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NOW, AL FRANKEN. Developing: The Democratic senator from Minnesota faces an assault accusation.
(Photo: Los Angeles broadcaster Leeann Tweeden.)
With Republicans’ grip on the Senate in peril, the party’s considering a “drastic plan” to save the Alabama seat sought by scandalized scandal-scarred candidate Roy Moore.
… But the party could run afoul of the 17th Amendment.
Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Conservative media outlets are bailing on Moore.
BuzzFeed: The story demonstrates the party’s challenges controlling its base.
Slate: A woman who was working at a mall as a high school senior says she wouldn’t give Moore her number, so he called her at school.
Counsel in The Washington Post: How to interact with women at a holiday party.

CARDS AGAINST A BORDER WALL. To foil the president’s plans to divide Mexico from the U.S., the rebels at Chicago-based Cards Against Humanity have “purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.”
CNBC’s John Harwood: Trump’s core supporters are about to get the bill for tax reform.
Billionaire, entrepreneur and potential presidential candidate Mark Cuban says tax rates have almost no effect on investment.

CHRIS KENNEDY’S ‘DISNEY WORLD FOR DOCTORS’ TOOK TAXPAYERS FOR A RIDE. The Tribune says the gubernatorial candidate’s underperforming project in Cleveland made millions for his company and stuck the city’s residents with higher sales taxes. (2013 photo: Erik Dros.)
Even the Trump administration is stumped by this fall’s surge in Affordable Care Act signups.

CTA FARE HIKE? Mayor Emanuel’s not ruling it out: “Everything is on the table but one thing: There will be no service cuts.”
A Tribune investigation that found wide disparities in water rates has prompted the Cook County Board to call hearings.

CORRUPT COP’S CASES CANNED. The Cook County state’s attorney is tossing the cases of 15 men who say they were framed by a cop sent to jail four years ago for stealing money from a drug runner.
Prosecutors are also dropping charges against a convicted murderer because five ex-cops said they’d take the Fifth and refuse to testify—a stand the Sun-Times says “killed the pursuit of justice.”
Chicago’s top cop was set today to announce that shootings have fallen to historic lows in one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods.

WALKING WHILE BLACK. A Pro Publica investigation finds that Jacksonville, Fla.—which issues more tickets to pedestrians than all but five Florida counties—issues those tickets waaaay disproportionately.
Twitter’s taking that coveted blue checkmark away from racists.
WBEZ’s Curious City tackles the question “Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago As We Know It?
The Reader: A history of the two-century rivalry between Chicago and the rest of Illinois.

LONG RIDES OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. The AAA predicts “record” Thanksgiving traffic delays in Chicago and elsewhere.
Downtown skating rinks open tomorrow.
The Tribune’s Steve Johnson surveys the Chicago area’s biggest holiday light displays.

DO YOU SHAZAM? The company behind the song-identification app confirms its software keeps listening, even when you think it’s off.
Amazon’s Alexa devices are now listening in an estimated 8 million homes.
Is your smartphone slowing down? The New York Times offers some speedup tips.

CNN vs. BUZZFEED. Columbia Journalism Review dissects “a media spat for the digital age.”
A word this story may prompt you to look up: kayfabe.

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