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The Morning Briefing: Oversight Hearing, Harassment Body Count and Much, Much More

Melania Trump

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
  • The president will then participate in an event regarding deregulation, followed by a meeting with the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

I have a condensed version of the MB for you this morning.

Must read story of the day: Why Glenn Greenwald Deserves a Pulitzer Prize (yes, I know what you’re thinking, read it anyway…).

Rosenstein/DOJ/RUSSIA collusion hearing

Trey Gowdy says FBI agents were ‘conspiring’ and ‘plotting’ against Trump being elected

Jim Jordan Grills Rosenstein Over Dossier, Agent Strzok

Deputy AG Won’t Say Whether The FBI Paid For Dossier

Rep. Schiff Spent 21 Hours On TV Since January

Alabama Senate race:

Doug Jones: I received a “very gracious” call from Trump today — but not from Roy Moore

Moore releases new video, refuses to concede

Rep. Brooks opens up about battle with cancer

Roy Moore will be ‘lasting’ stain on Republican Party, Sen. Jeff Flake says

[Alleged] harassment update:

Kentucky lawmaker kills himself days after being accused of molesting teen girl

Gowdy shoots down House Democrats’ request to probe Trump sexual assault allegations

Biden: I wish I had protected Anita Hill more in testimony against Clarence Thomas

Matt Lauer’s Name Is Google’s Second-Most Searched Term In America

The Four Congressmen Remaining In Congress Despite Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Perv gymnastics doc to appeal prison sentence for child porn

ABC shelves rest of ‘Great American Baking Show’ as judge Johnny Iuzzini faces harassment claims

Second woman accuses Nevada congressman of sexual harassment

Dem leaders split on whether Rep. Kihuen should go

Former The Young Turks Reporter Files $23.5 Million Defamation Suit Against HuffPo Over Sexual Assault Story

Morgan Spurlock, director of ‘Super Size Me,’ admits to sexual misconduct in blog post

Ohio perv tries to lure 15-year-old into sex with promises of chicken Alfredo, Sprite

Tavis Smiley’s show suspended by PBS amid misconduct allegations

Rep. Farenthold facing new harassment accusations

Paul Ryan: Congress will stop using taxpayer funds to settle sex harassment suits

Democratic congresswoman suggests female colleagues invite harassment because of the way they dress

Advocacy groups sue US military for sexual assault records

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named as Franken replacement

Historical picture of the day:

Club-wielding supporters of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi take to the streets of this central Iranian city in a mass demonstration, Dec. 14, 1978 in Tehran after anti-Shah rioting. Many of the monarchists clashed with their rivals and dozens of casualties were hospitalized as the military-led vigilante bands roamed the streets. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)

Other morsels:

John McCain hospitalized for “normal side effects” of cancer treatment, office says

Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Schumer calls for GOP to delay tax bill after Alabama election

Poll: Democrats lead GOP by 15 points in generic 2018 ballot

Corker says panel likely won’t take up war authorization before 2018

Democrats fold; withdraw threat to shut down government to protect Dreamers

Anderson Cooper gives bizarre explanation for ‘hacked’ anti-Trump tweet

Charles Barkley excoriates ‘no-talent’ Lavar Ball for ‘exploiting’ his kids

Walmart Will Let Its 1.4 Million Workers Take Their Pay Before Payday

More Victims of the California Wildfires: Avocados and Lemons

Cal Berkeley Students File Lawsuit In Defense Of Their Liberties On Campus

Fed raises interest rates, sets stage for more increases in 2018

New York Times D.C. bureau adds fact-checker

Omarosa fired, ‘physically dragged’ from the White House

Air ‘smells like bacon’ after semi-truck crash spills meat onto roadway

Eric Trump says Sen. Gillibrand asked for campaign money ‘every three days’

Dallas Police Chief: Millennials Are Ruining Law Enforcement

Suicide attack at Somalia police academy, killing at least 17

Liberal women go into hysterics attacking Sarah Sanders, but they don’t speak for most women

Israel closes Gaza border crossings

The FCC will vote Thursday to repeal net neutrality

Hawaii case draws attention to same-sex child support issues

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!