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11:35 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 and Daily Kos
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
North Carolina Republicans Express Increasing Doubts on Disputed Election  —  ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — North Carolina Republicans expressed mounting doubts on Thursday about a disputed congressional race that their candidate once seemed to have won, with one of the state party's …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Democrat Dan McCready withdraws his concession in North Carolina congressional race roiled by accusations of fraud
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Breitbart, Raw Story and The Week
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Giuliani: The Dog Ate My Counter-Report to Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
The White House Has No Plan for Confronting the Mueller Report
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
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Name State Dept. Spokeswoman to U.N. 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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Associated Press:   Democrats speeding up their 2020 campaign launches
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Boston Globe Advises Warren to Bow Out of 2020 Field
Discussion: Townhall
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
2020 Is Already Shaping Up to Be Another Festival of Stupid
Discussion: Townhall and Daily Wire
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.
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  —  Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an investigation into a complaint that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley used public resources in his successful bid for the U.S. Senate.
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 …
Discussion: The Trace and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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 …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump Shifted $1.1M Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business  —  On the day Donald Trump became president of the United States, while inauguration festivities were still in full swing, he officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign.  Donations poured in from more than 50,000 people across the country.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Law & Crime
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Trump to split reelection campaign between New York and D.C.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Louie Gohmert falsely says George Soros helped take property from fellow Jews
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Florida Voted to Give Ex-Felons the Franchise.  Now Republicans Are Throwing a Wrench in That Process.  —  Florida's GOP elections chief is resisting implementation of the ballot initiative to expand voting rights.  —  A month after Florida voters approved a measure to restore the franchise …
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
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 …
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 …
NBC New York:
NYPD Investigates Phoned Bomb Threat at Time Warner Center  —  The NYPD are asking the public to avoid Columbus Circle as they investigate a possible bomb threat at the Time Warner Center Thursday night.  —  A police official said an unsubstantiated telephone threat came in to the Time Warner Building …
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
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” …
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: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Maria Butina plea deal may be near  —  Lawyers ask for Butina's release from solitary  —  Washington (CNN)Attorneys for Maria Butina and the Justice Department gave more signs Thursday morning they are negotiating a plea deal for the accused Russian spy.  —  In a conference call …
 
 
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump, at Hanukkah reception, condemns anti-Semitism
Discussion: Breitbart
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
After Citizens United, a Vicious Cycle of Corruption
Arun Venugopal / Gothamist:
No Hate Crime Charges For Teens Who Allegedly Beat Jewish Boy In Queens
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump's criminal justice reform nears demise
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
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BBC:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Democrat accused of repeated use of women's restroom will resign in January
Discussion: Denver Post, Breitbart and Power Line
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners
Bakersfield Californian:
David Valadao concedes to TJ Cox in California 21st Congressional District race
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the Rust Belt in 2020?
Pete Williams / NBC News:
In potential blow to Manafort, Supreme Court unlikely to change double jeopardy rule
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
General McChrystal Told Pompeo To ‘Muddle Along’ In Afghanistan, Leaked Audio Reveals
Discussion: New Republic