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11:55 AM ET, December 7, 2018

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Sergio Chapa / Houston Chronicle:
Rex Tillerson makes rare public appearance in Houston  —  Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections, former Secretary of State and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said during a Thursday evening visit to Houston.  —  Making his first public appearance in nearly nine months …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rex Tillerson on Trump: ‘Undisciplined,’ 'doesn't like to read' and tries to do illegal things  —  Rex Tillerson came a little bit closer Thursday to saying what he actually thinks of President Trump.  —  The fired secretary of state, who while in office reportedly called Trump a “moron” …
Discussion: New Republic and Political Wire
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Rex Tillerson Lets Loose on Working For ‘Undisciplined’ Trump: He 'Doesn't Like to Read' … Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered some revealing comments about President Trump on Thursday in a rare interview with CBS New' Bob Schieffer.  —  As the former Exxon Mobil CEO partook …
Discussion: The Week
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Tillerson says he often had to tell Trump that his directive ‘violates the law’  —  In rare public remarks, the fired former secretary of state also said Trump “doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports.”  —  Rex Tillerson gave a blistering assessment of his time serving …
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 …
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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 …
Axios:
Trump's trio of traps ahead of 2020  —  President Trump faces three clear and imminent threats as he heads toward his 2020 reelection race — the economy slipping, Congress flipping and a Russia probe drip, drip, dripping.  And few inside the White House feel he is yet prepared or staffed for the hell about to hit them.
New York Times:
Trump Will Nominate William P. Barr as Attorney General
Discussion: Althouse, Splinter and The Daily Caller
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 …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump to nominate William Barr as attorney general  —  President Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to nominate former Attorney General William Barr to his old job, naming a formal replacement for Jeff Sessions after ousting him last month and inserting a new controversial figure …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:   The Justice Department Still Hasn't Told The Federal Accountability Office That Jeff Sessions Quit
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Announces Bill Barr As His Attorney General Pick
Discussion: Vox, The Guardian and Shakesville
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
What we know about the alleged ballot tampering plot in North Carolina
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Republicans Are Only Group That Mostly Sees Mueller Probe As A ‘Witch Hunt’  —  President Trump continues to rail against special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Mueller's new filings on Manafort and Cohen could reveal more about the investigation
Discussion: Washington Post
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Mueller takes center stage after week remembering Bush's GOP
Washington Post:
German conservatives pick a Merkel ally to be party leader, signaling continuity and a long goodbye  —  HAMBURG, Germany — Germany's conservatives on Friday picked Chancellor Angela Merkel's preferred successor as party leader, delivering Merkel a badly needed victory that solidifies her legacy …
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Politico:
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected to succeed Merkel as CDU leader
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.
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Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Beto O'Rourke lands big Obama fundraiser — but many elite donors are playing the field in 2020
Discussion: KBZK
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke's bid against Ted Cruz ended up raising record $80M, a sum sure to stoke 2020 buzz
Tucker Carlson / Die Weltwoche:
Trump is not capable  —  Weekday nights Fox News Channel star, Tucker Carlson, can be found merrily berating hapless guests, grilling liberal pundits, and defending America's working and middle classes.  Puckish and pugilistic, the 49-year-old insists the Washington elites among whom he grew up despise America's “normal people.”
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Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson says Trump is ‘not capable’ and hasn't kept his promises
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Only the Best Candidates for Federal Courts  —  We should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote.  —  Over the past two years the Senate has confirmed a record number of judicial nominees.  I have proudly voted for more than 99% of them …
Discussion: Politico
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
I'm not calling to revive WASP culture.  Just to learn from it.  —  The death of George H.W. Bush has occasioned a fair amount of nostalgia for the old American establishment, of which Bush was undoubtedly a prominent member.  It has also provoked a heated debate among commentators about that establishment …
Alexander Panetta / Politico:
Canada caught between Trump and China in Huawei case  —  MONTREAL — The arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng at a Vancouver airport puts Canada in the middle of a volatile diplomatic situation between two world superpowers.  —  On Friday, Huawei's jailed CFO faces her bail hearing.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We're now seeing the Trump economy
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: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Millennials aren't breaking traditions.  They're just broke.  —  Millennials are a murderous bunch, a generation of homicidal maniacs.  —  At least that's the impression you get from reading news stories about my generation.  —  According to the headlines, we've wreaked carnage across the economy with our fickle, selfish tastes.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Anti-Zionism Isn't the Same as Anti-Semitism  —  American Jews have nothing to fear from the new congressional critics of Israel.  —  On Monday, in an interview with The Intercept, Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who in November became the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress …
Washington Post:
Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, who signed letter opposing Rep. Nancy Pelosi's speaker bid, reverses course and announces support  —  The Massachusetts congressman said Friday that after several days of conversations, he will cast a vote for Pelosi when the full House votes on Jan. 3.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump advisers fear 2020 nightmare: A recession  —  President Donald Trump's economic officials are reassuring investors about recent white-knuckle stock market volatility, while Trump's political advisers are increasingly alarmed that the economy could present a stiff 2020 campaign headwind.
Spencer S. Hsu / Chicago Tribune:
Judge orders Justice and State departments to reopen part of Hillary Clinton email inquiry  —  Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at LA Promise Fund's “Girls Build Leadership Summit” at Los Angeles Convention Center on Dec. 15, 2017 in Los Angeles.  —  Washington Post
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” …
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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Dave Schmerler / Arms Control Wonk:
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The Daily Beast:
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Abby Livingston / Politico:
The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
It's Now Racist To Ask Students To ‘Be Respectful In Class’
Discussion: The College Fix
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
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Discussion: Splinter
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Looking at Turkey Lobbying by Michael Flynn's Ex-Firm
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