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    Saudi Political Explosions Risk Collateral Damage

    Saudi Political Explosions Risk Collateral Damage


    David Ignatius, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help stabilize Saudi Arabia and the region.The...

    David Ignatius, Washington Post
    WASHINGTON -- Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help stabilize Saudi Arabia and the region.The first bombshell was the Nov. 4 arrest on corruption charges of 201 prominent Saudis, including princes and government ministers. Now MBS, as the 32-year-old crown prince is known, is beginning a resolution process that may settle many of these cases out of court.A senior Saudi official told me Thursday that the kingdom's anti-corruption commission would follow the standard...
    What to Ask When Decades-Old Harassment Surfaces

    What to Ask When Decades-Old Harassment Surfaces


    Megan McArdle, BloombergA few weeks ago, in a meditation on the allegations that have followed the Harvey Weinstein revelations, I described how we’d know if we’d come to a real watershed in our cultural tolerance of sexual...

    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg
    A few weeks ago, in a meditation on the allegations that have followed the Harvey Weinstein revelations, I described how we’d know if we’d come to a real watershed in our cultural tolerance of sexual abuse:
    Why Conservatives Lost Faith in Mainstream Media

    Why Conservatives Lost Faith in Mainstream Media


    S.E. Cupp, CNNIf the mainstream media wants to win back the trust of conservatives, it needs to start getting it right the first time and letting the story lead wherever it may go, writes SE...

    S.E. Cupp, CNN
    If the mainstream media wants to win back the trust of conservatives, it needs to start getting it right the first time and letting the story lead wherever it may go, writes SE Cupp.
    Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on Media

    Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on Media


    Gray & Coppins, The AtlanticAll news is “fake news”—at least if you’re a diehard Roy Moore supporter.With sexual misconduct allegations continuing to mount against the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Moore has defied calls to drop out of...

    Gray & Coppins, The Atlantic
    All news is “fake news”—at least if you’re a diehard Roy Moore supporter.With sexual misconduct allegations continuing to mount against the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Moore has defied calls to drop out of the race by advancing an audacious conspiracy theory—that partisan fabulists in the mainstream media are working with his enemies in the political establishment to wage a nefarious smear campaign against him. Not long ago, such claims likely would have backfired. But in the Trump era, anti-press sentiment has reached a fever pitch on the...
    The Great American Earthquake

    The Great American Earthquake


    Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon"Who can deny that, in the United States today, as never before in its history, there is a vast unease about the prospects of the...

    Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
    "Who can deny that, in the United States today, as never before in its history, there is a vast unease about the prospects of the republic?"
    FBI Gave Clinton Investigation 'Special' Status, Email Shows

    FBI Gave Clinton Investigation 'Special' Status, Email Shows


    John Solomon, The HillShortly before last year's election, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given special status, according to documents released...

    John Solomon, The Hill
    Shortly before last year's election, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given special status, according to documents released Wednesday.
    Christie Would've Made a Better AG Than Sessions

    Christie Would've Made a Better AG Than Sessions


    Paul Mulshine, NJ Star-LedgerAttorney General Jeff Sessions is doing his best to become the worst cabinet appointee in presidential history; if the Donald had gone with Chris Christie, most of this chaos could have been...

    Paul Mulshine, NJ Star-Ledger
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doing his best to become the worst cabinet appointee in presidential history; if the Donald had gone with Chris Christie, most of this chaos could have been averted
    Clinton on 2016: 'Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy'

    Clinton on 2016: 'Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy'


    Ari Berman, Mother JonesIn an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton says Russian interference and GOP voter suppression efforts may have cost her the...

    Ari Berman, Mother Jones
    In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton says Russian interference and GOP voter suppression efforts may have cost her the presidency.
    What Democratic Civil War? The Left Already Won.

    What Democratic Civil War? The Left Already Won.


    Doug Sosnik, Washington PostThere’s been lots of talk about a supposed civil war brewing within the Democratic Party, as its centrist and progressive wings vie for power. But at least as a matter of presidential politics, this talk isn’t premature...

    Doug Sosnik, Washington Post
    There’s been lots of talk about a supposed civil war brewing within the Democratic Party, as its centrist and progressive wings vie for power. But at least as a matter of presidential politics, this talk isn’t premature — it’s too late. The war may not have been won but the eventual victor is clear: By the end of the 2020 presidential primaries, an increasingly liberal grass-roots activist base is likely to have gained full control of the party.
    Two Tax Reforms Can Be Better Than One

    Two Tax Reforms Can Be Better Than One


    Karl Rove, Wall Street JournalDifferences between the House and Senate plans could be used to improve the final...

    Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal
    Differences between the House and Senate plans could be used to improve the final bill.
    Restaurant Sex Abuse: At Full Boil, But on Back Burner

    Restaurant Sex Abuse: At Full Boil, But on Back Burner


    James Varney, RCIKasey says sexual harassment is as much a part of her cocktail waitressing job as her mandatory outfit ? a ?velveteen vest, which is very short and shows a lot of cleavage.?A...

    James Varney, RCI
    Kasey says sexual harassment is as much a part of her cocktail waitressing job as her mandatory outfit ? a ?velveteen vest, which is very short and shows a lot of cleavage.?A divorced...
    How Bob Menendez's Friends Helped Him Steer Clear of Jail

    How Bob Menendez's Friends Helped Him Steer Clear of Jail


    Phil Kerpen, NY Post‘Gifts to cultivate friendship are not bribes,” Abbe Lowell said in his closing in defense of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez — and enough jurors agreed to result in a hung jury and a mistrial.The Biz Markie defense — he’s...

    Phil Kerpen, NY Post
    ‘Gifts to cultivate friendship are not bribes,” Abbe Lowell said in his closing in defense of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez — and enough jurors agreed to result in a hung jury and a mistrial.The Biz Markie defense — he’s just a friend — worked. Lowell was worth every penny of the $4.5 million raised and spent by Menendez’s legal defense trust.
    Regrets? Chris Christie Has a Few.

    Regrets? Chris Christie Has a Few.


    Josh Dawsey, PoliticoTrump never gave him his dream job. He's unpopular at home. But he's as defiant as ever. New Jersey's bombastic governor sits down with POLITICO for an epic exit...

    Josh Dawsey, Politico
    Trump never gave him his dream job. He's unpopular at home. But he's as defiant as ever. New Jersey's bombastic governor sits down with POLITICO for an epic exit interview.
    Trump's Guns-and-Butter Gambit in Asia

    Trump's Guns-and-Butter Gambit in Asia


    Kevin Sullivan, U.S. News & World ReportPlagued at home by poor approval numbers and scandal, President Donald Trump undoubtedly found a great degree of comfort in the red-carpet treatment he received throughout much of his 12-day trip through Asia....

    Kevin Sullivan, U.S. News & World Report
    Plagued at home by poor approval numbers and scandal, President Donald Trump undoubtedly found a great degree of comfort in the red-carpet treatment he received throughout much of his 12-day trip through Asia. Featuring glorious feasts and adoring audiences, Trump was greeted in countries such as China and Japan with the kind of unflinching fawning befitting a business magnate, complete with open arms and closed mouths, at least as far as the White House press pool was concerned.
    Trump Quietly Builds an Alliance With Liberals on Trade

    Trump Quietly Builds an Alliance With Liberals on Trade


    Stein & Markay, Daily BeastDuring his first six months in office, Donald Trump’s top trade official met with a host of companies, trade associations, and industry groups. He also carved out a little time for an unsuspected visitor: an employee of...

    Stein & Markay, Daily Beast
    During his first six months in office, Donald Trump’s top trade official met with a host of companies, trade associations, and industry groups. He also carved out a little time for an unsuspected visitor: an employee of Ralph Nader’s former progressive nonprofit.
    Obama's FBI, Russia Dossier Need a Special Counsel

    Obama's FBI, Russia Dossier Need a Special Counsel


    Rep. Mark Meadows, Fox NewsFor the past year, as our government has been mired in both an aimless and fruitless investigation into accusations of collusion between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign, Democrats have insisted...

    Rep. Mark Meadows, Fox News
    For the past year, as our government has been mired in both an aimless and fruitless investigation into accusations of collusion between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign, Democrats have insisted that Congress follow where the evidence leads in this investigation.
    Is Trump Administration Afflicted With 'Moscow Memory'?

    Is Trump Administration Afflicted With 'Moscow Memory'?


    Richard Wolffe, GuardianConversations and meetings seem to pass through this mysterious quadrant of their brains and simply disappear. Even when the wreckage is found on some server or other, they profess ignorance, confusion or innocence. And sometimes...

    Richard Wolffe, Guardian
    Conversations and meetings seem to pass through this mysterious quadrant of their brains and simply disappear. Even when the wreckage is found on some server or other, they profess ignorance, confusion or innocence. And sometimes all three at once.
    Al Franken to Roy Moore's Rescue

    Al Franken to Roy Moore's Rescue


    Scott McKay, The American SpectatorSince last week, the political news has been dominated not by the Bob Menendez corruption trial, not by the fight to pass tax reform in the House, which happened Thursday, not by the rather stupendous accomplishments of...

    Scott McKay, The American Spectator
    Since last week, the political news has been dominated not by the Bob Menendez corruption trial, not by the fight to pass tax reform in the House, which happened Thursday, not by the rather stupendous accomplishments of the president and his team during his Asia trip — including bailing out three UCLA basketball players who stupidly got themselves arrested for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in China — but instead by a series of allegations about the Republican nominee in the special election in Alabama to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
    The Takeaway: Moore Problems for GOP in Alabama

    The Takeaway: Moore Problems for GOP in Alabama


    Tom Bevan, RealClearPoliticsThat Sinking Feeling Down South: Even taking into account that the National Republican Senatorial Committee wants Roy Moore out of the December 12 special election in Alabama, the NRSC poll showing the GOP nominee trailing...

    Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
    That Sinking Feeling Down South: Even taking into account that the National Republican Senatorial Committee wants Roy Moore out of the December 12 special election in Alabama, the NRSC poll showing the GOP nominee trailing Democrat Doug Jones by 12 points hit with a loud thud Wednesday. Previous polls taken last week had shown Moore maintaining a small, if shrinking, lead. But with more accusers continuing to come forward and the unrelenting negative media coverage, many prominent Republicans now believe Moore is likely to lose, and are devising drastic plans in an effort to save the seat....
    Anti-Trump Whiners Overlook Many Achievements

    Anti-Trump Whiners Overlook Many Achievements


    Roger Kimball, PJ MediaI am told that on that this day in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt opened diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. Despite Walter Duranty’s protestations to the contrary in The New York Times, that was while Stalin was...

    Roger Kimball, PJ Media
    I am told that on that this day in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt opened diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. Despite Walter Duranty’s protestations to the contrary in The New York Times, that was while Stalin was systematically starving millions—yes, millions—of his own people. He went so far as to seal the windows of trains running through the areas he wished to devastate so that passengers could not throw out food to the starving multitudes. FDR knew this. So: was his diplomatic action a good thing or a bad thing?
    If They Want to Win, Dems Must Run More Moderates

    If They Want to Win, Dems Must Run More Moderates


    Mark Penn, Washington PostLast week’s Democratic mini-wave has party members elated, and there is no question that the party is poised for gains in 2018 and perhaps 2020. Capitalizing on this opportunity means first understanding that Nov. 7 showed...

    Mark Penn, Washington Post
    Last week’s Democratic mini-wave has party members elated, and there is no question that the party is poised for gains in 2018 and perhaps 2020. Capitalizing on this opportunity means first understanding that Nov. 7 showed that moderate candidates offer the best chance for a bigger victory in 2018 and beyond. And to attract these candidates, Democrats need to fix their party.
    Karl Rove Has Seen the Enemy & He Is Steve Bannon

    Karl Rove Has Seen the Enemy & He Is Steve Bannon


    Susan Glasser, The New YorkerTo readers of Breitbart News these days, Karl Rove is a familiar, sinister presence. The Republican strategist who twice helped George W. Bush win the Presidency is now, according to Breitbart, “the voice of the hapless...

    Susan Glasser, The New Yorker
    To readers of Breitbart News these days, Karl Rove is a familiar, sinister presence. The Republican strategist who twice helped George W. Bush win the Presidency is now, according to Breitbart, “the voice of the hapless Republican establishment,” “out of touch,” and “wrong in nearly every prognostication for the past ten years.” In one article this summer, Breitbart’s Washington political
    Republican Tax Plan Is a Dumpster Fire. Take Out the Trash.

    Republican Tax Plan Is a Dumpster Fire. Take Out the Trash.


    Tom Perez, NBC NewsThis bill was written for Donald Trump’s wealthy friends on Wall Street, not for American families. We’ve seen this before: Republicans vote for massive giveaways to the richest corporations and individuals at the expense of the...

    Tom Perez, NBC News
    This bill was written for Donald Trump’s wealthy friends on Wall Street, not for American families. We’ve seen this before: Republicans vote for massive giveaways to the richest corporations and individuals at the expense of the middle class while pretending their bill will create jobs for working families.
    Finally on the Cusp of Tax Reform

    Finally on the Cusp of Tax Reform


    John Fund, Fox NewsThere are a lot of moving parts and much can still go wrong, but it looks as if we are on the cusp of real tax...

    John Fund, Fox News
    There are a lot of moving parts and much can still go wrong, but it looks as if we are on the cusp of real tax reform.
    When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?

    When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?


    Masha Gessen, The New YorkerIdols are falling so fast that it’s hard to keep track. The Times has produced a growing tally of twenty-three men who have lost jobs, deals, film roles, and more in the last five weeks as a result of sexual-assault or...

    Masha Gessen, The New Yorker
    Idols are falling so fast that it’s hard to keep track. The Times has produced a growing tally of twenty-three men who have lost jobs, deals, film roles, and more in the last five weeks as a result of sexual-assault or harassment accusations. Most of these men worked in the entertainment industry or the media. Many more names are on a widely circulated list of “shitty media men,” which has compiled anonymous accusations ranging from the shocking to the exceedingly trivial. Two women have gone public with allegations of rape by two prominent academics. (One died in 2007, and...