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2:05 AM ET, December 7, 2017

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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.
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: Axios
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.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Another woman says Franken tried to forcibly kiss her  —  A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator.  —  The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity …
Kirsten Gillibrand:
Senator Franken Should Step Aside  —  I have been shocked …
Patrick Leahy / U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont:
Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senator Al Franken
Discussion: Mediaite
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Aide says Warren told Franken he should resign
Associated Press:   Key events related to misconduct allegations against Franken
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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CNN:
Trump Jr. says he communicated with Hope Hicks, not his father, about Trump Tower response  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. told House investigators that did not communicate directly with his father when confronted with news reports about his June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his testimony.
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. won't tell lawmakers what he and President discussed about Trump Tower meeting  —  Trump Jr. says he talked to Hope Hicks about meeting  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed …
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
White House says Trump slurred during his speech about Jerusalem because his throat was dry
Discussion: Daily Mail
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
New York Times:
Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be ‘Ripped Up,’ Whistle-Blower Says  —  WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration's first acts …
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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: Politicus USA and Politico
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Christie: Warning about Flynn among reasons I was fired from Trump transition
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department sets up emergency task force for Jerusalem fallout
Discussion: The White House and The Week
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Fire closes I-405, rages near Bel Air, Getty museum in Los Angeles  —  Los Angeles (CNN)A new wildfire closed Interstate 405 early Wednesday near Los Angeles' posh Bel Air area and prompted evacuations — one in a series of blazes that have scorched more than 83,000 acres …
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Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times:
Firefighters race to save Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate from Bel-Air fire
Discussion: RedState and KTLA
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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,” …
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
The three ultra-rich families battling for control of the Republican party  —  This week, the House and Senate will work to reconcile their different versions of the tax bill into something that president Donald Trump can sign into law.  As they do, dozens of protests and rallies against the bill …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Most U.S. airlines set to limit use of ‘smart bags’  —  Your luggage could follow you around the airport  —  Many smart bags could soon be banned on most U.S. flights.  —  “Smart bags, also known as smart luggage, have become more popular over the last few months, and they are expected …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CBS Philly
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don't Owe.  One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance  —  Andrew Therrien wanted payback.  He got it—and uncovered a conspiracy.  —  On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home …
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 …
Mark Bauerlein / CNN:
Why Trump is still winning  —  Flake caught on hot mic talking about Trump  —  Mark Bauerlein is a professor of English at Emory University, senior editor of the journal First Things and author of “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30.”
Oobah Butler / VICE:
I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor  —  Once upon a time, long before I began selling my face by the acre for features on VICE dot com, I worked other jobs.  There was one in particular that really had an impact on me: writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor.
Discussion: Eduwonk, American Digest and The Week
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Attorney General Brad Schimel wants sanctions and contempt proceedings over Gov. Scott Walker John Doe leak  —  MADISON - State Attorney General Brad Schimel has recommended contempt proceedings for a prosecutor and eight other officials over their handling of material from a secret probe of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.
 
 
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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
The Hill:
Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting
Discussion: IJR
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cory Booker, Deval Patrick expected to campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama's Senate race
New York Times:
For ‘Transparent,’ Accusations Against Jeffrey Tambor Burst an Idealistic Bubble
Discussion: AOL
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
‘Thanks, Obama!’ Former president credits himself for strong economy
Discussion: RedState, TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / Politico:
ABC reprimands producer for giving data to Trump campaign
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Amazon.com
Hayley Krischer / New York Times:
We're Going to Need More Gabrielle Union
Discussion: The Root
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump wants LePage to challenge King in Maine Senate race
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Nashville Post:
Bredesen running for Senate