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7:15 AM ET, December 14, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation, source says
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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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 and Breitbart
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
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Jared Kushner under consideration for White House chief of staff
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: Raw Story and HuffPost
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:   Chief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Washington Post to run full-page ad on Khashoggi killing  —  The Washington Post plans to run a full-page ad Friday drawing attention to the death of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, part of a broader push that publisher Fred Ryan told POLITICO would continue “until meaningful action is taken” over Saudi Arabia's role in the killing.
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and VICE News
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Wall Street Journal:
Yemen Foes Agree on Cease-Fire Amid U.S. Pressure
Discussion: Vox
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate votes to condemn Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi killing, end support for Yemen war
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” …
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Washington Post:
Trump's falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’  —  For months, President Trump's spokesmen, his lawyer and his lawyer's lawyer denied that Trump knew about payments during his 2016 campaign to buy the silence of women who alleged sexual encounters with him.
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  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE LATEST SHUTDOWN BUZZ FROM 1600 ... Several different people inside the White House and on Capitol Hill tell us they are getting some signals PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP might back a bipartisan package of spending bills to avert a government shutdown.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power. They Want Even More.
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.
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: CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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
Allan Smith / NBC News:
McCaskill's parting shot: Too many ‘embarrassing uncles’ serving in the Senate  —  The Democrat said that the U.S. Senate is no longer the world's greatest deliberative body and lawmakers should stop claiming that.  —  In her farewell speech on the Senate floor, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill …
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
The boy on the bridge … Story by Jessica Contrera Video by Joyce Koh  —  There was no way she could have seen him, the boy on the bridge.  —  Marisa Harris was driving her Ford Escape down a Northern Virginia highway, heading home after a peaceful afternoon hike at Burke Lake.
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.
Steven Overly / Politico:
China's ZTE taps Joe Lieberman for D.C. damage control  —  Chinese telecom giant ZTE is tapping a deeply connected Washington insider, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, as it tries to fend off ongoing concerns that it poses a threat to U.S. national security.  —  The company — the subject …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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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:
Amazon's Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
For Arizona governor, McSally's star dims as possible choice for Senate seat
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Florida Senate Rules Brenda Snipes Cannot Rescind Her Resignation
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Settled Science: There Really Are ‘Latte Liberals’
Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Health care law is alive despite Trump's 2-year drive to kill it. So sign up for insurance.
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
The Cities Where The Cops See No Hate
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump's poll numbers plummet
Discussion: Mediaite, Washington Times, AOL and Splinter
Stephen Robinson / Wonkette:
Totally Non-Evil ICE Arrests 170 Immigrants Trying To Save Babies From Baby Jails
CNN:
Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina admits to engaging in conspiracy against US
J. K. Trotter / New York Times:
Chris Hayes's Work Diary: ‘My Life Is an Unceasing Festival of Impatience’
Discussion: Hullabaloo