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9:25 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
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: Axios and Townhall
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
O'Rourke marvels at Beto-mania, conceding it's ‘a great question’ whether he's ready for White House  —  WASHINGTON — TMZ trails him around the capital.  Fans still check his Facebook page to see if he's going live again anytime soon.  Democratic activists keep trying to lure him to Iowa and New Hampshire …
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
Mark Scott / Politico:
British officials line up for second referendum: reports  —  LONDON — Theresa May, the British prime minister, faces renewed domestic pressure over Brexit after a series of high-profile U.K. politicians threw their support behind a second referendum, according to media reports.
Caroline Wheeler / The Times & The Sunday Times:
No-deal Brexit travel warning: don't go on holiday after March 29  —  Families will be advised not to book holidays after next March, according to contingency plans being drawn up to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.  —  The proposed guidance, which will shock the travel industry …
Michael Savage / The Guardian:
Senior Tories urge free vote on second referendum
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 …
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 Salon
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
The 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody was healthy before she arrived, father says  —  Guatemalan girl's family is calling for an “objective and thorough” investigation into her death, a representative for the family said Saturday.  —  The 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died …
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Jakelin Caal Was Held at Border Patrol Base Previously Cited for Contaminated Water
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Agence France-Presse:
UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder  —  Doha (AFP) - UN chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday for a “credible” probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.  —  “It is absolutely essential to have a credible investigation …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Trump working on extraditing cleric, Turkish foreign minister says  —  DOHA - US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington was working on extraditing a US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.
Emily Gillespie / Fortune:
Mueller Investigation Cost $25 Million So Far, Report Says.  It's Pulled in $48 Million From Tax Cheats  —  Robert Mueller's investigation has cost just over $25 million in the first 16 months of its investigation, according to CNBC.  —  The Special Counsel's Office released …
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump makes first trip to Arlington National Cemetery since Veterans Day criticism  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday made an unannounced trip to Arlington National Cemetery to pay his respects to deceased veterans.  —  Trump's rainy-day outing coincided with “National Wreaths Across America Day …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:   Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery
The Daily Beast:
Ryan Zinke's Scandal-Plagued Run as Trump's Interior Secretary Comes to an End  —  In less than two years as Secretary of the Interior, Zinke has faced investigations into his tax-payer funded travel bills and conflicts of interest.  —  Embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is resigning …
Discussion: Bloomberg, WKOW and Breitbart
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Matthew Dalton / Wall Street Journal:
France Probes Any Moscow Role in Yellow-Vest Movement
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
DeFazio backs select committee on climate
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
After a petition called Gandhi ‘racist,’ his statue was removed from the University of Ghana
Associated Press:
Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Judd / myajc:
AJC INVESTIGATION: How Brian Kemp turned warning of election system vulnerability against Democrats
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: Breitbart
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Trump prepares for his holiday respite in Florida, he is more isolated than ever