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8:15 AM ET, December 13, 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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CNN:
Key lawmakers seek to haul in Trump associates working with Mueller  —  (CNN)Now that President Donald Trump's former “fixer,” Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to prison, leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees are preparing to haul him back before Congress before he begins serving time.
NBC News:
Trump confides to friends he's concerned about impeachment  —  Despite public declarations that he's unconcerned, the president has told people close to him he's alarmed about the prospect of impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — Despite President Donald Trump's public declaration that he isn't concerned …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump's legal team wants Mueller to ‘wrap the damn thing up’
Discussion: Mediaite and Hit & Run
Josh Campbell / CNN:
The most damning revelation from the Cohen case
Discussion: KXLF-TV and Washington Post
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
A ‘loud gong’: National Enquirer's surprise deal could imperil Trump  —  The National Enquirer's parent company has agreed to tell prosecutors everything it knows about Donald Trump — and it might know a lot.  —  In a court document released Wednesday, the tabloid publisher, American Media Inc. …
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Bradley A. Smith / National Review:
Michael Cohen Pled Guilty to Something That Is Not a Crime
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
‘His Dirty Deeds’  —  Michael Cohen said President Trump led him into darkness.
Discussion: Washington Post, Just Security and CNN
Justice News:
Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press  —  EXCLUSIVE - President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.
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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
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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.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Get Ready for Mueller's Phase Two: The Middle East Connection  —  The ‘Russia investigation’ is set to go global.  In court filings due to drop in 2019, prosecutors will unveil Middle Eastern countries' attempts to influence U.S. politics.  —  Over the past year, the indictments, convictions …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Ann McAdams / WECT-TV:   NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘He got screwed’: Gillum absent from indictment after DeSantis bashed him as corrupt  —  MIAMI — Federal authorities unveiled a 44-count, 66-page indictment Wednesday of a Tallahassee politician and a city official that involved six companies, five other players and a bank in a wide-ranging bribery …
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn's January 2017 interview with FBI agents  —  A federal judge on Wednesday ordered both former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the special counsel to turn over additional investigative records describing his January 2017 interview …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Michael Flynn Judge Seeks Review Of Key FBI Notes Before Sentencing Decision
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Examiner
Ben Boskovich / Esquire:
Damnit, Ted Cruz's Beard Looks Tolerable Now  —  His greatest political opponent has always been his face.  A few weeks off the razor has changed that.  —  Clean-shaven, Ted Cruz might have the most upsetting face in politics.  It was just about two years ago, that feels like two decades ago …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Flynn Entrapment  —  A court filing shows the ugly tactics employed by James Comey's FBI.
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.
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David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Canada says missing Canadian is businessman Michael Spavor
Discussion: NPR
Department of Homeland Security:
Walls Work  —  WE ARE BUILDING THE FIRST NEW BORDER WALL IN A DECADE.  —  DHS is committed to building wall and building wall quickly.  We are not replacing short, outdated and ineffective wall with similar wall.  Instead, under this President we are building a wall that is 30-feet high.
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.
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate 2020: Republican exposure on paper, but not necessarily in practice  —  GOP defending a lot of turf, but much of it is dark red  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Of the 34 Senate races on the ballot in 2020, Republicans already control 22 of them while Democrats hold only 12.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
'They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties  —  Journalists paid to help fix Facebook's fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform  —  Journalists working as fact-checkers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
New York Times:
The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism, and How We Missed It … Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:  —  Despite repeated warnings over the past two decades, federal law enforcement officials in the United States have ignored the threat of violence from far-right extremists.
HuffPost:
5 Democrats Bail Out Paul Ryan And Protect Saudi Arabia  —  Reps. Jim Costa, Al Lawson, Collin Peterson, Dutch Ruppersberger and David Scott helped the GOP ensure the House won't consider a companion bill to anti-Saudi legislation soon expected to pass the Senate.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Shadowproof and CNN
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 …
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuclear workers, US targets  —  LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Quartz:
Ivanka Trump's luxury weekend in the Dominican Republic cost US taxpayers $58,000  —  First daughter and US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, vacationed at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic over a long weekend in August.  The cost to US taxpayers: more than $58,000.
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation, Vox and Axios
Daily Mail:
No sign of that back brace!  Hillary Clinton boogies with John Kerry and King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan at the star-studded $100million wedding of India's richest heiress  —  Hillary Clinton tried her hand at Bollywood dancing last night at the wedding of India's richest heiress.
Discussion: Breitbart and SARAH PALIN
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Suspected Terrorist Leading Migrant Group Demanding Entry Into US  —  A suspect in a 1987 bombing that wounded six American soldiers in Honduras is leading a group of migrants demanding entry into the United States.  —  Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa organized a march of approximately 100 migrants …
 
 
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
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Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
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Mother Jones:
NRA Ties to Russian Operatives Draw Growing Scrutiny From Congress
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 Earlier Items: 
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Meet The Board Of The Fusion GPS-Linked Group Investigating Trump
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
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Matthew Kupfer / KyivPost:
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
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John R. Kasich / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story