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2:10 AM ET, December 10, 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 …
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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: New Republic, HuffPost, Townhall and CNBC
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Steven Mnuchin is under consideration to become Trump's next chief of staff, but he has indicated …
Washington Post:
Nick Ayers, Trump's once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, won't take the job
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Michael Cohen Wanted to Cooperate in His Own Way.  Prosecutors Had Other Ideas.  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former fixer, always had a high self-regard for his ability to talk — or bully — his way out of challenging situations, whether acting on his own or on behalf of Mr. Trump.
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
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Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
The Ineptitude of Donald Trump's Co-Conspirators
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Comey calls on Americans to ‘use every breath we have’ to oust Trump in 2020  —  New York (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey asked American voters Sunday night to end Donald Trump's presidency with a “landslide” victory for his opponent in 2020.  —  “All of us should use every breath …
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Wall Street Journal:
Comey Tells House Panel He Suspected Giuliani Was Leaking FBI Information to Media
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Kragie / The Atlantic:
A Close Reading of the 235-Page Comey Transcript
Discussion: Vox and AOL
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo swaggers his way to failure  —  Mike Pompeo was supposed to rescue the State Department from its disastrous start in the Trump presidency.  When he first turned up at Foggy Bottom on May 1, he promised to staff up a badly depleted bureaucracy, listen to its views and reinvigorate U.S. diplomacy after a year of dysfunction.
Victoria Toensing / Fox News:
Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?  —  The matter of Gen. Michael Flynn began with criminal conduct.  But it was not committed by Flynn.  The crimes were leaking the contents of classified telephone conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and revealing …
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 …
Dylan Malyasov / Defence Blog:
Satellite imagery shows hundreds of Russian tanks near the border with Ukraine  —  Satellite imagery from Google Earth taken on November shows hundreds of Russian main battle tanks at a new military base on the outskirts of the Kamensk-Shakhtinsky.  —  The large-scale military base …
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN
WDSU-TV:
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Conspiracy theorist sues Mueller alleging illegal leaks and surveillance  —  An author and conspiracy theorist who says he's being threatened with indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller's team in the Trump-Russia probe filed a federal lawsuit Sunday night accusing Mueller …
CBS News:
Dog that survived historic California wildfire guarded home for weeks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A dog that survived the catastrophic “Camp Fire” in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.  Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord …
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.
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 …
 
 
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The Times & The Sunday Times:
Skripal police revisit ‘suicide’ of Scot Young, tycoon who crossed Russians
Andrew O'Hehir / Salon:
First wave of 2020 panic: Is Biden vs. Bernie really the best Democrats can do?
Washington Post:
Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas
Discussion: USA Today
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
 Earlier Items: 
Carl M. Cannon / Orange County Register:
A look back at the Willie Horton ad
Coral Glades / abc7ny.com:
School assignment on Parkland shooter sparks major controversy
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Breitbart
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
Discussion: Axios
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.