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5:55 PM ET, December 12, 2018

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Justice News:
Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison  —  U.S. Attorney's Office Also Announces Non-Prosecution Agreement with American Media, Inc., Related to Its Payment of $150,000 to a Woman to Influence 2016 Presidential Election  —  Robert Khuzami, Attorney for the United States, Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C.
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New York Times:
Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years After Implicating Trump in Hush-Money Scandal  —  Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer for President Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday morning for his role in a hush-money scandal that could threaten Mr. Trump's presidency by implicating …
The Daily Beast:
Trump-Friendly AMI Admits to Playmate Hush Payment to Influence 2016 Election  —  Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. (AMI) has entered into a non-prosecution agreement related to the hush-money payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Raw Story
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Did Trump Just Move a Step Closer to Unindicted Co-conspirator?  —  Michael Cohen got three years in prison Wednesday for his role in what the judge called “a smorgasbord” of crimes, including hush money payments that violated campaign finance rules.  But the most consequential development …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Guardian, Politico and CNN
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The campaign finance threat to Trump just got more severe  —  In a pair of statements, one in a courtroom and the other in a news release, attorneys working for the Justice Department made a case for the importance of the campaign finance violations in which President Trump has been implicated …
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump  —  [Breaking: Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison, tells judge he's lived in ‘personal and mental incarceration’ since working for Trump]  —  NEW YORK — A federal judge on Wednesday …
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Another Trump ally cuts deal after breaking the law to help Trump win
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Axios:
Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison
Discussion: Politico and SARAH PALIN
Tom Kludt / CNN:
National Enquirer publisher AMI strikes deal with prosecutors in Michael Cohen probe
Discussion: Vox and POLITICUSUSA
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Michael Cohen Pays the Price for His ‘Blind Loyalty’ to Trump
Discussion: TalkLeft, CNN and Law & Crime
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Mark Meadows Out of Running for White House Chief of Staff  —  President Trump has told Rep. Mark Meadows, considered one of the front-runners for the White House chief of staff job, that he wants him to remain in Congress, a White House official said.
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Washington Post:
Trump turns down Meadows for White House chief of staff, removing leading contender
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Mark Meadows out of running for Trump's chief of staff
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Kelly's Exit Only a Part of Looming White House Staff Remake
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Everybody's Wrong: Donald Trump Won the Chuck-n-Nancy Meeting, and Here's Why  —  All that in-front-of-the-cameras civility is fake anyway.  Trump dispensed with it.  It was refreshing, and his people will love it, shutdown or no shutdown.  —  Matt Lewis
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Playing by His Own Rules, Trump Flips the Shutdown Script  —  WASHINGTON — The trick in Washington has always been to make sure a government shutdown is pinned on the other guy.  President Trump is the first to ever pin one on himself.  —  In a new twist on the old game of shutdown politics dating …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:   The people love a feisty grandma, so Nancy Pelosi gave them one
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Incoming New York attorney general plans wide-ranging investigations of Trump and family  —  Just-elected Letitia James, who takes office next month, tells NBC she will probe real estate deals, Trump Tower meeting, emoluments, Trump Foundation and more.  —  New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout And A Looming Sale  —  Several months after taking control of the troubled Tribune Publishing Co. in 2016, Chicago investor Michael Ferro convened a session of corporate leaders from within his own news empire, including chief news executives …
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Tennessee U.S. Rep.-elect Mark Green, a doctor, falsely claims vaccines cause autism, denies CDC evidence  —  A soon-to-be congressman from Tennessee told constituents Tuesday he believed vaccines may be causing autism, denying data from the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions disproving such a theory.
Charles Dunst / The Atlantic:
Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees  —  The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War.  —  This is the latest move …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sen. James Inhofe Bought Defense Stock Days After Pushing For Record Pentagon Spending—Then Dumped It When Asked About It  —  Ethics experts say the purchase underscores the moral hazard of lawmakers owning assets in areas of industry affected by legislation they are in positions to author
The Guardian:
Theresa May survives confidence vote with a majority of 83 - Politics live  —  Prime minister defeats leadership challenge after Conservative MPs vote to back her by 200 to 117  —  Play Video  —  Some more reaction coming in from senior Tories, who are backing the prime minister:
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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Theresa May Survives Leadership Challenge, but Brexit Plan Is Still in Peril
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK disarray: May faces a no-confidence vote from her party
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Giuliani's Work for Trump Is Slowing, so He's Courting Business Abroad  —  WASHINGTON — The special counsel's investigation was grinding relentlessly onward, with President Trump's former national security adviser pleading for leniency in his case and his former fixer about to be sentenced for his crimes.
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run  —  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee.  The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
It's ridiculous that it's unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president  —  Immigrants, young people, and everyone else should be allowed to run.  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the biggest star in the Democratic Party, and she has been ever since she unseated …
Jon Murray / Denver Post:
Departing U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman reflects on Donald Trump and eyes the Aurora mayor's office  —  After 11-point loss, suburban Denver congressman hasn't decided on his next move.  But he has ideas.  —  Mike Coffman was seemingly invincible — until he wasn't.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Washington must wake up to the abuse of software that kills  —  Dictators are using spyware to persecute dissidents and journalists at an alarming rate, while the foreign firms that sell these tools assure the public that everything is just fine.  It's time Washington policymakers …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump to Steer More Money to ‘Opportunity Zones’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump will direct federal agencies on Wednesday to steer spending toward certain distressed communities across the country — part of his administration's push to turn a tax break included in last year's $1.5 trillion tax package …
Discussion: The White House, Vox, Splinter and Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A top cardinal's sex-abuse conviction is huge news in Australia.  But the media can't report it there.  —  The front page of Thursday's Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, is dominated by a single word in huge white type, all caps, on a black background: CENSORED.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
John R. Kasich / Washington Post:
When will we stop ignoring that 21 trillion-pound gorilla sitting in plain sight?  —  John R. Kasich, a Republican, is governor of Ohio.  He served as a member of Congress from 1983 to 2001 and was chairman of the House Budget Committee from 1995 to 2001.  —  Do deficits matter?
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Macron Just Doesn't Get It  —  He and others on the left are being swept along by world-historical forces they do not fully understand.  —  The sorry truth is that both progressives and neoliberals still don't get it, and that seems true in France most of all.
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Introducing The Cook Political Report's 2020 House Ratings  —  The 116th Congress hasn't even been sworn in yet, and there's still no resolution in sight to one North Carolina race tainted by election fraud.  But already, the 2020 battle for the House is shaping up to be highly competitive.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Customs And Border Protection Paid A Firm $13.6 Million To Hire Recruits.  It Hired 2  —  A scathing report by the Office of the Inspector General revealed that a consulting company hired by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to fill thousands of new jobs to satisfy President Trump's mandate …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Shakesville
Jenée Desmond-Harris / Nieman Lab:
It finally sinks in that some people aren't white … Is it really true that evangelical voters, or women voters, or rural voters or southern voters have a certain outlook?  Or would it be more accurate to say that the trends we're reporting in a political piece are true for white members of these groups?
Associated Press:
The naughty list?  Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son says his father is a “regifter” who “may or may not” have once given him the same gift he presented to his dad the year before.  —  Donald Trump Jr. says in an interview …
Jay Senter / Shawnee Mission Post:
Sen. Barbara Bollier Changes Party Affiliation To Democrat, Says Republican Party ‘morally Not Going Where My Compass Resides’  —  Mission Hills Sen. Barbara Bollier This Morning Officially Changed Her Party Affiliation From Republican To Democrat.  —  Citing “Frustrations That Have Been Ongoing …
Discussion: Washington Press and Raw Story
 
 
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
DOD: Incompetence Led Air Force Not to Share Shooter's Criminal Records With FBI
Nicole Auerbach / The Athletic:
'We don't need to wait another six years': College football leaders ready to discuss eight-team Playoff
Discussion: CollegeFootballTalk
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Lieu: ‘I Would Love to Be Able to Regulate the Content of Speech’ but First Amendment Stops Me
Discussion: Townhall
Victoria Jones / RealClearInvestigations:
Cohen's ‘Appointment in Prague’ Was Dossier Bunk, Mueller Files Indicate
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Marty Lederman / Just Security:
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Discussion: Spectator USA and Althouse
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
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Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Workers are ghosting their employers like bad dates
Joe Bruno / WSOC-TV:
Photo shows Mark Harris and man at center of election fraud investigation together
Discussion: Vox and The Guardian