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7:30 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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Bloomberg:
Cohen Will Talk After Mueller Probe Is Complete, Lawyer Says  —  Michael Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, is willing to reveal publicly what he knows about his former client once Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is complete and findings are released, Cohen's lawyer said Wednesday.
Josh Campbell / CNN:
The most damning revelation from the Cohen case  —  Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison  —  Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst covering national security issues.  He previously served as a supervisory special agent with the FBI, special assistant to the bureau's director …
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
While Working for Trump, Giuliani Courts Business Abroad  —  Ethics experts say Rudolph W. Giuliani risks blurring lines by seeking contracts with foreign governments while remaining Mr. Trump's lawyer.  —  Cohen, Trump's Ex-Lawyer, Sentenced to 3 Years in Hush Money Scandal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Raw Story and Hit & Run
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 and CNN
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Another Trump ally cuts deal after breaking the law to help Trump win  —  The Department of Justice announced even more corroboration that Trump himself committed crimes to influence the 2016 election.  —  More and more evidence is emerging that Trump himself, not just members of his campaign …
Discussion: electionlawblog.org and Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The campaign finance threat to Trump just got more severe
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Michael Cohen Pays the Price for His ‘Blind Loyalty’ to Trump
Discussion: TalkLeft, Law & Crime and CNN
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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 …
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Dara Lind / Vox:   Trump is pushing Vietnam to accept deportees who have lived in the US for over 20 years
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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi strikes deal with rebels, will step aside by 2022 to win speaker votes  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi promised on Wednesday to step aside no later than 2022 as party leader in a deal with Democratic rebels, clearing a major obstacle in her bid to be House speaker.
Discussion: Splinter
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Washington Post:
Pelosi clears major hurdle in bid to be House Speaker, reaching a deal with Democratic rebels …
Discussion: Axios
NBC News:   Pelosi reaches term limits deal with Democratic rebels to secure votes to be House speaker
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 …
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
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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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 …
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.
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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Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK disarray: May faces a no-confidence vote from her party
Discussion: Daily Wire
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?
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 …
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.
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
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Los Angeles Mayor Shouted Down by Protesters During Speech  —  Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti was forced to end a speech at the University of Southern California on Monday prematurely after protesters began shouting over him about his administration's treatment of the city's homeless population.
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 …
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
Ola Salem / Foreign Policy:
Saudi Arabia Declares War on America's Muslim Congresswomen  —  Gulf Arab monarchies are using racism, bigotry, and fake news to denounce Washington's newest history-making politicians.  —  Ever since the midterm election, conservative media in the United States have targeted with special zeal Ilhan Omar …
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Lieu: ‘I Would Love to Be Able to Regulate the Content of Speech’ but First Amendment Stops Me  —  Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) said he would “love to be able to regulate the content of speech” during an interview Wednesday, noting he was prevented from doing that by the First Amendment.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Townhall
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Return of Paganism  —  Maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America.  —  Here are some generally agreed-upon facts about religious trends in the United States.  Institutional Christianity has weakened drastically since the 1960s.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Althouse
 
 
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
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Associated Press:
The naughty list? Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter
Mediaite:
Fox News Finishes 2018 As Most-Watched Network in Cable, MSNBC Grows, CNN Dips
Discussion: IJR
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Nicole Auerbach / The Athletic:
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Marty Lederman / Just Security:
Why It Doesn't Matter Whether It'd Be Constitutional to Indict Trump
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
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Jenée Desmond-Harris / Nieman Lab:
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