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9:10 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
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Silicon Valley may have done ‘bare minimum’ to help Russia investigation, Senate Intel Committee told  —  Sen. Warner ‘deeply disappointed’ Google not on Capitol Hill  —  (CNN)The Senate Intelligence Committee has been advised that social media companies might have provided the “bare minimum” …
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.”
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 …
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasts former personal attorney Michael Cohen as pathetic
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
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
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
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and POLITICUSUSA
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Discussion: TheStreet
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?
New York Times:
They Grabbed Her Baby and Arrested Her at a Welfare Office.  Now She's Speaking Out.  —  Jazmine Headley took her baby boy to a public benefits office in Brooklyn on a recent Friday to find out why the city had abruptly stopped paying for him to go to day care while she worked cleaning offices.
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 …
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.
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
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
Dillon Collier / KSAT-TV:
Inmate who died in BCSO custody had been held since July on $300 bond  —  Janice Dotson-Stephens, 61, died Friday  —  SAN ANTONIO - Court records confirm that an inmate who died while in the custody of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Friday had been held in jail on a $300 bond since July.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
More Powerful Than a Russian Troll Army: The National Enquirer  —  The most powerful print publication in America might just be The National Enquirer.  It functioned as a dirty-tricks shop for Donald J. Trump in 2016, which would have been the stuff of farce — the ultimate tabloid backs …
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 …
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 …
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Why are Labour's leaders so quiet on Europe?  Maybe it's the lure of disaster  —  The party's apparent defeatism on Brexit is grounded in old-style Leninist fantasy  —  For readers bewildered by the indifference of Labour's leaders to Brexit, let me offer a suggestion …
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Washington Post:
‘Crisis level’: Republican women sound warning after election losses
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
So, I Asked People in Saudi Arabia About Their Mad, Murderous Crown Prince
Kip Hill /
Washington Women's March group disbands amid anti-Semitism controversy at national level
Discussion: and Breitbart
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’
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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 and Townhall
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