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2:00 AM ET, December 17, 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” …
Discussion: KXLF-TV
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'
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   ‘Over my dead body’: Giuliani dismisses prospect of Trump interview with Mueller
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 12-16-18: Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: The Daily Beast and emptywheel
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasts former personal attorney Michael Cohen as pathetic
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
I Have Seen the Future of a Republican Party That Is No Longer Insane  —  This week, the Niskanen Center, a libertarian-leaning Washington think tank, held a conference on the future of the Republican Party, called “Starting Over: The Center-Right After Trump.”
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: CBS News and Raw Story
Washington Post:   White House, Democrats dig in as fears of partial shutdown intensify
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Schumer: Trump's ‘temper tantrum’ over wall funding is leading to shutdown
Discussion: Vox
Wall Street Journal:
Texas ObamaCare Blunder  —  A judge's ruling will be overturned and could backfire on Republicans.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  No one opposes ObamaCare more than we do, and Democrats are now confirming that it was designed as a way-station to government-run health care.
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 …
Kevin D. Williamson / New York Post:
Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drives conservatives crazy … One can partly understand why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the hilariously ignorant young socialist recently elected to a House seat from The Bronx and Queens, has soared to the top of the Republicans' naughty list.
Discussion: Instapundit
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?
Sidney Powell / The Daily Caller:
New Facts Indicate Mueller Destroyed Evidence, Obstructed Justice  —  The Supreme Court held long ago in Brady v. Maryland that the Constitution requires the prosecution, which holds all the cards in a criminal case, to give the defense all evidence favorable to the defendant …
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Trump has big fan base among Iowa Republicans, but they welcome challengers  —  President Donald Trump remains popular among Iowa Republican voters, but they want the door politely held open for GOP challengers.  —  A new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Trump …
Wall Street Journal:
The Fall of the House of Ghosn  —  Not everybody at Nissan was happy with their rock-star chairman, Carlos Ghosn.  His high-living ways gave the company ammunition to take him down.  —  The house that helped trigger the downfall of Carlos Ghosn is a rose-colored mansion in one of Beirut's most expensive neighborhoods.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton writes letter to 8-year-old girl who lost class president to male classmate  —  Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton penned a personal letter to an 8-year-old girl who lost her race for class president to a boy.  —  Clinton wrote to console Martha Kennedy Morales …
Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump's travel ban keeping mother from dying 2-year-old son  —  The Yemeni mother of a 2-year-old boy on life support in an Oakland hospital is being prevented from coming to the country to say goodbye to her son by the Trump administration ban on travel from certain Muslim countries, the child's family says.
Discussion: Splinter
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.
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.
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
The Cost of Telling a #MeToo Story in Australia  —  Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.  —  Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.  —  Yael Stone is scared.  —  We are in New York City, at a ramen place near her apartment in Astoria, Queens …
Discussion: The Guardian, Deadline and Mashable
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
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Discussion: TheStreet
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.
Bob Corker on primarying Trump: “What is happening right now is not the standard Republicanism”  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), nearing the end of his time in the Senate after his decision to retire, was mum on whether or not he'd support a primary challenge against President Trump in 2020 during …
Discussion: Mediaite
Alex Thompson / Politico:
DNC Chair Tom Perez goes to war with state parties  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez launched an attack on his own party's state organizations Saturday with a long and angry email over the future of the party's most valuable asset — its voter data file.
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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
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Why are Labour's leaders so quiet on Europe? Maybe it's the lure of disaster
The Sub Beacon Podcast:
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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
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
I became a Democrat a year ago and found my own voice. It changed everything.
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Sales / Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Son Says He'd ‘Prefer’ if ‘All the Muslims Leave the Land of Israel’
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Horrifying indifference to children's lives
Discussion: Daily Wire and IJR
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
'The Worst I've Ever Seen It': Lean Stone Crab Season Follows Red Tide in Florida
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump adviser: We will ‘do whatever is necessary to build the border wall’
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and Breitbart
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
Davos bows to Moscow pressure to lift ban on Russian trio
Tom Gara / BuzzFeed News:
Here's How The Chief Palestinian Negotiator Described His Last Meeting With Jared Kushner