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Washington Post:
Trump invites congressional leaders to White House to discuss Iran after Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone  —  DUBAI — Iran shot down a U.S. naval surveillance drone with the wingspan of an airliner near the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf region …
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump says Iranian shootdown of US military drone may have been a ‘mistake’  —  President Donald Trump said Thursday that the Iranian shootdown of an American drone may have not have been intentional, but a “mistake” by someone “stupid.”  —  Trump spoke following a meeting …
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
The U.S. Drone Shot Down by Iran Is a $200 Million Prototype Spy Plane  —  The Navy now possesses as few as three of the high-flying, 737-size BAMS-D drones, which can theoretically watch over the Persian Gulf around the clock.  —  The U.S. military drone Iran shot down over the Persian Gulf …
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Trump on Iran drone attack: “I have a feeling it was a mistake”
Discussion: Shakesville
Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic:
Trump Might Not Want War, but the Military Is Steering His Iran Policy
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bulletpoint: How To Tell When Biden Has Committed A Real Gaffe  —  It's usually been smart to be skeptical when someone alleges that a new campaign trail incident or another daily controversy will cause voters to turn away from Joe Biden.  While he has seen his numbers decline …
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New York Times:   Joe Biden Calls Cory Booker to Smooth Over Tensions After Segregationist Remarks
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why Joe Biden is so defensive over his remarks about segregationists
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Rush Limbaugh Has a Nasty Reality Check for Joe Biden
Discussion: Daily Wire, Breitbart and twitchy.com
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Horns are growing on young people's skulls.  Phone use is to blame, research suggests.  —  Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date.  —  But we already know this.  —  What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines …
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Alabama's Roy Moore Set to Announce Another Senate Run Over President Trump's Objection  —  (MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce Thursday whether he will make another run for U.S. Senate after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate rebukes Trump with vote to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE  —  The Senate voted to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, rebuking President Donald Trump's foreign policy in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Rays to explore playing in Montreal  —  The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Associated Press:
Lawyers claim dangerous situation at border detention site  —  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A legal team that recently interviewed over 60 children at a Border Patrol station in Texas says a traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked …
Discussion: The Guardian
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Suspends Second-in-Command, Implicating Him in Coup Attempt  —  The palace intrigue at the National Rifle Association deepened on Thursday as the gun group suspended its second-in-command and top lobbyist, accusing him of complicity in the recent failed coup against its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre.
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The Daily Beast:
Lawsuit: NRA's Unpaid Bills Could Shutter NRATV
Discussion: Washington Press
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
'These People Aren't Coming From Norway': Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash  —  As more Somali refugees arrive in St. Cloud, white anti-immigration activists have pressed an increasingly explicit anti-Muslim agenda.  —  ST. CLOUD, Minn. — John Palmer, a former university professor, has always had a cause.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Agreement.  Is It Falling Apart?  —  When Elizabeth Warren hosted Bernie Sanders at her place in Washington for a private meeting late on the second Wednesday of December, both senators finally came clean with what was, by that point, obvious but unspoken.
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Marie Solis / VICE:
Bernie Sanders Says He'd Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Mural of George Washington that ‘traumatizes students’ to be covered up  —  There's plans in the works to cover a mural of George Washington from the halls of George Washington High School in San Francisco due to complaints that it's offensive and demeaning to Native Americans and African Americans.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
This is a real slide from an Air Force brief on the real threat of incels  —  At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.  —  Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an …
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon Republican senator threatens state troopers, warns them to ‘come heavily armed’  —  Tensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent …
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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A gay first lady?  Yes, we've already had one, and here are her love letters.  —  In the summer of 1910, Evangeline Simpson Whipple told the caretaker of her home not to move anything in her absence.  The wealthy widow was going on a trip, but would be back soon, she said.  —  She never returned.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Appeals court says Trump family planning restrictions can take effect  —  A federal appeals court this morning said the Trump administration's family planning rules can take effect nationwide while several lawsuits play out, delivering a major blow to Planned Parenthood and states challenging the overhaul.
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Trump administration's abortion ‘gag rule’ can take effect, court rules
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Biggest Obstacle to Trump's Victory in 2020  —  In his campaign kickoff this week, President Donald Trump demonstrated once again that he is determined to solve a problem he doesn't have—even at the expense of exacerbating the greatest obstacle to his reelection.
Discussion: American Thinker
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Some White House Reporters Are Throwing Sarah Huckabee Sanders A Goodbye Party  —  White House correspondents and some Trump staffers plan to send Sanders off with “farewell drinks” next week.  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the reporters who cover the White House haven't always had the smoothest relationship.
Washington Post:
‘I will answer every question’: Onetime Trump business partner Felix Sater is set to tell a House panel new details about Moscow project  —  Congressional investigators looking into President Trump's ties to Russia are scheduled to hear Friday from one of the most cooperative Trump associates yet …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Stunning Twist in Navy SEAL War Crimes Trial: Witness Says He Was the Killer  —  SAN DIEGO — In stunning testimony that may upend the war crimes trial of Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher, a SEAL medic told the court on Thursday that he and not the chief had killed a wounded captive in Iraq.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Napolitano Shocked By Gallagher Trial Bombshell: Once in a Lifetime, Witness on the Stand Says 'He Didn't Do it, I Did'
Discussion: IJR
 
 
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The Babylon Bee:
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
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Trita Parsi / The Nation:
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