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10:40 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 …
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
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Russia favored Trump, targeted African-Americans with election meddling, reports say  —  The Russians set up 30 Facebook pages targeting the black community, the researchers found, and 10 YouTube channels that posted 571 videos related to police violence against African-Americans.
Discussion: Bloomberg
David McCabe / Axios:
Senate-commissioned reports show scale of Russian misinformation campaign
Discussion: Politico
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Silicon Valley may have done ‘bare minimum’ to help Russia investigation, Senate Intel Committee told
Discussion: KXLF-TV
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn's business partner charged with illegally lobbying for Turkey  —  A business partner of Michael Flynn is being charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy for attempting to get Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen extradited from the United States.
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
Suddenly everyone is defending the Affordable Care Act  —  Now that federal Judge Reed O'Connor has ruled the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional — since Congress zeroed out the penalty tied to the mandate to buy health insurance — the health care law once again has to show it has an extra life in its back pocket.
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.
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: Mediaite, Axios, New Republic and Bloomberg
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.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
California Upends 2020 Democratic Primary Calendar  —  By moving its presidential primary to early March, California will force candidates to address West Coast issues  —  When Iowa Democrats hold their February 2020 presidential caucuses, millions of Californians will already have their primary ballots.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.”
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Witches to Trump: Stop Calling the Mueller Investigation a ‘Witch Hunt’  —  The witch community is tired of the president invoking the worst moment in their history to serve his political needs.  —  It may, on the surface, seem like a harmless way to trivialize Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Soaring suicides are another sign of our toxic social disconnect  —  Americans are dying — earlier than they have been and often at their own hands.  —  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2017 tally, there has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of US deaths by suicide and drug overdose.
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
WaPo Reporter: FBI And CIA Sources Say They Doubt Major Dossier Allegation  — A Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter recently claimed CIA and FBI sources told the newspaper they do not believe the Steele dossier's allegations about Michael Cohen are accurate.
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
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
Discussion: CBS News and Wonkette
Ben Taub / New Yorker:
Iraq's Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge  —  The corruption and cruelty of the state's response to suspected jihadis and their families seem likely to lead to the resurgence of the terror group.  —  A September morning in Baghdad.  Traffic halted at checkpoints and roadblocks …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Coons: Trump sounds ‘more like a mob boss than president’ with Cohen attacks  —  President Donald Trump's use of the word “rat” to attack his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen is more evocative of a “mob boss” than a president, a Democratic senator said Monday.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Adam Wren / Indianapolis Monthly:
Pete Buttigieg Has His Eye On The Prize  —  Can South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg work the angles to become a dark-horse presidential contender in 2020?  —  To know Pete Buttigieg is to watch him play a skill crane game, the joystick-guided, mechanical claw-driven pastime found in video arcades …
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 …
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 …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania meltdown triggers Republican alarms  —  PHILADELPHIA — A GOP implosion in Pennsylvania has Republicans alarmed about President Donald Trump's reelection prospects in a state that proved essential to his 2016 victory.  —  The enfeebled state party — still reeling …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Luciano Guerra / Washington Post:
I voted for Trump.  Now his wall may destroy my butterfly paradise.  —  The Republican party is abandoning the conservative principles I treasured.  —  Right now, in Mission, Tex., we don't worry about immigrants who crossed the border illegally or drug smugglers.
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?
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
Unable to indict the president, Manhattan federal prosecutors may focus on Trump Organization  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan this past week appeared to be barreling forward on a collision course with  —  President Trump.  Forbidden from indicting him by their superiors in Washington …
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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Cory Booker's Theory of Love
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Pelosi tries to buy Mueller time
Discussion: The Federalist and Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
When they go low, Beto can too  —  EL PASO, Texas …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Again, China debases the rule of law. This time, President Trump chimes right in.
Associated Press:
Iran says general fatally shot himself by accident
Kevin D. Williamson / New York Post:
Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drives conservatives crazy
Discussion: Instapundit
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Trump has big fan base among Iowa Republicans, but they welcome challengers
 Earlier Items: 
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: Breitbart and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
The Fall of the House of Ghosn
Discussion: KXLF-TV
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
New York Times:
They Grabbed Her Baby and Arrested Her. Now Jazmine Headley Is Speaking Out.
Discussion: Gothamist
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