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11:50 AM ET, December 7, 2017


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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 …
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
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt: Trump's ‘impairment is chilling’
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Force in Arab World
Discussion: Just Security
Mark Landler / New York Times:
For Trump, an Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Political Decision, Not a Diplomatic One
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department sets up emergency task force for Jerusalem fallout
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. is clamming up on Russia. Republicans may help him get away with it.
Discussion: ABC News, Mother Jones and The Hill
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Jr. Refuses to Discuss Father-Son Talk With Investigators
Discussion: Just Security
Brian Bakst /
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.
J. Patrick Coolican Star / Star Tribune:
Gov. Mark Dayton likely to tap Lt. Gov Tina Smith as Franken replacement
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Inside the demise of Al Franken
Discussion: Splinter, ABC News and Axios
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
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
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Ghostly Boats Carry North Korean Crews, Dead and Alive, to Japan
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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
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 …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
State Department issues ‘worldwide caution’ after Trump's Jerusalem announcement
Discussion: IJR
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
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
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:   WATCH: CNN's Anderson Cooper clashes with combative Roy Moore spokeswoman in bonkers interview
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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
People's Policy Project:
Destruction Of Black Wealth During The Obama Presidency  —  The People's Policy Project is proud to release its first formal paper.  Co-authored by Ryan Cooper and Matt Bruenig and designed by Jon White, it uses data from the Survey of Consumer Finances to track the evolution …
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
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Erin Durkin / New York Daily News:
Black employees sue FDNY for not putting out racism ‘disease’
Sean McElwee / The Outline:
The Democratic party is fine
Julian E. Zelizer / The Atlantic:
Will Richard Nixon's Three-Pronged Defense Work for Trump?
Steve Cuozzo / New York Post:
Iconic Brooklyn sign taken down after 70 years
Discussion: New York's PIX11
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Robert Mueller Jumps Onto the Trump Money Trail
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes spoke to Erik Prince about House Intel testimony despite recusal from the Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule precedent helping unions
Discussion: Politico