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8:05 AM ET, December 11, 2018

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New York Times:
After Ayers Turns Down Chief of Staff Job, Trump Is Left Without a Plan B  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has often bragged about having his pick of only the best people to serve in his administration.  —  Being publicly rejected by his first choice for chief of staff …
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Jim Acosta / CNN:
Trump concerned about being impeached, sees it as a ‘real possibility,’ source says  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has expressed concern that he could be impeached when Democrats take over the House, a source close to the President told CNN Monday.  The source said Trump sees impeachment as a “real possibility.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Smart Republicans are already abandoning Trump.  But they're still culpable.  —  Nick Ayers is a shrewd operator.  Currently serving as chief of staff to Vice President Pence, Ayers has the political experience most top White House aides lack and was expected by everyone …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Raw Story
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘The bottom is going to fall out’: White House reporter says Republicans are privately discussing abandoning Trump  —  Donald Trump is facing “looming problem” as Republicans contemplate abandoning the president as more evidence of wrongdoing comes to light, Los Angeles Times White House …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“It Got Back to Trump That Kelly Was Bad-Mouthing Him”: After Firing John Kelly on Impulse, Trump Learned He Had No Plan B  —  Hyper-ambitious wunderkind Nick Ayers led Trump on, then left him in the lurch.  So who now?  Meadows?  Mnuchin?  Bossie?  Berman?  Reince Priebus!?!
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Amid chief of staff search, Trump increasingly anxious over political future  —  Washington (CNN)While President Donald Trump and Nick Ayers were still in the middle of negotiations about him replacing John Kelly as chief of staff, Trump had already given Ayers a task, according to a source familiar with the discussion.
Washington Post:
‘There was no Plan B’: Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down  —  President Trump had no Plan B.  —  After announcing the exit of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and being turned down by his pick to replace him, Nick Ayers, Trump found himself Monday …
Associated Press:
Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations
Discussion: Axios and Shareblue Media
The Hill:
Meadows looks to make his move
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:   Thank You, John Kelly
Rahm Emanuel / The Atlantic:
Trump Doesn't Want a Chief of Staff
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
We are former senators.  The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.  —  By 44 Former U.S. Senators  —  As former members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans, it is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak …
Discussion: Axios, Joe.My.God., HuffPost, Politico and CNN
Pete Madden / ABC News:
Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation  —  Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal …
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Maria Butina Agrees to Cooperate With U.S.  —  Butina has inked an agreement with prosecutors and becomes the first Russian since the 2016 election to confess to a crime connected to efforts to influence American politics.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Maria Butina, a Russian national …
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history …
Discussion: Shakesville
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Dan Bongino Out at NRATV
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Dan Bongino Out at NRATV
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Targets of U.S. Sanctions Hire Lobbyists With Trump Ties to Seek Relief  —  Targets of U.S. Sanctions Hire Lobbyists With Trump Ties  — With the use of sanctions increasing, representing clients who face penalties from Washington is becoming a lucrative new niche.
Discussion: New Republic, Raw Story and Axios
Laurence H. Tribe / BostonGlobe.com:
Constitution rules out a sitting president's immunity from criminal prosecution  —  Only President Trump seems not to have noticed — or at least refuses to acknowledge — that the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in his Dec. 7 memo regarding Michael Cohen's sentencing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Sudden shift in get-Trump talk; now it's campaign finance, not Russia
David Badash / Alternet:
Harvard law professor issues scathing takedown of DOJ policy that bars prosecutors from indicting a sitting president
Discussion: Raw Story
Tablet Magazine:
In an email to Tablet the Women's March wrote: … But whatever concerns were popping up were ultimately no match for the steamroller of the event's progress.  And when the day came, the reality far exceeded expectations.  Estimates for the March on Washington range between half a million …
Gary Fineout / Associated Press:
Thousands of mailed ballots in Florida were not counted  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices.  —  The Department of State late last week informed a federal judge …
CNN:
GOP shrugs at Trump's involvement in Cohen payments  —  Trump tries to spin Cohen, Manafort filings  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday was implicated by prosecutors in two crimes committed by his former attorney Michael Cohen.  —  But Republicans are mostly shrugging their shoulders.
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Streiff / RedState:
President Trump Is Going To Be Impeached the Question Is How Much Damage It Does
Discussion: Feeds and New York Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Everybody Says Mueller Is Almost Done.  What If He Isn't?  —  In late 2015, the British spy agency GCHQ, and then other Western intelligence agencies, learned of suspicious interactions between Russian agents and Donald Trump's inner circle.  By the summer of 2016, James Comey testified Friday …
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David French / National Review:   Republicans Must Reject ‘Russia Hoax’ Conspiracies and Examine the Evidence
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:   Defeat and the Dossier Explain Everything
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Academy Looks Warily at Oscar Host Options As Board Meeting Looms  —  Kevin Hart's abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig.  As of now, the situation remains fluid as the group's leadership explores options …
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Faith leaders to U.S. authorities: Migrants have international right to U.S. asylum  —  “Our sacred texts tell us to tear down walls, to welcome the immigrant and to treat everyone as if they are God's children,” said a religious leader.  —  Over 200 religious leaders and advocates gathered …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Jared Kushner did what?  —  The New York Times reports: … As a preliminary matter, we should recognize this as yet another example of why a president should not put a relative in a position of power — especially if the relative possesses questionable judgment and is utterly unqualified for the job.
miamiherald:
Epstein sex abuse victims press judge for decision on tossing his lenient plea deal  —  Victims of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who have waged a decade-long fight for justice, on Monday pressed a federal judge to finally take action on their motion to throw out a controversial plea agreement …
Jessica Elgot / The Guardian:
MP causes uproar in parliament by grabbing mace in Brexit protest  —  Lloyd Russell-Moyle waves symbol of Queen's authority to show anger over debate delay  —  Play Video  —  Monday's Commons debate on Theresa May's decision to call off her Brexit vote ended in high drama as a Labour MP seized the ceremonial mace in protest.
Discussion: New York Times and PinkNews
Jackie Salo / New York Post:
9-year-old kills self after racist taunts from class: family … A black 9-year-old girl in Alabama allegedly took her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism in class, according to reports.  —  McKenzie Adams' relatives said she hanged herself Dec. 3 in her home in Linden …
Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Mayor Garcetti's speech at USC shut down by protesters  —  Mayor Eric Garcetti was forced to halt a speech Monday at USC after demonstrators began shouting at him and criticizing his approach to the city's homelessness crisis, the Los Angeles Police Department's use of force and other issues.
Nicole Russell / Washington Examiner:
‘Supergirl’ now has a transgender character just to be ‘woke’  —  Television has introduced the first transgender superhero in the fourth season of CW's “Supergirl.”  The character, Nia Nal, is played by Nicole Maines, who is an actress and activist.  She is also transgender in real life as well.
Washington Post:
Climate change was behind 15 weather disasters in 2017  —  A drought scorched the Great Plains, causing wildfires and $2.5 billion in agriculture losses.  Catastrophic floods submerged more than a third of Bangladesh.  Record-shattering heat waves killed scores of people in Europe and China.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Google Employees Sought To Block Breitbart From Ads, Emails Show  — Leaked emails show Google employees plotting to ban Breitbart from Google AdSense, which dominates the digital ad market  — The leaked conversation is the third example of Google employees seeking to weaponize Google's products for left-wing purposes
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
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Washington Post:
That was awkward — at world's biggest climate conference, U.S. promotes fossil fuels
Discussion: Associated Press
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Trump Administration Undermines Obamacare
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
Jean-Claude Juncker: EU won't renegotiate Brexit deal
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
5 Marines missing off coast of Japan declared dead
Washington Post:
Hateful conspiracies thrive on YouTube, despite pledge to clean up ‘problematic’ videos
Laura Loomer / Big League Politics:
Google Approves App For Muslims To Report People Who Commit Blasphemy
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Cornyn under fire from GOP as criminal justice reform falters
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Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Former Trump Campaign Staffer Was Ordered To Pay $25,000 For Violating Her Nondisclosure Agreement
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Smith / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fundamental Baptist churches across U.S.
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Will the Leakers in the Flynn Case Escape Justice?
Discussion: Townhall
Harry Enten / CNN:
An insane amount of people turned out to vote in the midterm elections