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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 …
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Associated Press:
Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a U.S. drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal.  The U.S. military declined to immediately comment.
New York Times:
Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions  —  Iran said Thursday that it had shot down a United States drone, days after American officials blamed Iran for attacks on international shipping, in the latest escalation in tensions that have raised fears of war between the two countries.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:   Trump on Iran drone attack: “I have a feeling it was a mistake”
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Wanted a More Docile Iran but Got the Opposite
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 …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Trump Administration's Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration's attempt to circumvent Congress …
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Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Passes Resolution Blocking Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia  —  First in series of three votes to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates; President Trump will be able to veto resolutions  —  WASHINGTON—The Senate passed the first in a series of resolutions aimed …
Discussion: Political Wire
Axios:   Senate votes to block Saudi arm sales despite Trump veto threat
Marianne LeVine / Politico:   Senate rebukes Trump with vote to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
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.
Discussion: The Stranger
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders Says Elizabeth Warren Catching Up to Him Because People ‘Would Like To See A Woman Elected’  —  Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pegged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's rise in the primary polls to, among other things …
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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.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and FiveThirtyEight
Marie Solis / VICE:
Bernie Sanders Says He'd Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work
Discussion: The Intercept
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Republicans fear campaign arm is stumbling in fight for the House  —  The House GOP campaign arm is under fire from Republicans who are growing increasingly anxious about the party's plan to win back the chamber in 2020.  —  Republicans still don't have an answer to Democrats' online fundraising behemoth ActBlue.
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The Hill:   GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
McConnell against pay raise for senators, but Hoyer says House still moving forward — for now
Discussion: Fox News and Roll Call
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is bumping into a very low 2020 ceiling
Discussion: The Guardian
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Rush Limbaugh Has a Nasty Reality Check for Joe Biden
Discussion: Daily Wire, USA Today and CNSNews
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Joe Biden and Democratic Rivals Exchange Attacks Over His Remarks on Segregationists  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday lashed out at his Democratic rivals who had condemned his fond recollections of working relationships with segregationists in the Senate, declining to apologize and defending his record on civil rights.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
South Carolina Will Host 21 Presidential Candidates, and C-Span Can't Do Live Coverage
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Ivanka Trump Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets, Watchdog Group Says  —  A complaint alleges President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser repeatedly violated the law that bans government employees from political campaigning.  —  A watchdog group has called on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel …
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Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
Ivanka Trump Violated the Hatch Act Days After OSC Recommended Conway's Firing
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Paternity suit in state lists Joe Biden's son, 49  —  An Arkansas woman is suing the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, alleging that he is the father of her baby.  —  Thus far, she's been unable to serve him with the papers, her attorney said.  —  Lunden Alexis Roberts filed a petition …
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Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Biden sidesteps questions about his son's foreign business dealings but promises ethics pledge
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces plans to expand its investigative journalism  —  Ten staff positions to be added across newsroom teams  —  The Washington Post announced today a major expansion of its investigative journalism, building on the sharp increase in staff it has dedicated to accountability work over the past several years.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Michael Bennet pushes sweeping plan to remake political system  —  Sen. Michael Bennet sprang onto the national stage in January, when the usually low-key Colorado Democrat went viral shouting about the 35-day federal government shutdown and Ted Cruz's “crocodile tears.”
Discussion: Breitbart
A.G. Sulzberger / Wall Street Journal:
Accusing the New York Times of ‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line  —  The Founders considered it the gravest of crimes.  Tossing the charge around is irresponsible and wrong.  —  First it was the “the failing New York Times.”  Then “fake news.”  Then “enemy of the people.”
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Marianne Williamson apologizes, says she misspoke in calling vaccines ‘draconian’  —  Williamson explains her qualifications for President  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is apologizing and claiming that she “misspoke” after reportedly referring …
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Beast and The Slot
Helen Christophi / courthousenews.com:
Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids ‘Safe and Sanitary’ Without Soap  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border …
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KQED:   DOJ Lawyer: Sanitary Conditions for Detained Migrant Children Doesn't Necessarily Mean Providing ‘Toothbrush and Soap’
Washington Post:
With Maduro entrenched in Venezuela, Trump loses patience and interest in issue, officials say  —  Last winter, the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seemed a sure bet to President Trump, a quick foreign policy win at a time when other initiatives in Asia …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Believes He Has the Authority to Replace Powell at Fed  — President is not planning to demote Fed chairman, for now  — Powell says he will serve his full term despite criticism  —  President Donald Trump has told confidants as recently as Wednesday that he believes …
Popular Information:
Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that he's focused on improving “the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation” on Twitter. … It's a sentiment echoed by other social media companies.
 
 
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Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon Republican senator threatens state troopers, warns them to ‘come heavily armed’
The Hill:
Trump faces skepticism about Iran war authority from both parties
Discussion: IJR
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Cory Booker's 2020 plan: Clemency for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders
Discussion: Vox, Mother Jones and Axios
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
McConnell Opposes Bipartisan Push for Lawmaker Pay Increase
Wes Rapaport / KXAN-TV:
New Texas law will allow handgun owners to carry weapons in church
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Launches New Effort to Lure Hispanic Voters
Discussion: PJ Media Home, The Root and Newser
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Texas congressman endorses Kamala Harris
The Texas Tribune:
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Jon Brown / Washington Examiner:
Koch brothers 'don't care about Republican voters,' Tucker Carlson says
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Democrats Reps. Sean Casten, Jan Schakowsky call for Trump impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Back home in South Bend, Buttigieg faces ‘his nightmare’
Discussion: Shakesville
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department official didn't disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina
Discussion: Defense One and The Week