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1:30 PM ET, December 1, 2018


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
George Bush, 41st President, Dies at 94  —  George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight …
Bill Clinton / Washington Post:
George H.W. Bush's Oval Office note to me revealed the heart of who he was  —  Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States.  —  On Jan. 20, 1993, I entered the Oval Office for the first time as president.  As is the tradition, waiting for me was a note from my predecessor, George Herbert Walker Bush.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
'Wouldn't be prudent': George H.W. Bush's unlikely friendship with Dana Carvey  —  In early December 1992, a month after Bill Clinton had whipped him in the election, President George H.W. Bush held a holiday party for his deflated staffers.  —  They were in for a big surprise.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Hit & Run
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, dies at 94  —  George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president …
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
George H.W. Bush, embodiment of an older Republican Party, is dead. RIP.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump to name Dec. 5 a national day of mourning for George H.W. Bush
Mary Kate Cary / USA Today:
George H.W. Bush was an ‘American great’ committed to unity, diversity and generosity
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:   A Kindler, Gentler Republican President Is Dead
Washington Post:
George H.W. Bush dies at 94. …
Discussion: Florida Politics and
New York Times:   George H.W. Bush, Public Servant
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
George H.W. Bush: President, Internationalist, War Hero—Dead at 94
Discussion: Politico and Inquirer Globalnation
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cohen claims ‘regular contact’ with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress  —  President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Friday he was in “close and regular contact” with Trump's White House staff and legal team when he prepared a statement …
Cohen believed Trump would pardon him, but then things changed  —  Washington (CNN)Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump who is now a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, was under the impression Trump would offer him a pardon …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Mueller Exposes the Culture of Lying That Surrounds Trump  —  WASHINGTON — When Michael D. Cohen admitted this past week to lying to Congress about a Russian business deal, he said he had testified falsely out of loyalty to President Trump.  When he admitted this summer to lying …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Cohen seeks ‘time served’ prison sentence, says again his crimes were meant to protect Trump  —  Lawyers for former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen argued Friday that their client should not go to prison for the criminal charges to which he has pleaded guilty, and unequivocally linked …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Scent of the Russians  —  There's a connection between Cohen's guilty plea and Ukraine's desperate plight.  —  Garry Kasparov, the chess champion and chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative (with which I'm associated), has an excellent suggestion for how to respond immediately …
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Cohen: Trump Knew I Called Kremlin for Help With Trump Tower Moscow
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Informed Comment
Sputnik International:   Kremlin: Cohen Indeed Contacted Administration, Was Invited to Economic Forum
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Intercepts Underpin Assessment Saudi Crown Prince Targeted Khashoggi  —  Conclusion that Mohammad ‘probably ordered’ killing relies in part on 11 messages he sent to adviser who oversaw hit squad around time it killed journalist  —  WASHINGTON—Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent …
Washington Post:
'We don't want him here': Saudi crown prince is a protected pariah at G-20 summit
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
New York Times:
Dodging Friends, Chased by Legal Troubles, Trump Navigates G-20
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump Fund-Raiser Received Laundered Foreign Money, Prosecutors Say  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors cited the involvement of a onetime top fund-raiser to President Trump on Friday in a scheme to launder millions of dollars into the country to help a flamboyant Malaysian financier end a Justice Department investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:   Ex-Justice Dept. employee admits to helping aid lobbying effort meant to shut down Malaysian corruption probe
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump, Russia and lessons from the mob: Did ‘godfathers’ steer collusion probe?  —  Back in the mafia's heyday, FBI and IRS agents had a set of surveillance rules.  —  If one mobster showed up in town, pay notice.  If two arrived, be suspicious.  If three or four were in the same vicinity, something was going down.
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Senate Intelligence Committee has referred cases of suspected lying to Mueller
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Inside the GOP's California nightmare  —  Rep. Steve Knight's (R-Calif.) campaign went into election night thinking another tough victory was at hand.  —  Knight grinded out a win in 2016, in a district President Donald Trump lost, despite relentless Democratic attacks linking Knight and his party's leader.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
GOP seeks to limit Wisconsin early voting, strip powers from Tony Evers and Josh Kaul in lame-duck session  —  MADISON - Republican lawmakers are seeking to limit voter turnout and want to take away key powers from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general before GOP Gov. Scott Walker leaves office in January.
Phillip Walter Wellman / Stars & Stripes:
The US has dropped more munitions in 2018 in Afghanistan than it has in any year in over a decade  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan during the first ten months of 2018 than in any other full year since documentation began, new Air Force data shows.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump's Book Club: A President Who Doesn't Read Promotes the Books That Promote Him  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, a leader who is not exactly a man of letters — at least not beyond those on his CAPS LOCK keyboard — has been using his Twitter account to promote a slew of books that he regards as …
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Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Celebrities Say White Supremacists Used A New Video App To Trick Them Into Endorsing Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories
Discussion: Deadspin
Detroit News:
GOP moves to dilute power of governor, AG, secretary of state
New York Times:
Loss and Bravery: Intimate Snapshots From the First Decade of the AIDS Crisis
New York Times:
Whitaker's Ascent at Justice Dept. Surprised Investigators of Firm Accused of Fraud
Helen Collis / Politico:
Police clash again with Yellow Jackets protesters in Paris
Discussion: The Guardian and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Friends say Tim Scott's opposition to Farr not surprising
Hajira Hematyara / Washington Post:
The CIA killed my father. What did they do with his body?
 Earlier Items: 
Craig R. McCoy /
U.N. speech by Temple prof draws fire from university's board chair
Discussion: The College Fix
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Right's Climate Change Shame
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi creates leadership position for Barbara Lee
Discussion: Washington Post
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Leads Opposition to Coal Puppet Joe Manchin for Top Senate Energy Slot
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Politico
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
How one accountant links Whitaker's nonprofit to network of dark money groups
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mia Love pans Trump and the GOP for failure to make women and minorities feel welcome