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8:55 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:   ‘A troubled history’: Bladen County has faced five elections investigations since 2010
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We finally found election fraud
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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” …
New York Times:
George H.W. Bush Funeral: A Son Eulogizes His Father
Discussion: VTDigger and Splinter
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The world George H.W. Bush left behind
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Breitbart
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Why Do Political Journalists Think It's Their Job to Portray George H.W. Bush as America's Benign, Saintly Grandpa?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and USA Today
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
George W. Bush eulogizes his father with laughter and tears: ‘A genuinely optimistic man’
Lou Cannon / Washington Post:   The forgotten story of how George H.W. Bush won over Ronald Reagan
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
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.
CNBC:   Canada arrests Huawei CFO facing US extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
New York Times:
As Flynn Case Winds Down, Investigation of Turkish Lobbying Persists  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Virginia are investigating a secret Turkish lobbying effort that once involved Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, even as Mr. Flynn's role in the special counsel's …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed News:
This Is How The Accusations Against Neil deGrasse Tyson Finally Came To Light  —  No one believed Tchiya Amet when she said Tyson had raped her in the 1980s.  Now, three other women tell BuzzFeed News that he harassed them, including one who's sharing her story publicly for the first time.
Foreign Policy:
U.N. Body Declares Famine Conditions in Parts of Yemen  —  World Food Program report expected to further erode support in Washington for Saudi bombings in Yemen.  —  The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization have officially determined that 73,000 Yemeni civilians …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Brother of Saudi crown prince returns to the U.S.
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 …
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Considers Term Limits On Committee Chairs  —  Pelosi reportedly held a meeting with a holdout and offered to support the limits in exchange for his vote for her as speaker.  —  WASHINGTON House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: Political Wire
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned  —  Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to fund a “magnificent 2019 comeback” on the crowdfunding platform Patreon, only to be banned after one day.  Yiannopoulos' Patreon campaign, whose banner image is seen above …
Discussion: Splinter, The Week, Vox and HOPE not hate
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: New York Times and Axios
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 …
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.
Response to Six4Three Documents  —  As we've said many times, Six4Three — creators of the Pikinis app — cherrypicked these documents from years ago as part of a lawsuit to force Facebook to share information on friends of the app's users.  The set of documents, by design, tells only one side of the story and omits important context.
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S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
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Wall Street Journal:
USA Gymnastics Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: NPR and Law & Crime
Sen. Klobuchar is ‘considering’ a run for President
Daily Mail:
Meghan Markle is a ruthless social climbing actress who has landed the role of her life …
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Deval Patrick's Decision Not To Run For President Is Personal, His Allies Said
Discussion: HuffPost, Weekly Standard and Breitbart
Connor Harris / City Journal:
Fast Train to Failure
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Christopher Collins / The Texas Observer:
Struggling Rural Hospitals Say They're Being Preyed Upon by Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US makes preparations to sail warship into Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions
Discussion: RT and ABC News
Elena Popina / Bloomberg:
It's the Worst Time to Make Money in Markets Since 1972
Kate Aronoff / The Intercept:
With a Green New Deal, Here's What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation
Discussion: Gothamist and Streetsblog USA
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN wants to make ‘SportsCenter’ great again
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Rudy Giuliani Says Twitter Sabotaged His Tweet. Actually, He Did It Himself.