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7:10 PM ET, December 16, 2018


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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
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.”
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”
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and POLITICUSUSA
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Discussion: TheStreet
New York Times:
A Shutdown Looms.  Can the G.O.P. Get Lawmakers to Show Up to Vote?  —  WASHINGTON — Just days before a deadline to avert a partial government shutdown, President Trump, Democratic leaders and the Republican-controlled Congress are at a stalemate over the president's treasured border wall.
Discussion: Washington Post, CBS News and Raw Story
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Schumer: Trump's ‘temper tantrum’ over wall funding is leading to shutdown
Discussion: Vox
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 12-16-18: Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: The Daily Beast and emptywheel
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
The police officer who arrested a president  —  Amid President Trump's mounting legal problems, TV talking heads and bar-stool philosophers from Boise to Britain have been pondering one of the great mysteries of the U.S. Constitution.  —  Can the president of the United States actually be indicted?
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
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 …
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: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller is the most unknowable man in Washington  —  Mueller.  Mueller.  Mueller.  Mueller.  Mueller.  Mueller.  Everywhere, at any hour, it's Mueller time.  —  Special counsel Robert Swan Mueller III is the second-most famous man in Washington.
The Sub Beacon Podcast:
Introducing the Sub Beacon  —  Each week, geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last, and Sonny Bunch for a podcast about movies and pop culture.  The guys behind the Substandard are back and worse than ever.
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 …
Kip Hill /
Washington Women's March group disbands amid anti-Semitism controversy at national level  —  —  (509) 459-5429  —  Statewide organizers operating under the Women's March banner announced this week that they are dissolving their group in protest of national leaders' association with speakers seen as anti-Semitic.
Discussion: and Breitbart
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 …
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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
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Weekly Standard's Dismantling Is Terrible News for Conservatism and Journalism
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
 Earlier Items: 
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: Townhall and The Hill
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