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5:10 PM ET, December 10, 2018


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Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to reach plea deal  —  Washington (CNN)Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.  —  Butina is accused of trying to infiltrate Republican political circles and party leaders during the 2016 campaign …
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina poised to plead guilty in case involving suspected Kremlin attempts to influence NRA  —  Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist, is poised to plead guilty in a case involving accusations that she was working as an agent for the Kremlin in the United States, according to a new court filing.
Meadows: Being W.H. chief of staff would be an ‘honor’
Anna Massoglia /
NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Everybody Says Mueller Is Almost Done.  What If He Isn't?  —  In late 2015, the British spy agency GCHQ, and then other Western intelligence agencies, learned of suspicious interactions between Russian agents and Donald Trump's inner circle.  By the summer of 2016, James Comey testified Friday …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Sues FBI for Giuliani Leak Records  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  The FBI is in violation of the law for failing to turn over documents related to the FBI's investigation into the leak of information to Rudy Giuliani in October 2016 that then-FBI Director James Comey was going to reopen …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Washington Examiner:
Want to avoid legal trouble?  Start by not cheating on your wife and don't cavort with murderous strongmen or their lobbyists  —  Legal trouble for President Trump is coming from all sides.  There's evidence Paul Manafort was still communicating with the White House this year.
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Comey calls on Americans to ‘use every breath we have’ to oust Trump in 2020
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
James Comey Is Proving that He's a Partisan
Wall Street Journal:
White House Digs In for Chief of Staff Hunt  —  Mick Mulvaney says he's not interested; Trump campaign official David Bossie is in the running  —  WASHINGTON—White House officials settled in for a protracted search for a new chief of staff on Monday, after two top contenders …
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed News:
Who Will Be Trump's Next Chief Of Staff? It Doesn't Really Matter.
Rahm Emanuel / The Atlantic:   Trump Doesn't Want a Chief of Staff
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Good riddance to John Kelly
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Dan Bongino Out at NRATV  —  Trump loves the guy.  But the gun rights group is downsizing its media operation and his show appears to be a casualty of those plans.  —  The National Rifle Association's media arm has dropped pro-Trump firebrand Dan Bongino from its lineup …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:   Dan Bongino Out at NRATVNEW!
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court declines to review rulings that blocked efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review lower court decisions that blocked efforts in two states to end public funding to Planned Parenthood, refusing for now to get involved in state battles over abortion rights.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Brett Kavanaugh sides with liberal justices in declining to hear Planned Parenthood defunding case
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again  —  It was President Trump's signature campaign promise: He would build a wall along the nation's southern border, and Mexico would pay for it.  —  Shortly after becoming president, Trump dropped the Mexico part …
Kathy Kiely / Washington Post:
Michael Bloomberg still doesn't seem to understand how journalism works  —  The former New York mayor says he might end political coverage at his news service if he runs for president.  —  Kathy Kiely is the Lee Hills chair in free press studies at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
We Asked Dozens of Bloomberg Staffers if They Want Him to Run in 2020. Only 1 Said Yes.
Discussion: Observer
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Bloomberg: Democrats are looking for a ‘middle-of-the-road’ strategy
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
New York Times:
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret  —  Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds.  They say it's anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.  —  The millions of dots on the map trace highways …
New York Times:   How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
YouTube Bans Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes  —  YouTube banned Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes on Monday, marking the latest social-media blow for the man who started the far-right men's group.  McInnes had amassed more than 220,000 subscribers on YouTube before the ban …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:NEW!
Sudden shift in get-Trump talk; now it's campaign finance, not Russia  —  Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news Friday, but it wasn't about Russia.  Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Shareblue Media
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rage-tweets expose the depth of his own corruption
Discussion: Crooked Media, RedState and Mediaite
F.H. Buckley / New York Post:
Why ‘No Hate Here’ signs are actually pretty hateful  —  My walks with my dog take me to a quiet off-street, with middle-class houses made expensive because they're inside the Beltway.  Their owners are mostly youngish attorneys who work as assistant-deputy-director-somethings in some government department or other.
Suyin Haynes / TIME:
TIME Announces 2018 Person of the Year Shortlist on Today Show  —  The shortlist of candidates for TIME's 2018 Person of the Year was unveiled Monday on NBC's Today show.  Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced …
Harry Enten / CNN:
An insane amount of people turned out to vote in the midterm elections  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump solved a problem that no other president before him could: Getting people to vote in a midterm election.  —  Whether they were voting for or against his agenda, it is now clear that voters turned out in record numbers in 2018.
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Talk About Pizzagate  —  The former Clinton campaign chairman is among the victims still recovering from a vile conspiracy theory that ended in gunfire  —  WASHINGTON — John Podesta has given it a lot of thought and believes the best way to deal with the trolls is to ignore them.
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
YouTube's Biggest Personality Promoted an Anti-Semite  —  Felix Kjellberg, a Swedish YouTube personality best known online by his account name “PewDiePie,” promoted, in one of his video offerings, another YouTube account that has posted white nationalist and anti-Semitic content.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Paul Ryan's long con  —  He betrayed his promises and left a legacy of debt and disappointment.  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's legacy can be summed up in just one number: $343 billion.  —  That's the increase between the deficit for fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2018 — that is …
Discussion: Splinter
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US starts to withdraw troops from Trump border mission  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
LinkedIn co-founder backs $35 million voter data project in ‘existential threat’ to Democratic Party  —  Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman has teamed up with several former Obama administration officials to create an independent — and likely for-profit — database that would store …
Des Bieler / Washington Post:
Colin Kaepernick reportedly ‘ready and willing’ to play for the Redskins  —  The Redskins' increasingly makeshift situation at quarterback has done nothing to end questions about why the team has been hesitant to sign Colin Kaepernick.  For his part, the noted free agent was reported Sunday to be …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Establishment looks to crush liberals on Medicare for All  —  The united front that helped Democrats save Obamacare just a year ago is falling apart over single-payer health care.  —  Deep-pocketed hospital, insurance and other lobbies are plotting to crush progressives' hopes of expanding …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jerusalem Post:15 minutes ago
Al-Arabiya slams Linda Sarsour as Muslim Brotherhood ally  —  Written by Huda al-Saleh and published on Sunday the article seeks to expose what it calls “details of calls to attack Trump by US ‘Muslim Sisters’ allied to the Brotherhood.”  —  Linda Sarsour is an extremist who has “roots in …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Dan Bongino Out at NRATV   Find
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Sudden shift in get-Trump talk; now it's campaign finance, not Russia   Find
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rage-tweets expose the depth of his own corruption   Find
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Dan Bongino Out at NRATV   Find
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Rahm Emanuel / The Atlantic:
Trump Doesn't Want a Chief of Staff   Find
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Manafort plans to file a response to the Mueller memo this week
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Vive la France!
Kansas City Star:
Missouri Secretary of State enlists auditor's subpoena power to investigate Hawley
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
What Good Did USA Today's Ambushing Kyler Murray Do Anyone?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hot Air
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Why Your Subway Train Might Start Moving Faster
Discussion: Gothamist
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren, other key Democratic senators investigate Fox News bonus payments to Trump aide Bill Shine
Discussion: Mediaite
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi, rebels discussing term limits for party leaders
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Accelerate Closure of Google+ Social Network
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
At least 16 Trump associates had contacts with Russians during campaign or transition
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Meryl Streep on Why People “Should Be Afraid” of Trump
David Dayen / The Intercept:
The Remarkable Tale of the Corporate Lobbyist Sworn In as a Temporary U.S. Senator
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Cambridge Analytica's Real Role in Trump's Dark Facebook Campaign
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
‘Appalling’ Video Shows the Police Yanking 1-Year-Old From His Mother's Arms