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8:20 PM ET, December 11, 2018


 Top Items: 
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi privately disses Trump's manhood after White House meeting  —  Nancy Pelosi was on fire with her fellow Democrats.  —  Minutes after a very public showdown with Donald Trump on Tuesday over his border wall with Mexico, the House minority leader returned to the Capitol and railed …
William Cummings / USA Today:
Twitter users mercilessly mock Mike Pence for ‘Elf on the Shelf’ performance in Oval Office  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence drew Twitter users' attention Tuesday with his restrained performance during a heated Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders.
Discussion: HuffPost
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump Administration Won't Back Up President's Terror Claim  —  Data provided by his own administration shows that the issue is more complex than he implied in pushing for the border wall.  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday cited the recent apprehension of ten suspected terrorists …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
After Trump's meltdown over his wall, Democrats cannot give any ground  —  President Trump just gave us all yet another glimpse of those brilliant negotiating skills he keeps boasting about: … Despite voluntarily taking ownership of the shutdown, Trump, needless to say …
Trump jams Republicans with shutdown vow
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'It's like a manhood thing for him': Pelosi's power play with Trump serves as message to opponents
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall
Discussion: Daily Wire
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Trump Throws Down With Pelosi and Schumer Over Border Wall: ‘I Am Proud to Shut Down the Government’
Discussion: The Root and Dan Bongino
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump, Pelosi and Schumer Have Explosive, Televised Shouting Match Over Border Wall: 'I Won't Take It!'
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Beto O'Rourke narrowly tops wide-open MoveOn 2020 presidential straw poll; Biden runner up  —  The progressive group had backed Bernie Sanders in 2016 over Hillary Clinton.  —  An early straw poll of members of the progressive group shows a wide-open competition for liberal voters …
Juleanna Glover / Politico:
Biden Should Run on a Unity Ticket With Romney  —  Last summer, John McCain told the world that he regretted not picking Joe Lieberman, the former senator and Democrat, to be his vice presidential running mate in the 2008 presidential election.  A McCain/Lieberman ticket might not have won the White House …
Exclusive: Trump says he could intervene in U.S. case against Huawei CFO  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene in the Justice Department's case against a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] if it would serve national security interests …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Associated Press
Huawei CFO freed on bail
Discussion: Breitbart
Exclusive: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached, defends payments to women  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he would get impeached and that payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Stormy Daniels Is Ordered to Pay Trump $293,000 in Fees and Sanctions  — Judge cuts Trump requested attorneys fees by 25 percent  — Michael Avenatti vows actress won't have to pay a dime  —  Stephanie Clifford, the adult-movie star professionally known as Stormy Daniels …
Discussion: CNBC and Joe.My.God.
Exclusive: Trump says standing by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he stood by Saudi Arabia's crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas …
David Lawder / Reuters:   Exclusive: Trump says China buying ‘tremendous amount’ of U.S. soybeans
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Gap continues to widen between Trump and intelligence community on key issues  —  President Trump continues to reject the judgments of U.S. spy agencies on major foreign policy fronts, creating a dynamic in which intelligence analysts frequently see troubling gaps between the president's public statements …
Brian Murphy / The Charlotte Observer:
Bladen counted early votes too soon in 2018.  Witness alleges numbers were leaked.  —  Bladen County election workers tallied the results of early voting before Election Day in violation of state rules and are accused of allowing outsiders to view them, a precinct worker wrote in an affidavit released by state Democrats.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
N.C. GOP says fresh misconduct allegation should trigger new House election
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Raleigh News & Observer:   If early vote totals were leaked, NC GOP says new election in NC's 9th is a must
Associated Press:
AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press investigation finds President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in law stand to benefit from a program they pushed that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American areas.
Strasbourg shooting: Gunman at large after two killed and 12 injured  —  At least two people have been killed and 12 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.  —  The gunman, known to security services, is on the run and is being hunted by police.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
At least two dead, 11 wounded in French Christmas market shooting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Strasbourg shooting: One dead, 10 wounded and gunman at large
Discussion: euronews and Breitbart
Jacob T. Levy / New York Times:
The Democrats' Best Response to Republican Power Grabs  —  The best option goes beyond retaliation or restraint.  —  Mr. Levy is a professor of political theory at McGill University.  —  In Michigan and Wisconsin, lame duck Republican-majority legislatures are enacting laws to limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors.
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
How the IRS Was Gutted  —  An eight-year campaign to slash the agency's budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment.  The result: billions less to fund the government.  That's good news for corporations and the wealthy.  —  In the summer of 2008 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mother Jones
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Congresswoman to Google CEO: Why when I search ‘idiot’ do I get pictures of Trump?  —  In an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, a Democratic congresswoman asked the tech company's chief executive a simple question: “If you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up.
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Slate's Newly Unionized Writers and Editors Give OK to Strike  — Outlet's editorial staff authorize walkout by 52 to 1 vote  — Company's “right-to-work” stance riles its employees  —  Writers and editors at Slate have voted nearly unanimously to green-light a strike …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump allies becoming increasingly aware of his legal and political jeopardy  —  Last week's stunning court filings detonated what one official calls a “reality tremor” that has White House officials and key allies increasingly aware of President Trump's rising legal and political vulnerability.
Alex Daugherty / miamiherald:
Frederica Wilson never got an apology from John Kelly. She got nooses from critics.
Discussion: Roll Call and Splinter
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The foundation of Trump's coalition is cracking  —  (CNN)Cracks have emerged in Donald Trump's hold on his core constituency of white working class voters, new data from the 2018 election reveals.  —  Though Republican candidates almost everywhere registered large margins among white voters without …
Discussion: Raw Story
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday named Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) as the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, despite objections by progressive groups.  —  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) …
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Paul Erickson, Maria Butina's Boyfriend, Reacts to Her Plea Agreement  —  Paul Erickson, Maria Butina's boyfriend, has reacted to her recent cooperation agreement with prosecutors.  His lawyer, Bill Hurd, offered a statement to The Daily Beast: “Paul Erickson is a good American.
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
The Arctic is in even worse shape than you realize  —  The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest, thickest ice.  If this thinning trend continues, scientists fear an added boost to global warming.  —  Over the past three decades of global warming, the oldest and thickest ice …
Washington Post:
Trump loyalist at VA forced out after collecting pay but doing little work  —  The Trump administration has forced out a senior White House political appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs who spent months on the federal payroll doing little to no work.
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CBS News:
Radio station returns “Baby, It's Cold Outside” to playlist after “overwhelming” poll results
Discussion: Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
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Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Shaken not slurred: James Bond had ‘a severe chronic alcohol problem,’ public health experts say
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Lighthizer privately doubts Trump's NAFTA withdrawal threat helps new trade deal
Alison King / NBC10 Boston:
Moulton Likely to Get Primary Challenge in 2020
Discussion: Roll Call
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Manafort might not fight claims he lied to Mueller
Discussion: Politico
Helen Andrews / First Things:
Shame Storm  —  After a lifetime of impeccably correct opinions …
Mimi Rocah / NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein's slap on the wrist raises a lot of questions. The DOJ needs to get answers.
Discussion: Vox
 Earlier Items: 
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Conventional Wisdom On The Russia Investigation Is Uninformed And Idiotic
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Michael Scammell / New York Times:
The Writer Who Destroyed an Empire
Discussion: National Review
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
China Agrees to Reduce Tariffs on U.S. Autos
Discussion: CNBC and The Rush Limbaugh Show
Jim Mone / National Journal:
Emmer, NRCC Start to Rebuild for 2020
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
How Theresa May blew Brexit
Discussion: Instapundit