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9:42 PM ET, December 12, 2018

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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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: KXLF-TV
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
While Working for Trump, Giuliani Courts Business Abroad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
Trump-Friendly AMI Admits to Playmate Hush Payment to Influence 2016 Election
Discussion: Raw Story and Hit & Run
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The campaign finance threat to Trump just got more severe
Discussion: Politico
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump's legal team wants Mueller to ‘wrap the damn thing up’
Discussion: Mediaite
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
A ‘loud gong’: National Enquirer's surprise deal could imperil Trump
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:   Tabloid Publisher's Deal in Hush-Money Inquiry Adds to Trump's Danger
Washington Post:
Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump
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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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:   This Is What Our Yemen Policy Looks Like
Dara Lind / Vox:   Trump is pushing Vietnam to accept deportees who have lived in the US for over 20 years
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
Governor Matt Bevin:
OUTRAGEOUS.  —  ProPublica, a left-wing activist group funded by the likes of George Soros, is now funding . . . “investigative reporting” at the Courier Journal.  —  Is this the future of journalism?  Who is holding the Courier-Journal accountable?  —  Don't take my word for it!
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Courier-Journal:
Courier Journal and ProPublica to launch state government investigation  —  The Courier Journal and the national nonprofit news outlet ProPublica will partner in a yearlong investigation of a Kentucky state government program, the news organizations announced Wednesday.
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.
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Washington Post:   Australian court convicts Cardinal George Pell on child sex abuse charges, making him the highest …
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.
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
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: HuffPost and Splinter
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NBC News:   Pelosi reaches term limits deal with Democratic rebels to secure votes to be House speaker
Washington Post:
Pelosi clears major hurdle in bid to be House Speaker, reaching a deal with Democratic rebels …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
North Carolina Legislature Calls for New Primary if New Election Is Held in Disputed District  —  LUMBERTON, N.C. — The North Carolina legislature Wednesday approved a bill requiring new primary elections if the state elections board calls for a second vote of an election.
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David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Introducing The Cook Political Report's 2020 House Ratings
Discussion: Florida Politics
Lauren Theisen / The Concourse:
Conservative Gays Need To Shut The Fuck Up  —  On Tuesday, conservative rag The Federalist—a website perhaps best known for its endorsement of statutory rape and its former use of a “Black Crime” tag—published an opinion blog by a gay guy named Chad Felix Greene titled …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Brzezinski apologizes after backlash over homophobic remark about Pompeo  —  MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski is apologizing after she used a homophobic remark to describe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday morning on “Morning Joe.”  —  Brzezinski was speaking about Pompeo's interview on cable news rival …
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?
Discussion: Raw Story
Globe and Mail:
Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China after detention of Kovrig  —  Michael Spavor, a Canadian whose company brings tourists and hockey players into North Korea, has gone missing in China, days after Beijing's detention of former diplomat Michael Kovrig, two sources say.
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 …
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
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.
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Dear tech companies, I don't want to see pregnancy ads after my child was stillborn  —  Dear Tech Companies:  —  I know you knew I was pregnant.  It's my fault, I just couldn't resist those Instagram hashtags — #30weekspregnant, #babybump.  And, silly me!
Discussion: Big Think
 
 
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Matthew Kupfer / KyivPost:
Publication of Manafort payments violated law, interfered in US election, Kyiv court rules
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