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Breaking from NBC News: "Multiple sources say that during interviews, Mueller's investigators have asked witnesses, including White House Counsel Don McGahn and others who have worked in the West Wing, to go through each day that Flynn remained as national security adviser and describe in detail what they knew was happening inside the White House as it related to Flynn."
At 9 a.m. today on NBC, Megyn Kelly will conduct a live, sit-down interview with three women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct: Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks.
Trump is having a #MeToo moment. The accusers, whose stories got little attention in the fracas of the campaign, suddenly have more of a platform:
Trump could be called to testify in a lawsuit in New York state by Summer Zervos, a former "Apprentice" contestant who charges Trump groped her in 2007. Trump's lawyer is arguing for immunity, saying that a trial would improperly interfere with his duties as chief executive. The L.A. Times reported on Dec. 5:
The response ... During the White House briefing on Oct. 27, Sarah Sanders was asked: "At least 16 women accused the President of sexually harassing them throughout the course of the campaign. Last week, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, the President called these accusations 'fake news.' Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?"
Be smart: Sen. Al Franken said he will resign, based on charges by fewer women. Trump will brush it off, and virtually every elected Republican will have his back. But as the past hours show, these women won't go away silently.
Breaking ... "Futures on the world's most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26% in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.'s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the market," per Bloomberg:
Be smart: "The new gold," or a tulip craze? Bloomberg View brings us Bitcoin in one sentence: "No one's in charge."
A quarter trillion dollars is at risk if bitcoin crashes — and that's just for starters, Axios future editor Steve Levine writes:
"North Korea is moving steadily to acquire the essential machinery that could potentially be used for an advanced bioweapons program," the WashPost's Joby Warrick reports atop column 1:
P.S. Weaponizing LinkedIn ... "Germany's intelligence service has published the details of social network profiles which it says are fronts faked by Chinese intelligence to gather personal information about German officials and politicians," Reuters reports:
Cover of this week's double issue of The New Yorker ... Art editor Françoise Mouly brings us the "Cover Story":
"It's almost Christmas and Donald Trump's former national-security adviser Michael Flynn is singing for all to hear," the artist Barry Blitt says, about his cover for the World Changers issue. "But something tells me that the President is too Scrooge-like to enjoy the carolling."
The world's biggest oil and natural gas companies are inching toward greener businesses, driven by a handful of market and policy trends, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column:
The Boston Globe Spotlight Team yesterday began a tough, week-long series on "the hardest question hurled our way: Is this a racist city?"
Go deeper: See which U.S. cities are most and least welcoming to people of color, based on a survey commissioned by the Globe.
"An analysis of [EPA] enforcement data by The New York Times shows that the administration has adopted a more lenient approach than the previous two administrations — Democratic and Republican — toward polluters," Eric Lipton and Danielle Ivory write on the front page:
The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, AP found in interviews with 29 Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh.
AP's Kristen Gelineau reports from Ukhia, Bangladesh:
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... The year ends with, sadly, a recurring disaster: wildfires in California. This is from October, when Jim Stites watched his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Calif., as more than a dozen wildfires, whipped by powerful winds, burned though wine country.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R), has rappelled into a bull-riding rodeo, crawled through dirt in an obstacle course and entered a burning building with firefighters, AP's Summer Ballentine and Margaret Stafford report:
Go deeper: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Greitens has cultivated a hard-charging persona in office, but his policy record is a mixed bag."