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3:25 PM ET, December 7, 2017


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Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired For Misconduct By Morgan Stanley  —  A woman who was interviewed as part of the company's HR probe separately told HuffPost that Ford harassed her one evening in Manhattan several years ago.  —  Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr …
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 …
Lindsey Vonn: I won't be representing US President at Winter Olympics  —  St Moritz, Switzerland (CNN)A number of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.  —  Targeting Olympic gold …
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
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.
Al Franken resigning ‘in the coming weeks,’ calls out Trump and Moore  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning following allegations that he touched women inappropriately, he announced on the Senate floor Thursday.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Minnesota governor to name lieutenant governor to Franken's seat: report
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. is clamming up on Russia.  Republicans may help him get away with it.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  In a closed-door interview with congressional investigators yesterday, Donald Trump Jr. refused to divulge the contents of a phone conversation with his father …
Sean Illing / Vox:
9 legal experts on why Trump Jr. can't hide behind attorney-client privilege  —  “A lawyer isn't a walking cone of silence.”  —  President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has refused to tell lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee about conversations he had with his father …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege in not answering panel's questions about discussions with his father
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Less-guarded Sessions spars with interns in internal DOJ video  —  This summer, in the midst of President Donald Trump's criticism of the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular, Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be …
Discussion: Politico, IJR, Mediaite and Raw Story
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 …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Closing of the Republican Mind  —  When Ronald Reagan passed his historic tax cut in 1981, he won support from 25 Democrats in the Senate and 113 in the House.  —  When George W. Bush passed his sweeping tax cut in 2001, he won support from 12 Democrats in the Senate and 28 in the House.
Discussion: The Week and Shareblue Media
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems will oppose short-term spending bill
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Lawmaker says GOP has the votes to avert government shutdown
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Michael Slager, Officer in Walter Scott Shooting, Gets 20-Year Sentence
Discussion: Vox, Above the Law and The Week
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
We need a healthier conversation about partisanship and sexual assault  —  Trying to put sexual assault allegations beyond partisanship is only making them more partisan.  —  I've been saying for a while now that Al Franken should resign.  And I'm glad that this week many of his colleagues …
Discussion: Politico
FOX News Radio:
Senator Bill Cassidy On Al Franken & Roy Moore: There Is A Difference Between A 14 Year Old Girl & An Adult Female
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
David Edwards / Raw Story:   CNN host Alisyn Camerota grilled Trump ally Corey Lewandowski …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
FBI chief pushes back after Trump claims reputation in ‘tatters’  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday morning defended the integrity of the FBI, calling its employees “decent people committed to the highest principles of integrity and respect” just days after President Trump
Discussion: RedState
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI chief rejects Trump's claim of agency ‘in tatters’
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Trust no one: Scholar risked all to document Islamic State  —  The historian carried secrets too heavy for one man to bear.  —  He packed his bag with his most treasured possessions before going to bed: the 1 terabyte hard drive with his evidence against the Islamic State group …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Dylan Farrow / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Dylan Farrow: Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?  —  Director Woody Allen attends a special screening of “Wonder Wheel” in New York City on Nov. 14.  (Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press) … We are in the midst of a revolution.
Discussion: IndieWire and AOL
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 …
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
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan reiterates call for Roy Moore to drop out  —  (R-Wis.) on Thursday reiterated his call for Alabama GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore to drop out of the race over allegations of sexual misconduct, including assault.  —  “I think he should have dropped out,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference.
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 …
Discussion: Jacobin
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Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Alan Dershowitz's new reality: Tweeted by Trump, shunned by liberal friends
Discussion: IJR and The Guardian
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Ghostly Boats Carry North Korean Crews, Dead and Alive, to Japan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
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Steve Cuozzo / New York Post:
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Discussion: RedState