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9:30 PM ET, December 11, 2017


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Enthused Democrats give Jones lead over Moore in Alabama  —  Democrat Doug Jones holds a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore among likely voters in deep red Alabama.  —  Greater party loyalty plus higher interest in the election among Democrats combined …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What The Hell Is Happening With These Alabama Polls?  —  Somebody's going to be wrong in Alabama.  —  We've already urged caution when interpreting polls of Alabama's special election to the U.S. Senate, which will be held on Tuesday.  Some of that is because of the media's usual tendency …
Jeremy Gray /
Condoleezza Rice: Alabama Senate election one of history's most significant  —  Former U.S. Secretary of State and Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice today urged Alabamians to vote in tomorrow's special Senate election.  —  “This week's special election will be one of the most significant in Alabama's history.
Jeff Zeleny / CNN:
First on CNN: Obama tells Alabama voters to reject Roy Moore  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Alabama Senate race, imploring voters to go to the polls Tuesday to reject the candidacy of Roy Moore as part of an aggressive effort by Democrats …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Secret super PAC backing Jones in Alabama exposed  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A mystery super PAC backing Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama is controlled by a pair of groups closely aligned with the national Democratic Party, even as the candidate strives to dissociate himself from Washington interests.
Discussion: Vox and The Gateway Pundit
Scott Douglas / New York Times:
The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided
Discussion: New Republic and Mother Jones
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year's presidential election.  —  Now the national #MeToo spotlight is turning back to Trump and his past conduct.
Mick Krever / CNN:
CNN exclusive: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign  —  (CNN)Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.  —  “President Trump should resign,” Gillibrand told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview.
New York Post:
Suspected bomber in custody after explosion at Port Authority  —  A suicide bomber set off a device at the Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning, law enforcement sources said.  —  The suspected bomber - who had wires attached to him - was armed with a pipe bomb and a battery pack, sources said.
Washington Post:
Explosion reported in Manhattan; New York police say one person is in custody
NBC News:
Focus on Flynn, Trump timeline suggests obstruction is on Mueller's mind  —  WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what happened inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This big development in the Mueller probe could put Trump in danger  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  On Jan. 24, President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition.
Discussion: IJR
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Trump officials were warned about Mike Flynn at least 6 separate times before removing him
Discussion: AOL
Washington Post:
‘Journalism for rent’: Inside the secretive firm behind the Trump dossier … Fusion GPS bills itself as a corporate research firm, but in many ways it operates with the secrecy of a spy agency.  No sign marks its headquarters above a coffee shop in Northwest Washington.
Fox News:
Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier  —  EXCLUSIVE: A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document …
David French / National Review:
The Comprehensive Case against Roy Moore  —  There is no good reason for a faithful conservative to support this man.  —  Partisan politics does strange things to human minds.  I continue to see Twitter, Facebook, and my email inbox light up with the most bizarre comparisons.
Discussion: The Federalist and The Week
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’ … The New Yorker has let go of its star reporter Ryan Lizza amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the magazine confirmed Monday.  —  “The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct.
Irene Plagianos / Eater NY:
Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations  —  Four women accuse the chef of inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades, according to dozens of Eater interviews  —  About 10 years ago, at the after-party …
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN Walks Back Jeff Sessions-Russia Bombshell  —  CNN has quietly walked back more of their “bombshell” reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, and this time it's a story relating to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' security clearance forms.  —  In May, CNN reported that Sessions …
Discussion: and The Right Scoop
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Transgender people can enlist in military Jan 1  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.  —  The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue …
New York Times:
Trump Escalates His Criticism of the News Media, Fueling National Debate  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has escalated his fiery attacks on the news media, seizing on a recent string of mistaken reports to bolster his case that he is being persecuted by a left-leaning establishment out to bring …
Discussion: USA Today and Axios
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Sarah Sanders Completely Rattled as Jim Acosta and WH Reporters Grill Her On Fake News Claims
Kurt Schlichter /
Woke Conservatives And The Awesome Power Of Not Caring  —  Have you noticed that if you fail to do, think, and vote exactly the way that the liberals and their Fredocon minions demand, you're a racist, sexist, homophobic, child molesting, greedy, NRA terrorist determined to murder kids?
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Former Flynn associate says phone records contradict whistleblower's account  —  A former business associate of Michael Flynn told lawmakers that phone records contradict an anonymous whistleblower's allegation that the ex-national security adviser sent an Inauguration Day text declaring …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Nicholas Rondinone / Hartford Courant:
Quinebaug College Adviser Charged After Lucian Wintrich's UConn Event  —  Catherine Gregory, 33, of Willimantic, was charged with attempted sixth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct.  (Courtesy of UConn police)  —  UConn police have charged a Quinebaug Valley Community College adviser …
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Ex-Spy Chief: Russia's Election Hacking Was An ‘Intelligence Failure’  —  Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here.  Subscribe via Stitcher here.  —  The politics of spying in America has never been more intense.  President Trump has taken to publicly bashing his intelligence agencies …
The Guardian:
Dennis Rodman asks Trump for formal role as North Korea envoy  —  Ban on US passport holders travelling to Pyongyang stops former basketball star from making sixth trip  —  Dennis Rodman, the American basketball star turned freelance diplomat , has urged Donald Trump to sign him up as a peace envoy …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Promising to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again,’ Macron lures 13 U.S. climate scientists to France
Discussion: NPR and Power Line
Mariko Paulson / Issues:
The Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as Passed by Senate (12/2/17): Static and Dynamic Effects …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
Appoint Kamala Harris Or Cory Booker To Replace Franken On Judiciary, Says CBC Chair
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Code Change Could Free Churches, Charities to Become Political Players
Discussion: Daily Kos
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
FCC, FTC announce partnership to police internet after net neutrality repeal
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Nick Turse / The Intercept:
Behind Closed Doors, U.S. Military Said Sgt. La David Johnson Survived Initial Ambush in Niger
Discussion: Raw Story
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube
Discussion: Boing Boing and CBS New York
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
One chart shows Democrats are now more eager than ever to run for office
Discussion: Political Wire
Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Is the Supreme Court finally ready to tackle partisan gerrymandering? Signs suggest yes
James Vincent / The Verge:
Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society
Jailed Russian hacker says the FSB coordinated his cyber-attacks on Hillary Clinton and the DNC
Discussion: Business Insider