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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Key Aide Will Appear Alongside Mueller During Hearings  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III's longtime right-hand aide will appear beside him at the witness table during Wednesday's hearing with the House Judiciary Committee to assist as needed as the former special counsel answers questions …
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Josh Campbell / CNN:
Robert Mueller will frustrate the hell out of Congress  —  Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst covering national security issues.  He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, special assistant to the bureau's director and is the author of a forthcoming book on the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation.
Discussion: National Review
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Bill Barr Already Won  —  Back in May, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan held a town hall to defend his position as the lone Republican calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  Amash explained to voters that he'd arrived at this position …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Axios
CNN:
Trump irritated — not anxious — ahead of Mueller testimony
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Robert Mueller asks to bring his chief of staff with him for congressional testimony: Sources
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here's how Mueller's testimony could damage Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo, New York Times and Mediaite
Washington Post:   Mueller seeks to have top deputy testify with him before House committee
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
FBI's Wray cops to not having read ‘every single word’ of Mueller report
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump sues House Ways and Means panel to block disclosure of his tax returns  —  KEY POINTS  — President Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York state's attorney general and tax chief to block the disclosure of years of his tax returns.
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump sues House Democrats to block release of state tax returns  —  President Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York tax commissioner Michael Schmidt in an effort to block them from releasing his state tax returns.
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg:   Trump Sues to Stop House From Getting N.Y. State Tax Returns
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Protect State Tax Returns
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
With budget deal, Trump drains the swamp — of the Tea Party  —  President Trump once vowed to drain the swamp, but by joining with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the latest budget deal, he has merely drained it of the Tea Party.  —  There are many ways in which the Trump presidency has been disruptive to the status quo.
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John Harwood / CNBC:   Why the GOP keeps losing the fight in budget deals
Walter Shapiro / Roll Call:   Moderation in the Trump era? Democrats, it's futile
Issues & Insights:
A Budget Disaster of Epic Proportions
Discussion: Instapundit
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News helped radicalize domestic terrorist Cesar Sayoc, say his lawyers  —  Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty in March to mailing improvised explosive devices to 13 people, including many prominent Democratic figures, among them former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden …
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:   MAGA Bomber's Lawyers Blame Trump, Sean Hannity for His Radicalization
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Lawyers For Trump ‘Super Fan’ Cesar Sayoc Say Trump's Rhetoric Inspired Terrorist Plot On Democrats
Discussion: ThinkProgress and UPI
New York Times:
Trump Relies on Populist Language, but He Mostly Sides With Corporate Interests  —  WASHINGTON — History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term …
Kera Bolonik / The Cut:
The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge A Harvard Law professor who teaches a class on judgment wouldn't seem like an obvious mark, would he?  —  It was just supposed to have been a quick Saturday-morning errand to buy picture hooks.  On March 7, 2015, Harvard Law professor Bruce Hay, then 52 …
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
The Fall Of Mic Was A Warning  —  “I don't need a pair of Nikes.  I need a 401(k)” — and other lessons from the death of a venture-backed, Facebook-dependent, millennial-focused news site.  —  Esther Bergdahl felt invigorated.  How could she not?  It was 2014, and she had just joined …
CNN:
Warplanes from four countries face off in Asian confrontation  —  Seoul (CNN)Warplanes from four countries faced off Tuesday in a chaotic and unprecedented confrontation above a small, disputed island off the coast of South Korea and Japan.  —  South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff issued …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Who is Kamala Harris, really?  Ask her sister Maya.  —  DES MOINES — It was the Fourth of July, Independence Day, and Kamala Harris was explaining to her sister, Maya, that campaigns are like prisons.  —  She'd been recounting how in the days before the Democratic debate in Miami life had actually slowed down to a manageable pace.
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Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:   Gabbard: ‘Kamala Harris is Not Qualified to Serve as Commander in Chief’
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Moved Money Overseas in Transactions His Bank Flagged to U.S.  —  As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions …
Discussion: Florida Politics and Boing Boing
CNN:
ICE officers came for a Tennessee man.  His neighbors stepped in to stop them  —  (CNN)When US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers tried to take a Tennessee man into custody early Monday morning, the man's neighbors stepped up to stop them, CNN affiliates WTVF and WZTV reported.
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Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks  —  An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to Open Broad, New Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies  —  Inquiry signals Barr's deep interest in tech sector, poses threat to companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review …
Discussion: CNBC
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
This GOP Challenger to Ilhan Omar ‘100%’ Stands with QAnon  —  Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, firmly supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to a communications volunteer who responded to Right Wing Watch's inquiry.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Tom Polansek / Reuters:
Trump administration pursues rule that would remove 3.1 million people from food stamps  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said.
Jim Treacher / PJ Media Home:
IMPORTANT CORRECTION: AOC Was Weeping Over an Empty Road, Not an Empty Parking Lot  —  We've all seen the harrowing, heartbreaking pictures: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez standing next to a chain-link fence, weeping in anguish over what she saw on the other side.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Sherrod Brown Is the Only Democrat in America Not Running for President  —  EL PASO, Tex. — As 20 Democrats debated on national television, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, texted each other a running critique of the candidates.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors  —  U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communications.
Morgan Phillips / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guests Keep Repeating False Claim That Fox News Isn't Covering the Mueller Hearings  —  Former Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards, appearing on MSNBC Tuesday morning, repeated the false claim that Fox News will not be airing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's hearing before Congress this week.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook deceived users about the way it used phone numbers, facial recognition, FTC to allege in complaint  —  The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users' about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending …
Aidan Smith / The Nation:
The Overlooked Difference Between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren  —  It's their approach to party politics—not policy—that truly sets the progressive senators apart.  —  The skeptics were wrong.  After a long period of speculation that only one of the progressive icons would run …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders Boasts About Staff's PRIVATE Insurance: ‘Best Health Care Plan You Can Imagine’  —  CNN anchor Poppy Harlow exposed some major weaknesses in Bernie Sanders' “Medicare for All” plan by grilling the independent Vermont senator on his promise that Americans will be able to keep …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Townhall
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib: BDS Movement Against Israel Like American Boycott of Nazi Germany  —  Tlaib: State of Israel has ‘racist policies’  —  Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) likened the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany during a floor speech on Tuesday.
Discussion: Townhall
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Associate of Michael Flynn Is Found Guilty of Secretly Lobbying for Turkey  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A business associate of the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn was convicted on Tuesday in Northern Virginia of secretly lobbying for Turkey, a victory for the government …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
House Democrats Unveil Climate Goal Short of Ocasio-Cortez's
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Elizabeth-Meyer / Iowa Starting Line:
Joni Ernst: Border Crisis Like A Packed Thanksgiving Dinner
Maya King / Politico:
NAACP leadership unanimously votes to support impeaching Trump
Discussion: Axios
Jane Coaston / Vox:
A question for conservatives: what if the left was right on race?
Discussion: The College Fix
C.J. Ciaramella / Reason:
Tucker Carlson's Unhinged Rant Against Prison Reform Makes Us All Dumber
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Files House Ethics Complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar over Potential Immigration …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump mocks Tlaib for ‘screaming’ at 2016 speech: ‘This is not a sane person’
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mentions of Immigration as Top Problem Surpass Record High
Discussion: Townhall, RedState and IJR
Jon Gerberg / Washington Post:
'I just don't want to kill 10 million people': Trump's comments reverberate in Afghanistan
Discussion: Slate, UPI, The Guardian and New York Times
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Doctors find differences in brains of U.S. diplomats who alleged mystery attacks in Cuba
Discussion: The Week
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Does Trump mean what he tweets?
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Heritage Blasts ‘Vengeful’ Conservative Critics—Including Its Former President