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10:55 AM ET, December 13, 2018

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Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press  —  EXCLUSIVE - President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.
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NBC News:
Trump confides to friends he's concerned about impeachment  —  Despite public declarations that he's unconcerned, the president has told people close to him he's alarmed about the prospect of impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — Despite President Donald Trump's public declaration that he isn't concerned …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
A ‘loud gong’: National Enquirer's surprise deal could imperil Trump  —  The National Enquirer's parent company has agreed to tell prosecutors everything it knows about Donald Trump — and it might know a lot.  —  In a court document released Wednesday, the tabloid publisher, American Media Inc. …
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Trump denies he ‘directed’ Michael Cohen to break the law as prosecutors contend  —  In his first reaction since his longtime personal — and now former— attorney and fixer was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for him, President Donald Trump again attempted …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout And A Looming Sale  —  Several months after taking control of the troubled Tribune Publishing Co. in 2016, Chicago investor Michael Ferro convened a session of corporate leaders from within his own news empire, including chief news executives …
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
How the National Enquirer broke up with President Trump
Discussion: Mediaite and Vox
New York Times:
Tabloid Publisher's Deal in Hush-Money Inquiry Adds to Trump's Danger
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Declare Russia, China National Security Threats in Africa  —  Bolton speech seeks to woo continent's leaders after earlier administration stumbles  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump plans to reshape America's policy in Africa by challenging the continent's leaders to make a strategic choice …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans Billion-Dollar Austin Campus in Wave of New Sites
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Apple Will Build $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Adding 5,000 Jobs
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
CNN:
Key lawmakers seek to haul in Trump associates working with Mueller  —  (CNN)Now that President Donald Trump's former “fixer,” Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to prison, leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees are preparing to haul him back before Congress before he begins serving time.
Discussion: KXLF-TV
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Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
Mueller should try to indict Trump. It would guarantee his report goes public.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
'They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties  —  Journalists paid to help fix Facebook's fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform  —  Journalists working as fact-checkers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:
Trump and Democrats can reach a deal on the wall — if they have the spine to take it  —  PUT ASIDE Tuesday's Oval Office theatrics and remember this: There's a compromise within reach on the wall and immigration for President Trump and congressional Democrats — if each side has the spinal fortitude …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump claims new trade pact will ensure Mexico pays for border wall
New York Times:
The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism, and How We Missed It … Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:  —  Despite repeated warnings over the past two decades, federal law enforcement officials in the United States have ignored the threat of violence from far-right extremists.
Department of Homeland Security:
Walls Work  —  WE ARE BUILDING THE FIRST NEW BORDER WALL IN A DECADE.  —  DHS is committed to building wall and building wall quickly.  We are not replacing short, outdated and ineffective wall with similar wall.  Instead, under this President we are building a wall that is 30-feet high.
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
A law firm in the trenches against media unions  —  In May, the law firm Jones Day hosted a conference in its Manhattan office focused on labor and employment law in the news media industry.  It was an invitation-only affair, bringing together Jones Day attorneys and media executives …
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 …
Courier-Journal:
Courier Journal and ProPublica to launch state government investigation  —  The Courier Journal and the national nonprofit news outlet ProPublica will partner in a yearlong investigation of a Kentucky state government program, the news organizations announced Wednesday.
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Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate 2020: Republican exposure on paper, but not necessarily in practice  —  GOP defending a lot of turf, but much of it is dark red  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Of the 34 Senate races on the ballot in 2020, Republicans already control 22 of them while Democrats hold only 12.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sen. James Inhofe Bought Defense Stock Days After Pushing for Record Pentagon Spending—Then Dumped It When Asked About It  —  Ethics experts say the purchase underscores the moral hazard of lawmakers owning assets in areas of industry affected by legislation they are in positions to author.
Wall Street Journal:
The Flynn Entrapment  —  A court filing shows the ugly tactics employed by James Comey's FBI.
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Does This Look Right to You?  HOLLAD TONNEL  —  They decked the Holland with boughs of holly Then people called their décor folly.  —  Hundreds signed a web petition Now they'll vote on their position.  —  As it has in so many Decembers past, the Port Authority of New York …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘He got screwed’: Gillum absent from indictment after DeSantis bashed him as corrupt  —  MIAMI — Federal authorities unveiled a 44-count, 66-page indictment Wednesday of a Tallahassee politician and a city official that involved six companies, five other players and a bank in a wide-ranging bribery …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“This Was a Big Repudiation of Jared”: After the Ayers Chief-of-Staff Fiasco, Trump Is Eyeing Bannon Ally Dave Bossie  —  First, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump pushed Nick Ayers, who jilted Donald Trump.  Then, Trump pushed Kushner on Sean Hannity to take the heat—and into the doghouse.
Discussion: The Resurgent, Raw Story and Splinter
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
When Anti-Zionism Tunnels Under Your House  —  For the people of northern Israel, anti-Zionism isn't some feckless sally in the world of ideas.  —  In 2002, Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, was said to have given a speech noting that the creation of the state of Israel …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Michael Flynn Judge Seeks Review Of Key FBI Notes Before Sentencing Decision  — The judge presiding over the Michael Flynn case is ordering a review of key FBI documents before deciding on a sentence for the former national security adviser.  — Judge Emmet Sullivan wants to review …
Discussion: Power Line
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn's January 2017 interview with FBI agents
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Why Trump Can't Kill the Electric Car  —  The electric vehicle revolution, after years of hype that outpaced reality, finally seems to be taking off in the United States.  The best five months for plug-in sales in American history have been the past five months.
Rob Picheta / CNN:
Foul-mouthed Santa horrifies parents  —  (CNN)Organizers of a Christmas event have apologized to outraged parents after a fire alarm reportedly prompted Santa Claus to burst out of his grotto, rip off his beard and scream at children to “get the f**k out.”  —  The incident occurred at an event …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Ben Boskovich / Esquire:
Damnit, Ted Cruz's Beard Looks Tolerable Now  —  His greatest political opponent has always been his face.  A few weeks off the razor has changed that.  —  Clean-shaven, Ted Cruz might have the most upsetting face in politics.  It was just about two years ago, that feels like two decades ago …
Vox:
We read Democrats' 8 plans for universal health care.  Here's how they work.  —  Graphics by Javier Zarracina and Christina Animashaun/Vox; Photos via Getty Images  —  Sure, Democrats are lining up behind Medicare-for-all.  But what exactly does that mean?
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Aides Warn Him Against Intervening in Huawei Case  —  Advisers told president the arrest and potential prosecution of Meng Wanzhou was essentially out of his hands  —  Despite President Trump's statement that he might intervene in a criminal case against the chief financial officer …
 
 
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Liberal billionaire donor George Soros may not back a candidate during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The Brexiteers have failed — so they blame Theresa May
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
Beto O'Rourke leapfrogs most of the 2020 Democratic field
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Townhall
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
The Oil Industry's Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Google Visits the Resistance Factory
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Bradley A. Smith / National Review:
Michael Cohen Pled Guilty to Something That Is Not a Crime
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#CelebrityNews:
President Trump's Son Says He's a Re-Gifter
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Daily Mail:
No sign of that back brace! …
Discussion: Breitbart and SARAH PALIN
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A top cardinal's sex-abuse conviction is huge news in Australia.  But the media can't report it there.