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11:30 AM ET, December 10, 2018

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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's next chief of staff may be walking into a nightmare  —  (CNN)The job of White House chief of staff is close to impossible at the best of times, but President Donald Trump's new West Wing enforcer faces an even tougher mission — one that may eventually evolve into an effort to save his presidency itself.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump considering Mark Meadows for chief of staff
CNN:
Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to reach plea deal  —  Washington (CNN)Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.  —  Butina is accused of trying to infiltrate Republican political circles and party leaders during the 2016 campaign …
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Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:   Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina Expected to Plead Guilty
Washington Post:   Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina poised to plead guilty in case involving suspected Kremlin attempts to influence NRA
New York Times:
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret  —  Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds.  They say it's anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.  —  The millions of dots on the map trace highways …
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New York Times:
How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location  —  Hundreds of apps can follow your movements and share the details with advertisers, retailers and even hedge funds.  Here's how to limit the snooping.  —  At least 75 companies receive people's precise location data from hundreds …
Matt Phillips / New York Times:   Wall St. Ignored Signs of Trouble for Months. Now It Sees Risks Everywhere
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Splinter and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Theresa May delays parliamentary vote on Brexit deal  —  LONDON — Facing the prospect of a devastating loss in Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Monday that she would delay a vote on the Brexit plan she negotiated with the European Union.
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Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
May Said to Pull Parliament Vote on Her Deal: Brexit Update
Discussion: Political Wire
The Guardian:
Theresa May postpones Brexit deal vote
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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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 …
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Just Security:   Declassify the Khashoggi Assessment
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.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump: Payments to silence women were a ‘simple private transaction,’ not illegal campaign contributions
Discussion: Vox, Mediaite and Political Wire
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Michael Cohen Wanted to Cooperate in His Own Way. Prosecutors Had Other Ideas.
Discussion: HuffPost
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Paul Ryan's long con  —  He betrayed his promises and left a legacy of debt and disappointment.  —  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 and fiscal year 2018 — that is …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court declines to review rulings that blocked efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review lower court decisions that blocked efforts in two states to end public funding to Planned Parenthood, refusing for now to get involved in state battles over abortion rights.
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi sues Mueller, Justice, CIA, FBI, NSA for $350 million  —  The suit accuses the special counsel of blackmailing him to lie as part of a “legal coup d'etat” against President Donald Trump.  —  The conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi filed …
Discussion: CNBC and Joe.My.God.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Conspiracy theorist sues Mueller alleging illegal leaks and surveillance
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Jerome Corsi suing Robert Mueller, claims he's being unfairly targeted
Robby Mook / Washington Post:
The sad truth about Russian election interference  —  Robby Mook, a CNN political commentator, was Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign manager.  —  New filings by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Friday provided fresh clues about where the investigation into Russian interference …
Discussion: Shakesville
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Wall Street Journal:
Wrap It Up, Mr. Mueller  —  Democratic dilemma: Impeach Trump for lying about sex?
Discussion: Townhall
Victoria Toensing / Fox News:   Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?
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.
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Cambridge Analytica's Real Role in Trump's Dark Facebook Campaign  —  Now new data has opened a small window into Trump's social media machinery, and in particular the role played by the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica.  —  Donald Trump's Facebook campaign was crucial to his 2016 success …
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 …
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Talk About Pizzagate  —  The former Clinton campaign chairman is among the victims still recovering from a vile conspiracy theory that ended in gunfire  —  WASHINGTON — John Podesta has given it a lot of thought and believes the best way to deal with the trolls is to ignore them.
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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