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2:20 PM 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.
Evan Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Who Won the Alabama Special Election? Watch the Live Results Here
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Roy Moore should be kicked out of Senate if he wins
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Kayla Moore: ‘One of our attorneys is a Jew’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and VICE News
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Pence Stays Silent on Roy Moore in Rare Break From Trump
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
‘How is my daughter a pervert?’: Alabama dad's plain-spoken rebuke of Roy Moore strikes a nerve
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.
The Guardian:
Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump.  Congress must protect his investigation  —  Mueller is coming.  —  The investigation into Trump campaign coordination with Russia appears to be closing in on the president.  The three indictments earlier this month of Trump campaign chairman …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Inside Trump's legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller's ‘killers’
Discussion: Roll Call
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Will the Senate Still Protect Robert Mueller From Donald Trump's Ax?
Discussion: CNN
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
3 NFL Network analysts suspended amid accusations of sexual harassment
Discussion: RedState
Emma Baccellieri / Deadspin:
NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans After Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Sixth senator says Trump should resign  —  A sixth senator on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to resign amid renewed attention to past allegations of sexual harassment and assault.  —  Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told NBC News that Trump is a “misogynist,” “admitted sexual predator” …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning
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: Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Eater, Eater NY and grubstreet
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Speaker at Moore event says he accidentally went with Moore to a brothel with child prostitutes  —  Roy Moore, who is running for U.S. Senate in Tuesday's special election, is facing multiple allegations of child sex abuse.  He has largely avoided the campaign trail since these allegations first surfaced.
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Amid low morale, Tillerson says changes coming to State Dept  —  Seeking to reassure American diplomats amid low morale, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled changes Tuesday to the State Department that he said would help workers perform better and position the United States to advance its interests overseas.
Discussion: Politico
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Rex Tillerson, In Meeting With U.S. Diplomats, Says Russia ‘Interfered’ in Election
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. House Democratic women seek probe of Trump misconduct accusations  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Monday for a congressional investigation into allegations by various women of sexual misconduct …
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
What Happened to the 19 Women Who Accused Trump of Sexual Misconduct
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%) …
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.’”
Connor Sheets /
State Supreme Court stays order directing Alabama not to destroy voting records  —  Update - 9:05 a.m. Dec. 12, 2017: Late Monday night, the Alabama Supreme Court stayed the Montgomery County Circuit Court's order earlier that day directing Alabama election officials to preserve digital ballot images during Tuesday's Senate election.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Former Casey aide will lobby for Libyans  —  FORMER CASEY AIDE WILL LOBBY FOR LIBYANS: Ari Mittleman, a former aide to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), has signed a top official with a Libyan militia that's been accused of human rights violations as his first foreign lobbying client.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Inside Steve Bannon's #War Against Twitter  —  For more than a year before he became Donald Trump's campaign manager, Steve Bannon sought to wage war against Twitter, tasking Milo Yiannopoulos and other Breitbart News employees to look into editorial, financial, and legal ways they could harm the Jack Dorsey-led social network.
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.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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Kim Willsher / The Guardian:
France to ban mobile phones in schools from September
Discussion: The Verge, and Index
Cornyn: Compromise May Come Later Tuesday (11:40 a.m.)
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Ex-contractor says he shut Trump's Twitter account by accident
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Emails: Disney annoyed by Obama push to use ‘Frozen’ brand
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A running list of the eyewitnesses who prove Trump's innocence on sexual misconduct
Michelle Fox / CNBC:
People are taking out mortgages to buy bitcoin, says securities regulator
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel:
Our View: Collins should drop support for tax bill
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