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10:25 AM ET, December 12, 2018


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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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Political Wire
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
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi privately disses Trump's manhood after White House meeting
William Cummings / USA Today:
Twitter users mercilessly mock Mike Pence for ‘Elf on the Shelf’ performance in Oval Office
Discussion: HuffPost
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi on verge of deal with rebels to reclaim speakership
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
The Chuck and Nancy and Donald Show
Exclusive: Trump says standing by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he stood by Saudi Arabia's crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas …
Exclusive: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached, defends payments to women  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he would get impeached and that payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen …
Exclusive: Trump says he is looking at 10 or 12 candidates for chief of staff job  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has 10 to 12 candidates he is considering for the post of new White House chief of staff and although he could move quickly to fill the job, he was in no particular rush.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
What does it take to become Trump's chief of staff? Jared and Ivanka's approval
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
David Lawder / Reuters:   Exclusive: Trump says China buying ‘tremendous amount’ of U.S. soybeans
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 …
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Michael Flynn Asks Judge for Leniency for Lying to F.B.I.  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, asked a federal judge late on Tuesday to spare their client any prison time for pleading guilty to lying to investigators …
Theresa May to face confidence vote  —  LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party Wednesday, something she vowed to contest “with everything I've got.”  —  Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs …
Theresa May to face vote of no confidence from Tory MPs
Discussion: Guido Fawkes
Washington Post:   Conservative Party calls for vote of no confidence to oust Prime Minister Theresa May
Jessica Elgot / The Guardian:
Brexit in chaos as Tory MPs trigger vote of no confidence in Theresa May
Associated Press:
AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration's new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities.
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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Congresswoman to Google CEO: Why when I search ‘idiot’ do I get pictures of Trump?  —  In an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, a Democratic congresswoman asked the tech company's chief executive a simple question: “If you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:   Google CEO Sundar Pichai emerges ‘unscathed’ from the circus in Washington
Exclusive: Trump says he could intervene in U.S. case against Huawei CFO  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene in the Justice Department's case against a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] if it would serve national security interests …
Washington Post:
Trump has blasted Mueller's team for political donations.  But attorney general nominee William P. Barr has given more than $500,000.  —  President Trump has repeatedly derided prosecutors investigating potential coordination between his presidential campaign and Russia as “angry Democrats …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Reuters
Marty Lederman / New York Times:
Would Indicting Trump Be Constitutional?  —  Yes, it would be.  But that question is a distraction from the principal objective of the Russia investigation.  —  Mr. Lederman has twice served in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel.  —  The government's recent sentencing …
Discussion: Just Security
Who's More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?  —  If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you're more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much.  How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them.
New York Times:
Strasbourg Shooting Was Terrorism, France Says, as Police Search for Gunman  —  STRASBOURG, France — The shooting at a crowded street market in Strasbourg, France, was an act of terrorism, officials said Wednesday, as the police continued an intensive search for the gunman who killed at least two people and wounded 12 others.
Wall Street Journal:
The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone  —  Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality—and baby boomers are especially feeling the effects  —  Danny Miner, a 66-year-old retired chemical plant supervisor, spends most days alone in his Tooele …
New York Times:
How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?  —  Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out.  For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same.  —  The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Employees at Amazon's New NYC Warehouse Launch Unionization Push  — Union says any retaliation should cost the company its project  — Workers cite concerns over pressure, hours, safety, breaks  —  A committee of employees at Amazon's recently opened Staten Island fulfillment center …
Discussion: The Verge
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 …
Erin Nyren / Variety:
Christian Bale Recalls Meeting Donald Trump: ‘He Thought I Was Bruce Wayne’  —  With Christian Bale's latest film, “Vice,” a political dramedy, it's inevitable ties will be drawn between the film and the current political administration and its chief, President Donald Trump.
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
Alex Parker / RedState:
Condolences to Julia Roberts: The Absolute Worst Typo You've Seen All Year  —  Typos stnk.  —  They realy do.  —  For some of you who happen to view an article of mine as soon as it hits the web, I apologize — I always end up making corrections once it's posted.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Confirms Another Trump Judge Who Was Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve  —  Jonathan Kobes, 44, just got a lifetime seat on a U.S. circuit court.  No big deal!  —  WASHINGTON Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to confirm one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, Jonathan Kobes …
Alyza Sebenius / Bloomberg:
U.S. Companies Targeted by Possible North Korean Hackers: McAfee  — Tried to hit at least 87 firms, including in nuclear industry  — Employees contacted with links purportedly for job recruitment  —  Hackers have targeted dozens of companies, mostly based in the U.S. …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
John Kelly Was Always Just Donald Trump With Better Manners
Discussion: Washington Press
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
In the Trump era, job satisfaction tumbles in the federal workforce
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley: Trump and I Ratcheted Up the Crazy for U.N. Negotiations
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Defeated Republican Rep. Rohrabacher Considers Starting Consulting Firm
Trump's terrorism argument for border wall is bogus
Discussion: The Atlantic
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
2020 contenders scramble in advance of January campaign kickoff
 Earlier Items: 
Chad Felix Greene / The Federalist:
The Stigma Against My Conservative Politics Is Worse Than The Stigma Of Being Gay
Discussion: Raw Story and Instapundit
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be sentenced for hush money payments
New Yorker:
Before She Leaves the Senate, Claire McCaskill Gives an Exit Interview
Washington Post:
Maria Butina set to plead guilty to conspiring to act as agent of Kremlin, documents shows
Washington Post:
Trump loyalist at VA forced out after collecting pay but doing little work
Discussion: Splinter
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Shaken not slurred: James Bond had ‘a severe chronic alcohol problem,’ public health experts say
Helen Andrews / First Things:
Shame Storm  —  After a lifetime of impeccably correct opinions …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Gap continues to widen between Trump and intelligence community on key issues