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8:00 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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   CHEAT SHEET: The next week in D.C. …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic lawmaker: Women's clothing an ‘invitation’ to harassment
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
After mysterious ‘insurance policy’ text, will Justice Department reveal more on FBI agent bounced from Mueller probe?  —  Yes, the release of texts sent between top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show that both loathed Donald Trump while they were working on investigations involving Trump …
Ken Blackwell /   Sessions' First Year: A Breath of Fresh Air After Years of Obama Scandals
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
DOJ releases provide fodder to Mueller critics
Discussion: Mother Jones, Business Insider and Vox
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Ugly as Mueller's investigation may look, it's on track to clear Trump
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  —  Beneath the gaze of a Hindu goddess statue, a room full of beautiful young women took a deep breath as the instructor at Russell Simmons' yoga studio asked the students to focus on November's theme: “Karmic duty.”
Discussion: New York Times and KTLA
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Roy Moore turns refusal to concede into religious crusade: ‘Immorality sweeps over the land’  —  A day after losing the Senate race in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones, Roy Moore has issued a new statement refusing to concede the election until completion of the final count.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
How Doug Jones lost in nearly every congressional district but still won the state
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Magazine
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Democrats look to spread that Alabama magic
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and IJR
Associated Press:
GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
April Ryan: Omarosa fired by Kelly, escorted out of White House
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 …
Tavis Smiley:
On the eve of the 15th season and 3,000th episode of my nightly talk show …
Discussion: Mediaite
The blame game begins inside the White House after Alabama stunner  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)As a cold morning broke at the White House on Wednesday, questions mounted about who was to blame for the remarkable loss of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Second woman accuses Kihuen of persistent, unwanted sexual advances  —  Once-rising Democratic star Rep. Ruben Kihuen made repeated and unwanted sexual advances toward a female lobbyist while he was a state senator, the woman told The Nevada Independent.  —  The woman, who requested anonymity …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:   How we reported our story of a woman accusing Rep. Ruben Kihuen of harassment
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 …
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
Morgan Spurlock / TwitLonger:
I am Part of the Problem  —  As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder “who will be next?”  I wonder, “when will they come for me?”  —  You see, I've come to understand after months of these revelations …
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
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 …
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Disney buys much of Fox in megamerger that will shake world of entertainment and media  —  NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment firm as sprawling as one of its landmark theme parks, has pulled off one of the largest media mergers in history by acquiring the majority of assets from rival 21st Century Fox.
Mimi O'Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction  —  Photographed by Anton Corbijn, Vogue, January 2018  —  The first time I met Phil, there was instant chemistry between us.  It was the spring of 1999, and he was interviewing me to be the costume designer …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and AOL
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Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Democrats cool to Trump's infrastructure pitch
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
John McCain, battling brain cancer, in Walter Reed from effects of treatment
Discussion: Political Wire
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea
Discussion: Business Insider and Defense One
Cal Thomas /
No King but Caesar  —  In September 1862, a group of Chicago …
Discussion: LewRockwell
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Dear Cat-Person Girl
Discussion: The Guardian, Vox and Althouse
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Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / CNNMoney:
26-year-olds face challenges as they fall off parents' health insurance
Discussion: NPR and
USA Today:
Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘You are not going to put that on me’
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and TheBlaze
Celia Ampel / National Law Journal:
Federal Judicial Nominee Flunks ‘Motion in Limine’ Definition at Senate Hearing