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John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans quietly investigate perceived corruption at DOJ, FBI  —  A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally …
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
“Are Republicans dead inside?”  GOP host slams her own party in disgust  —  As the investigation into Russia breaks new ground, Donald Trump and his allies are ramping up their baseless attacks on the FBI and senior Justice Department officials for allowing it to continue.
Fox News:
McCabe draws blank on Democrats' funding of Trump dossier, new subpoenas planned  —  EXCLUSIVE: Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Tuesday's seven-hour interrogation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Group of House Republicans have been quietly investigating the DOJ and FBI for weeks
Discussion: RedState
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Key NSA surveillance program's reauthorization hits roadblock in Congress
With Tax Reform, AT&T Plans to Increase U.S. Capital Spending $1 Billion and Provide $1,000 Special Bonus to more than 200,000 U.S. Employees  —  Today, Congress approved legislation representing the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation.  The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.
Liz Moyer / CNBC:
Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp unveil minimum wage hikes after tax bill passage  — Fifth Third and AT&T are paying employees special bonuses after getting tax cuts under the Republican tax plan.  — Wells Fargo said Wednesday that it would boost minimum wages for employees to $15 an hour …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
AT&T is giving $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 employees after tax bill  —  AT&T was quick to respond to news of U.S. tax reform, announcing it would give some employees bonuses once the law is official.  —  The telecom giant said in a press release on Wednesday that it would give …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wall Street Journal Killed Editorial on Trump's Mob Ties  —  In a short period of time, five staffers have departed The Wall Street Journal editorial page.  The general cause of their departures, willing and otherwise, is known: the Journal editorial line has increasingly conformed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Glenn Thrush, Suspended Times Reporter, to Resume Work but Won't Cover White House  —  The New York Times said on Wednesday that Glenn Thrush, one of the paper's most prominent political reporters, would remain suspended until late January and then be removed from the team covering the White House …
Laura McGann / Vox:   New York Times decides Glenn Thrush “does not deserve to be fired” over sexual misconduct
Washington Post:
Court tosses out one-vote victory in recount that had briefly ended a Republican majority in Virginia  —  A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats …
Jordan Pascale / Virginian-Pilot:
Republican awarded 1 more vote, causing a tie in House race that will decide balance of power  —  Republican David Yancey talks with student Asia Shell, 18, during a “take your legislator to school day” November 28 at Heritage High School in Newport News, Va.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Wins Tax Cuts, Kids Lose Health Insurance
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Associated Press:
Ryan savors tax bill win, but coming fights could roil GOP
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The tax cut expectations game  —  I was reading the Penn Wharton Budget Model's dynamic analysis (this is an outfit run by a George W. Bush-era Treasury tax guy) of the tax bill Monday night, and I saw something interesting in its modeling assumptions.  It had to decide what to do with the fact …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
The Daily Beast:   Trump Falsely Claims GOP Tax Bill ‘Repealed Obamacare’
Wall Street Journal:
Over Golf and an Airport Chat, Trump and GOP Hashed Out a Historic Tax Plan
Discussion: New York Magazine
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Ridiculous video emerges of wealthy Koch heir — and the internet is dying of laughter  —  The billionaire heir of conservative industrialist Bill Koch stands to benefit mightily from the newly passed Republican tax overhaul.  —  Wyatt Ingraham Koch is president and CEO of the Wyatt Ingraham clothing brand …
Murray Waas / Foreign Policy:
White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law  —  Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.  —  The White House turned over records this fall to special counsel Robert Mueller revealing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dean L. Winslow / Washington Post:
I spoke my mind on guns.  Then my Senate confirmation was put on hold.  —  Dean L. Winslow, a retired Air Force colonel and flight surgeon, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University.  —  Last week, I withdrew my name from consideration to be assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Commercial Appeal:
Memphis removing Confederate statues from Downtown parks  —  Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal  —  The city of Memphis sold two public parks containing Confederate monuments to a nonprofit Wednesday in a massive, months-in-the-planning operation to take the statues down overnight.
Discussion: WHNT-TV and Raw Story
Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote  —  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington  —  WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote …
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Puerto Rico governor vows midterm revenge for tax bill  —  Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he plans to mobilize 5.3 million Puerto Ricans living on the mainland to shake up the midterm elections in states ranging from Florida to California.  —  Rosselló …
Detroit Free Press:
Ex-MSP trooper charged with murder in death of Detroit boy being chased on ATV  —  It is alleged that Mark Bessner “unnecessarily deployed his Taser” at the boy while the ATV was traveling at 35-40 m.p.h.  —  CONNECT  —  A former Michigan State Police trooper is facing a murder charge …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
New York Times:
Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination  —  This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.  —  A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants …
Democrats' 2018 advantage expands  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Democrats' already wide advantage over Republicans in a hypothetical Congressional matchup has grown, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.  At the same time, enthusiasm about voting next year …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight  —  Back in June, President Trump allowed almost his entire Cabinet to speak, one by one, in praise of him.  And praise him they did, with each being more effusive than the last.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Galloway / Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Hanks Wouldn't Screen ‘The Post’ at the White House, Decries Attacks on First Amendment  —  “We have to decide when we take to the ramparts,” the Oscar-winner tells THR, noting that he would not attend a screening of his new film at the White House if invited.
Senior White House adviser at Homeland Security repeatedly promoted fringe conspiracy theories on the radio  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)A White House senior adviser at the Department of Homeland promoted several far-right conspiracy theories in past radio appearances, a CNN KFile review has found.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill Scher / Politico:
What Will It Take To Beat Trump?  The Case for a Generic Democrat  —  Democrats don't need inspiration or revolution to win in 2020.  They just need somebody bland and inoffensive.  Kind of like Doug Jones.  —  Democrats, still reeling from last year's wipeout, have been embroiled …
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Has Trump Persuaded Orrin Hatch to Block Mitt Romney's Senate Bid?
Discussion: Politico
Manu Raju / CNN:
Senate unlikely to advance McFarland nomination amid questions about Flynn contacts with Russia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump administration approves lethal arms sales to Ukraine
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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Associated Press:
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
2 Women Who Settled With O'Reilly Over Sexual Harassment Sue for Defamation