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8:25 AM ET, December 12, 2017

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Andy Metzger / WBUR:
Baker Backing Democrat Jones In Alabama Senate Race  —  Gov. Charlie Baker supports the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Alabama against Roy Moore, the controversial Republican who has been dogged by multiple accounts that he made sexual advances towards teenage women well into his adult years.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Balloon Juice
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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 …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
‘How is my daughter a pervert?’:  Alabama dad's plain-spoken rebuke of Roy Moore strikes a nerve  —  Perhaps it was the man's strong but plain-spoken rebuke outside a Roy Moore rally on the campaign's final night, condemning the candidate's past comments lambasting homosexuality.
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.
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: NBC News, The Federalist, The Week and CNN
New York Times:
Alabama Senate Race, Unlikely Nail-Biter, Races to Finish Line
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Secret super PAC backing Jones in Alabama exposed
Discussion: NewsBusters, Vox and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump angered by Haley saying his accusers ‘should be heard’: report  —  is reportedly furious with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  —  for saying that the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct “should be heard.”  —  The Associated Press reported Monday …
Discussion: RedState
Mick Krever / CNN:
CNN exclusive: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump lawyers want second special counsel appointed now  —  President Trump's legal team believes Attorney General Jeff Session's Justice Department and the FBI — more than special counsel Robert Mueller himself — are to blame for what they see as a witch hunt.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Will the Senate Still Protect Robert Mueller From Donald Trump's Ax? … Remember the first round of gossip about whether President Trump would fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller, back during the summer?  Republican senators were quick to say what a grave error this would be.
Discussion: CNN, Hullabaloo, Salon and Washington Post
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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James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:   Is CNN Protecting Adam Schiff?
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Roy Moore Emerges From Hiding for Election Eve Rally, and Good Lord, Was It Weird  —  Have you ever traveled down a dirt path in rural southeast Alabama in December and arrived at a barn in the woods to find Steve Bannon, Representative Louie Gohmert, Sheriff David Clarke, Roy and Kayla Moore …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Guardian
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Karma Allen / ABC News:
Moore tells accusers to ‘tell the truth’ while making final appeal to voters
YouTube:
Jimmy Kimmel Returns with Baby Billy After Heart Surgery … Jimmy's baby Billy had his second open heart surgery last week so Jimmy had guest hosts fill in for him while he was out.  Thankfully the surgery was a success and Jimmy returned to the show tonight with Billy in tow to show everyone how well he is doing.
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Emily Yahr / Washington Post:   Jimmy Kimmel holds his baby son, post-heart surgery, in emotional health-care monologue
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Congress probably won't renew CHIP funding this year
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
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: Politico and Houston Chronicle
Bloomberg:
NFL Harassment Suit Alleges Groping by Top Executive, Ex-Players  —  Former employee says ex-producer sent several nude photos  —  NFL Network says employees suspended pending investigation  —  A former executive producer at the National Football League's TV network and ex-players including Marshall Faulk …
Zephyr Teachout / New York Times:
I'm Not Convinced Franken Should Quit  —  I care passionately about #MeToo.  Women are routinely demeaned, dismissed, discouraged and assaulted.  Too many women's careers are stymied or ended because of harassment and abuse.  In politics, where I have worked much of my adult life, this behavior is rampant.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Speaker at Moore event says he accidentally went with Moore to a brothel with child prostitutes  —  “There were certainly pretty girls.  And they were girls.  They were young.  Some were very young.”  —  Roy Moore, who is running for U.S. Senate in Tuesday's special election, is facing multiple allegations of child sex abuse.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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, AOL, TheBlaze and Hollywood Life
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CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
Passenger Arrested After Making Threats On Flight To Sacramento
Discussion: KTLA and Mediaite
The Guardian:
Macron awards US scientists grants to move to France in defiance of Trump  —  France's president awards millions of euros to 18 American scientists to relocate in effort to counter Donald Trump on the climate change front … Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit …
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Axios
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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
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 …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65  —  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning at age 65, his office said.  —  The sudden news came in an email from the office at 2:23 a.m. It read: “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away …
Discussion: The Week
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.
 
 
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