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9:20 PM ET, December 13, 2017


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Eli Stokols / Wall Street Journal:
White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman to Depart in January  —  The former contestant on ‘The Apprentice’ was director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former star of “The Apprentice” and one of President Donald Trump's …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Omarosa Tried to ‘Storm the Residence’ in Reality TV-Style Ouster … When Omarosa Manigault-Newman learned she was being ousted from her White House post on Tuesday, she decided to try to confront her boss, President Donald Trump, making a beeline for the White House residence to appeal directly …
Discussion: Washington Post, AOL, Raw Story and Mediaite
John Bowden / The Hill:
April Ryan: Omarosa fired by Kelly, escorted out of White House  —  White House aide Omarosa Manigault may have been escorted out of the White House shouting profanities after being told of her firing by chief of staff John Kelly  —  , according to a report by American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan on Wednesday.
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
Omarosa Manigault reportedly escorted kicking and screaming from White House as resignation announced
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Jones: In ‘gracious’ call, Trump invited me to the White House
Discussion: Politico and IJR
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
Omarosa Is Out At The White House
Nancy Cook / Politico:
With tax victory in reach, Trump plays salesman-in-chief
Discussion: ABC News
MJ Lee / CNN:
Exclusive: Ex-Farenthold aide shares new details of vulgar and abusive behavior  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  WARNING: This story contains graphic language.  —  (CNN)A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
‘We Are in a Trump-Driven Worst-Case Situation Right Now’  —  Roy Moore was a uniquely flawed and vulnerable candidate.  But what should worry Republicans most about his loss to Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday's U.S. Senate race in Alabama was how closely the result tracked with the GOP's big defeats …
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Special Elections So Far Point To A Democratic Wave In 2018
Discussion: Politicus USA and thecut
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:   Alabama proves that appealing to Trump voters is a lost cause. The power is elsewhere
Associated Press:
GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Trump Rating Hits Record Low  —  Democrats have 15 point edge in generic House vote  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Donald Trump's current job approval rating is the lowest registered in the Monmouth University Poll since he took office, with the biggest drop coming from independent women.
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: 60 percent of Iowans disapprove of Donald Trump's job performance  —  Iowans believe the country's headed in the wrong direction and that President Donald Trump isn't doing a good job.  —  Sixty percent of respondents to this month's Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump approval at lowest ever after losing support from women
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Salma Hayek / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too  —  HARVEY WEINSTEIN was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster.  —  For years, he was my monster.  —  This fall, I was approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd …
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
In ‘highly unusual’ move, DOJ secretly invited reporters to view texts sent by ousted FBI agents  — The Justice Department invited a group of reporters to its offices on Tuesday night to view private text messages.  — The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign by former investigators …
Discussion: AOL and
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Months-worth of FBI employees' texts dreading Trump victory released to Congress
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Ugly as Mueller's investigation may look, it's on track to clear Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
'We Can't Take That Risk' — FBI Officials Discussed ‘Insurance Policy’ Against Trump Presidency
New York Times:
Music Mogul Russell Simmons Is Accused of Rape by 3 Women  —  Mr. Simmons, a powerful gatekeeper in the entertainment and media worlds, damaged careers and self-confidence with his pattern of sexual assault and harassment, the women say.  —  In 1995, Drew Dixon was working her dream job …
Los Angeles Times:
Five more women accuse Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct across three decades
Discussion: New York Times
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
PBS Suspends ‘Tavis Smiley’ Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation (EXCLUSIVE)  —  PBS has suspended late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley” amid misconduct allegations against its host and namesake.  —  “Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of 'Tavis Smiley …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Withdraws Nomination  —  It's an embarrassing setback for Trump.  But the nominee had never tried a case, and earned a “not qualified” rating.  Come on.  —  WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is giving up on trying to confirm …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
This Is The Daily Stormer's Playbook  —  A leaked style guide reveals they're Nazis about grammar (and about Jews).  —  Back in September, Vox Day, a Gamergate holdover who has assumed the position of racist alt-right figurehead, published a handful of brief excerpts from what he described as the “Andrew Anglin” style guide.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Raw Story
Brittany Packnett / thecut:
Black Women Kept Roy Moore Out of Office.  Here's How to Actually Thank Them.  —  Late on Tuesday night, America was once again reminded of the power of Black women.  Thanks in large part to overwhelmingly high turnout among Black voters and Black women in particular, Alabama managed to elect …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Nikki Haley Stuck a Knife in His Back”: Roger Stone Is Already Writing the Story of Trump's Downfall  —  One of Trump's closest allies believes the president could be removed from office by disloyal Cabinet members—and he's writing a book about it.  —  In the closing days …
Discussion: The Atlantic, AOL and Raw Story
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic lawmaker: Women's clothing an ‘invitation’ to harassment  —  A female Democratic House member shocked fellow lawmakers Wednesday when she said that the revealing clothing that some members and staffers wear is an “invitation” to sexual harassment.
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
FCC's own chief technology officer warned about net neutrality repeal
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Say They Have a Deal on Tax Bill  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement, in principle, on a consensus tax bill on Wednesday, keeping the party on track for final votes next week with the aim of delivering a bill to President Trump's desk by Christmas, according to people briefed on the deal.
Kristen Soltis Anderson / New York Times:
Is Trump Driving Young Republicans Out of the Party?  —  Roy Moore's stunning defeat in the Alabama special Senate election last night was a temporary setback for the forces of Trumpism that have gripped the Republican Party.  —  It has been clear in recent weeks that not everyone is thrilled …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republican civil war erupts anew
Discussion: ABC News
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
John McCain to Trump: Lay off the ‘fake news’ claims  —  Donald Trump did not coin ‘fake news’  —  Senator John McCain again called out President Trump for his anti-media rhetoric.  —  In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, McCain shared a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists …
Jack Conte / The Patreon Blog:
We messed up.  We're sorry, and we're not rolling out the fees change.  —  We've heard you loud and clear.  We're not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week.  We still have to fix the problems that those changes addressed, but we're going to fix …
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
New York Times D.C. bureau adds fact-checker
Discussion: AOL
USA Today:
Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘You are not going to put that on me’
Discussion: ProFootballTalk, TheBlaze and The Hill
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Judge dismisses lead rioting charge against defendants in Inauguration Day protest trial
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Celia Ampel / National Law Journal:
Federal Judicial Nominee Flunks ‘Motion in Limine’ Definition at Senate Hearing
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
Walmart, Huge U.S. Employer, Will Let Workers Take Pay Before Payday
Paul Dallison / Politico:
David Cameron to Trump: Your ‘fake news’ act is ‘dangerous’
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Congressman Says ‘Everyone Respects’ Mueller at FBI Hearing, Louie Gohmert Interrupts: 'I Don't'
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Tentative Tax Deal Scraps Hit on Tuition for Graduate Students
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden Consoles Meghan McCain in Powerfully Emotional TV Moment
Discussion: ABC News and RedState
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Alt-Right Hyped Sexual Harassment Hoax to Attack Schumer
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Trump's Moore endorsement sunk the presidency to unplumbed depths
Discussion: Splinter, The Guardian and Mashable