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5:30 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 …
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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  —  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 …
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 …
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Alabama  —  Turnout Big Question in Senate Race  —  Voters' fundamental partisanship helps Moore  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Slight differences in turnout could change the outcome of tomorrow's special U.S. Senate election in Alabama.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Jen Kirby / Vox:
Alabama's Republican senator says he couldn't vote for Roy Moore  —  He wrote in a Republican candidate because “Alabama deserves better.”  —  “I couldn't vote Roy Moore,” Sen. Richard Shelby said Sunday on CNN.  “I didn't vote for Roy Moore, but I wrote in a distinguished Republican name.”
Scott Douglas / New York Times:   The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Secret super PAC backing Jones in Alabama exposed
Discussion: Associated Press
CNN:   Dem rep says Roy Moore poses a possible ‘threat to safety’ to Senate pages
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  —  A 27-year-old man set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body during the morning rush hour on Monday, deep inside one of Manhattan's busiest commuter corridors, the police said.  —  The blast echoed through the subway tunnels just off Times Square …
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 …
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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, USA Today, 89.3 KPCC and NPR
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Trump officials were warned about Mike Flynn at least 6 separate times before removing him
Discussion: AOL
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 …
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.
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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Washington Post:
Judge rules transgender people can enlist in military, denying Trump bid to delay deadline
Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI email: Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts for security clearance  —  Washington (CNN)A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Democrats seek alleged evidence of anti-Clinton ‘bias’ at the FBI
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Trump accusers say it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see him elected despite sexual misconduct allegations  —  As the country grapples with a national reckoning over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men from Hollywood to Capitol Hill, three women who accused the most high-profile man …
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Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Woman: Donald Trump Groped Me and Called Me a ‘C*nt’
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Politico
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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Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
North Korea's newest claim: Kim Jong Un can control the weather
Discussion: Washington Post, VICE News and The Week
Dan Primack / Axios:
Treasury admits tax plan won't pay for itself  —  The U.S. Treasury Department today released a one-page analysis of the GOP's proposed tax reform plan.  —  Bottom line: The report acknowledges that the tax plan will not pay for itself via increased economic growth, despite Treasury Secretary …
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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.
Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Is the Supreme Court finally ready to tackle partisan gerrymandering?  Signs suggest yes  —  The Supreme Court in Washington.  (Olivier Douliery / TNS)  —  Is the Supreme Court about to cause great political upheaval by getting into the business of policing the worst partisan gerrymanders?
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and IJR
 
 
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