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12:45 PM ET, December 12, 2018

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Reuters:
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 …
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Axios:
Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison  —  President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been sentenced to 3 years in prison on Wednesday on charges involving campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to Congress in a New York federal court.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen, Trump's Former Lawyer, Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
Discussion: Feeds
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump: People will ‘revolt’ if he's impeached
Discussion: The Root and Scripting News
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
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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
Reuters:   Exclusive: Trump says he is looking at 10 or 12 candidates for chief of staff job
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
The Chuck and Nancy and Donald Show
Reuters:
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
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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 …
Eric Geller / Politico:
Pompeo says China hacked Marriott
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 …
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.
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Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: OK, now what: Gov't funding edition
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
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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 …
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 and The Daily Beast
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Memo: FBI recommended Michael Flynn not have lawyer present during interview, did not warn of false statement consequences  —  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau's interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 …
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Politico:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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 …
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
‘Hi-tech robot’ at Russia forum turns out to be man in suit  —  State television praised the ‘modern’ tech despite photos revealing actor in costume  —  Play Video  —  A “hi-tech robot” shown on Russian state television has turned out to be a man in a suit.
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
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.
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
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Introducing The Cook Political Report's 2020 House Ratings  —  The 116th Congress hasn't even been sworn in yet, and there's still no resolution in sight to one North Carolina race tainted by election fraud.  But already, the 2020 battle for the House is shaping up to be highly competitive.
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
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, AOL, Daily Wire and IJR
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.
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.
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
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
An Upheaval at the Ends of the World  —  It was not so long ago—only 108 years, within a great grandma's memory—that a person's eyes first beheld the South Pole.  When Roald Amundsen made it to the bottom of the world in 1911, it marked a new chapter in the human story.
Discussion: KXLF-TV, Hullabaloo and EcoWatch
 
 
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Return of Paganism  —  Maybe there actually is a genuinely …
Discussion: Spectator USA and Althouse
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Last-Minute Push to Restore Net Neutrality Stymied by Democrats Flush With Telecom Cash
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Tennessee governor considering clemency for sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Root
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Romanian Consulate event at Trump hotel in Chicago draws scrutiny
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Macron Just Doesn't Get It  —  He and others on the left …
Discussion: Financial Times and NBC News
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
For Trump, it's all downhill from here
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Jay Senter / Shawnee Mission Post:
Sen. Barbara Bollier Changes Party Affiliation To Democrat, Says Republican Party 'morally …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
BBC:
Is US military cloud safe from Russia? Fears over sensitive data
Discussion: Shakesville
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Andrew Wheeler / Kansas City Star:
Trump administration's Waters of the United States rule gives power back to states
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How Mitch McConnell got to ‘yes’ on a criminal justice vote
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
ProPublica:
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