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9:55 PM ET, December 11, 2018


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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 …
Trump jams Republicans with shutdown vow  —  The president's eagerness to take ownership of a partial government shutdown if he doesn't get border wall funding has painted Republicans into a corner.  —  President Donald Trump just made it nearly impossible for Republicans to blame Democrats …
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
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi on verge of deal with rebels to reclaim speakership  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on the verge of a deal with Democratic rebels once intent on denying her the speakership, an accord that could deliver her the decisive votes needed to reclaim the gavel, according to multiple Democratic sources Tuesday.
Discussion: ABC News
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
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'It's like a manhood thing for him': Pelosi's power play with Trump serves as message to opponents
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Kelly to remain as White House chief of staff through Jan. 2 or longer, official says
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:   Trump says he would be ‘proud’ to shut down the government over border wall funding
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump, Pelosi and Schumer Have Explosive, Televised Shouting Match Over Border Wall: 'I Won't Take It!'
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
David Lawder / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says China buying ‘tremendous amount’ of U.S. soybeans  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that China was buying a “tremendous amount” of U.S. soybeans and that trade talks with Beijing were already underway by telephone, with more meetings likely among U.S. and Chinese officials.
Robin Wright / New Yorker:   Time's Person of the Year Honors Jamal Khashoggi and the Guardians of the Truth
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
New York Times:
Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing  —  WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort …
Huawei CFO freed on bail
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
At least two dead, 11 wounded in French Christmas market shooting  —  STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A lone gunman shot dead at least two people and wounded 11 others near a Christmas market in the city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening before fleeing, police said.
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Strasbourg shooting: At least three dead, several injured in attack at Christmas market - latest news
Inevitable threat? Strasbourg gunman was on terror watch list, had grenades at home
Discussion: Jihad Watch
At least two dead, 11 wounded in Strasbourg shooting
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Maria Butina set to plead guilty to conspiring to act as agent of Kremlin, documents shows  —  The young Russian operative called her strategy the “Diplomacy Project,” an elaborate, multiyear scheme to infiltrate the conservative movement in the United States in hopes of cementing bonds to benefit the Kremlin.
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
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
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
Alex Parker / RedState:
Condolences to Julia Roberts: The Absolute Worst Typo You've Seen All Year  —  Typos stnk.  —  They realy do.  —  For some of you who happen to view an article of mine as soon as it hits the web, I apologize — I always end up making corrections once it's posted.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Splinter
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Trump has blasted Mueller's team for political donations. …
Michael Flynn asks federal judge to spare him from prison time in response to government sentencing memo
Fox News:
Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows: Build the wall — do what we said we'd do
Discussion: New York Times
CBS News:
Radio station returns “Baby, It's Cold Outside” to playlist after “overwhelming” poll results
Discussion: Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
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Alison King / NBC10 Boston:
Moulton Likely to Get Primary Challenge in 2020
Discussion: Daily Kos and Roll Call
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Michael Scammell / New York Times:
The Writer Who Destroyed an Empire
Discussion: National Review
Alex Daugherty / miamiherald:
Frederica Wilson never got an apology from John Kelly. She got nooses from critics.
Discussion: Splinter and Roll Call
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The foundation of Trump's coalition is cracking
Discussion: Raw Story and Grasping Reality …
Jim Mone / National Journal:
Emmer, NRCC Start to Rebuild for 2020
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
The Arctic is in even worse shape than you realize