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12:40 AM ET, December 14, 2017


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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 …
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
April Ryan: Omarosa fired by Kelly, escorted out of White House
WDRB 41 Louisville News:
Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson died of ‘probable suicide’ on bridge in Mt. Washington  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, died of a “probable suicide,” the Bullitt County coroner said.
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
Kentucky lawmaker who was accused of molesting a teenage girl likely killed himself, coroner says
Discussion: IJR, New York's PIX11 and WLKY-TV
New York Times:
Alabama Loss Exposes Republican Fissures Amid a Democratic Surge  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The once-unimaginable Republican defeat in Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday tore open divisions between the party's establishment and populist wings, inciting bitter recriminations …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republican civil war erupts anew  —  Roy Moore's loss has the Bannon and McConnell wings of the GOP heaping blame on one another, with no signs of a resolution.  —  Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama — far from settling the score between the McConnell and Bannon wings of the Republican Party …
Associated Press:
GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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
Rod Rosenstein: No good cause to fire Mueller  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — “If there were good cause, I would act.  If there were no good cause, I would not,” Rosenstein said about firing Mueller  —  Washington (CNN)The second-highest ranking official at the Justice Department stepped …
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Ugly as Mueller's investigation may look, it's on track to clear Trump
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Months-worth of FBI employees' texts dreading Trump victory released to Congress
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
When Will Paul Ryan Step Down?  —  It's a question lawmakers are asking.  —  WASHINGTON As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker.  —  “There's a whole lot of rumors …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: AOL, The Atlantic and Raw Story
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.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Jones: In ‘gracious’ call, Trump invited me to the White House
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Second woman accuses Kihuen of persistent, unwanted sexual advances  —  Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev. addresses a group during Immigrant Heritage Month celebration at the Asian Culture Alliance/Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:   How we reported our story of a woman accusing Rep. Ruben Kihuen of harassment
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Two Trump judge nominees out after criticism
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
You Don't Need to Take an Oath on a Bible, or Any Religious Text  —  It was an odd footnote to the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night.  —  In an interview on CNN, hours before the Republican candidate Roy S. Moore would go on to lose the election, his spokesman asserted that elected officials …
Discussion: CNN, VICE, Business Insider and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Cal Thomas /
No King but Caesar  —  In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a “memorial” (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery.  —  Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery's preservation.
Discussion: LewRockwell
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Video shows officers handcuffing a shrieking 11-year-old at gunpoint  —  Police were scouring a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a 40-year-old attempted murder suspect.  Instead, in a moment that has cast a harsh spotlight on this western Michigan city, an officer found himself pointing his gun at …
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Special Elections So Far Point To A Democratic Wave In 2018  —  Democrat Doug Jones's stunning victory in Alabama on Tuesday should send a shiver down the spine of GOP elected officials everywhere.  Yes, Jones likely would have lost the special election for a U.S. Senate seat had his Republican opponent …
Discussion: Politicus USA and thecut
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Andrew Taylor / Press Herald:
Republicans reach deal on tax plan, include windfall for the wealthiest
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
New York Times D.C. bureau adds fact-checker
Discussion: AOL
Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / CNNMoney:
26-year-olds face challenges as they fall off parents' health insurance
Discussion: and NPR
USA Today:
Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘You are not going to put that on me’
Discussion: ProFootballTalk, TheBlaze and The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Dallison / Politico:
David Cameron to Trump: Your ‘fake news’ act is ‘dangerous’
Discussion: Raw Story
The Right Scoop:
BREAKING: Justice Don Willett CONFIRMED!
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
Brittany Packnett / thecut:
Black Women Kept Roy Moore Out of Office. Here's How to Actually Thank Them.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Trump's Moore endorsement sunk the presidency to unplumbed depths
Discussion: Splinter and The Guardian