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9:05 AM ET, December 12, 2018


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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi privately disses Trump's manhood after White House meeting  —  Nancy Pelosi was on fire with her fellow Democrats.  —  Minutes after a very public showdown with Donald Trump on Tuesday over his border wall with Mexico, the House minority leader returned to the Capitol and railed …
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
Trump jams Republicans with shutdown vow  —  The president's eagerness to take ownership of a partial government shutdown if he doesn't get border wall funding has painted Republicans into a corner.  —  President Donald Trump just made it nearly impossible for Republicans to blame Democrats …
Discussion: The Crime Report and POLITICUSUSA
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Trump says he would be ‘proud’ to shut down the government over border wall funding … In a combative Oval Office meeting that previewed what a divided government may look like, President Trump sparred Tuesday with Democratic leaders and said he'd be “proud” to shut down the government later …
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
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Everybody's Wrong: Donald Trump Won the Chuck-n-Nancy Meeting, and Here's Why
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump, Pelosi and Schumer Have Explosive, Televised Shouting Match Over Border Wall: 'I Won't Take It!'
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.
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
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 …
David Lawder / Reuters:   Exclusive: Trump says China buying ‘tremendous amount’ of U.S. soybeans
Robin Wright / New Yorker:   Time's Person of the Year Honors Jamal Khashoggi and the Guardians of the Truth
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 …
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 …
CNN:   Michael Flynn asks federal judge to spare him from prison time in response to government sentencing memo
Washington Post:
Conservative Party calls for vote of no confidence to oust Prime Minister Theresa May  —  LONDON — Lawmakers in Britain's Conservative Party on Wednesday triggered a “no confidence” vote against Prime Minister Theresa May, threatening her leadership as she struggles to secure a deal for Britain to leave the European Union.
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
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 …
New York Times:
Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing  —  WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort …
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
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai emerges ‘unscathed’ from the circus in Washington
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be sentenced for hush money payments  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the payment of hush money to women who said they had affairs with Trump and for lying …
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Cohen to face sentencing for campaign finance violations, lying to Congress
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Stormy Daniels Is Ordered to Pay Trump $293,000 in Fees and Sanctions
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Gap continues to widen between Trump and intelligence community on key issues  —  President Trump continues to reject the judgments of U.S. spy agencies on major foreign policy fronts, creating a dynamic in which intelligence analysts frequently see troubling gaps between the president's public statements …
Trump's terrorism argument for border wall is bogus  —  Trump: Proud to shut down government over wall  —  Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America, a professor of practice at Arizona State University and the author of “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad.”
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Defeated Republican Rep. Rohrabacher Considers Starting Consulting Firm  —  Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is weighing the creation of a consulting firm when he leaves government after being ousted by California voters in last month's midterm elections.
Washington Post:
Maria Butina set to plead guilty to conspiring to act as agent of Kremlin, documents shows  —  The young Russian operative called her strategy the “Diplomacy Project,” an elaborate, multiyear scheme to infiltrate the conservative movement in the United States in hopes of cementing bonds to benefit the Kremlin.
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