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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 …
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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 …
Jeremy Gray / al.com:
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
Andy Metzger / WBUR:   Baker Backing Democrat Jones In Alabama Senate Race
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Secret super PAC backing Jones in Alabama exposed
Discussion: Vox, NewsBusters and The Gateway Pundit
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Scott Douglas / New York Times:
The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided
Discussion: Mother Jones and New Republic
New York Times:
Alabama Senate Race, Unlikely Nail-Biter, Races to Finish Line
Discussion: Mashable, Weekly Standard and Axios
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.
Discussion: Axios, ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Sarah Sanders Completely Rattled as Jim Acosta and WH Reporters Grill Her On Fake News Claims  —  Over the weekend, President Donald Trump took aim at both CNN and Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel over corrections they made made.  Trump called on Weigel to be fired for tweeting out …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump angered by Haley saying his accusers ‘should be heard’: report
Discussion: RedState
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.
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New York Times:
Pipe Bomb Explodes in New York Subway Walkway
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.
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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 …
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.
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Hold Trump to “same standard as Harvey Weinstein”: Accusers demand Congress investigate  —  Trump can't escape his past as a sexual predator.  Women are demanding to be heard and for Congress to act.  —  Denouncing Donald Trump's well-documented history of “sexual misconduct and perversion …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Women detail sexual allegations against Trump
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
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CNN:
GOP senators won't commit to giving Roy Moore committee seats
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and Weekly Standard
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
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Trump officials were warned about Mike Flynn at least 6 separate times before removing him
Discussion: AOL
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
They made her put out her cigarette.  She then threatened to kill everyone on the plane.  —  Southwest Airlines says it all started with a cigarette.  —  A passenger was smoking in the bathroom somewhere between Portland and Sacramento on Saturday, according to the airline, and had gone so far as to tamper with the smoke detector.
Discussion: KOIN-TV, TheBlaze, Hollywood Life and AOL
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CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
Passenger Arrested After Making Threats On Flight To Sacramento
Discussion: KTLA and Mediaite
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.
Susan Scutti / CNN:
A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump's is worth changing  — Drinking artificially sweetened beverages is associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump downs a dozen Diet Cokes each day, The New York Times reported this weekend.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Tawdry Tales Depict a Texas Congressman's Frat House on the Hill  —  WASHINGTON — When Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Representative Blake Farenthold, sued him claiming sexual harassment, among her complaints was that he “disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him for ‘a threesome.’”
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Promising to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again,’ Macron lures 13 U.S. climate scientists to France  —  What initially looked like an impish dig at President Trump by French President Emmanuel Macron over climate policy has turned into a concrete plan.  —  First, when the Trump administration …
Discussion: NPR and Power Line
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The Guardian:
Macron awards US scientists grants to move to France in defiance of Trump
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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 …
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Sean Spicer announces he's writing a book  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is writing a book to “set the record straight” about what he says happened during the 2016 election, transition and his time serving in the administration.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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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 …
 
 
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Congress probably won't renew CHIP funding this year
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Bloomberg:
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New York Times:
Trump Escalates His Criticism of the News Media, Fueling National Debate
Discussion: USA Today
Mariko Paulson / Issues:
The Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as Passed by Senate (12/2/17): Static and Dynamic Effects …
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Nick Turse / The Intercept:
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Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
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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