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8:20 AM ET, December 7, 2018

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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 …
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Trump picks State Department spokeswoman for top U.N. post  —  President Donald Trump has tapped State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday night.  —  Trump chose the former Fox News anchor …
New York Times:
Huawei Executive's Arrest Intensifies Trade War Fears
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
Inside the frantic decision to open a Trump obstruction probe before Mueller got the job  —  Washington (CNN)In the hectic eight days after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top FBI officials viewed Trump as a leader who needed to be reined in …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and The Week
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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 and Daily Kos
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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 …
New York Times:
North Carolina Republican Owes $34,310 for Disputed Absentee Ballot and Turnout Work, Records Show
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC and WRAL-TV
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News:
“I Don't Vote” — But He Did. Here's How Alleged Election Fraud Works In North Carolina.
Discussion: HuffPost, Politico and AOL
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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Associated Press:
Democrats speeding up their 2020 campaign launches  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are hitting fast forward.  —  The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end.  The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates.
Discussion: Associated Press
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Boston Globe Advises Warren to Bow Out of 2020 Field
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Kristopher Tapley / Variety:
Kevin Hart Refuses to Apologize, Despite Academy Ultimatum, for Past Anti-Gay Comments  —  It appears the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may be looking for a new host for the upcoming Oscars ceremony very soon.  —  In a new Instagram video, Kevin Hart, who was tapped to emcee …
Discussion: The Week
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
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.
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Kansas City Star:   Missouri Secretary of State begins investigation into Josh Hawley
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
CNN's New York offices evacuated due to bomb threat  —  (CNN)CNN's New York offices and studios have been evacuated due to a phoned bomb threat, the company said.  —  Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after 10:30 p.m.
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NBC New York:
NYPD Investigates Phoned Bomb Threat at Time Warner Center
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Michigan G.O.P. Starts Limiting Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders  —  LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans, following the tactics of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved on Thursday to start limiting the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon  —  Washington (CNN)John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.  —  Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump …
Discussion: FOX6Now.com
New York Times:
At ‘60 Minutes,’ Independence Led to Trouble, Investigators Say  —  For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards, not to mention weekly ratings for CBS that are the envy of the industry.  The success has allowed “60 Minutes” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children  —  The famine in Yemen could become the worst the world has seen in a generation.  —  ADEN, Yemen  —  He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn't cry or complain.
Isabel Wilkerson / New York Times:
Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama's ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration  —  The former first lady's long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family's trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago's South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
With at least 16 members running, Congress will be another staging ground for 2020 presidential race  —  There's a famous joke in Washington that most Senators look in the mirror and see a future president.  —  That's never really borne out in reality.  The unwieldy cast of GOP presidential …
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.
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
State GOP chairman warns California is ‘canary in the coal mine’ for national party  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The outgoing chair of the California GOP — the nation's largest state Republican Party — has issued a dire warning that his state represents “the canary in the coal mine” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Chuck Schumer / Washington Post:
No deal on infrastructure without addressing climate change  —  Chuck Schumer,a Democrat from New York, is Senate minority leader.  —  Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Mueller takes center stage after week remembering Bush's GOP  —  The week belonged, appropriately, to former President George H.W. Bush and the era he came to represent.  Starting Friday, another Republican — something of a throwback to that era — will take center stage.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We're now seeing the Trump economy  —  I'm old enough to remember when President Trump boasted about the stock market.  No more.  As of this writing, the Dow Jones industrial average is sharply down, again, the fall triggered this time by the arrest in Canada of Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Looking at Turkey Lobbying by Michael Flynn's Ex-Firm  —  Federal grand jury focusing on persons linked to former national security adviser's now-defunct company  —  WASHINGTON—Federal prosecutors are scrutinizing Turkey's U.S. lobbying and the companies that backed …
 
 
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Amid misogyny and alleged abuse, it's a constant struggle for women in network TV
Discussion: The Intercept and New York Times
Fox News Insider:
Nunes: FBI Email Chain May Provide Evidence of FISA Abuses
New York Times:
‘I Want to Live Like a Human Being’: Where N.Y. Fails Its Mentally Ill
Discussion: FRONTLINE
CBS News:
President George H.W. Bush laid to rest
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Florida Voted to Give Ex-Felons the Franchise.  Now Republicans Are Throwing a Wrench in That Process.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Pelosi not budging: Dem leader won't accept DACA deal in exchange for wall $$
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
Rob England / BBC:
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump, at Hanukkah reception, condemns anti-Semitism
Discussion: Breitbart
BBC:
Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63
Discussion: Boing Boing
John Harwood / CNBC:
Donald Trump could be the first president since Jimmy Carter to run for re-election during a recession
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Democrat accused of repeated use of women's restroom will resign in January
Discussion: Denver Post, Breitbart and Power Line
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump Shifted $1.1M Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Law & Crime
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump hotel feud erupts between Lewandowski and Florida senators