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4:15 PM ET, December 6, 2018


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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's new top AG pick has urged more Clinton probes and played down both Russia collusion and obstruction
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 …
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 …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   2020 Is Already Shaping Up to Be Another Festival of Stupid
Deval Patrick:
After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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: New Republic and Raw Story
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)  —  The nation has paused this week from its toxic political battles to remember the kindness and gentleness of President George H.W. Bush.  He was kind to Bill Clinton …
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats have a big opportunity to deal Trump a crushing blow
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:   Pelosi takes hard line on Trump's wall ahead of meeting
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:   Nancy Pelosi says funding for Trump's ‘immoral, ineffective, expensive’ border wall is off the table
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Shutdown looms as Nancy Pelosi rejects Trump's demand for border wall
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
‘No Labels’ Refuses To Call Out Republicans By Name For Midwest Power Grab  —  The centrist group was less hesitant about trying to limit the power of the next Democratic House speaker.  —  No Labels, a centrist group that has elicited scrutiny for training a disproportionate share of its fire at Democrats …
Mike Spies / The Trace:
Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and 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 …
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:   Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Louie Gohmert falsely says George Soros helped take property from fellow Jews
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Contemptor and YouTube
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: Raw Story
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
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.
Discussion: The Intercept
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The Senate just confirmed a director for CFPB who has no background in consumer issues
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire, KBZK and Breitbart
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: Shakesville and Political Wire
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
Eric Holthaus / Grist:
Climate change caused the “Great Dying,” aka the planet's worst extinction  —  The “Great Dying” was just as bad as it sounds.  In the planet's worst mass extinction 252 million years ago, up to 80 percent of all species died out, including up to 96 percent of ocean species.
Hilary Weaver / Vanity Fair:
Amal Clooney Takes on Donald Trump in a Fiery Speech at the U.N.  —  She said the president has given “the green light” for journalists around the world to be tortured and killed.  —  The last we saw of Amal Clooney, she was skipping out on Princess Eugenie's wedding to give a speech …
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and HuffPost
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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Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the Rust Belt in 2020?
Washington Post:
Iran must free Farhad Meysami, a nonviolent fighter for human rights
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump Shifted $1.1M Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business
Discussion: Law & Crime
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Alex Morrell / Business Insider:
People aren't paying their credit cards and more accounts are being shut down, and it could be a sign …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chris Cuomo Nabs Viewers for CNN in Cable-News' Toughest Time Period
 Earlier Items: 
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers
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Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
‘Death is waiting for him’  —  On the day he pleaded for his life …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Millennials Didn't Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Trump's approval rating has evolved, according to data scientist Donald Trump
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
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Alexei Koseff / Sacramento Bee:
Kamala Harris aide resigns after harassment, retaliation settlement surfaces