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8:55 AM ET, December 17, 2018


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New York Times:
Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans  —  The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Silicon Valley may have done ‘bare minimum’ to help Russia investigation, Senate Intel Committee told
Discussion: KXLF-TV
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations  —  WHILE POPULAR MEMORY today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon's resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor's investigation at the time was much broader …
Discussion: Axios and Bloomberg
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
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.”
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.
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
House Dems eye quick action on guns in new Congress  —  House Democrats are planning to move several high-profile bills to combat gun violence soon after they take power in January, underscoring their belief that the political landscape has shifted dramatically on an issue that's plagued American society for decades.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Washington Post:   White House, Democrats dig in as fears of partial shutdown intensify
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump adviser: We will ‘do whatever is necessary to build the border wall’
Discussion: Breitbart, Axios and Associated Press
Jake Sherman / Politico:
It's Boehner's turn: Inside D.C. memoir on the way  —  The next big political memoir isn't coming from inside the Trump White House.  But it is likely to offer eye-popping tales from inside another important D.C. institution.  —  Former House Speaker John Boehner is at work on a memoir …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
How Trump Made War on Angela Merkel and Europe  —  The German Chancellor and other European leaders have run out of patience with the President.  —  This past July, on the final day of the nato summit in Brussels, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, proposed a closed-door emergency meeting.
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 …
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 …
David Siders / Politico:
‘He was willing to be tough’: Beto supporters brace for 2020 brawl  —  EL PASO, Texas - Beto O'Rourke says he hasn't decided yet if he will run for president.  But here in his hometown, his supporters are bracing for a combative primary.  And they point to a previous campaign …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Again, China debases the rule of law.  This time, President Trump chimes right in.  —  I know.  No big deal.  Just one more casually amoral, willfully obtuse, senselessly destructive assault on the rule of law.  —  But President Trump's preening undermining of legal process last week …
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
Aya Batrawy / Associated Press:
Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's ‘interference’ in kingdom  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely …
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
Should we be able to indict a sitting president?  Consider Spiro Agnew.  —  Walter Dellinger was head of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996 and acting U.S. solicitor general from 1996 to 1997.  —  What does the nation do if it turns out that a president of the United States …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Pelosi's balancing act: Protecting Mueller amid impeachment fervor  —  Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top allies are trying to stamp out the impeachment chatter spurred by a rapid-fire series of revelations that have brought special counsel Robert Mueller's probe ever closer to the Oval Office.
Discussion: The Federalist and Raw Story
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 …
Associated Press:
Iran says general fatally shot himself by accident  —  TEHRAN, Iran - The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun.  —  Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself …
New York Times:
They Grabbed Her Baby and Arrested Her.  Now Jazmine Headley Is 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.
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 …
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
DNC Chair Tom Perez goes to war with state parties
Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump's travel ban keeping mother from dying 2-year-old son
Discussion: Splinter
Bob Corker on primarying Trump: “What is happening right now is not the standard Republicanism”
Discussion: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
The Fall of the House of Ghosn
Dillon Collier / KSAT-TV:
Inmate who died in BCSO custody had been held since July on $300 bond
Washington Post:
‘Crisis level’: Republican women sound warning after election losses
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Why are Labour's leaders so quiet on Europe? Maybe it's the lure of disaster
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
The police officer who arrested a president
 Earlier Items: 
The Sub Beacon Podcast:
Introducing the Sub Beacon
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller is the most unknowable man in Washington
Discussion: New Republic
Kip Hill /
Washington Women's March group disbands amid anti-Semitism controversy at national level
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Democrats eyeing 2020 presidential bids test simple pitch: Have some money.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
I became a Democrat a year ago and found my own voice. It changed everything.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Ben Sales / Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Son Says He'd ‘Prefer’ if ‘All the Muslims Leave the Land of Israel’
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
'The Worst I've Ever Seen It': Lean Stone Crab Season Follows Red Tide in Florida
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Economy, Trump Presidency, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Discussion: TheStreet