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BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower Moscow  —  President Donald Trump's company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during …
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New York Times:
Trump's Recall of Moscow Deal Matches Cohen's, President's Lawyers Say  —  President Trump's recollection of discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow aligned with those of his longtime fixer Michael D. Cohen, the president's lawyers said on Thursday after Mr. Cohen admitted in court …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Mueller eyes Ivanka and Don Jr.'s work on Trump Tower Moscow  —  WASHINGTON - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump's efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow has led him to ask questions about the role two of the president's children played in attempting …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Was Totally Caught Off Guard by the Cohen Plea”: Inside Trumpworld, Some Fear Mueller Has Laid a Perjury Trap  —  Rudy Giuliani is frustrated at Mueller's tactics.  The White House is in a defensive crouch.  “It's an untethered situation,” a person close to the president said.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
‘Individual 1’: Trump emerges as a central subject of Mueller probe  —  In two major developments this week, President Trump has been labeled in the parlance of criminal investigations as a major subject of interest, complete with an opaque legal code name: “Individual 1.”
David French / National Review:
Trump's Unacceptable Campaign Conduct and Two Other Takeaways from the Cohen Plea  —  Today, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen surprised America by pleading guilty to lying to Congress.  You can read the complete criminal information here, but the summary is simple.
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and Viking Pundit
New York Times:
How a Trump Lawyer, a Felon and a Russian General Chased a Moscow Tower Deal  —  How a Trump Lawyer, a Felon and a Russian General Chased a Moscow Deal  — The role Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, played in pursing a Moscow Trump Tower re-emerged when he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.
Discussion: The Intercept
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Legal Perils That Michael Cohen's Guilty Plea Poses for Donald Trump  —  The question at the heart of the Russia investigation has always been one of motive.  Why has Donald Trump, both as a candidate and as the President, been so solicitous of Russia and of its leader, Vladimir Putin?
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Manafort lawyers fed confidential Mueller probe info to Trump's legal team, Giuliani says, raising criminal concerns  —  Paul Manafort's lawyers shared confidential information about Robert Mueller's investigation with President Trump's legal team, Rudy Giuliani said Thursday — a move experts say could be criminal.
NBC News:
Senate committees scouring testimony for misleading statements in Russia probe  —  “This is a reason people shouldn't lie when they're in front of a congressional investigation,” said GOP senator Richard Burr.  —  WASHINGTON — Senate committees investigating Russia's interference …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Effort to Build Moscow Tower  —  Former lawyer for President Trump charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation  —  President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a surprise hearing Thursday …
New York Times:
Michael Cohen to Plead Guilty to Charge in Mueller Investigation
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Michael Cohen expected to plead guilty to lying to Congress in collusion probe; gave 70 hours …
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Canceling Planned Meeting With Russia's Putin Over Ukraine Situation
Lawfare:
How to Read Michael Cohen's Latest Plea and Its Revelations About the Trump Organization
New York Times:
Cohen Lied. Here's Why It Matters
Discussion: Washington Press and CBS Boston
Washington Post:
Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Moscow project
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Michael Cohen's admission could put Don Jr., Trump Org staff in the crosshairs
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
New York Times:   What Cohen's Deal Means for Trump
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Matthew Whitaker's Advance Knowledge of Cohen Plea Could Spell Trouble for Mueller
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and ABC News
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Dershowitz says Cohen's plea signals Mueller is examining political issues
Discussion: The Root
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Michael Cohen Takes Mueller Inside the Trump Organization
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and HuffPost
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr., Trump Org. in spotlight after Cohen plea
Discussion: fox13now.com and Contemptor
Jerusalem Post:
Russia rejects Trump's canceled meeting, Kremlin ready for contact
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
What Cohen's Plea Deal Means for Trump, His Business and Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
‘We will be in Moscow’: The story of Trump's 30-year quest to expand his brand to Russia
Discussion: VICE News, Law & Crime and Vox
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tower Moscow? It Was the End of a Long, Failed Push to Invest in Russia
Discussion: Boing Boing
The State:
Scott to oppose Farr nomination to federal bench in NC, ending chances of confirmation  —  Sen. Tim Scott said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to the federal bench, assuring the controversial pick will not be confirmed.  —  The South Carolina Republican was the deciding vote …
New York Times:
Sheryl Sandberg Is Said to Have Asked Facebook Staff to Research George Soros  —  Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook's communications staff to research George Soros's financial interests in the wake of his high-profile attacks on tech companies, according to three people with knowledge of her request …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Sheryl Sandberg Requested Research On Billionaire George Soros  —  Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg requested research on a perceived company enemy, the billionaire George Soros, according to an internal email described to BuzzFeed News, and confirmed by Facebook.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
U.S. agency apologizes to George Soros after broadcast called him ‘multimillionaire Jew’
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill Following Israel Comments  —  CNN severed ties with contributor Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday, following comments the university professor made about Israel and Palestine in a speech at the United Nations.  —  “Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN …
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Chicago Sun-Times:
Feds raid Ald.  Burke's City Hall, ward offices  —  Federal agents showed up unannounced at the City Hall office of Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke, kicked everyone out and papered over the windows Thursday morning.  —  The nature of their visit was not known, but Ald.
Washington Post:
Certification in limbo in N.C. House race as fraud investigation continues  —  Mounting evidence of voter fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District could indefinitely delay the certification of a winner, as state election officials investigate whether hundreds of absentee ballots were illegally cast or destroyed.
Elana Schor / Politico:
GOP unloads on Flake  —  Jeff Flake is finally taking a stand on the need to protect Robert Mueller — and it's infuriating his fellow Republicans.  —  The retiring Arizona senator is undermining the Senate GOP's efforts to approve as many lifetime-appointed federal judges as possible in the lame duck.
Discussion: Vox, Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan casts doubt on ‘bizarre’ California election results  —  Weeks after House Republicans lost their majority, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday cast serious doubts about the “bizarre” election system in California, where it appears that seven GOP-held seats will flip to Democratic control.
Bernard E. Harcourt / The New York Review of Books:
How Trump Fuels the Fascist Right  —  President Trump makes constant use of the language and logic of the “new right,” a toxic blend of antebellum white supremacy, twentieth-century fascism, European far-right movements of the 1970s, and today's self-identified “alt-right.”
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Joe Crowley's Parting Shot: Ousted by Ocasio-Cortez, He Undermined Barbara Lee in House Leadership Race  —  The election of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as House Democratic Caucus chair on Wednesday represented a symbolic and substantive comeback for the wing of the party that had suffered a stunning defeat …
Los Angeles Times:
California Democratic Party leader Eric Bauman to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct … California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, leader of one of the most influential political forces in the nation, said Thursday he intended to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct …
 
 
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Politico:
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CNN:
Former Trump White House lawyer emerges as a contender for attorney general
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New York Post:
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