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6:35 PM ET, December 12, 2017


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Katie McDonough / Splinter:
Horse Twitter Comes for Roy Moore  —  Roy Moore, a bigot and alleged serial predator, rode a horse to the polls on Tuesday to cast his ballot in the Alabama Senate special election.  —  Soon after, Horse Twitter came for him.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Roy Moore should be kicked out of Senate if he wins  —  A majority of voters nationwide say Republican Roy Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he wins a seat in the chamber in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Kayla Moore: ‘One of our attorneys is a Jew’
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
McConnell still confident there will be ethics investigation into Moore if he wins
Evan Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Who Won the Alabama Special Election? Watch the Live Results Here
Hannah Keyser / Deadspin:   Roy Moore Doesn't Even Ride A Horse Well
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Either outcome in Alabama is a self-inflicted wound by Senate GOP
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   Alabama drama nears an explosive end
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Jim Acosta cites access threat from White House's Sarah Huckabee Sanders  —  President Trump's tweeting Tuesday morning set off the usual scramble among White House reporters for all manner of clarifications and amplifications.  Look at the tweet, and it's not hard to understand why:
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning  —  President Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Already on the 2020 radar, Kirsten Gillibrand catapulted into the spotlight by President Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Sixth senator says Trump should resign
Discussion: NPR and Axios
Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post ‘sexist smear’
Discussion: The Atlantic and CNN
Sam Gillette /
Donald Trump Claims He ‘Never Met’ Accusers Like PEOPLE's Natasha Stoynoff, But We Have the Photo  —  President Donald Trump claims he doesn't know — and has never met — the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct or assault.  But PEOPLE has the photo showing …
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Jr. Requests Inquiry Into Intelligence Committee Leaks
Discussion: Politico and VICE News
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. House Democratic women seek probe of Trump misconduct accusations
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP congressman to Trump: Mueller probe ‘infected with bias’
Discussion: Political Wire and CNBC
The Guardian:   Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump. Congress must protect his investigation
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Inside Trump's legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller's ‘killers’
Connor Sheets /
In final-hour order, court rules that Alabama can destroy digital voting records after all  —  Alabama is allowed to destroy digital voting records created at the polls during today's U.S. Senate election after all.  —  At 1:36 p.m. Monday, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge issued …
Connor Sheets /
State Supreme Court stays order directing Alabama not to destroy voting records
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and Gizmodo
Washington Post:
Congress could finalize deal to reconcile House and Senate tax bills as soon as today, top Republican says  —  Lawmakers are on the verge of striking a tentative agreement that would reconcile tax bills passed separately by the House and Senate, and an announcement could come later Tuesday …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Tax bill negotiators agree to reduce mortgage interest deduction
Discussion: Politico and Northern Star Online
Exclusive: Grassley urges Trump to reconsider controversial judicial picks  —  Trump packing courts with conservatives  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued a rare rebuke Tuesday of two of President Donald Trump's …
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
Can We Be Honest About Women?  —  Here's a little secret we have to say out loud: Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty.  —  David French of National Review recently wrote an article asking, “Can we be honest about men?”
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Trump objects to Russia provisions as he signs $700 billion defense bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a $700 billion defense policy bill Tuesday, saying the United States military “has got to be perfecto.”  But less than three hours later, he pointed out the bill's imperfections in a signing statement.
New York Times:
Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment  —  Natalie Saibel, a longtime server at the Spotted Pig, a West Village restaurant with celebrity investors, didn't quit in 2015 after the owner, Ken Friedman, ran his hands over her buttocks and then her groin in a room crowded …
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Boy behind viral anti-bullying video amazed by support, celebrity responses  —  A young Tennessee boy whose story gained national attention after his mother posted a heart-wrenching video of him addressing his bullies said he is amazed by all the support he's received on social media this week.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
This is the list of ‘eyewitnesses’ the White House says exonerate Trump  —  On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders promised that she would produce a list of eyewitnesses to exonerate President Trump from allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
Why Melania, Ivanka and Jared's mayoral election votes didn't count  —  Good thing last month's mayoral election wasn't close because if New Yorkers needed the Trump family to decide the outcome, they would have been out of luck.  —  President Trump and his family of New Yorkers …
Discussion: NBC News, Splinter and Balloon Juice
Transparency International e.V. / Transparency …:
Corruption in the USA: The difference a year makes  —  New public opinion survey compares 2017 with 2016  —  The US faces a wide range of domestic challenges related to the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, which is Transparency International's definition of corruption.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Sunlight Foundation
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Report: Americans view Trump White House as the most corrupt government institution
Marist Poll:
12/12: Majority Views Tax Bill as Adding Financial Injury... POTUS Favors Wealthy, Say Americans  —  The tax reform bill is highly unpopular among the American people.  —  The tax reform bill is highly unpopular among the American people.  In fact, a majority of U.S. residents (52%) …
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
After 9-point loss in Va., Gillespie says he would not encourage others to run for office because of ‘poisonous atmosphere’  —  Ed Gillespie, who has been at the forefront of GOP politics for decades, said he wouldn't encourage others to run for office in his first interview since losing the heated Virginia governor's race last month.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Magazine
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The White House:
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Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
European Parliament Report Accuses Wilbur Ross of Insider Trading
Discussion: Business Insider and The Mahablog
Dow Jones Newswires:
Millions of People Post Comments on Federal Regulations. Many Are Fake.
J. Patrick Coolican Star / Star Tribune:
Gov. Mark Dayton to announce Senate pick Wednesday
Discussion: Washington Times and Politicus USA
Abdi Guled / Associated Press:
US drone strike removes ‘imminent threat’ to Somali capital
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump to Let Assad Stay Until 2021, as Putin Declares Victory in Syria
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
‘Today’ Ratings Continue to Surge After Matt Lauer Departure
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Inside Steve Bannon's #War Against Twitter
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A running list of the eyewitnesses who prove Trump's innocence on sexual misconduct
Zephyr Teachout / New York Times:
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