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8:40 AM ET, December 6, 2018


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John F. Harris / Politico:
Bush's Funeral Wasn't About Trump.  But Of Course It Was.  —  The memorial service for George H.W. Bush was a perfectly civil and eminently civilized event, and if one was listening in a literal-minded way it all sounded like a grand exception to life in modern Washington …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Bush funeral: Trump sits with fellow presidents but still stands alone  —  From the moment he crossed the transept of the soaring Washington National Cathedral, tore off his overcoat and took his seat in the front pew, President Trump was an outsider.  —  When the others sang an opening hymn, his mouth did not move.
Bret Baier / Fox News:
George H.W. Bush and a letter to live by
Discussion: LifeZette
Terri Gerstein / Slate:   Trump Is Even Worse at Enforcing White-Collar Crimes Than George W. Bush Was
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Over a thousand absentee ballots possibly destroyed in controversial North Carolina House race: report  —  Over a thousand absentee ballots from likely Democratic voters may have been destroyed in the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District last month as allegations of fraud on behalf of the Republican candidate mount.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost, Shareblue Media and Politico
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:   House Democrats plan to send Trump aides' transcripts to Mueller
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.
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 …
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.
Bruce Vielmetti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
The Wisconsin Senate approved 82 Scott Walker appointees in the lame duck: Here's the full list  —  There's been lots of talk about the Wisconsin Senate approving dozens of Gov. Scott Walker's appointments to state boards during its marathon lame-duck session Tuesday.
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Splinter, The Week, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 EPA administrator are serving in an acting capacity, and his constant badmouthing …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Politico
David Bossie / Fox News:
House Democrats plan a witch hunt against Trump
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Soo Youn / ABC News:
24 Amazon workers sent to hospital after robot accidentally unleashes bear spray  —  Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore a can of bear repellent spray in a warehouse, officials said.  —  The two dozen workers were treated at five local hospitals …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Chris Wallace: Bush Funeral Shows Trump Not Part of ‘Presidents Club’  —  ‘It was as if a chill had descended on that front row’ when Trump arrived, Chris Wallace remarked.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  Some pundits viewed President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sharing …
Discussion: CNN and Contemptor
Lena Dunham / Hollywood Reporter:
My Apology to Aurora  —  “I did something inexcusable,” Dunham writes in her guest editor letter for The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment issue of defending ‘Girls’ writer Murray Miller after he'd been accused of sexually assaulting an actress.  —  This year has been incredible for women in Hollywood.
Andrea Park / CBS News:
Lena Dunham apologizes for defending friend accused of sexual assault
Discussion: Daily Wire
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.
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
Why this progressive Texan can't get excited about Beto O'Rourke  —  If only the electric chill in the air were an augur of fast-approaching holidays and not the static generated by so many Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls jockeying for the attention of party leaders and donors.
Discussion: CBS News, and IJR
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 …
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The president has been shockingly presidential for the last six minutes  —  Could this be the start of a new era?  —  President Trump has been notably subdued over the past eight hours.  He has refrained from the harsh, personal invective that so characterized the preceding months of his presidency.
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 …
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Citing ‘cruelty of our elections process,’ Patrick officially backs out of 2020 bid  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to skip a 2020 presidential run came down to the impact the “cruelty of our elections process” would have on the people close to him, he said in a statement published Thursday morning.
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: Boing Boing, Splinter and The Week
Noura Erakat / Washington Post:
Marc Lamont Hill and the legacy of punishing black internationalists  —  Noura Erakat is a Palestinian American human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University.  She is the author of “Justice for Some: Law as Politics in the Question of Palestine,” which will be published next year by Stanford University Press.
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Ann Marlowe / New York Times:
Is Harvard Whitewashing a Russian Oligarch's Fortune?
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Kushners' Beachfront Strip Eligible for Trump's Poor-Area Tax Perks
Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Olivia Garrett / Politico:
France dumps controversial fuel tax
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The war on standards: fare-jumping edition
Discussion: Washington Post
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
Search and rescue underway for 2 Marine Corps aircraft off coast of Japan, 1 person rescued
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Ryan Browne / CNN:
US makes preparations to sail warship into Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions
Discussion: RT, ABC News and KBZK