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5:30 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: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Discussion: Splinter, Mashable, The Week and NBC News
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, The Week and CNN
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Moore tells accusers to ‘tell the truth’ while making final appeal to voters
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: ThinkProgress, Axios, Raw Story and Mediaite
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  —  (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
Dan Merica / CNN:
Women detail sexual allegations against Trump
3 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct join Megyn Kelly
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 …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Enthused Democrats give Jones lead over Moore in Alabama
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.
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, Hollywood Life, AOL and TheBlaze
CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
Passenger Arrested After Making Threats On Flight To Sacramento
Discussion: KTLA and Mediaite
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 …
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
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: The Week and Axios
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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