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11:50 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
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
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
The Chuck and Nancy and Donald Show
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi on verge of deal with rebels to reclaim speakership
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Beast and Mediaite
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Pompeo challenges accuracy of reports that CIA is confident of Saudi prince's involvement in Khashoggi death  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to directly answer Wednesday whether he believes the denials from Saudi Arabia's crown prince of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
NBC News:   CIA chief to brief House on Khashoggi as pressure mounts on Trump
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 …
Reuters:   Exclusive: Trump says he is looking at 10 or 12 candidates for chief of staff job
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
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, chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs …
Nicholas Watt / BBC:
Brexit: Tory resentment of Irish power within EU
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:   Conservative Party calls for vote of no confidence to oust Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May to face vote of no confidence from Tory MPs
Discussion: BBC and Guido Fawkes
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run  —  SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee.  The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: OK, now what: Gov't funding edition
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 …
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
One Of The Democratic Stars Of 2018 Sharply Rebuked Her Party In A Private Meeting
Discussion: The Root
NBC News:
In N.C. election fraud case, witness says operative held onto 800 absentee ballots  —  The new affidavit is the latest development in an investigation into election fraud involving absentee ballots.  —  WASHINGTON - McCrae Dowless, the man whose “get-out-the-vote” activities are the center …
Joe Bruno / WSOC-TV:
Photo shows Mark Harris and man at center of election fraud investigation together  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new photo obtained by Channel 9 is adding to the complex and ever-evolving story of the 9th Congressional District election fraud investigation.  —  The State Board of Elections …
Discussion: Vox and The Guardian
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 …
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: Observer, Mashable, IJR and Mediaite
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
Alaa Abdeldaiem / Sports Illustrated:
Christine Blasey Ford Introduces Rachael Denhollander as SI's Inspiration of the Year  —  SI's Sportsperson of the Year award ceremony will be telecast on NBCSN on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.  —  Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared in a video statement at Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson …
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and IJR
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Workers are ghosting their employers like bad dates  —  Silent exits are on the rise.  —  Economists report that workers are starting to act like millennials on Tinder: They're ditching jobs with nary a text.  —  “A number of contacts said that they had been 'ghosted …
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 …
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, CBS New York and Splinter
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
Mia Love / Washington Post:
Republicans have failed to bring our message to minorities.  It's hurting the nation.  —  Mia Love, a Republican, represents Utah's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  For too long, conservatives in my party have focused on administering purity tests instead of expanding our audience.
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 …
New York Times:
France Declares Strasbourg Shooting to Be an Act of Terrorism  —  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.
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Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
‘Hi-tech robot’ at Russia forum turns out to be man in suit
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
An Upheaval at the Ends of the World
Discussion: KXLF-TV, Hullabaloo and EcoWatch
Is US military cloud safe from Russia? Fears over sensitive data
Andrew Wheeler / Kansas City Star:
Trump administration's Waters of the United States rule gives power back to states
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
How Mitch McConnell got to ‘yes’ on a criminal justice vote
Rachel Bergman / Sunlight Foundation:
In overhaul of webpage, information about ways to apply is gone
Discussion: Axios
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
In the Trump era, job satisfaction tumbles in the federal workforce
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Confirms Another Trump Judge Who Was Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
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
Who's More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?
Trump's terrorism argument for border wall is bogus
Alex Parker / RedState:
Condolences to Julia Roberts: The Absolute Worst Typo You've Seen All Year
Wall Street Journal:
The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone