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1:30 AM ET, December 15, 2018


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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.
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Federal Judge In Texas Rules Against Obamacare
Discussion: Vox and NPR
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare
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 could finally provide some answers  —  Federal prosecutors have reportedly opened a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's inaugural committee's finances, but its funding was a mess from the start.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff
Discussion: Splinter and Mediaite
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  —  EL PASO, Texas — Running against a Republican universally loathed by Democrats was one thing.  —  Now that Beto O'Rourke is looking at a presidential campaign, he is coming in for a flurry of hits from the left.  —  The criticism — ranging from O'Rourke's membership …
Discussion: Breitbart
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years  —  New York (CNN Business)The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years …
Yuval Levin / National Review:   A Toast to the Standard  —  Today brought the sad news that …
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Weekly Standard, RIP
Discussion: Power Line
CNN:   Hatch says he regrets his 'I don't care' comment about Trump allegations
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
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 …
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.
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.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Republicans complete their power grabs in Wisconsin, Michigan  —  Wisconsin GOP rushes to subvert power of new Democratic officials  —  At roughly this point eight years ago, Wisconsin's Scott Walker (R) was a governor-elect, just weeks ahead of taking the oath of office, and he made one thing clear …
NBC News:
Seven-year-old girl who died at border did not receive medical care for 90 minutes  —  The incident raises questions about the Border Patrol's emergency procedures and the Trump administration's policy of delaying immigrants at legal ports of entry.  —  WASHINGTON — A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Hours before her collapse in U.S. custody, a dying migrant child's condition went unnoticed
Lisa Girion / Reuters:
Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder  —  A REUTERS INVESTIGATION A REUTERS INVESTIGATION  —  Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product.
Washington Post:
Trump routinely says things that aren't true.  Few Americans believe him.  —  Take the quiz to see how your fact-checking skills stack up against others nationwide.  —  For months, President Trump has claimed that U.S. Steel has announced plans to build more than six new plants.
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: The Gateway Pundit and CANNONFIRE
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.
Aja Romano / Vox:
YouTube's 2018 “Rewind” is the site's most disliked video ever.  The implications are huge.  —  PewDiePie is YouTube's most popular user.  He doesn't appear in the video, and his followers are waging war in his name.  Here's what's at stake.  —  YouTube's most popular (and controversial) …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: George Papadopoulos reveals plan to run for Congress in first newspaper interview since prison release  —  Follow the author of this article Follow the topics within this article  —  Sipping a kale and cucumber smoothie on a swanky hotel rooftop in Los Angeles, George Papadopoulos looked a million miles away from prison.
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
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
New Jersey AG probes Trump golf club after undocumented maids claim racially-charged harassment, threats  —  New Jersey's top law enforcement agency is looking into claims of widespread harassment and immigration fraud at President Trump's Garden State golf club after several former …
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.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus selected to join Navy with backing from Mattis  —  Reince Priebus, a former chief of staff to President Trump and Republican power broker, could join the Navy after a months-long process in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recommended him and a board …
Discussion: CNN and Task & Purpose
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Venezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population’
Discussion: Breitbart and Liberty Unyielding
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: 
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
California's DMV failed to finish registering 329 new voters before November election
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
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Pacific Life Insurance Will Pause Ads on Tucker Carlson's Fox News Show, “Reevaluate” Relationship
Discussion: Contemptor
Washington Post:
Warren seeks to connect with minority communities in commencement address
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Jon Kyl will resign from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 31, setting up another appointment by Ducey to John McCain's seat
The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Replaced Michael Cohen as Trump's National Enquirer Connection