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1:25 PM ET, December 6, 2018

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CNBC:
Stocks drop again with Dow's two-day slide now totaling more than 1,000 points  —  Stocks fell sharply on Thursday as continuing fears over U.S.-China trade relations and concern over a possible global economic slowdown kept investors on edge.  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 451 points …
Discussion: NPR and Mediaite
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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Record imports push US trade gap to $55.5 billion in October  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Record imports in October drove the U.S. trade deficit to the highest level in a decade.  —  The Commerce Department said Thursday that the gap between the United States sells and what it buys …
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Dow extends deep losses, triggered by uncertainty on U.S.-China trade deal
Associated Press:
China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei
Vox:
The US got Canada to arrest a top Chinese tech executive
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
The White House Has No Plan for Confronting the Mueller Report  —  Nobody knows how the White House plans to respond to the Mueller report—including the people who work at the White House.  —  The special counsel is reportedly nearing the end of his probe.  Sentencing memos are dropping.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Senate Intelligence Committee Grilled Steve Bannon About Cambridge Analytica  —  The notorious “psychographic” data firm remains of interest to Senate investigators—as does the former Trump strategist.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Steve Bannon found himself back in the hot seat last month …
Discussion: Political Wire
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test.  But Around Her, Worries Abound.  —  WASHINGTON — The plan was straightforward: After years of being challenged by President Trump and others about a decades-old claim of Native American ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would take a DNA test …
Washington Post:
William Barr is leading attorney general candidate in Trump discussions  —  Former attorney general William P. Barr is President Trump's leading candidate to be nominated to lead the Justice Department — a choice that could be made in coming days as the agency presses forward with a probe …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
The Guardian:
Trump aide's appearances on RT channel are focus for Russia inquiry  —  Ted Malloch, a Trump campaign adviser, has been questioned about his relationship with the Kremlin-controlled broadcaster  —  Robert Mueller is allegedly examining a Trump campaign adviser's appearances …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
General McChrystal Told Pompeo To ‘Muddle Along’ In Afghanistan, Leaked Audio Reveals  —  Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, recently told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he did not know what to do in Afghanistan but offered his “best suggestion” …
Discussion: New Republic and Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump's slow-motion staff ‘shakeup’ stunts 2019 planning  —  President Donald Trump is still looking for a new United Nations ambassador.  He has no deputy national security adviser.  His attorney general and Environmental Protection Agency administrator are serving in acting capacities …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Rick Wilson / Washington Post:
Trump could've ruined Bush's funeral.  Bush didn't let him.  —  By including the current president, the late president preempted his successor's proclivity for draining the dignity out of solemn occasions.  —  Rick Wilson is a Republican political consultant, a Daily Beast columnist and the author of …
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Chris Wallace: Bush Funeral Shows Trump Not Part of ‘Presidents Club’
Discussion: CNN and Contemptor
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Network Apologizes for Louie Gohmert Spreading Anti-Semitic George Soros Conspiracy  —  The openly anti-Semitic attack initially went unchallenged by host Stuart Varney, who later issued an apology.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday morning managed …
Discussion: Vox and Contemptor
Eric Bradner / CNN:
North Carolina GOP director open to new election in disputed House race  —  Alleged voter fraud probe in NC intensifies  —  (CNN)The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party says he supports a new election if allegations of fraud in the 9th Congressional District race …
Discussion: Political Wire and Common Dreams
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Deval Patrick:
After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer, I've decided that a 2020 campaign for president is not for me.  I've been overwhelmed by advice and encouragement from people from all over the country, known and unknown.  Humbled, in fact.  But knowing that the cruelty of our elections process …
Discussion: CNN
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Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Nancy Pelosi says funding for Trump's ‘immoral, ineffective, expensive’ border wall is off the table  — Nancy Pelosi called for a yearlong continuing resolution on funding for homeland security.  — Pelosi dismissed a compromise of exchanging border wall funding for a DACA solution.
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senators bicker over definition of Trump's wall
Discussion: Washington Post
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
George H. W. Bush's Funeral Was the Corny, Feel-Good Moment That Washington Craves  —  What does it tell you that the feel-good events in Washington these days are funerals?  —  George Herbert Walker Bush was memorialized on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in the country's first state funeral …
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Alexei Koseff / Sacramento Bee:
Kamala Harris aide resigns after harassment, retaliation settlement surfaces  —  A longtime top staff member of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday after The Sacramento Bee inquired about a $400,000 harassment and retaliation settlement resulting from his time working for Harris at the California Department of Justice.
Associated Press:
Ecuador: Enough UK guarantees for Assange to leave embassy  —  QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president says Britain has provided sufficient guarantees for Julian Assange to leave his government's embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been living under asylum since 2012.
Discussion: Politico, Law & Crime and Breitbart
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Beto O'Rourke's team has been talking to Obama political operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire as 2020 momentum builds  — Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke's team has been fielding calls from senior operatives who worked on President Obama's campaign in the pivotal states of Iowa and New Hampshire
Discussion: Breitbart
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Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Why this progressive Texan can't get excited about Beto O'Rourke
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chris Cuomo Nabs Viewers for CNN in Cable-News' Toughest Time Period  —  CNN has learned that there's nothing wrong with a little attitude.  —  In just six months, the network's new 9 p.m. program, “Cuomo Prime Time,” has become the most-watched show on the AT&T-owned cable-news network.
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
‘Death is waiting for him’  —  On the day he pleaded for his life in federal immigration court, Santos Chirino lifted his shirt and showed his scars.  —  Judge Thomas Snow watched the middle-aged construction worker on a big-screen television in Arlington, Va., 170 miles away from the immigration jail where Chirino was being held.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy  —  The GOP's turn against democracy may be a greater threat to the American experiment than President Trump.  —  The Wisconsin Republican Party is nullifying the results of the 2018 election.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday published documents detailing its plan to roll back Obama-era protections for the vast habitat of the greater sage grouse, a chickenlike bird …
Bloomberg:
Kushners' Beachfront Strip Eligible for Trump's Poor-Area Tax Perks  —  The opportunity zones in the new tax law are supposed to attract investment to low-income areas.  But some of these neighborhoods aren't exactly struggling.  —  Pier Village promotes itself as a “jewel on the New Jersey coast.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Trump's approval rating has evolved, according to data scientist Donald Trump  —  Late Wednesday night, President Trump tweeted a celebratory image. … Polling from Rasmussen Reports has Trump at 50 percent approval, the tweet notes, something Trump credits to his hard work.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
An escaped inmate kicked down a sleeping woman's door.  But she had a gun.  —  The prisoners had been planning their escape for days.  —  Bruce McLaughlin Jr. and Timothy Dill put the jailbreak into motion sometime after 2 a.m. Tuesday.  It was the graveyard shift at the jail in Pickens County …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Don't condemn white nationalists, Veterans Affairs' diversity chief was told after Charlottesville, emails show  —  A top White House appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs sought to silence the agency's chief diversity officer, who — in the aftermath of last year's racially charged violence …
David Papadopoulos / Bloomberg:
Hugo Chavez's Failed Socialist Experiment Is Deadlier Than Ever  —  Hugo Chávez had barely been in office two months when Nelson Chitty La Roche, a burly, gruff, gun-toting lawmaker from the Venezuelan political establishment, told me he was fed up.  Chitty didn't care …
Jeff Asher / New York Times:
U.S. Murder Rate for 2018 Is on Track for a Big Drop  —  Murders are down so far in a sample of large American cities, typically a good indicator for national numbers.  —  The murder rate in the United States in 2018 is on track for the largest one-year drop in five years.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Crime Report
 
 
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Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Reporters Are Addicts. Trump Is Their Drug.
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Alex Morrell / Business Insider:
People aren't paying their credit cards and more accounts are being shut down, and it could be a sign …
Reuters:
It's my deal, no deal or no Brexit at all: UK PM May
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Millennials Didn't Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials.
Politico:
Labor divided over Albany's ambitious single-payer health care bill
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miamiherald:
Women are fleeing Venezuela for a better life. They're turning up dead.
Associated Press:
Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Congress looks to usurp Trump's foreign policy powers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Goodlatte: House Leadership Blocked Trump-Backed Immigration Reform
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Is Joe Biden Running for President? He Can't Decide.
Washington Post:
Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump's hotel after 2016 election