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5:00 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Scott Douglas / New York Times:   The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided
Jen Kirby / Vox:
Alabama's Republican senator says he couldn't vote for Roy Moore
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress and CNN
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:
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 …
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
As Russia probes progress, one name is missing: Bannon's
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Judge rules transgender people can enlist in military, denying Trump bid to delay deadline
Discussion: Vox and Politicus USA
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 …
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 …
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
North Korea's newest claim: Kim Jong Un can control the weather
Discussion: Washington Post, VICE News and The Week
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
Treasury Department Report Assumes Instead of Analyzing  —  For Immediate Release … This Treasury report makes a mockery of dynamic scoring and analysis, which is meant to help policymakers understand how their choices will affect the size of the economy.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Treasury admits tax plan won't pay for itself
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 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
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?
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 …
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Behind Trump's plan to target the federal safety net  —  The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits.
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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
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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
Dem rep says Roy Moore poses a possible ‘threat to safety’ to Senate pages
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
One chart shows Democrats are now more eager than ever to run for office
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrea Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
European Finance Chiefs Hit Out at U.S. Tax Plans
Discussion: Mother Jones and Business Insider
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia to Allow Movie Theaters After 35-Year Ban
Discussion: RedState and Althouse
Washington Post:
New CDC head faces questions about financial conflicts of interest
 Earlier Items: 
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Why the ‘Arab street’ didn't just explode
Discussion: Instapundit
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
James O'Keefe Donor Flees Over Failure to Disclose Criminal Record
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Carl Bernstein: I wonder if we would have been fired today for mistake in Watergate story
Discussion: The Federalist and Shareblue Media
Jailed Russian hacker says the FSB coordinated his cyber-attacks on Hillary Clinton and the DNC