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10:00 AM ET, December 14, 2018

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Washington Post:
Trump's claim that he didn't violate campaign finance law is weak — and dangerous  —  The case against the president would be far stronger than the case against John Edwards was.  —  Last week, in their case against Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors in New York filed a sentencing brief concluding that …
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George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign  —  Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” …
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Michael Cohen talks to George Stephanopoulos: TRANSCRIPT  —  Michael Cohen, the president's former personal attorney and fixer, said Donald Trump directed him to make payments to two women who said they had affairs with the then-candidate because Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election.”
Washington Post:
Trump's falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’
Wall Street Journal:   President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has said the president directed him to become involved …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump increasingly isolated as aides leave, friends flip and investigations advance
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Replaced Michael Cohen as Trump's National Enquirer Connection  —  The president's son-in-law grew tight with David Pecker during the early months of the administration.  —  Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was handed …
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 …
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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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New York Times:
Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump's inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy …
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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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.
Associated Press:
Trump's search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Serious contenders are hiding from view.  Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter.  Fresh names circulate practically on the hour.  And the man in charge is stoking much of the confusion.
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:   Trump urged to consider a young White House insider as he struggles to find a new chief of staff
George Packer / The Atlantic:
The Corruption of the Republican Party  —  Why has the Republican Party become so thoroughly corrupt?  The reason is historical—it goes back many decades—and, in a way, philosophical.  The party is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start.
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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 …
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and HuffPost
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Chief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation
Discussion: CALmatters
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“This Is Not a Normal Time”: Trump and the Rapidly Expanding “Witch Hunt”  —  The criminality of the key figures in the President's inner circle is now established, and they have started to implicate Trump himself.  —  Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, Senator Jeff Flake, of Arizona, took to the Senate floor for his farewell speech.
John Nichols / The Nation:
What the Hell Is Wrong With Paul Ryan?  —  It is outrageous that the House Speaker continues to block action to end US support for Saudi atrocities against Yemen.  —  What the hell is wrong with Paul Ryan?  At a point when the whole world is demanding urgent action to end the Saudi-led bombardment …
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United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:
Corker Offers Resolution Condemning Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Washington Post to run full-page ad on Khashoggi killing
Discussion: CNN and VICE News
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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Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: How Trump might avoid a shutdown
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Mueller Target Raised $25,000 In Charity To Pay Cancer Doctor Who Doesn't Appear To Exist  — Business records and evidence from social media raise questions about a cancer fundraiser touted during the summer by Jerome Corsi, the right-wing author ensnared in the Mueller probe.
Katie Lobosco / CNN:
Betsy DeVos will cancel $150 million in student debt after being sued for delays  —  New York (CNN)The Department of Education said Thursday that it would wipe away student debt for 15,000 borrowers, implementing an Obama-era rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos has fought to block for more than a year.
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
‘Her skills are real’: How Pelosi put down a Democratic rebellion in bid for speaker  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's opponents knew they had an opportunity.  But what they really needed was an alternative.  —  This past summer, they thought they had identified the perfect candidate to replace Pelosi …
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: Joe.My.God. and Splinter
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Navy Is Struggling to Fend Off Chinese Hackers, Officials Say  —  Intruders gain access to sensitive information about advanced military technology through vulnerable contractors, subcontractors  —  WASHINGTON—Chinese hackers are breaching Navy contractors to steal everything …
Discussion: Washington Post
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Great Wall of Democracy  —  Column: China's drive to the Western Pacific  —  OKINAWA—I've had to wait on the tarmac for planes ahead of mine to take off before, but never F-15s.  Naha airport here shares a runway with Japan's Air Self Defense Forces, leading to delays whenever Japanese …
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
A fare-beater crackdown is just what New York needs … On a breezy fall day in 1990, New Yorkers descending into the subway for their morning commute witnessed an unusual sight: Some two dozen men and women lined up on the platform, faces ashen and grave, as a team of undercover transit officers cuffed …
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Don Lemon Calls Out Cuomo for Kellyanne Interview: A ‘Defective, Dismissive and Histrionic Display of Non-Answers’  —  On Thursday, Chris Cuomo devoted the majority of his Primetime show to a lengthy and at times headache-inducing interview with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
 
 
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