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9:10 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 …
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 …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers Won't Be Next White House Staff Chief
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's next chief of staff may be walking into a nightmare
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Steven Mnuchin is under consideration to become Trump's next chief of staff, but he has indicated …
Discussion: The Resurgent and CBS News
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 …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Diminished Saudi influence on display in Senate debate over Yemen
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again  —  It was President Trump's signature campaign promise: He would build a wall along the nation's southern border, and Mexico would pay for it.  —  Shortly after becoming president, Trump dropped the Mexico part …
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.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Michael Cohen Wanted to Cooperate in His Own Way. Prosecutors Had Other Ideas.
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
Charles Duhigg / The Atlantic:
The Real Roots of American Rage  —  I. An Angry Little Town  —  Soon after the snows of 1977 began to thaw, the residents of Greenfield, Massachusetts, received a strange questionnaire in the mail.  “Try to recall the number of times you became annoyed and/or angry during the past week,” the survey instructed.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and Hullabaloo
Robby Mook / Washington Post:   The sad truth about Russian election interference
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
May Said to Pull Parliament Vote on Her Deal: Brexit Update  —  U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has called off a crucial vote in Parliament on whether to approve her Brexit deal, after being warned she was on course for a devastating defeat, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Political Wire
UK can withdraw Brexit notification, ECJ rules
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren forges a 2020 machine  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has the core of her 2020 team in place if she runs for president.  She has the seed money — there's $12.5 million ready to go, left over from her recent Senate run — and a massive email list she's amassed over years …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:   2020 Democratic primary: California and Texas look to become the new Iowa and New Hampshire
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Campaign finance fraud accusations haunt Spano, congressional office  —  MIAMI — U.S. Rep.-elect Ross Spano is struggling to hire office staff as he relies on a controversial adviser: one of the friends at the center of a campaign finance scandal that is rocking the Florida Republican.
Will Bunch /
Is France showing us what America's next civil war will look like?  —  It's October 2021.  America is in a state of turmoil - so much so that the ongoing felony trial of disgraced former president Donald Trump seems only a footnote.  The chaos of the 2020 election has meant no honeymoon for Beto O'Rourke …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
'His word isn't good': Dems don't trust Trump to make shutdown deal  —  Donald Trump's meeting Tuesday with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer may go a long way toward determining whether the government enters a partial shutdown before Christmas.  —  But as Democrats seriously re-engage with Trump …
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.
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
‘Appalling’ Video Shows the Police Yanking 1-Year-Old From His Mother's Arms  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  A video that shows police officers trying to remove a woman's 1-year-old son from her grasp as they arrested her in a Brooklyn …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Paul Ryan's long con  —  He betrayed his promises and left a legacy of debt and disappointment.  —  Illustrations by Christina Animashaun  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's legacy can be summed up in just one number: $343 billion.  —  That's the increase between the deficit for fiscal year 2015 …
Paul Dallison / Politico:
UN members back controversial migration pact  —  More than 150 countries on Monday ratified an international migration pact that had triggered infighting in ruling parties and governments across Europe.  —  At a United Nations conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, leaders agreed on the Global Compact for Safe …
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New York Times:
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret
Matt Phillips / New York Times:
Wall St. Ignored Signs of Trouble for Months. Now It Sees Risks Everywhere
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans are responsible for the most unethical and incompetent administration ever
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Malyasov / Defence Blog:
Satellite imagery shows hundreds of Russian tanks near the border with Ukraine
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN
Victoria Toensing / Fox News:
Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?
CBS News:
Dog that survived historic California wildfire guarded home for weeks
CDC issues warning: Say no to raw cookie dough
Discussion: WGN-TV
Andrew O'Hehir / Salon:
First wave of 2020 panic: Is Biden vs. Bernie really the best Democrats can do?
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas
Discussion: CNN
New York Daily News:
Homophobic Queens straphanger sucker-punches woman, breaks her spine: cops
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Trump reverses course, tells Pentagon to boost budget request to $750 billion
Discussion: Task & Purpose, CNN and AOL
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
At NPR, an army of temps faces a workplace of anxiety and insecurity