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11:25 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
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
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mediaite and YouTube
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi on verge of deal with rebels to reclaim speakership
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi privately disses Trump's manhood after White House meeting
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
NBC News:   CIA chief to brief House on Khashoggi as pressure mounts on Trump
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 …
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 …
Jessica Elgot / The Guardian:
Brexit in chaos as Tory MPs trigger vote of no confidence in Theresa May
Washington Post:   Conservative Party calls for vote of no confidence to oust Prime Minister Theresa May
Nicholas Watt / BBC:
Brexit: Tory resentment of Irish power within EU
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
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
Julián Castro / YouTube:
I Know the Promise of America  —  If we want to see a change, we don't wait for it, we work toward it.  Today, more than ever, we must work together to build an America where everyone — no matter who we are or where we come from — can thrive.  Working together, I believe we can build a new promise for ourselves and for our future.
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
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
Discussion: Vox and The Guardian
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 …
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 …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Leaked Audio Reveals Google's Efforts to Woo Conservatives  —  In February, The New York Times Magazine published a cover story urging regulators to break up Google because the company abuses its dominance in search to crush promising competitors.  The next day, representatives from two conservative …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Congresswoman to Google CEO: Why when I search ‘idiot’ do I get pictures of Trump?
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:   Google CEO Sundar Pichai emerges ‘unscathed’ from the circus in Washington
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
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley: Trump and I Ratcheted Up the Crazy for U.N. Negotiations  —  'He's pretty upset, I can't promise you what he's going to do or not,' the ambassador told ‘Today’ she'd say.  ‘But if we do these sanctions it will keep him from going too far.’  —  In a new interview …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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 and IJR
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Ola Salem / Foreign Policy:
Saudi Arabia Declares War on America's Muslim Congresswomen
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: 
Alyza Sebenius / Bloomberg:
U.S. Companies Targeted by Possible North Korean Hackers: McAfee
Discussion: Raw Story
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
William Cummings / USA Today:
Twitter users mercilessly mock Mike Pence for ‘Elf on the Shelf’ performance in Oval Office
Discussion: IJR and HuffPost