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Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Stephen Miller's Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails  —  In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols …
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Southern Poverty Law Center:
Miller focuses on racial identity of killer with ‘alt-right’ beliefs
Discussion: VICE
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Appears Ready to Let Trump End DACA Program  —  The justices are considering whether the Trump administration can shut down a program that shields about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative majority on Tuesday appeared ready …
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court refuses to block lawsuit against gun manufacturer brought by Sandy Hook families
Discussion: IJR and Axios
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court appears inclined to let Trump end DACA program
NBC News:
In private speech, Bolton suggests some of Trump's foreign policy decisions are guided by personal interest  —  The former national security director was especially critical of the president's handling of Turkey, according to multiple sources present for his remarks.
NBC News:
Senior Trump official embellished resume, had face on fake TIME cover  —  State Dept. official Mina Chang claimed to be a Harvard Business School “alumna” who ran a nonprofit that worked in 40 countries.  —  WASHINGTON — A senior Trump administration official has embellished her resume …
Polls:
Few Caucusgoers Tied to 2020 Choice  —  Buttigieg joins a crowded pack of front-runners; No groundswell of support for Bloomberg  —  West Long Branch, NJ - South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont …
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Wall Street Journal:
Pete Buttigieg Tops Poll in Iowa for First Time  —  Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as a top candidate in Iowa, a Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday shows.  —  At 22%, the mayor of South Bend …
Discussion: CNN
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
On the campaign bus, Pete Buttigieg talks stress dreams, misconceptions, ‘just in case’ letter to parents
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and Mediaite
Charles Whitaker / Medill:
Whitaker shares statement on The Daily Northwestern's coverage of campus events  —  “Journalists have a heady responsibility performing our role as the authors of the first rough draft of history, the term that the late Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham is credited with coining to describe our work.
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Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Daily Northwestern staffers apologized for recent coverage of Jeff Sessions visit.  Then they drew the ire of other journalists.  —  The student journalists at the Daily Northwestern have come under fire twice in the past week.  —  First they were roundly criticized by fellow students angered …
New York Times:
Trump Has Considered Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General  —  The president blames Michael Atkinson, whom he appointed, for finding the anonymous whistle-blower's complaint on his interactions with Ukraine to be credible.  —  President Trump has discussed dismissing …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Juleanna Glover / Politico:
There's a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office  —  By most everyone's judgment, the Senate will not vote to remove President Donald Trump from office if the House impeaches him.  But what if senators could vote on impeachment by secret ballot?
CNN:
Inauguration galas, an intimate dinner, and a White House party: Trump's 10 interactions with indicted Giuliani associates  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has had at least 10 encounters with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani the President has adamantly claimed not to know.
Discussion: Salon and Political Wire
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ProPublica:
Giuliani Was Close to a Podcast Deal With the News Outlet That Spread His Ukraine Conspiracies  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Axios:
GOP to argue Trump's “state of mind” on impeachment  —  Confronted with a mountain of damaging facts heading into tomorrow's opening of the public phase of impeachment, House Republicans plan to argue that “the President's state of mind” was exculpatory.  —  The state of play …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   'I'm on a mission to testify': Dem Ukraine activist eager for impeachment cameo
Madeline Fry / Washington Examiner:
The alt-right has no future in conservatism  —  Donald Trump Jr. is touring the country to speak about his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, and it's not going so well.  —  Writers on the Left couldn't resist the delicious irony of the president's son complaining …
Discussion: New York Times and TheBlaze
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Donald Trump Jr. Landed Smack in the Middle of a Right-Wing Civil War
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Vox
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has dropped out of presidential race … Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.  Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff File … Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.  Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump advisers exploring tax proposal that would lower “middle class” rate to 15 percent  —  Plan remains in flux but would aim to set up sharp contrast with Democrats in 2020  —  President Trump's economic advisers are exploring whether the president should campaign for reelection proposing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Stone previewed WikiLeaks bounty to Trump campaign in April 2016  —  Roger Stone first told one of Donald Trump's top aides in April 2016 that WikiLeaks had plans to dump information in the heat of the presidential race, kickstarting a scramble inside the campaign to take advantage of the expected releases.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Official Heard of WikiLeaks Emails Earlier Than Known
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
Behind Trump's Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power  —  Informal relationships between family members help explain the course of diplomacy between the White House and Turkey's leader.  —  ISTANBUL — Behind President Trump's accommodating attitude toward Turkey is an unusual back channel …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Joe Sonka / USA Today:
Thousands of Twitter ‘bots’ targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night  —  LOUISVILLE — As the final votes trickled in during last week's Kentucky gubernatorial election, a network of automated Twitter accounts suddenly sprang into action.  —  They spread misinformation about the election …
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings, will seek his seat in Congress  —  Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for her husband's seat, arguing Monday she is the best option to carry out his legacy and continue his vision.
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: New deposition transcripts deepen Russia linkages to the impeachment inquiry
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and Mediaite
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Trump allies received hundreds of thousands of dollars under federal health contract  —  At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
ACLU:
Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers' Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional  —  GOVERNMENT MUST HAVE REASONABLE SUSPICION OF DIGITAL CONTRABAND BEFORE SEARCHING ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT THE U.S. BORDER  —  BOSTON — In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
133 foreign policy officials endorse Joe Biden  —  In 2016, dozens of foreign policy experts and former officials signed public letters warning against electing Donald Trump president.  This time around, foreign policy experts and former officials are rushing to endorse Joe Biden.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
ICIG complaint alleges Trump-Ukraine whistleblower may be soliciting illicit donations  —  Democratic staffer emailed Ukraine ambassador to discuss ‘delicate’ issue following whistleblower complaint  —  EXCLUSIVE: A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Tells Crowd Ivanka Has Created 14 Million New Jobs  —  At a speech to the Economic Club of New York today, President Trump declared that his daughter, Ivanka, has personally created 14 million new jobs.  The president announced this figure — so astonishingly ludicrous it would embarrass …
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
When Watergate Was Appointment TV  —  Public television's 1973 coverage is both a preview of coming impeachment attractions and a memento of an irretrievable media past.  —  The media coverage of Watergate gave us much of today's concussive, ballistic jargon of scandal.  There were “bombshells.”
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump says trade deal with China ‘could happen soon,’ but only if good for US  —  President Trump said on Tuesday that he is hopeful that a trade deal with China will soon be reached amid concerns in the global stock markets over the continuing trade war.  —  Speaking at the Economic Club of New York …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and New York Times
Washington Post:
The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific  —  SHIRETOKO PENINSULA, Japan — Lined up along the side of their boat, the fishermen hauled a huge, heavy net up from swelling waves.  At first, a few small jellyfish emerged, then a piece of plastic.  Then net, and more net.
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump's firm to pay £225,000 to Scottish Government to cover legal bills  —  Donald Trump's company is to pay the Scottish Government £225,000 to cover its legal bills after the US president's firm was defeated in a long-running and acrimonious court battle …
The Hill:
Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment  —  In a last-minute move, Democrats are shifting their impeachment rhetoric and talking points just days before the first public hearings into President Trump's handling of foreign policy in Ukraine.  —  The televised hearings mark a crucial phase …
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Republicans have no convincing argument against impeachment
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is loudly ignoring impeachment. It 'is not only dumb, it's boring.'
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Anonymous anti-Trump book is already a hit and it's not on shelves until next week
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Mulvaney changes course (again): Tells court he no longer plans to seek a judge's ruling on impeachment testimony
Discussion: Associated Press and Press Herald
Jack Crosbie / gen.medium.com:
The Progressive Press is Facing Mass Extinction
Glamour:
Megan Rapinoe: ‘Lending Your Platform to Others Is Cool’
Charles Lipson / Real Clear Politics:
Bloomberg Will Hit an Iceberg
Discussion: Althouse
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Sean Duffy heads to K Street after resigning from Congress
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drones Appear to Show Turkish-Backed Forces Targeting Civilians in Syria
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dan Witters / Gallup:
Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment
Discussion: HuffPost and Marketplace
Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
How America Ends  —  Democracy depends on the consent of the losers.
CBS News:
Poll finds negative views of Democrats' and Trump's handling of impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Washington Post and Tangle
Axios:
Scoop: GOP outlines theory of impeachment defense in memo to members
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
ANALYSIS: Democrats have a Col. Vindman problem
Discussion: Power Line and Def-Con News