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10:00 PM ET, December 9, 2018


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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump considering Mark Meadows for chief of staff  —  Over the past 24 hours, President Trump has been privately asking many people who they think should be his new chief of staff, according to three sources with direct knowledge.  —  What's happening: Trump has asked confidants …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers Won't Be Next White House Staff Chief  —  President Trump, Pence's chief of staff unable to agree on time frame for job  —  WASHINGTON—Nick Ayers, a top Trump campaign consultant and administration staffer, won't be the next White House chief of staff …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump's Chief of Staff  —  Nick Ayers, President Trump's top choice to replace John F. Kelly as chief of staff, has declined to take the job, according to three people familiar with the talks.  —  Mr. Ayers, 36, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence …
Discussion: Townhall and CNBC
Trump Seeks New Chief After Ayers Roils Kelly Succession Plan  — Aide to Pence was viewed as frontrunner to replace Kelly  — Meadows, Lighthizer, Mulvaney, Whitaker said among contenders  —  President Donald Trump said he's interviewing candidates to replace outgoing chief of staff John Kelly …
Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff  —  (CNN)Nick Ayers, the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as President Donald Trump's chief of staff, will not be taking the job, a White House official told CNN Sunday.  —  Ayers, who has served as Vice President Mike Pence's chief …
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
John Kelly Was a Bully, Bigot, and Liar for Trump.  Goodbye and Good Riddance.  —  Photo: Oliver Contreras, Pool/Getty Images  —  Goodbye, John Kelly.  —  The president's chief of staff is heading for the White House exit.  “John Kelly will be leaving,” Donald Trump confirmed to reporters on Saturday.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Steven Mnuchin is under consideration to become Trump's next chief of staff, but he has indicated …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:   Nick Ayers, Trump's once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, won't take the job
Mike Allen / Axios:   Axios AM  —  Subscribe  —  I am off to the beach for a few days.
New York Times:
Done With Michael Cohen, Federal Prosecutors Shift Focus to Trump Family Business  —  When federal prosecutors recommended a substantial prison term for President Trump's former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, they linked Mr. Trump to the crimes Mr. Cohen had committed in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign.
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney  —  The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Former Nixon WH lawyer: Congress will have ‘little choice’ but to begin impeachment proceedings
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Nic Robertson / CNN:
'I can't breathe.' Jamal Khashoggi's last words disclosed in transcript, source says  —  Khashoggi messages reveal sharp criticism of MBS  —  (CNN)"I can't breathe."  These were the final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country's consulate in Istanbul …
Washington Post:
Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition  —  The Russian ambassador.  A deputy prime minister.  A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties.  —  Again and again and again, over the course …
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
The Ineptitude of Donald Trump's Co-Conspirators
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
New York Daily News:
Homophobic Queens straphanger sucker-punches woman, breaks her spine: cops  —  A homophobic straphanger sucker-punched a woman on a train, sending her to the hospital with a broken spine - all because he thought she was a lesbian, cops said Saturday.  —  The man became incensed …
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Trump reverses course, tells Pentagon to boost budget request to $750 billion  —  President Donald Trump has told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to submit a $750 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2020, in a reversal from his pledge to trim defense spending, two people familiar with the budget negotiations have told POLITICO.
Discussion: CNN and Task & Purpose
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
Old homophobic tweets from Kyler Murray's Twitter account surface after he wins Heisman  —  Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray had a Saturday to remember.  But the Oklahoma quarterback's memorable night also helped resurface social media's memory of several homophobic tweets more than six years old.
Washington Post:
Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas  —  The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, sharpening battle lines at the global climate summit …
Jon Gabriel / USA Today:
The U.S. may not ‘believe’ in climate change. But we're the only one doing something about it
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Kragie / The Atlantic:
A Close Reading of the 235-Page Comey Transcript  —  The band got back together on Friday.  For five hours, members of the House of Representatives peppered former FBI Director James Comey with questions.  All the greatest hits were there: Hillary Clinton's private email server …
Discussion: Vox, POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and AOL
Wall Street Journal:
Comey Tells House Panel He Suspected Giuliani Was Leaking FBI Information to Media
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew O'Hehir / Salon:
First wave of 2020 panic: Is Biden vs. Bernie really the best Democrats can do?  —  After the sweeping, female-fueled victories of the midterms, a battle of old white dudes could spell disaster  —  In case you thought the Democrats' big win in the midterms — a pickup of 40 House seats …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
At NPR, an army of temps faces a workplace of anxiety and insecurity  —  Julia Botero was happy to catch on, and determined to stay on, at NPR.  After completing an internship at the public broadcasting organization in Washington in 2013, she began a year-long stint as a temporary employee …
CDC issues warning: Say no to raw cookie dough  —  CNN  —  This holiday season, you might find yourself whipping up a batch of delicious cookies in the kitchen, but you may want to think twice before reaching for a taste of that raw dough.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: WGN-TV
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Nona Willis Aronowitz / New York Times:
Hate Amazon? Try Living Without It
Jamiles Lartey / The Guardian:
2018 is worst year on record for gun violence in schools, data shows
Discussion: Axios
Alex Rogers / CNN:
Senators push to establish new human rights commission honoring McCain
Discussion: Axios
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
How Gun Ownership Saves Lives
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Early on, Trump-Russia obsessives were marginalized; they're prophets now
Carl M. Cannon / Orange County Register:
A look back at the Willie Horton ad
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Daugherty / miamiherald:
Miami's ‘big bad she-wolf’ finishes a 29-year run in Congress
Adam Grant / New York Times:
What Straight-A Students Get Wrong
Washington Post:
Domestic slayings: Brutal and foreseeable
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Emerges as the Wild Card of the 2020 Campaign-in-Waiting
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
We'll Always Have . . . Fort Worth?
Samantha Vinograd / The Daily Beast:
Trump Can't Settle on a Staff. It's a Disaster For Him and a Goldmine for Opportunists.
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story