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11:30 AM ET, December 16, 2018


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John Harwood / CNBC:
Voters are growing uneasy over the probes swirling around Trump, as a clear majority believe he hasn't been honest: NBC-WSJ poll  — A robust 62 percent majority say Trump has not been honest about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, up from 56 percent in August.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: 62 percent say Trump isn't telling the truth in Russia probe  —  More Americans want Democrats — not Trump — in charge of setting policy, a new national NBC News/WSJ poll finds.  —  WASHINGTON — Six in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump has been untruthful about the investigation …
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasts former personal attorney Michael Cohen as pathetic  —  President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani blasted the president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen as “pathetic” and a “serial liar” when questioned about Cohen's claim …
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘I can produce 20 witnesses’ to defend hush money payments  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, claimed Sunday he could “produce 20 witnesses” to testify that hush money payments to women ahead of the 2016 election were intended to protect then-candidate Trump's family …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Giuliani on Trump sitting down with Mueller: “Over my dead body”
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   As Trump prepares for his holiday respite in Florida, he is more isolated than ever
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph
Michael Savage / The Guardian:
Senior Tories urge free vote on second referendum  —  Cabinet ministers renew pleas for fresh approach after damaging week for PM  —  Theresa May is being urged to give her MPs free rein to vote for a second referendum, with a new group of ministers poised to back another public ballot on Brexit.
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.
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: Outside the Beltway, CNN and Breitbart
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
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 …
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
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: IJR, Politico and Salon
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 …
CBS News:
Sunday: Miller, Klobuchar, Barrasso, Davis, Potter  —  Friday evening, President Trump turned to Twitter to name Office of Management and Budget chief Mick Mulvaney his pick for acting White House chief of staff. … Fierce speculation had abounded over the president's replacement for John Kelly …
Discussion: and Mediaite
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
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
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Washington Post:
White House prepares for shutdown as GOP lawmakers struggle for an alternative
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The Impossible Job: How John Kelly Failed to Tame the West Wing
Discussion: Politico
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Jerusalem Post:
Trump working on extraditing cleric, Turkish foreign minister says
Agence France-Presse:
UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder
Discussion: Politico
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
An Antidote to Idiocy in ‘Churchill’
Matthew Dalton / Wall Street Journal:
France Probes Any Moscow Role in Yellow-Vest Movement
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Climate Negotiators Reach an Overtime Deal to Keep Paris Pact Alive
Discussion: JustOneMinute
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
New York Times:
How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments
Discussion: Boing Boing