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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 …
CNN:
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.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
In 2010, Trump supported letting Scott Brown vote on health care  —  Schumer orders Jones be seated before tax vote  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The day after Democrat Doug Jones won a stunning upset over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race Tuesday night …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
How Doug Jones lost in nearly every congressional district but still won the state
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
‘We Are in a Trump-Driven Worst-Case Situation Right Now’
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Special Elections So Far Point To A Democratic Wave In 2018
Discussion: Politicus USA and thecut
Associated Press:
GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Jones: In ‘gracious’ call, Trump invited me to the White House
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and IJR
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.
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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 …
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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
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
Five more women accuse Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct across three decades
Discussion: New York Times and KTLA
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 …
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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 …
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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.
CNN:
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 …
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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
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 …
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
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
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
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Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:   How we reported our story of a woman accusing Rep. Ruben Kihuen of harassment
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.
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Reuters:
Republicans forge tax deal, final votes seen next week
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
Vogue:
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: AOL
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Dear Cat-Person Girl  —  Here's how to avoid soul-crushingly bad sex.  —  D  —  ear Margot:  —  Hi.  You don't know me.  But like many others, I feel as if I know you, after reading the crushing short story about you that went viral after appearing in The New Yorker.
USA Today:
Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘You are not going to put that on me’  —  Warren Sapp proclaimed he's never sexually harassed anyone like the allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein or former NBC Today show host Matt Lauer.
Discussion: ProFootballTalk, TheBlaze and The Hill
 
 
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Cal Thomas / Townhall.com:
No King but Caesar  —  In September 1862, a group of Chicago …
Discussion: LewRockwell
Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / CNNMoney:
26-year-olds face challenges as they fall off parents' health insurance
Discussion: NPR and MichelleMalkin.com
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Withdraws Nomination
Celia Ampel / National Law Journal:
Federal Judicial Nominee Flunks ‘Motion in Limine’ Definition at Senate Hearing
Kristen Soltis Anderson / New York Times:
Is Trump Driving Young Republicans Out of the Party?
Paul Dallison / Politico:
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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