLA
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule precedent helping unions
Discussion: Politico
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Haley: ‘Open question’ if US athletes can attend Olympics in South Korea
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Attorney General Brad Schimel wants sanctions and contempt proceedings over Gov. Scott Walker John Doe leak
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
Watch GOP lawmaker go into gay panic because a Democrat touched his arm
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
Michael Calderone / Politico:
ABC reprimands producer for giving data to Trump campaign
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
The three ultra-rich families battling for control of the Republican party
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Paris Review Editor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into His Conduct with Women