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11:05 PM ET, December 13, 2018

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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation by Federal Prosecutors  —  Probe looking into whether committee misspent funds and top donors gave money in exchange for access to the administration  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump's …
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
Trump was in the room during hush money discussions, NBC News confirms  —  A source confirms to NBC News that the “other member of the campaign” present when Michael Cohen and David Pecker agreed to silence women was Donald Trump.  —  Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
7 quotes that show how blatant the Trump hush money coverup was  —  President Trump on Thursday tacitly admitted, for the first time, that he directed Michael Cohen to facilitate hush-money payments to two women who had alleged affairs with Trump, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels.
Los Angeles Times:
Trump increasingly isolated as aides leave, friends flip and investigations advance … It was almost noon Thursday when a Marine suddenly appeared outside the West Wing doors, a sign that President Trump had belatedly reported to the Oval Office.  —  For the second day in a row …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Former Apprentice Staffer Claims Trump Was ‘Speed Freak,’ Invited Teen Beauty Queens to His Suite  —  A former staffer on The Apprentice and current stand-up comic named Noel Casler claims that Donald Trump was a “speed freak” who snorted crushed-up Adderall, and also says that Trump invited …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Watch Napolitano Debunk All of Fox & Friends' Trump Defenses: ‘John Edwards Case Actually Hurts the President’  —  As the co-hosts of Fox & Friends rallied to defend their favorite president, as their colleague, senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, continued to confront them with the implication …
CNN:
Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation, source says
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
New York Times:   Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations
NBC News:
Trump confides to friends he's concerned about impeachment
Washington Post:
Trump's falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Salon
Washington Post:
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion  —  A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing into the United States illegally with her father and a large group …
HuffPost:
Trump Considering Son-In-Law Jared Kushner For Next Chief Of Staff  —  The president is in the third round of his search for a job not many people seem to want.  —  WASHINGTON Having run through his first choices for his chief of staff vacancy without any luck, President Donald Trump is considering his own son-in-law for the job.
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Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
BREAKING: Trump plans 16-day holiday visit to Mar-a-Lago  —  President Donald Trump is expected to spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago over the Christmas and New Year's holidays, according to an alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration this morning.  —  The alert warns pilots to avoid …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump meets with Chris Christie to discuss chief of staff role  —  President Trump met with Chris Christie on Thursday evening and considers him a top contender to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, according to a source familiar with the president's thinking.
Discussion: Washington Times
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Pelosi says House Democrats will begin process to obtain Trump tax returns
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Senate Votes to End Aid for Yemen Fight Over Khashoggi Killing and Saudis' War Aims  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against President Trump's defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist.
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Washington Post to run full-page ad on Khashoggi killing
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Sanders and Warren Meet and Agree: They Both Are Probably Running  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders met Wednesday night at her condominium in Washington to discuss their political intentions but did not reach any accord about coordinating …
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power.  They Want Even More.  — A Democratic proposal would essentially write gerrymandering into the State Constitution and relegate Republicans to a permanent minority.  — The measure, which must be approved by voters …
Washington Post:
N.C. congressional candidate sought out aide, despite warnings over tactics  —  North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris (R) directed the hiring of a campaign aide now at the center of an election-fraud investigation, according to three individuals familiar with the campaign …
Discussion: Political Wire and CNN
New York Times:
Behind CBS's Secret $9.5 Million Settlement With the Actress Eliza Dushku  —  In March 2017, Eliza Dushku, an actress known for her work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” signed on to play a major role in three episodes of the CBS prime-time drama “Bull,” and there were plans to make her a full-time cast member.
Dan Morain / CALmatters:
Chief justice of the California Supreme Court leaves the Republican Party, citing Kavanaugh  —  California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has quietly given up her Republican registration and re-registered as a no-party-preference voter, saying Thursday she had become increasingly uncomfortable …
CNN:
Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina admits to engaging in conspiracy against US  —  Washington (CNN)Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina admitted in federal court Thursday morning to engaging in a conspiracy against the United States.  —  Butina, 30, was accused of working to infiltrate Republican …
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Washington Post:
Russian Maria Butina pleads guilty in effort to forge Kremlin bond with U.S. conservatives
Stephen Robinson / Wonkette:
Totally Non-Evil ICE Arrests 170 Immigrants Trying To Save Babies From Baby Jails  —  It's the holiday season, and in between debating the merits of Love Actually and “Baby It's Cold Outside,” you've probably wondered what's going on with all those migrant children the Trump administration separated from their families.
Discussion: NBC News
George F. Will / Washington Post:
This candidate may be the optimum challenger to Trump in 2020  —  “The money man dealing himself a hot royal flush.  Then giving you and me a phony hand like a pair of tens or something.”  —  Clifford Odets, 1935  —  With his gravelly voice and his lack of senatorial sheen …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Did Michael Flynn Try to Strike a Grand Bargain With Moscow as It Attacked the 2016 Election?  —  In early December, special counsel Robert Mueller, in preparation for the upcoming sentencing of Michael Flynn, submitted two memos outlining his recommended punishment for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.
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Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Deficit Hits Widest on Record for Month of November  — Federal outlays double revenue collections, Treasury data show  — U.S. ran largest fiscal gap in six years in fiscal 2018  —  The U.S. posted the widest November budget deficit on record as spending doubled revenue.
Discussion: Mother Jones
WJBK-TV:
FOX 2 meteorologist Jessica Starr passes away  —  (FOX 2) - Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life.  All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Get Ready for Mueller's Phase Two: The Middle East Connection  —  The ‘Russia investigation’ is set to go global.  In court filings due to drop in 2019, prosecutors will unveil Middle Eastern countries' attempts to influence U.S. politics.  —  Over the past year, the indictments, convictions …
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
The Cities Where The Cops See No Hate  —  The victims were beaten or threatened with deadly weapons.  They were taunted with racist or anti-gay abuse.  Yet the police decided these weren't hate crimes.  —  The dispute ended in a severe beating on the street in Irving, Texas …
J. K. Trotter / New York Times:
Chris Hayes's Work Diary: ‘My Life Is an Unceasing Festival of Impatience’  —  The journalist and MSNBC host wakes up to Twitter and ends the day “basically a brain-dead mess.”  —  As told to J. K. Trotter  —  Before he began hosting “All In,” which airs weeknights on MSNBC …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Pete Thamel / Yahoo! Sports:
How Craig James went from the voice of college football to TV pariah to seminary graduate  —  DALLAS - Craig James' square jaw, perfectly coiffed hair and All-American charisma helped make him one of the most recognizable faces of college football for nearly two decades.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
For Arizona governor, McSally's star dims as possible choice for Senate seat  —  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has lost enthusiasm for appointing Rep. Martha McSally, a fellow Republican, to the Senate in recent weeks even as Republican leaders in Washington have championed her.
 
 
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
McCaskill's parting shot: Too many ‘embarrassing uncles’ serving in the Senate
Steven Overly / Politico:
China's ZTE taps Joe Lieberman for D.C. damage control
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Congress passes bill to make members pay sexual misconduct claims
USA Today:
Was your child's coach banned for sexual misconduct? Better check
Jacob Snow / ACLU:
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Jack Crowe / National Review:
Florida Senate Rules Brenda Snipes Cannot Rescind Her Resignation
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Michael Van Sickler / Tampa Bay Times:
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
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Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Health care law is alive despite Trump's 2-year drive to kill it. So sign up for insurance.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump's poll numbers plummet
Discussion: AOL, Mediaite, Washington Times and Splinter
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
It Took Quite a Push, but McConnell Finally Allows Criminal Justice Vote
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jonathan Chait:
Since there seems to be some interest in my position …
Discussion: Splinter