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CNN President Jeff Zucker on Trump: ‘He is a terrible media critic’ – Business Insider
Michael Flynn, Trump’s ex-National Security Adviser, focus of Russia investigation: What to know – Fox News
Trump Wants to Install a Reliable Mouthpiece on Russia at the CIA – Mother Jones
Factbox: Trump turnover – Tillerson would be latest to leave administration – Reuters
Factbox: Trump Turnover – Tillerson Would Be Latest to Leave Administration – U.S. News & World Report
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Trump considers replacing Tillerson with Pompeo
Groucho Marx, Michael Flynn and a Sanctions Trial’s Lighter Side – Bloomberg
Border Patrol Agent’s Death Is a Mystery, Despite Trump’s ‘Premature’ Tweet – Newsweek
Is Trump Really a Foreign-Policy Populist? – The National Interest Online
Forget the Pivot: Trump’s Abnormality Is Getting Worse – Vanity Fair
Legally speaking: The power of precise language – www.smileypete.com
White House considering plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo – NBCNews.com
Susan Collins: ‘No Reason To Be Concerned’ That Trump Is Unhinged
Trump’s Neo-Fascist Slime Pit – The American Prospect (blog)
Donald Trump Makes Fun Of Asian Leaders Who Hosted Him
Factbox: Five Facts About Tom Cotton, Trump’s Likely Pick for CIA – U.S. News & World Report
The Consequences of Trump Being Trump – National Review
If Donald Trump believes what’s he’s saying, he must be removed – Chicago Tribune
Report: Trump Is Ready to Fire Rex Tillerson – Slate Magazine (blog)
Trump’s inner circle is worried about his mental state: reports – Salon
White House readies plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo at State, install Cotton at CIA
This Is What Mueller Probably Wanted To Know From Jared Kushner About Mike Flynn – Newsweek
Mueller, Putin and Trump should be Time’s persons of the year – The Hill

 

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Anti-terror unit NYPD cop charged with trying to traffic three kilos of heroin, having fake cash and credit cards – New York Daily News
 


New York Daily News
Anti-terror unit NYPD cop charged with trying to traffic three kilos of heroin, having fake cash and credit cards
New York Daily News
A crooked NYPD cop assigned to an anti-terror unit attempted to traffic three kilograms of heroin into the city as part of a “shocking crime spree” involving credit card fraud and counterfeit cash, authorities charged Thursday. Reynaldo Lopez, 26, was and more »

CNN President Jeff Zucker on Trump: ‘He is a terrible media critic’ – Business Insider
 


Business Insider
CNN President Jeff Zucker on Trump: ‘He is a terrible media critic’
Business Insider
Trump’s tweet over the weekend produced reported anxiety, as critics inside and outside the network said that his attacks imperiled its journalists overseas in countries where press freedom rules were not as strong. Once professional bedfellows during and more »

Michael Flynn, Trump’s ex-National Security Adviser, focus of Russia investigation: What to know – Fox News
 


Fox News
Michael Flynn, Trump’s ex-National Security Adviser, focus of Russia investigation: What to know
Fox News
Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security adviser in February over revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. How is he connected to the Russiainvestigation 
Jared Kushner: Donald Trump’s son-in-law reportedly meets with Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation teamThe Independent
History shows that special counsels almost inevitably overstep their mandates.National Review
Mueller’s Prosecutors Are Said to Have Interviewed Jared Kushner on Russia MeetingNew York Times
Wall Street Journal –ABC News –CNN –CNN
all 139 news articles »
Trump Wants to Install a Reliable Mouthpiece on Russia at the CIA – Mother Jones
 


Mother Jones
Trump Wants to Install a Reliable Mouthpiece on Russia at the CIA
Mother Jones
In Cotton, who reportedly wants the CIA job, President Donald Trump would install at the intelligence agency one of the most vocal supporters of his efforts to dismiss the Trump campaign’s suspected collaboration with the Kremlin in an effort to 
Donald Trump’s aides ‘terrified’ over President’s mental health, says Art of the Deal co-authorThe Independentall 226 news articles »

Factbox: Trump turnover – Tillerson would be latest to leave administration – Reuters
 


Reuters
Factbox: Trump turnover – Tillerson would be latest to leave administration
Reuters
Michael Flynn – resigned in February as Trump’s national security adviser after disclosures that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and had misled Vice President Mike 
Trump Considers Plan to Replace Tillerson With CIA Chief: US OfficialsU.S. News & World Reportall 237 news articles »

Factbox: Trump Turnover – Tillerson Would Be Latest to Leave Administration – U.S. News & World Report
 


U.S. News & World Report
Factbox: Trump Turnover – Tillerson Would Be Latest to Leave Administration
U.S. News & World Report
Philip Bilden – a private equity executive and former military intelligence officer picked by Trump for secretary of the Navy, withdrew from consideration in February because of government conflict-of-interest rules. * James Comey – the FederalBureau and more »

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The Trump administration plans to instate Mike Pompeo, the current director of the CIA, as secretary of state within the next few weeks, the New York Times reportsSen. Tom Cotton, a republican from Arkansas, would replace Pompeo as CIA director. The transition would conclude a contentious year for Tillerson, who has come under public scrutiny for the mass departure of State Department officials during his tenure. Cotton has been regarded as a strong supporter for President Donald Trump in the Senate on issues related to national security and immigration. His departure would open up another seat in the 2018 midterm elections.On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council convened for an emergency meeting to address North Koreas launch of an intercontinental ballistic missileaccording to the Washington Post. Despite condemnation of Pyongyangs missile launch, permanent members of the Security Council remain divided. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called for tougher actions against Pyongyang. China and Russia both suggested less aggressive action against North Korea, with Russia calling for the United States to halt its scheduled military drill next month in an effort to prevent the crisis from escalating.

Trump announced a plan to implement stricter sanctions against the North following a phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Post reports. Xinhua, Chinas state media outlet, reported that Xi is committed to denuclearizing Pyongyang and establishing a peaceful settlement, though Chinas cooperation on sanctions remains unclear as the country continues to be a significant economic partner to the isolated North Korean regime.

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III met with Jared Kushner earlier in November as part of Muellers investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, CNN reports. Sources said Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, was a focus of the conversation between Kushner and Muellers team. Reports suggest Flynn may be discussing a possible plea deal, as grand jury testimony connected to Muellers investigation has been postponed and Flynns lawyers have stopped sharing information with Trumps legal team.

Trumps retweets of anti-Muslim videos that a British nationalist group published have sparked public tension between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Post reports. Mays office stated that Trumps promotion of the videos was wrong and supported the hateful narrative of a far-right British fringe group. The Dutch government also responded to Trumps series of tweets, stating that one of the videos, which alleged to show a Muslim migrant injuring a Dutch boy on crutches, was a mischaracterization: Facts do matter. The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law. Trump responded to Mays rebuke on Twitter, though he targeted the wrong Twitter account for the British prime minister.

On Thursday, an Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian man who the Israeli army says was throwing rocks at a group of hikers in the village of Qusrah in the West Bank, Reuters reports. The incident marks the first fatality in the West Bank in several months. The Israeli military said the shooting was in self-defense; locals said there had been no clash before the shooting.

U.S. special operations fighters will now carry freeze-dried blood plasma in their first-aid kits, according to the Associated Press. Freeze-dried plasma can be quickly used to clot blood following battlefield injuries, potentially reducing the number of casualties. The use of freeze-dried plasma was first seen in World War II, but U.S. forces stopped its use after outbreaks of hepatitis. Special operations forces are temporarily using plasma supplied by the French as Telefex, Inc., an American medical device company partnering with the Army to supply plasma, seeks Food and Drug Administration approval by 2020.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Orin Kerr and Benjamin Wittes hosted a Facebook live with initial reactions following oral argument in Carpenter v. United States.

Paul Rosenzweig defended the mosaic theory in light of Carpenter v. United States oral argument.

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh reviewed Judge David Barrons Waging War.

Cameron Kerry discussed how the Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017 could strengthen international cybersecurity efforts.

Yishai Schwartz provided an update on military commission proceedings in United States v. al-Nashiri. 

Shannon Togawa Mercer posted the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.

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Trump considers replacing Tillerson with Pompeo

President has had combative relationship with secretary of state
Groucho Marx, Michael Flynn and a Sanctions Trial’s Lighter Side – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Groucho Marx, Michael Flynn and a Sanctions Trial’s Lighter Side
Bloomberg
A money-laundering trial that started in Manhattan this week could deal a serious blow to Turkish-U.S. relations. Little wonder, then, that lawyers are grasping for moments of levity. Groucho Marx and even ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn  

Border Patrol Agent’s Death Is a Mystery, Despite Trump’s ‘Premature’ Tweet – Newsweek
 

Border Patrol Agent’s Death Is a Mystery, Despite Trump’s ‘Premature’ Tweet
Newsweek
We’re looking at it as a potential assault on a federal officer, Jeanette Harper, public affairs officer for the FBI’s El Paso division, told Newsweek Thursday. And through the course of the investigation, if the facts of the investigation take us and more »

Is Trump Really a Foreign-Policy Populist? – The National Interest Online
 


The National Interest Online
Is Trump Really a Foreign-Policy Populist?
The National Interest Online
… which is the danger of taking Trump at his word when it comes to his broader approach to foreign-policy issues. Has Trumpactually governed as a populist? Or has he in fact embraced many of the policies that establishment figures have espoused over  

Forget the Pivot: Trump’s Abnormality Is Getting Worse – Vanity Fair
 


Vanity Fair
Forget the Pivot: Trump’s Abnormality Is Getting Worse
Vanity Fair
In hindsight, the G.O.P. should not have trusted Manafort, who himself would eventually be indicted on counts including money laundering and conspiracy, imperiling the very presidency he sought to bolster. But party stalwarts, too, have failed to keep and more »

Legally speaking: The power of precise language – www.smileypete.com
 

Legally speaking: The power of precise language
www.smileypete.com
If Trump staffers knew it was illegal to seek Russian help in the election and agreed to do it anyway, that could be a conspiracy. Ultimately, for Trump and his political foes, the only legal phrase that really matters is treason, bribery, and other 

White House considering plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo – NBCNews.com
 


NBCNews.com
White House considering plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo
NBCNews.com
For that reason, it’s not surprising that Pompeo would be next to get the top diplomatic spot in Trump’s administration. Multiple current and former intelligence officials told NBC News that some people inside the intelligence community had started 
It’s All but a Done Deal: Insiders Expect CIA Director Mike Pompeo to Take Over the State DepartmentVanity Fair
White House plans to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA head Mike Pompeo: reportNew York Daily News
Get ready for the rearranging of the administration’s deck chairsSalonall 201 news articles »

Susan Collins: ‘No Reason To Be Concerned’ That Trump Is Unhinged

But the Maine GOP senator says it’s not “helpful” that he promotes racist conspiracy theories.
Trump’s Neo-Fascist Slime Pit – The American Prospect (blog)
 

Trump’s Neo-Fascist Slime Pit
The American Prospect (blog)
When Trump launched his n+1st vileness on Twitter yesterday, retweeting phony and incendiary videos (talk about fake news!) posted by a lunatic-fringe white Christian Muslim-hating British website, Britain First, the reaction from anti-racists was and more »

Donald Trump Makes Fun Of Asian Leaders Who Hosted Him

The president did his own imitation as he promoted GOP tax legislation.
Factbox: Five Facts About Tom Cotton, Trump’s Likely Pick for CIA – U.S. News & World Report
 


U.S. News & World Report
Factbox: Five Facts About Tom Cotton, Trump’s Likely Pick for CIA
U.S. News & World Report
Cotton, 40, is a staunch Trump ally who has vigorously opposed the Iran nuclear deal. He served one term in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2014 as part of a Republican wave. Cotton sits on the Intelligence Committee  

The Consequences of Trump Being Trump – National Review
 


National Review
The Consequences of Trump Being Trump
National Review
Nearly two and half years since his political career began, and more than ten months since his inauguration, does anyone really think the latest outrageous thing done or said by President Donald Trump matters anymore? The answer from his coreand more »

If Donald Trump believes what’s he’s saying, he must be removed – Chicago Tribune
 


Chicago Tribune
If Donald Trump believes what’s he’s saying, he must be removed
Chicago Tribune
“‘We don’t think that was my voice,’ Mr. Trump told the senator, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Since then, Mr. Trump has continued to suggest that the tape that nearly upended his campaign was not actually him, according to 
Donald Trump’s assault on truth circles back to birtherismCNN
Michelle Obama has a crack at Donald Trump’s Twitter habitsNEWS.com.au
Trump is still reportedly pushing his racist birther conspiracy theory about ObamaVoxall 203 news articles »

Report: Trump Is Ready to Fire Rex Tillerson – Slate Magazine (blog)
 


Slate Magazine (blog)
Report: Trump Is Ready to Fire Rex Tillerson
Slate Magazine (blog)
All you probably need to know about that “strain” is that Tillerson reportedly referred to Trump as a “fucking moron” after the president left a high-level meeting during which Trump had made a sudden and arbitrary demand to build tens of thousands ofand more »

Trump’s inner circle is worried about his mental state: reports – Salon
 


Salon
Trump’s inner circle is worried about his mental state: reports
Salon
While that’s certainly the first public indication that White House staffers have expressed concern over Trump’s mental health, it’s by no means a new topic. Take Joe Scarborough for instance, who has raised questions about Trump’s mental stability forand more »

White House readies plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo at State, install Cotton at CIA
 

White House readies plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo at State, install Cotton at CIA

The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Trump’s national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday. The plan, hatched by White House Chief of Staff John [] chief of staff John []

This Is What Mueller Probably Wanted To Know From Jared Kushner About Mike Flynn – Newsweek
 


Washington Times
This Is What Mueller Probably Wanted To Know From Jared Kushner About Mike Flynn
Newsweek
But Akerman says it’s likely the special counsel is investigating Kushner’s involvement in helping the Russians use data analytics to target voters via social media during the 2016 election. Kushner’s handling of emails stolen from the Democratic 
Robert Mueller Went To Jared!Wonkette (blog)
The special counsel may have just flipped a key witness in the Russia probeShareblue Mediaall 128 news articles »

Mueller, Putin and Trump should be Time’s persons of the year – The Hill
 


The Hill
Mueller, Putin and Trump should be Time’s persons of the year
The Hill
Putin is the Russian dictator who wages aggressive war through weapons of modern technology against democracy in America and Europe. Trump is the president who was elected with the support of Putin, and now faces a high-intensity investigation that and more »


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