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12:40 AM ET, December 19, 2018


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Ken White / The Atlantic:
Note to Michael Flynn: Federal Court Is Not Twitter  —  A muscular public relations strategy is often a terrible litigation strategy.  —  Attorney and former federal prosecutor  —  Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Tuesday got an unpleasant lesson on the difference between …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
On Twitter, Trump comes out swinging in many directions  —  President Trump lashed out Tuesday morning at threats from many directions, taking aim at the special counsel's Russia inquiry, the Federal Reserve, social media companies and undocumented immigrants in tweets that spanned more than two hours.
The Atlantic:
Michael Flynn's Lawyers Appear to Have Badly Miscalculated  —  Judge Emmet Sullivan expressed “disdain” and “disgust” for Flynn's crimes and, despite the government's request for leniency, postponed a status hearing until March.  —  Lawyers for retired General Michael Flynn had every reason to celebrate.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Judge's accusations mar Michael Flynn sentencing hearing
Discussion: Instapundit
Washington Post:
'I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain': Veteran judge upends hopes of Trump allies as he spotlights Flynn's misdeeds
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, scheduled to be sentenced
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Russia ran a disinformation campaign against Mueller. It sounds just like Trump's.
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and ABC News
New York Times:
As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants  —  Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people's data than it has disclosed.  —  For years, Facebook gave some of the world's largest technology companies …
New York Times:
Facebook's Data Sharing: 5 Takeaways From Our Investigation
Discussion: Mediaite
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Trump signed letter of intent for Trump Tower Moscow project despite Giuliani insisting he didn't  —  Giuliani changes Trump Tower Moscow timelines  —  (CNN)A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
CNN: Trump signed letter of intent to build Trump Tower in Moscow  —  On Tuesday night, CNN's Chris Cuomo obtained a letter of intent signed by now-President Trump to move forward with a Trump Tower in Moscow.  —  Why it matters: As Cuomo notes, the signed letter doesn't have direct legal implications or suggest obvious wrongdoing.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Court orders company to comply with special counsel subpoena in mystery grand jury appeal  —  (CNN)Four days after attorneys secretly argued over a grand jury subpoena suspected to be related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election …
Discussion: KXLF-TV
Mueller appears victorious in mystery subpoena dispute  —  The ruling offers the intriguing detail that the entity fighting the Mueller subpoena is a foreign-owned company, not a specific individual, as many had speculated.  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a mystery corporation owned …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Washington's Mystery Witness Turns Out to Be a Corporation, Not a Person  —  WASHINGTON — A mystery witness fighting a secret fight over a sealed subpoena with a prosecutor who may be Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating the Trump-Russia affair, turns out to be a corporation owned …
Discussion: The Guardian and Lawfare
David Glovin / Bloomberg:   U.S. Prevails in Subpoena Fight Against Mystery Corporation
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Appeals Court Upholds Grand Jury Subpoena In Secret Mueller-Linked Case
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Senate overwhelmingly backs overhaul of criminal justice system  —  The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system, after a remarkable political shift from Republicans who voted in large numbers to save money by reducing prison sentences …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Senate Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the most substantial changes in a generation to the tough-on-crime prison and sentencing laws that ballooned the federal prison population and created a criminal justice system …
CNN:   The bill that wouldn't die: The unlikely story behind the criminal justice overhaul
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
The Trump Foundation Gets Put to Sleep  —  New York's attorney general dissolves the president's personal piggy bank, but a lawsuit against the faux charity alleging fraud continues.  —  The Trump Foundation, a tiny New York outfit masquerading as a philanthropy but operating, essentially …
Discussion: Daily Kos
NY State Attorney General:
A.G. Underwood Announces Stipulation Dissolving Trump Foundation Under Judicial Supervision …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations he used it for personal and political benefit
Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally will be appointed to John McCain's Senate seat  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to fill for the next two years the Senate seat long held by the late U.S. Sen. John McCain.  —  Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to appoint McSally …
Arizona Republic:
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema will be Arizona's senior U.S. senator, Gov. Doug Ducey says
Discussion: Hot Air, ABC News and Politico
Jenna Amatulli / HuffPost:
Here Are The Advertisers Boycotting Tucker Carlson's Show  —  The Fox News host is facing backlash after suggesting that immigrants make our country “poorer and dirtier and more divided” on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”  —  Fox News' Tucker Carlson is rapidly losing advertisers amid a controversy …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Ousted NPR news chief, ex-Fox News execs team up on new site  —  One was ousted from NPR amid allegations of sexual harassment.  The other left Fox News shortly after writing a column widely panned as racist and anti-gay.  Now they've been recruited to help launch a digital news startup …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
All 83 Of The Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Were Dismissed Because He's On The Supreme Court Now  —  WASHINGTON — All of the ethics complaints filed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation proceedings were dismissed on Tuesday after a panel of federal judges concluded …
Discussion: Splinter and Axios
Washington Post:   Judiciary dismisses ‘serious’ misconduct complaints against Brett M. Kavanaugh
Shannon Houser / Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH:
Cleveland man alleges racial profiling after bank refuses to cash check, calls 911  —  BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland man says he was racially profiled at a local branch when they called the cops on him for trying to cash a check.  —  Paul McCowns tells Cleveland 19 he went …
Discussion: Raw Story, Hill Reporter and The Root
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:   A black man tried to cash his paycheck. The bank called the cops.
Washington Post:
White House says it wants to avoid government shutdown, will find other ways to fund border wall  —  The White House wants to avoid a partial government shutdown and has found other ways to get the border wall President Trump is demanding, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.
Michael Sykes / Axios:
White House asks federal agencies to contribute to border wall funding
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and Washington Post
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The Staff Is Fed Up He's Acting Like a Nut”: Trump's West Wing Braces for Christmas Madness, More Departures—And Mueller  —  Javanka blocked Bannon ally David Bossie for chief of staff—but bigger problems are looming.  —  Donald Trump plans to head to Mar-a-Lago for a 16 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Hullabaloo and Wonkette
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Second woman claims billionaire perv Jeffrey Epstein ‘directed’ her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz  —  A second alleged trafficking victim of Jeffrey Epstein says the billionaire pedophile “directed” her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz — a claim the prominent attorney adamantly denies.
Dennis McLellan / Los Angeles Times:
Penny Marshall, who played feisty Laverne in ‘Laverne & Shirley’ before directing movies, dies at 75  —  Penny Marshall, who costarred as a Milwaukee brewery worker in the top-rated 1970s and '80s sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming a director of hit movies such as “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died.
New York Times:
Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran  —  WASHINGTON — Hackers infiltrated the European Union's diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and struggles …
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Poll: Democrat Leads GOP Governor in Kentucky  —  A new poll of next year's gubernatorial race in Kentucky shows Democrats in position to extend their nationwide winning streak beyond the 2018 midterms.  —  Aside from taking back the House majority, Democrats also gained seven governorships around the country.
Ken White / Popehat:
Alan Dershowitz Is Lying To You  —  Alan Dershowitz, famed Harvard Law School professor and successful trial and appellate lawyer, is lying to you.  —  He's lying about American law — the subject he ostensibly teaches, the subject on which he is called upon as an expert — for partisan reasons …
Discussion: Raw Story, Hot Air and The Hill
Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
Mnuchin Backs Off Trump's Promise of 10% Middle-Class Tax Cut  — Tax focus will be on technical fixes, Treasury secretary says  — Trump floated idea of middle-class relief before elections  —  The Trump administration is setting aside a middle-class tax cut and planning to focus …
Discussion: The Week and CNBC
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Ready to Pounce on Trumpworld Concessions to Moscow  —  New court filings by Mueller's office could answer a central question of the Russia investigation: What did the Kremlin hope to get from its political machinations?  —  For more than a year, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office …
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
F.B.I. Wiretap Recorded Suspect on Eve of Bike Path Terror Attack
Discussion: Breitbart
John Barrasso / New York Times:
Cut Carbon Through Innovation, Not Regulation
Discussion: Mother Jones
John Stanton / BuzzFeed News:
Another Migrant Girl Nearly Died After She Was Detained In New Mexico By The Border Patrol
Discussion: Vox
Matt A. Barreto / New York Times:
Trump Thinks He's Still Winning on Immigration
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Putting the 2020 Democrats into tiers
Discussion: Politico, and Breitbart
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Memo Raises New Questions About Timing Of Andrew McCabe's Firing
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Julie Kelly of American Greatness Attacks a Victim of Sexual Abuse Because Trump
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“I Think You Could Double the Size of This Company, Honestly”: Politico's Robert Allbritton on Trump …
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
Rats are everywhere in D.C. Even on the White House lawn.
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
N. Carolina gov. vetoing bill with congressional race redo
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada becomes first state with majority female Legislature