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5:15 PM ET, December 16, 2018


 Top Items: 
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.”
Discussion: ABC News, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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 …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘I can produce 20 witnesses’ to defend hush money payments
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Washington Post
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   ‘Over my dead body’: Giuliani dismisses prospect of Trump interview with Mueller
Zachary Basu / Axios:   Giuliani on Trump sitting down with Mueller: “Over my dead body”
Washington Post:
New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation's scale and sweep  —  The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee
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
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.
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 12-16-18: Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: The Daily Beast and emptywheel
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Schumer: Trump's ‘temper tantrum’ over wall funding is leading to shutdown
Discussion: Vox
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
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
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
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, IJR 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
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
I became a Democrat a year ago and found my own voice.  It changed everything.  —  I wrote my truth, held my breath and waited.  I now care about lots more things than I used to, and I've finally embraced my Asian-American identity.  —  CONNECT  —  One year ago, I published a column …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Weekly Standard's Dismantling Is Terrible News for Conservatism and Journalism  —  The Weekly Standard shut down on Friday after 23 years of publication.  In an unceremonious execution, MediaDC, the magazine's owner, instructed staff to clear out their desks by the end of the day.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Who Killed The Weekly Standard?
Discussion: Althouse
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
'The Worst I've Ever Seen It': Lean Stone Crab Season Follows Red Tide in Florida  —  A prolonged red tide in Southwest Florida has hurt the iconic stone crab — and the fishermen, whose family businesses go back generations, who catch it.  —  EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. — On a good day …
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 …
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Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton writes to an 8-year-old who ran for class president and lost to a boy …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Democrats eyeing 2020 presidential bids test simple pitch: Have some money.
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
No glory in James Comey getting away with his abuse of FBI power
Ben Sales / Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Son Says He'd ‘Prefer’ if ‘All the Muslims Leave the Land of Israel’
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
Davos bows to Moscow pressure to lift ban on Russian trio
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
 Earlier Items: 
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The Impossible Job: How John Kelly Failed to Tame the West Wing
Discussion: Politico
Emily Gillespie / Fortune:
Mueller Investigation Cost $25 Million So Far, Report Says.  It's Pulled in $48 Million From Tax Cheats
Discussion: CBS News and POLITICUSUSA
Jerusalem Post:
Trump working on extraditing cleric, Turkish foreign minister says
Agence France-Presse:
UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder
Discussion: Politico
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Mueller Is Fighting a Witness in Court. Who Is It?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story