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11:45 AM 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 …
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Roy Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would ‘eliminate many problems’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
How Trump came around to an accused child molester  —  Mitch McConnell had publicly disavowed Roy Moore when the Senate majority leader received one of several phone calls from President Donald Trump.  McConnell wanted Trump's help to push Moore out of the Alabama Senate race after he'd been accused …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Rise of the Roypublicans  —  If Alabama voters on Tuesday elect Roy Moore to the Senate, the Donald Trump-diseased party once known as the Republicans may as well call themselves Roypublicans.  —  There will be no way to shake the stench of this homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, racist apologist and accused pedophile.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Doug Jones Coalition
Discussion: BuzzFeed and New York Times
Associated Press:
The Latest: Jones says Moore hiding in Alabama Senate race
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Nebraska RNC official resigns to protest support of Moore
Discussion: Axios
Scott Douglas / New York Times:   The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Did Roy Moore spend the final weekend of the campaign in Philly?
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.
New York Times:
New York Explosion Empties Port Authority; Suspect Is in Custody  —  A peaceful beginning to the workweek was shattered Monday after an explosion rattled through one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City, causing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of commuters and throwing the morning into chaos.
CBS News:
Explosion reported at Port Authority bus terminal in New York City - live updates  —  NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says it is responding to a report of an explosion near Times Square.  —  The response is centered in the area of the Port Authority bus terminal.
Washington Post:
Explosion reported in Manhattan; New York police say one person is in custody
CBS News:
Explosion rocks NYC commuter hub in attempted terror attack - live updates
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Hollywood Life
NBC News:
18 crucial days: What did the president know and when did he know it?  —  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 …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Why Conservatives Should Embrace Bob Mueller
Discussion: National Review
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
As Russia probes progress, one name is missing: Bannon's
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
Four thoughts on the story that almost broke the #ToddlerinChief thread  —  Regarding the sixty-source New York Times story confirming that the president has the emotional maturity of a four-year old.  —  The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts has taken great pains to curate …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon, IJR and AOL
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
The Taxman Cometh: Senate Bill's Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some  —  Certain high-income business owners would face backwards incentives; lawmakers work to bridge gap  —  WASHINGTON—Some high-income business owners could face marginal tax rates exceeding 100% under the Senate's tax bill …
Jailed Russian hacker says the FSB coordinated his cyber-attacks on Hillary Clinton and the DNC  —  This summer, Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Yekaterinburg resident accused of working with the hacker group “Lurk,” reportedly declared in court that he acted “under the command of Russian Federal …
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
What Putin Really Wants  —  I. The Hack  —  The large, sunny room at Volgograd State University smelled like its contents: 45 college students, all but one of them male, hunched over keyboards, whispering and quietly clacking away among empty cans of Juicy energy drink.
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump Takes Credit for Killing Hundreds of Regulations That Were Already Dead  —  As the Trump administration nears its one-year mark, White House officials are touting cuts to regulations as one of their top achievements.  —  “In the history of our country, no president, during their entire term …
Aileen Graef / CNN:
Two senators call for Trump's resignation over sexual assault, harassment allegations  —  (CNN)Two Democratic senators called for President Donald Trump's resignation over the weekend, citing the multiple accusations from women of sexual harassment and assault against him.
Discussion: CNBC and IJR
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content  —  According to estimates, accounts shut down for potential child endangerment content could've been netting over $500,000 a month.  —  Before YouTube pulled the ads from “Ted"'s channel, it was making him tens of thousands of dollars a month.
The Boston Globe /
BOSTON.  RACISM.  IMAGE.  REALITY.  —  The Spotlight team takes on our hardest question  —  Google the phrase “Most racist city,” and Boston pops up more than any other place, time and time again.  —  It may be easy to write that off as a meaningless digital snapshot of what people say about us …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Splinter
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Robert Wright / Vox:
The left shouldn't make peace with neocons — even to defeat Trump
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Accusers to Demand Probe at Monday Press Conference
Discussion: IJR, VICE News, Politico and The Week
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Trump Accusers Tell Megyn Kelly: 'Let's Try Again' to Prove He's a ‘Pervert’
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Maria Panaritis /
Yo, Suburbs: All the way from Upper Darby, I'm your new columnist.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Russia's Putin visits Syria airbase and orders start of pullout
Discussion: Defense News and The Daily Caller
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
The Republican Overseeing the Alabama Election Doesn't Think Voting Should Be Easy
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List
Discussion: The Verge and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Will someone save Trump from this disastrous decision?
Discussion: American Thinker
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Behind Trump's plan to target the federal safety net
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Can a President Obstruct Justice?
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
In 1990, when liberal journalists still had some sense of obligation …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Paper Tiger  —  Here is a very short history of Donald Trump's …
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
The economy is on a sugar high, and tax cuts won't help
Heather Long / Washington Post:
‘Very, very scary’: 8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
The Middle Class Might Not Even Notice If the GOP Cuts Their Taxes