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Axios:
Sarah Sanders defends Trump siding with Kim Jong-un on Joe Biden  —  Speaking from Tokyo in her first “Meet the Press” interview ever, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told NBC's Chuck Todd that President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “agree in their assessment” …
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Daniel Politi / Slate:
Trump Implies He Trusts North Korea's Kim More Than His Own People  —  President Donald Trump seemed to contradict his national security adviser Saturday, claiming he was unbothered by North Korea's recent missile tests essentially because he trusts dictator Kim Jong Un.
Washington Post:
Trump appears to contradict Bolton on North Korea, expresses ‘confidence’ in Kim  —  TOKYO — President Trump appeared to contradict his national security adviser on foreign soil in an early morning tweet Sunday, noting that while some in his administration were “disturbed” …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump, in Japan, says Tokyo has ‘substantial’ trade advantage over US
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump turns the full force of the government on perceived political enemies  —  Analysis: The president is wielding power in ways not seen in the United States in generations — if ever.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump found four former federal officials guilty of “treason” …
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New York Times:   Trump's Targeting of Intelligence Agencies Gains a Harder Edge
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:   Donald Trump Gives William Barr Power to Declassify Intelligence Information in 'a Corrupt Act …
MSNBC:   Former CIA Director: Barr investigation an “outrageous” move
Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Trump lawyers, House committees reach agreement to hold off on enforcing Deutsche Bank, Capital One subpoenas  —  (CNN)Lawyers for President Donald Trump have reached an agreement with the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees to hold off for now on enforcing the subpoenas …
Agence France-Presse:
Jews in Germany warned of risks of wearing kippah cap in public  —  Government commissioner says lifting of inhibitions and rise of uncouthness are factors behind rising incidence of antisemitism  —  Germany's government commissioner on antisemitism has warned Jews about the potential dangers …
Gerry Shih / Washington Post:
‘If I disappear’: Chinese students make farewell messages amid crackdowns over labor activism  —  BEIJING — The video opens with the 21-year-old sociology student facing the camera.  His voice quivers as he recounts his interrogation — his humiliation — for days at the hands of Beijing police.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Crazy Is as Crazy Does  —  WASHINGTON — Sometimes, as the light comes in my bedroom window and I start to wake up, my mind drifts to other things.  —  I think about how talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge is, with her two mordant shows, “Killing Eve” and “Fleabag.”
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Buttigieg pushes for massive fundraising haul to cement top-tier status  —  Pete Buttigieg is aiming to shake the Democratic presidential race with a massive fundraising total this quarter, staking his claim in the top tier of the primary and demonstrating staying power after rocketing to prominence two months ago.
New York Times:
In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc  —  For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘Ghosted’: GOP abandons female House hopeful despite talk of electing women  —  Before Leigh Brown ran for a vacant House seat in North Carolina earlier this year, she got plenty of encouragement from Republicans in Washington eager to grow the ranks of GOP women in Congress.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
John McCain Recited Names Of Dictators During Trump Inaugural, Senator Says  —  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, sat next to McCain during Trump's January 2017 speech.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Sen. John McCain repeatedly compared President Donald Trump …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
How Trump Wins Next Year  —  What's happened in India and Australia is a warning to the left.  —  More than 600 million Indians cast their ballots over the past six weeks in the largest democratic election in the world.  Donald Trump won.  —  A week ago, several million Australians went to the polls in another touchstone election.
Washington Post:
Trump's allies insist he is winning in feud with Pelosi.  Her backers say she showed up the president.  —  To many Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scored a political victory over President Trump this week, making him so incensed that he hurled insults at her and blew up negotiations …
Discussion: Raw Story
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The Hill:   Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote
Mark DeCambre / MarketWatch:
The richest 10% of households now represent 70% of all U.S. wealth  —  The rich are getting richer.  It is a refrain that has certainly been uttered before, and likely will again, as Deutsche Bank Securities' chief economist points out that the gap between the haves and have-nots in the U.S. is, indeed, widening.
 
 
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Daniel Akst / Wall Street Journal:
The Reopening of the Liberal Mind
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Meacham: Trump Trying to ‘Stoke Fear’ With ‘Treason’ Talk, Similar to McCarthy Era
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
'The president's insane': book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
John Blake / CNN:
How an internet mob falsely painted a Chipotle employee as racist
Vaishnavee Sharma / Washington Examiner:
Federal judge who blocked Trump's border wall donated $20K to Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
'It's not trivial': Bennet faces steep hurdles in longshot campaign
Discussion: Axios
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN now the ‘hate Trump’ network, ex-contributors say: Network ‘openly despises conservatives’
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Utah judge suspended for bashing Trump online and in court
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Barry McCaffrey / Washington Post:
Pardoning convicted troops would tell the world America no longer has a disciplined military
Discussion: Axios and Just Security
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Emergency’ to Justify Saudi Arms Sales
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas
Charles Davis / HuffPost:
Tulsi Gabbard's Top Online Fundraiser Is A Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theorist
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Merica / CNN:
‘Seniors for Buttigieg’: Why voters twice his age feel drawn to the millennial mayor