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9:00 AM ET, December 15, 2018


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Obamacare Thrown Out by Judge, Raising Insurance Uncertainty  — U.S. judge in Texas dismantles Obama's Affordable Care Act  — Decision threatens health coverage for millions of Americans  —  Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger on Friday into the Affordable Care Act, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law.  —  The opinion by U.S. District …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional — but the law stands for now  —  The lawsuit — backed by the Trump administration — threatens to overturn Obamacare's ban on preexisting conditions.  —  A federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional …
Discussion: New York Times and Mother Jones
New York Times:
Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama's Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down on Friday the entire Affordable Care Act on the grounds that its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and the rest of the law cannot stand without it.
David K. Li / NBC News:
Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act  —  In a ruling sure to be appealed to Supreme Court, Texas court says the ACA, also known as Obamacare, can no longer stand without the penalty against the uninsured.  —  A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night …
Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act  —  (CNN)A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law must also fall.  —  Legal experts say the law will remain in effect for now …
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Federal Judge In Texas Rules Against Obamacare
Discussion: NPR and Vox
Trump's Inauguration Paid Trump's Company — With Ivanka in the Middle  —  As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump's Washington hotel was overcharging for event space.  The spending could be a violation of the law.
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:   The Trump inaugural committee's fundraising was a mess from the start, but a new investigation …
Washington Post:
Schiff says House Intelligence panel will examine possible foreign funding of Trump's inaugural committee
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Next Chief of Staff Called Him ‘A Terrible Human Being’ Just Before He Was Elected President  —  Mulvaney left his House seat the next year to serve Trump as both director of the Office of Management and Budget and Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Washington Post:
Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Mueller continues to be interested in interviewing Trump  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team continues to be interested in interviewing the President Donald Trump, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.  —  Mueller's stance on interviewing the President has been constant …
Discussion: HuffPost, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Mystery Mueller mayhem at a Washington court  —  Washington (CNN)Fridays at the DC federal courthouse are typically days of high alert for the press corps trying to discern what special counsel Robert Mueller's next legal action will be.  —  But this Friday, court officials went to extreme measures …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Reporters shooed away as mystery Mueller subpoena fight rages on
Associated Press:
Too old to run?  Biden wrestles with age as he eyes 2020 run  —  As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
David Siders / Politico:
The left blindsides Beto
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:   Hatch says he regrets his 'I don't care' comment about Trump allegations
Anna Silman / The Cut:
The Real Sex Lives of Historical Queens  —  Mild spoilers for The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots below.  —  In 2018, we were treated to two films about historical monarchs that also featured prominent scenes of queer lovemaking.  In The Favourite, set in the early 1700s, two of Queen Anne's …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FBI releases part of Russia dossier summary used to brief Trump, Obama  —  The FBI released for the first time Friday night a two-page summary former FBI Director James Comey used to brief President-elect Donald Trump nearly two years ago on a so-called dossier about Trump's ties to Russia.
Lindsay Wise / Kansas City Star:
Yoder wants ‘autopsy’ to determine reasons for heavy Republican losses in House  —  Outgoing U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas wants national Republicans to conduct a thorough “autopsy” to determine why the party lost so many seats in the House of Representatives — including his own.
Washington Post:
Drenched city: 2018 is now Washington's wettest year ever recorded.  —  An unprecedented series of drenching rain storms, culminating in this weekend's soaking, has catapulted 2018 to the wettest year on record in Washington.  This year's rainfall tally shoves aside the previous top mark which stood for nearly 130 years.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
THE PARTISAN WARRIOR … What happened to Michael Flynn?  —  Before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, before he became a folk hero to many of President Trump's most loyal supporters, before he pivoted from accomplished military officer to purveyor of shocking stories about the evils of Islam …
Yuval Levin / National Review:
A Toast to the Standard  —  Today brought the sad news that, as has been feared and rumored for months, The Weekly Standard is closing.  The death of that other conservative magazine is a tragedy, pure and simple.  And it's compounded by the chilling, spiteful, and pernicious manner of its execution.
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Weekly Standard, RIP
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
VA secretary gave inaccurate answers on pro-Confederate ties during confirmation process  —  VA secretary praised Confederate president  —  (CNN)Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie gave inaccurate answers to senators during his confirmation process about pro-Confederate speeches he delivered in 2009.
Spencer Kornhaber / The Atlantic:
Bruce Springsteen Explains It All  —  As his wildly successful one-man Broadway show comes to Netflix, one thing is clear: Under his tutelage, everything makes sense.  —  Bruce Springsteen is a phony, and he wants you to know it.  “I've never held an honest job in my entire life,” …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Hours before her collapse in U.S. custody, a dying migrant child's condition went unnoticed  —  Twenty-seven hours before she died at an El Paso children's hospital, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal walked across the U.S. border with her father and 161 other migrants outside Antelope Wells, N.M.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Adam Schiff's Plans to Obliterate Trump's Red Line  —  With the Democrats controlling the House, Schiff's congressional investigation will follow the money.  —  President Trump said some time ago that he believes his personal finances should be off limits to investigators.
Jackie Speier / San Francisco Chronicle:
Strange real estate deal raises specter of Putin buying Trump  —  In July 2008, Donald Trump undertook one of his most infamous transactions.  He sold a mansion in Palm Beach for $95 million to Dmitry Rybolovlev, Russian oligarch and billionaire.  Trump had purchased it four years earlier for $41.35 million.
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Stedman:
FBI actively investigating Papadopoulos days after his release from prison  —  Federal authorities out of Washington DC, working in coordination with Robert Mueller's team, have in recent days sought to arrange an interview with the author of a letter sent to Congress last month that claimed …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Gateway Pundit
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Venezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population’  —  CUCUTA, Venezuela/Colombia border - As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning - and resentment …
Discussion: Breitbart and Liberty Unyielding
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Star Economist at Harvard Faces Sexual Harassment Complaints
Kassy Dillon / Daily Wire:
West Virginia University Student Investigated For Border Patrol Halloween Costume
Discussion: The College Fix and RedState
Dow dives about 500 points to its lowest close since May
Kyle Mustain / Slate:
Helping a Brother Out  —  BateWorld hosts a vibrant community …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Wilbur Ross Lost Millions, Despite Flouting Ethics Rules
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
U.S. Fears for Safety of Russian Cooperator Butina, Filing Says
Ross Todd / The Recorder:
Alex Kozinski Returns to the 9th Circuit (as a Lawyer)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Ryan pushes for thousands of Irish visas before leaving office
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
U.S. Tech Giant Cloudflare Provides Cybersecurity For At Least 7 Terror Groups
Aja Romano / Vox:
YouTube's 2018 “Rewind” is the site's most disliked video ever. The implications are huge.
Washington Post:
Trump routinely says things that aren't true. Few Americans believe him.