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8:15 PM ET, December 6, 2018

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Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Making President Trump's Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers  —  At the president's New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013.  She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — During more than five years …
Washington Post:
Republican officials had early warnings of voting irregularities in North Carolina  —  BLADENBORO, N.C. — When GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his primary by a narrow margin in May, he suspected something was amiss.  —  The congressman turned to a group of friends and family who had gathered …
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump ally who served on voter integrity panel expresses concern about fraud in North Carolina  —  Kris Kobach, an ally of President Trump who served on a voter integrity panel, expressed worry Thursday that Republican fraud might have tainted a North Carolina congressional election …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Democrat Dan McCready withdraws his concession in North Carolina congressional race roiled by accusations of fraud
Associated Press:
North Carolina Democrat drops race concession amid probe
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?
Discussion: Washington Post
BostonGlobe.com:
Deval Patrick knew when to call it quits on a presidential bid.  Other politicians take note  —  Running for president is hard.  —  Deciding not to run?  That can be even harder.  —  Over the last year, two-term former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has explored the possibility …
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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 …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
2020 Is Already Shaping Up to Be Another Festival of Stupid
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Wire
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Giuliani: The Dog Ate My Counter-Report to Mueller  —  The Trump administration has been promising they would respond to any charges by Robert Mueller with a devastating point-by-point defense: a “counter-report” written by none other than attorney at law and esteemed cybersecurity expert Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
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: The Week, Raw Story and Shakesville
CNN:   Mueller poised to reveal new details on Russia probe in Manafort, Cohen filings
Andrew Napolitano / Fox News:
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Why I don't believe that Mueller is on a fishing expedition (or is about to go home)
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new top AG pick has urged more Clinton probes and played down both Russia collusion and obstruction
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Reporters At Bloomberg News Are Worried About Michael Bloomberg's Potential Presidential Run  —  Reporters at Bloomberg News are on edge after their boss announced that if he chooses to run for president in 2020 — a decision he will have to finalize relatively soon — it could mean the end of the news outlet's political coverage.
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:   Bloomberg holds private meetings with top Iowa Democrats ahead of 2020 decision
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA  —  The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent conservative group.  Most of that sum went toward television advertising, but a political message loses …
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Mike Spies / The Trace:
Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and NRA
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
McConnell tells White House little chance of Senate vote on criminal justice bill  —  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told allies that there is little chance that the Senate will consider a bipartisan criminal justice bill in the waning days of year, even as his own Republicans …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:   Trump's criminal justice reform nears demise
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Louie Gohmert falsely says George Soros helped take property from fellow Jews  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) is coming under scrutiny for an interview in which he falsely claimed that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, known for his funding of liberal and pro-democracy groups, “helped take the property” owned by fellow Jews.
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Bloomberg:
Trump to Pick Nauert to Replace Haley as UN Ambassador, Sources Say  — Nauert has been State Department spokeswoman, Fox News anchor  — Maintaining North Korea sanctions, defending Israel key jobs  —  President Donald Trump has decided to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert …
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft launches investigation into Josh Hawley  —  • Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an investigation into the way Attorney General Josh Hawley ran his attorney general's office, Ashcroft's deputy general counsel wrote to the Democratic-allied American Democracy Legal Fund on Thursday.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to split reelection campaign between New York and D.C.  —  Headquarters will be in Trump Tower, with a pair of offices on Capitol Hill and Rosslyn, Virginia.  —  President Donald Trump's reelection aides have decided on a campaign structure with three main offices split between New York City and the Washington area.
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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump Shifted $1.1M Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Law & Crime
BuzzFeed News:
A Mysterious Imposter Account Was Used On Facebook To Drum Up Support For The Migrant Caravan  —  Days before the migrant caravan left Honduras, a fake Facebook account was used to try to bolster its numbers.  The social media giant has since deactivated the account but has refused to provide information about who created it.
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Senate approves Trump nominee to lead polarizing consumer watchdog agency  —  The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Trump's nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ushering in business-friendly leadership for a polarizing watchdog agency long detested by Republicans and the banking industry.
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
The Senate just confirmed a director for CFPB who has no background in consumer issues
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Washington Post
John Harwood / CNBC:
Donald Trump could be the first president since Jimmy Carter to run for re-election during a recession  — Until now, Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation has loomed as a singular threat to further erode the President Trump's standing.  — But the uncertainty on display …
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
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump hotel feud erupts between Lewandowski and Florida senators  —  MIAMI — It was supposed to be a friendly introduction between Republicans at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Wednesday night, when the president's former campaign manager and the Republican leader of the Florida Senate met.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Raw Story
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson says Trump is ‘not capable’ and hasn't kept his promises  —  Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson set straight any misinformation concerning his views on President Trump: “I don't think he's capable,” he said during an interview on Tuesday.  —  Urs Gehriger, an editor at …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
Pete Williams / NBC News:
In potential blow to Manafort, Supreme Court unlikely to change double jeopardy rule  —  A presidential pardon could keep Trump's former campaign chairman out of federal prison, but it would not free him from being prosecuted on similar state charges.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court …
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Democrat accused of repeated use of women's restroom will resign in January  —  A Colorado Democrat whom female colleagues had accused earlier this year of frequenting a women's restroom inside the Statehouse is resigning, a spokesman said Wednesday.  —  State Sen. Daniel Kagan's departure …
Discussion: Power Line
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
George H.W. Bush laid to rest in private ceremony at presidential library  —  Before George H.W. Bush was laid to rest next to his wife Barbara and daughter Robin at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, a procession took place from Houston to Texas …
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 …
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
Democrats get on board with Manchin for energy committee post  —  Senate Democrats are growing more comfortable with giving coal-friendly Sen. Joe Manchin a leading role in shaping climate policy.  —  The West Virginian's expected promotion to ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee …
 
 
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