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6:55 PM ET, December 5, 2018


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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump on Coming Debt Crisis: 'I Won't Be Here' When It Blows Up  —  The president thinks the balancing of the nation's books is going to, ultimately, be a future president's problem.  —  Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump's aides and advisers have tried to convince him of the importance of tackling the national debt.
The Daily Beast:
Feds Target Butina's GOP Boyfriend as Foreign Agent  —  Paul Erickson served as accused Kremlin spy Maria Butina's guide as she penetrated the American conservative movement.  Now he's under investigation as a Russian agent, too.  —  BETSY WOODRUFF, ERIN BANCO12.5.18 8:00 AM ET
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Politico
The Charlotte Observer:
Hold a new election in NC's tainted 9th District  —  In the week since the state Board of Elections declined to certify the results of North Carolina's 9th Congressional District election, journalists and others have begun to fill in the details of a troubling case of apparent ballot fraud.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the case for election fraud in North Carolina is strong  —  NC race unresolved amid fraud allegations  —  (CNN)The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics last week voted against certifying Republican Mark Harris' 905 vote win over Democrat Dan McCready in the state's 9th Congressional District.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The man at the center of fraud probe in North Carolina may have been doing this for eight years
Discussion: ABC News and NBC News
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace: ‘A chill’ descended on front row upon Trump arrival at Bush funeral  —  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said he was “struck” by the reception of President Trump and first lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at the funeral for George H.W. Bush on Wednesday, saying “a chill had descended” …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why We Miss the WASPs  —  Their more meritocratic, diverse and secular successors rule us neither as wisely nor as well.  —  The nostalgia flowing since the passing of George H.W. Bush has many wellsprings: admiration for the World War II generation and its dying breed of warrior-politicians …
New York Times:
George H.W. Bush Funeral: A Son Eulogizes His Father
Discussion: VTDigger and Splinter
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
George W. Bush eulogizes his father with laughter and tears: ‘A genuinely optimistic man’
Washington Post:
George W. Bush's touching eulogy for George H.W. Bush, annotated
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump's hotel after 2016 election  —  Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Trump's D.C. hotel within a month of Trump's election in 2016 — paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months …
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a new record high in 2018.  —  As nations assemble in Poland for climate talks, the figures suggest there is no clear end in sight to the growth of humanity's contribution to climate change.  —  Global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Paul Ryan Silent On GOP Power Grab In Wisconsin  —  Republicans are subverting the will of the electorate in Wisconsin.  The outgoing speaker of the House, a Wisconsin Republican, is staying mum.  —  WASHINGTON The extraordinary proposals aimed at reducing the power of incoming Gov. Tony Evers …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Judge Napolitano: I Expect Donald Trump Jr. to Be Indicted  —  Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks things aren't looking that great for Donald Trump Jr.  —  Napolitano joined Mediaite founder and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams on his SiriusXM show today to discuss the big news …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“They're Beginning to Think About Whether Mike Pence Should Be Running Again": As the Mueller Fire Nears, Trump Ponders Jettisoning His Loyal V.P.  —  New polling, and the Nick Ayers-John Kelly subplot, are feeding doubts about Pence and 2020.  —  After Michael Cohen's surprise plea agreement …
Discussion: HuffPost and Vox
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Here's How Facebook's Local News Algorithm Change Led To The Worst Riots Paris Has Seen In 50 Years  —  The Yellow Jackets movement is what happens when you point Facebook's traffic hose at France's small towns.  The question now is: How do you turn it off?
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Mueller's Flynn Memo Should Worry Kushner and Trump  —  The former national security adviser provided information about interactions between the presidential transition team and Russian officials.  —  Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sessions hints he's done with politics  —  The deposed attorney general says he's not missing the Senate, amid speculation that he might mount a bid for his old job.  —  Jeff Sessions doesn't sound eager to run for his old Senate seat in 2020.  —  The former attorney general and Alabama senator …
Associated Press:
Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe in New York  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Spinning off from the special counsel's Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Senate Judiciary Committee scraps votes on judges because of Flake  —  (CNN)Sen. Jeff Flake's vow to block judicial nominees is significantly disrupting the Senate Judiciary Committee's plans to advance more of President Donald Trump's picks for the lower courts.
Carrie Severino / National Review:   Judicial Nominations Update
Globe and Mail:
Canada has arrested Huawei's global chief financial officer in Vancouver  —  Canada has arrested the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies who is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US makes preparations to sail warship into Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions  —  Washington (CNN)The US has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a move that comes amid heightened tensions in the region following Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and detention of Ukrainian sailors.
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan
Discussion: ABC News
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
New satellite images reveal activity at unidentified North Korean missile base  —  Washington (CNN)New satellite images obtained exclusively by CNN reveal North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in the mountainous interior of the country …
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI email chain may provide most damning evidence of FISA abuses yet  —  Just before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they'd like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation.  With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers led …
Kate Aronoff / The Intercept:
With a Green New Deal, Here's What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation  —  It's the spring of 2043, and Gina is graduating college with the rest of her class.  She had a relatively stable childhood.  Her parents availed themselves of some of the year of paid family leave they were entitled to …
Discussion: Streetsblog USA and Gothamist
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Democratic Party Wants to Make Climate Policy Exciting
Discussion: Common Dreams
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Brother of Saudi crown prince returns to the U.S.  —  The Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. has been out of the country since he left in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  —  WASHINGTON — Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Khalid bin Salman, the brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman …
Middle East Eye:
Sean Penn turns up in Istanbul to film documentary on Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Breitbart and Anadolu Ajansı …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
A Conservative Magazine May Pay a Price for Being Unfriendly to Trump  —  The Weekly Standard didn't go along, and now its future is in danger.  —  Other conservative magazines, websites and news empires have thrived since President Trump took office by cheering him on or, at least, playing down his faults.
Daily Mail:
Meghan Markle is a ruthless social climbing actress who has landed the role of her life and is determined to milk it for all she can - and that's why the Palace is beginning to turn on her  —  I was ghosted by Meghan Markle.  —  If you're not familiar with the term ‘ghosting’ …
Elena Popina / Bloomberg:
It's the Worst Time to Make Money in Markets Since 1972  — Not a single of 8 main asset classes is up at least 5% in 2018  — There was bull market somewhere in 2008, 1974 routs, NDR says  —  Market statisticians are falling over each other in 2018 to describe the pain being felt across asset classes.
Ari Feldman / The Forward:
Is A String Of Attacks Against Brooklyn Jews Really About Anti-Semitism?  —  Mindel Zaetz's husband was chased down the street last week by a group of men while he was on his way home from work, just off of Eastern Parkway, the broad thoroughfare that runs through the middle of Crown Heights, in Brooklyn.
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:
The forgotten story of how George H.W. Bush won over Ronald Reagan  —  Lou Cannon is a former reporter for The Post and author of multiple biographies on President Ronald Reagan.  —  At a time when George H.W. Bush is rightly being celebrated for his statesmanship and decency …
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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard, HuffPost and Politico
Connor Harris / City Journal:
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