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4:05 PM ET, December 16, 2018


 Top Items: 
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 …
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Discussion: TheStreet
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: Splinter and Breitbart
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Giuliani melts down defending Trump lies about Cohen: 'Unless you're god, you'll never know what the truth is'  —  Rudy Giuliani, an attorney representing President Donald Trump, insisted that Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, could not be believed when it comes to allegations …
The Daily Beast:
Giuliani Said on ABC That President Knew Cohen Pushed Trump Tower Moscow ‘Up To November 2016’  —  Rudy Giuliani claimed in an ABC interview that President Donald Trump knew that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was working on the Trump Tower Moscow deal “all the way up to...November of 2016.”
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘I can produce 20 witnesses’ to defend hush money payments
Discussion: Washington Post
Zachary Basu / Axios:   Giuliani on Trump sitting down with Mueller: “Over my dead body”
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
Discussion: Telegraph
Michael Savage / The Guardian:   Senior Tories urge free vote on second referendum
Kris Schneider / ABC News:
Sen. Dick Durbin: Obamacare ruling ‘once again puts Republicans in Washington on the spot’  —  Just days after a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, the Senate minority whip said Sunday the ruling is bad news for Republicans in Congress.
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump adviser: We will ‘do whatever is necessary to build the border wall’  —  White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said the Trump administration would “do whatever is necessary” to build its signature wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means shutting down the government.
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and Breitbart
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Horrifying indifference to children's lives  —  The Post reported this week: … The Department of Homeland Security's statement in response to reports of the child's death was a moral and legal disgrace: … For starters, the federal government is responsible for the health and welfare …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Salon and New York Times
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:   The 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody was healthy before she arrived, father says
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Father of Little Girl Who Died in Border Control Custody Says He Has No Complaints With Treatment
Discussion: IJR and
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Jakelin Caal Was Held at Border Patrol Base Previously Cited for Contaminated Water
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump says he'll review case of Matt Golsteyn, a Special Forces veteran who faces murder charge  —  The Army veteran is accused of killing an alleged Taliban bombmaker without permission.  —  President Trump tweeted Sunday that he will review the case of a former Special Forces officer …
Tom Gara / BuzzFeed News:
Here's How The Chief Palestinian Negotiator Described His Last Meeting With Jared Kushner  —  DOHA, Qatar— Things continue to not look great for Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner's push for a Middle East peace deal.  —  How could this be?  It's not for a lack of meetings …
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, Outside the Beltway and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: CBS News and POLITICUSUSA
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
Davos bows to Moscow pressure to lift ban on Russian trio  —  The World Economic Forum in Davos has bowed to pressure from Moscow and gone back on its decision to ban three Russian businessmen subject to US sanctions from the exclusive conference, following high-level diplomacy involving the Swiss government.
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Ben Sales / Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Son Says He'd ‘Prefer’ if ‘All the Muslims Leave the Land of Israel’
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
'The Worst I've Ever Seen It': Lean Stone Crab Season Follows Red Tide in Florida
Siobhán O'Grady / Washington Post:
In Cameroon, journalists are being jailed on charges of ‘fake news’
Washington Post:
White House prepares for shutdown as GOP lawmakers struggle for an alternative
Discussion: The Hill
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The Impossible Job: How John Kelly Failed to Tame the West Wing
Discussion: Politico
Jerusalem Post:
Trump working on extraditing cleric, Turkish foreign minister says
Agence France-Presse:
UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Ryan Zinke's Scandal-Plagued Run as Trump's Interior Secretary Comes to an End
Discussion: Bloomberg and WKOW
David Brooks / New York Times:
Who Killed The Weekly Standard?
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Climate Negotiators Reach an Overtime Deal to Keep Paris Pact Alive
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Mueller Is Fighting a Witness in Court. Who Is It?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
After a petition called Gandhi ‘racist,’ his statue was removed from the University of Ghana