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7:45 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 …
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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?
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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, Salon and Breitbart
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.
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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
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
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, Raw Story and Vox
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
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.
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 …
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:   Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery
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.
David Nather / Axios:
You should take the Obamacare ruling seriously  —  The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature achievement, may be headed back to the Supreme Court after a conservative federal judge in Texas struck down the individual mandate as unconstitutional last evening.
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Trump prepares for his holiday respite in Florida, he is more isolated than ever
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
My advice to progressives: Don't back down
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP majority's last words: But her emails!
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Asserts Major Russian Military Buildup on Eastern Border