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3:25 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:
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
Washington Post:
The still-unanswered questions surrounding Matthew Whitaker
Discussion: Just Security and Daily Kos
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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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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Giuliani: The Dog Ate My Counter-Report to Mueller
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)
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 …
CNBC:
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
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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Record imports push US trade gap to $55.5 billion in October  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Record imports in October drove the U.S. trade deficit to the highest level in a decade.  —  The Commerce Department said Thursday that the gap between the United States sells and what it buys …
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei
Discussion: The Week
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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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 and Political Wire
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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:   Longtime aide to Sen. Kamala D. Harris resigns amid sexual harassment allegations
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats have a big opportunity to deal Trump a crushing blow  —  President Trump and Republicans just ran the most virulently xenophobic midterm election campaign in recent memory, closing on a message that plastered the country with dark and terrifying imagery depicting immigrants as violent criminal invaders.
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.
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 …
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
‘Death is waiting for him’  —  On the day he pleaded for his life in federal immigration court, Santos Chirino lifted his shirt and showed his scars.  —  Judge Thomas Snow watched the middle-aged construction worker on a big-screen television in Arlington, Va., 170 miles away from the immigration jail where Chirino was being held.
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
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Nancy Pelosi says funding for Trump's ‘immoral, ineffective, expensive’ border wall is off the table  — Nancy Pelosi called for a yearlong continuing resolution on funding for homeland security.  — Pelosi dismissed a compromise of exchanging border wall funding for a DACA solution.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
An escaped inmate kicked down a sleeping woman's door.  But she had a gun.  —  The prisoners had been planning their escape for days.  —  Bruce McLaughlin Jr. and Timothy Dill put the jailbreak into motion sometime after 2 a.m. Tuesday.  It was the graveyard shift at the jail in Pickens County …
Deval Patrick:
After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer, I've decided that a 2020 campaign for president is not for me.  I've been overwhelmed by advice and encouragement from people from all over the country, known and unknown.  Humbled, in fact.  But knowing that the cruelty of our elections process …
Discussion: CNN
Alex Morrell / Business Insider:
People aren't paying their credit cards and more accounts are being shut down, and it could be a sign that ‘economic clouds are darkening’  — Credit-card delinquencies, application rejections, and involuntary account closures are all on the upswing, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Bloomberg:
Kushners' Beachfront Strip Eligible for Trump's Poor-Area Tax Perks  —  The opportunity zones in the new tax law are supposed to attract investment to low-income areas.  But some of these neighborhoods aren't exactly struggling.  —  Pier Village promotes itself as a “jewel on the New Jersey coast.”
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Trump's approval rating has evolved, according to data scientist Donald Trump  —  Late Wednesday night, President Trump tweeted a celebratory image. … Polling from Rasmussen Reports has Trump at 50 percent approval, the tweet notes, something Trump credits to his hard work.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The Senate just confirmed a director for CFPB who has no background in consumer issues  —  No one had heard of Kathy Kraninger before Trump's nomination.  —  The US Senate voted to confirm Kathy Kraninger as the next head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal government's top consumer watchdog.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
 
 
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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump Shifted $1.1M Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business
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Alex Guillén / Politico:
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Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
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Discussion: The Guardian
Reuters:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Millennials Didn't Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Beto O'Rourke's team has been talking to Obama political operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire as 2020 momentum builds
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
Congress looks to usurp Trump's foreign policy powers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
George H. W. Bush's Funeral Was the Corny, Feel-Good Moment That Washington Craves
Discussion: Breitbart
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Don't condemn white nationalists, Veterans Affairs' diversity chief was told after Charlottesville, emails show