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New York Times:
Russia Inquiry Review Is Said to Criticize F.B.I. but Rebuff Claims of Biased Acts  —  A watchdog report will portray the pursuit of a wiretap of an ex-Trump adviser as sloppy, but it also debunks some accusations by Trump allies of F.B.I. wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — A highly anticipated report …
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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. watchdog finds political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI's Russia probe but documents other errors  —  The Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to find in a forthcoming report that political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI investigation …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
New York Times:
Charges of Ukrainian Meddling?  A Russian Operation, U.S. Intelligence Says  —  Moscow has run a yearslong operation to blame Ukraine for its own 2016 election interference.  Republicans have used similar talking points to defend President Trump in impeachment proceedings.
Vicky Ward / CNN:
Giuliani associate willing to tell Congress Nunes met with ex-Ukrainian official to get dirt on Biden  —  (CNN)A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Awful Truth About Impeachment  —  Facts be damned is Trump's approach, and it's working.  —  After five days, twelve witnesses, lots of shouting, and dozens of angry tweets from the President, the House Intelligence Committee's public impeachment hearings into Donald Trump's Ukraine affair ended …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Defenders Have No Defense  —  Witnesses were uneven, but even his closest allies don't try to deny he did what he's accused of doing.  —  Look, the case has been made.  Almost everything in the impeachment hearings this week fleshed out and backed up the charge that President Trump muscled Ukraine for political gain.
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Mediaite
Steve Scherer / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. Navy secretary backs SEAL's expulsion review, despite Trump objection  —  HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Friday a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct should face a board of peers weighing whether to oust him from the elite force …
Discussion: Navy Times and The Gateway Pundit
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Sébastien Roblin / NBC News:
Navy defies Trump's clemency of SEAL Edward Gallagher to save its institutional integrity  —  The Pentagon's effort to discipline a rogue SEAL despite presidential intervention shows the military understands it needs to get elite units in order.  —  The Navy announced it was considering …
Doyle Hodges / Washington Post:
Trump said the Navy can't take away Eddie Gallagher's SEAL qualification. That could be a problem.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Redstate
Washington Post:
Trump opens up Camp David as an ‘adult playground’ to woo GOP lawmakers during impeachment  —  President Trump, partial to gold and marble elegance, never took a shine to rustic Camp David.  So acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney pitched him on an unusual idea at the start of the House impeachment inquiry …
Discussion: The Hill
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘A lot of things are the matter with me’: The best lines from Trump's Fox interview  —  President Donald Trump called in to “Fox & Friends” on Friday for a nearly hour-long interview that he agreed after was a form of “stress relief.”  —  As House Democrats close in on an impeachment vote …
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:   In rollicking 53-minute conversation, Trump embraces conspiracies, spreads falsehoods and insults opponents
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump riffs for an hour, Bloomberg's big buy
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and New York Times
David Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump says he might veto legislation that aims to protect human rights in Hong Kong because bill …
Discussion: Reason and Foreign Policy
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Biden: Lindsey Graham will ‘regret his whole life’ doing Trump's bidding on Ukraine  —  Watch “CNN Tonight” at 10 p.m. ET to see Don Lemon's full interview with former Vice President Joe Biden.  —  Abbeville, South Carolina (CNN)Joe Biden said he is “embarrassed” for South Carolina …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's GOP defenders cannot be shamed.  It's time to try this instead.  —  If there is one widely shared conclusion about the impeachment hearings that have just concluded, it's that President Trump's GOP defenders were never “gettable.”  —  This idea has been repeated countless times in recent days …
Discussion: Slate, The Atlantic and New York Times
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Read This  —  I read through this a number of times before deciding to publish it.  But I strongly, strongly recommend it to you.  The author of the email is a former federal prosecutor.  When I first read it I confess I found it all a bit loopy or improbable.
Geoff Bennett / NBC News:
Yovanovitch's lawyers rate Trump's embassy portrait claim Pinocchio worthy  —  Lawyers for former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch say President Donald Trump's claim that she refused to hang his picture in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine is false.  —  “The Embassy in Kyiv hung …
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Michael Calderone / Politico:   Jake Tapper: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight the country’
Sydney Morning Herald:
Defecting Chinese spy offers information trove to Australian government  —  A Chinese spy has risked his life to defect to Australia and is now offering a trove of unprecedented inside intelligence on how China conducts its interference operations abroad.  —  Wang “William” Liqiang …
Simon Shuster / TIME:
Exclusive: CEO of Ukraine State Gas Firm Preparing to Testify in Giuliani Probe  —  The CEO of Ukraine's state gas company, Naftogaz, is ready to give evidence in a U.S. federal investigation that is reportedly probing the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani, the CEO said in an exclusive interview on Friday.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr's Legal Views Come Under Fire From Conservative-Leaning Lawyers  —  A speech by Mr. Barr last week, in which he argued that Mr. Trump had never overstepped his authority, so alarmed a group of lawyers that they felt compelled to push back publicly.  —  WASHINGTON — A group …
Washington Free Beacon:
Warren Confronted by School Choice Activist Over Sending Son to Private School  —  The Democratic presidential candidate elided the inconvenient fact that her son attended a tony private school  —  Confronted by a school-choice activist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) …
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Schiff isn't ruling out more impeachment hearings  —  The House Intelligence Committee has begun work on its report in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said in an interview Friday.  —  The committee, which on Thursday wrapped up public testimony …
Discussion: ABC News
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
South Bend black leader endorses Biden, rebukes Buttigieg  —  The longest-serving African American man on the South Bend, Ind., Common Council is endorsing Joe Biden for president, a rejection of Pete Buttigieg that highlights the South Bend mayor's struggles with black voters.
Sacha Baron Cohen / The Guardian:
Read Sacha Baron Cohen's scathing attack on Facebook in full: ‘greatest propaganda machine in history’  —  In a speech, the actor argued that Facebook would have run ads by Hitler.  Here are his remarks in full … Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry.
Discussion: Reason, Algemeiner.com and Mashable
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Sky Palma / Raw Story:
‘Delete your account traitor’: GOPer Marsha Blackburn slammed for ugly smear of Lt. Col. Vindman  —  In a tweet fired off today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) took a jab at one of the witnesses who testified at this week's hearings in the House impeachment inquiry, and she immediately …
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Trump Said U.S. Is ‘Getting Raped’ by NATO, Has Pushed to Exit Alliance According to White House Insider  —  President Donald Trump's criticisms of NATO have been one of the most concerning elements of his presidency to date for career diplomats and Pentagon officials.
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Associated Press:
Health groups urge Trump to move ahead with e-cig flavor ban
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bolton Teases a City Eager to Hear His Story  —  John R. Bolton, President Trump's former national security adviser, said he was breaking his silence — on Twitter.  But what he meant was that he was taking back control of his Twitter account.  He kept quiet on Ukraine and impeachment.
Alex Kotch / Sludge:
Nation's Biggest Charity Is Funding Influential White Nationalist Group  —  A charitable nonprofit linked to Fidelity Investments has donated at least $100,000 to the New Century Foundation, the organization behind white nationalist publication American Renaissance, since mid-2015.  —  EDITED BY
Discussion: HuffPost
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
The Jungle Prince of Delhi  —  For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital.  It was a tragic, astonishing story.  But was it true?  —  NEW DELHI — On a spring afternoon in 2016 …
Washington Post:
Amazon's formal challenge to massive Pentagon award uses videos that mark potential influence exerted by Trump  —  The e-commerce giant followed through with the threat it made week ago, challenging the Defense Department's decision to award the lucrative contract to rival Microsoft.
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
Seth Cousins / Washington Post:
I was a juror in Roger Stone's trial.  I am proud of how we came to our decision.  —  Seth Cousins was juror Number 3 in the Roger Stone trial.  —  During the first half of November, I traveled a brief journey with 14 fellow Americans, all of them strangers to me.
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
President Fox News Grandpa Had Himself a Morning on Fox & Friends  —  If you are in any way tethered to observable reality, you will have noticed that this was not a good week for Donald Trump, American president.  —  A parade of witnesses testified under oath
Discussion: New York Times, Vox and POLITICUSUSA
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
After a damaging week and a bizarre Fox rant, psychiatrists and GOP strategists are worried for Trump  —  'He has terrible judgment, and if he had real lawyers they would've hit him with a cattle-prod before they let him do that interview'  —  For a man who craves the spotlight …
Darwin BondGraham / The Appeal:
In a Private Facebook Group, California Police Brag About Breaking State Law to Help ICE  —  Some officers have recently boasted about breaking state law and collaborating with ICE, according to messages posted in a private Facebook group and obtained by The Appeal.
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
‘1984’ arrives 35 years late: Republicans like Devin Nunes are intent on making 2 plus 2 equal whatever the hell they want it to  —  “It was a bright cold day,” begins George Orwell's “1984,” “and the clocks were striking 13.”  —  That came to mind as the impeachment drama reached its 11th hour …
Washington Post:
The 66-year alliance between the U.S. and South Korea is in deep trouble  —  Richard Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, 2001-2005, is the president of the business consultancy Armitage International.  Victor Cha, a former member of the National Security Council, 2004-2007 …
Discussion: CNN
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Bloomberg makes ‘massive’ ad buy  —  In the latest sign Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spend freely on a prospective presidential bid, the billionaire has begun booking a huge quantity of TV ad time in media markets across the country — including the one that's home to President Donald Trump's winter White House, Mar-a-Lago.
 
 
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
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 Earlier Items: 
BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: New York Post
John Solomon Reports:
Responding to Lt. Col. Vindman about my Ukraine columns ... with the facts
Discussion: BizPac Review and Twitchy
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Impeachment is about to get a Robert Mueller reprise
Discussion: Reason and Raw Story
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AG Barr: Epstein's death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’