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11:30 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.
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. …
Discussion: CNBC, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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
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 …
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 …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump's legal team wants Mueller to ‘wrap the damn thing up’
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
The Daily Beast:
Trump-Friendly AMI Admits to Playmate Hush Payment to Influence 2016 Election
Discussion: Hit & Run and Raw Story
New York Times:   Tabloid Publisher's Deal in Hush-Money Inquiry Adds to Trump's Danger
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The campaign finance threat to Trump just got more severe
Discussion: Politico
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
While Working for Trump, Giuliani Courts Business Abroad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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
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 …
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.
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Introducing The Cook Political Report's 2020 House Ratings
Discussion: Florida Politics
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.
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
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
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Pelosi Nears Deal With Dissident Democrats to Limit Her Speakership to 4 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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Flynn Entrapment  —  A court filing shows the ugly tactics employed by James Comey's FBI.
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 …
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 …
#CelebrityNews:
President Trump's Son Says He's a Re-Gifter  —  Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle are getting into the holiday spirit.  —  “Extra” spoke to the couple at the Daily Mail TV and DailyMail.com holiday party in NYC, where they dished on their holiday plans.
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Associated Press:   The naughty list? Donald Trump Jr. calls his dad a regifter
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Meet The Board Of The Fusion GPS-Linked Group Investigating Trump  — A mysterious nonprofit group backed in part by George Soros and linked to Fusion GPS has investigated President Donald Trump and possible Russian interference.  — The Democracy Integrity Project has largely remained a mystery …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Mother Jones:
NRA Ties to Russian Operatives Draw Growing Scrutiny From Congress  —  Plus: We uncovered more photos of Maria Butina's boss with NRA leaders—including at an NRA fundraiser.  —  As questions mounted last spring about two Russian operatives with ties to the National Rifle Association who tried …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
Boy Scouts of America Considers Bankruptcy Filing Amid Sex-Abuse Lawsuits  —  Nonprofit has hired law firm Sidley Austin for assistance in a possible chapter 11 bankruptcy filing  —  The Boy Scouts of America is considering filing for bankruptcy protection as it faces dwindling membership …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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