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12:20 AM ET, December 16, 2018


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David Brooks / New York Times:
Who Killed The Weekly Standard?  —  The bureaucratic mind has a temporary triumph.  —  I've only been around Phil Anschutz a few times.  My impressions on those occasions was that he was a run-of-the-mill arrogant billionaire.  He was used to people courting him and he addressed …
Ace of Spades HQ:
Weekly Standard Shuts Down  —  There's a lot of whining by NeverTrumpers that this is terrible because we need dissenting voices in media, and the closing of the Weekly Standard means that we must all “kneel” to one rich arrogant man's ego.  —  Well, you know who might agree with that?
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
How The Anti-Trump, Conservative ‘Weekly Standard’ Bit The Dust
Washington Post:
Interior Secretary Zinke resigns amid investigations  —  Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation to the White House Saturday, facing intense pressure from the White House amid multiple probes tied to his real estate dealings in Montana and conduct while in office.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
A Guide to the Ryan Zinke Investigations
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Mediaite
Trump's Interior Chief Zinke to Step Down Amid Ethics Probes
Washington Post:
Mounting legal threats surround Trump as nearly every organization he has led is under investigation  —  Two years after Donald Trump won the presidency, nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation.  —  Trump's private company is contending with civil suits digging …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   As Trump prepares for his holiday respite in Florida, he is more isolated than ever
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
‘Stop,’ 'I wasn't there,' 'I don't know anything about that': Republicans dodge or dismiss Trump's legal woes
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
The Special Counsel Is Fighting a Witness in Court.  Who Is It?  —  WASHINGTON — For the past several months, journalists, legal experts and close followers of the special counsel's investigation have been trying to uncover one particular secret about the inquiry: Is the special counsel …
New York Times:
As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price  —  They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father's fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Vox and Raw Story
Stephanie Grisham / CNN:
Melania Trump's spokeswoman speaks out  —  Stephanie Grisham is first lady Melania Trump's deputy chief of staff for communications.  Formerly a deputy press secretary in the West Wing, Stephanie has been with the President and Mrs. Trump since July 2015, right after he announced his candidacy for president of the United States.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses  —  Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders top the list of potential presidential candidates preferred by Iowa's likely Democratic caucusgoers, reflecting their belief that it will take political experience to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments  —  This year's McKinsey & Company retreat in China was one to remember.  —  Hundreds of the company's consultants frolicked in the desert, riding camels over sand dunes and mingling in tents linked by red carpets.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery  —  President Trump made an unscheduled visit to Arlington National Cemetery on a rainy Saturday, following weeks of criticism for skipping ceremonial visits in the United States and abroad that other presidents have made and for his lack …
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Climate Negotiators Reach an Overtime Deal to Keep Paris Pact Alive  —  KATOWICE, Poland — Diplomats from nearly 200 countries reached a deal on Saturday to keep the Paris climate agreement alive by adopting a detailed set of rules to implement the pact.  —  The deal, struck …
Discussion: Vox and
Alan Judd / myajc:
AJC INVESTIGATION: How Brian Kemp turned warning of election system vulnerability against Democrats  —  In a dead heat with Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp created a diversion from computer security breakdown  —  Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, had a problem.
New York Times:
What the Lawless Obamacare Ruling Means  —  It's not based on a solid legal argument.  It's an exercise in raw judicial power.  —  Mr. Adler is a professor of law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Abbe R. Gluck is a professor of law and the faculty director …
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
After a petition called Gandhi ‘racist,’ his statue was removed from the University of Ghana  —  Another marker has been felled in the intense argument over whether historic figures with racist histories should be honored.  The University of Ghana in Accra no longer has a statue of India independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi.
Matthew Dalton / Wall Street Journal:
France Probes Any Moscow Role in Yellow-Vest Movement  —  Social media goads protesters, who include Kremlin supporters antagonistic to President Macron  —  PARIS—When French President Emmanuel Macron emerged as a leading candidate in 2017, his campaign was targeted by waves of hacking attempts …
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Jakelin Caal Was Held at Border Patrol Base Previously Cited for Contaminated Water  —  Seven-year-old girl who died in U.S. custody stayed at one of several facilities where agents refused to touch repulsive water, according to government watchdogs.  —  By JUSTIN GLAWE12.15.18 6:17 PM ET
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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Anthony Adragna / Politico:
DeFazio backs select committee on climate
Associated Press:
Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement
Discussion: Axios
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine:
Best of 2018  —  Here are the top 15 most-read stories published …
Discussion: Power Line
Jordan Crucchiola / Vulture:
Benedict Cumberbatch Is the Man Who Scammed a Nation in the Trailer for HBO's Brexit
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
My advice to progressives: Don't back down
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
New Jersey Democrats Play Power Games Too
Annie Karni / New York Times:
For Kushner, Criminal Justice Has Been a Personal Issue and a Rare Victory
Discussion: The Crime Report and Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP majority's last words: But her emails!
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Asserts Major Russian Military Buildup on Eastern Border
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Kasparov: Russia Increasingly Losing Its Standing On World Stage
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Trump Kicks Away Obama Traditions Even at the Dinner Table
Philip Ewing / NPR:
The Russia Investigations: An Unfinished Case Looks Weaker Than Ever
Washington Post:
Drenched city: 2018 is now Washington's wettest year ever recorded.
Discussion: and NPR
New York Times:
Star Economist at Harvard Faces Sexual Harassment Complaints