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7:50 AM ET, December 2, 2019


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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Lisa Page Speaks: 'There's No Fathomable Way I Have Committed Any Crime at All'  —  STRIKING BACK  —  The former FBI lawyer and ongoing Trump target breaks two years of silence in this exclusive interview.  And she has quite a lot to say.  —  It's not often that you interview a subject who has no interest in being famous.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock drops out of presidential race  —  Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who pitched himself to Democratic voters as a campaign finance reformer who could win in red states, is ending his bid for the party's presidential nomination.  —  “While there were many obstacles …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The impeachment process is starting to get very real  —  (CNN)With 64 days until the Iowa caucuses and a record number of Democratic candidates, the 2020 election will be here before you know it.  Every Sunday, I deliver to your inbox the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: The electorate that Biden and Buttigieg see  —  In this edition: Biden's hands-on pitch to Iowa, the Working Families Party drama, and the Warren-Buttigieg battle that wasn't.  —  There are simply not enough stuffing-centric holidays on the calendar, and this is The Trailer.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   The Memo: Trump faces uphill 2020 climb
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Andrew Yang raises $750,000 in 24 hours
Discussion: The Hill
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House won't take part in first House Judiciary impeachment hearing  —  The White House informed House Democrats on Sunday that it will not participate in the Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing, excoriating Democrats' impeachment inquiry as a “baseless” and “partisan” …
POLITICO Playbook: Washington's December nightmare  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WE'VE COVERED A LOT OF DECEMBER LEGISLATIVE NIGHTMARES.  This one might be the worst.  Not only are there a ton of issues, but there are also a ton of explosive and contentious issues on a collision course.
Sarah Westwood / CNN:
White House will not participate in Judiciary Committee hearing  —  (CNN)Neither President Donald Trump nor his attorneys will participate in Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing, they said late Sunday.  —  In a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler, White House counsel …
Washington Post:
Trump's counsel says president won't participate in House Judiciary's first impeachment panel, calling it unfair
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and Axios
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Adam Schiff Gives Democrats Only 24 Hours to Sign Impeachment Report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Morgan / Reuters:
Trump faces two deadlines as U.S. Congress ramps up impeachment focus
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Klobuchar says impeachment probe has uncovered a ‘global Watergate’
Discussion: The Bulwark
Ken Moritsugu / Associated Press:
China to suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong over new law  —  1 of 6  —  HONG KONG (AP) — China said Monday it will suspend U.S. military ship and aircraft visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy and human rights groups in retaliation for the signing into law …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How to think about Trump's two big trade deals  —  Between the lines ... 1.  On USMCA: The passage of USMCA depends on the ability of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, organized labor and the Mexican government to come to a compromise.  — The Mexicans have long said there's no way they're …
China Spares Trade in First Retaliation to U.S.'s Hong Kong Law
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
300+ Trump ads taken down by Google, YouTube  —  60 Minutes finds over 300 video ads for President Trump were taken down, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy  —  How to handle political ads on social media has become a growing concern as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.
Discussion: Townhall and Althouse
Simon Shuster / TIME:
Tim Baker / London Evening Standard:
Apostrophe society shuts down because ‘ignorance and laziness have won’  —  ES News email  —  The latest headlines in your inbox Enter your email address Continue  —  Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account.
Mike Allen / Axios:
The House GOP's next impeachment move  —  House Republicans will try to go on the offensive this week, as both sides make closing arguments for and against the impeachment of President Trump.  —  The big picture: A senior House GOP aide told Axios to look for Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia …
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
ABC News:
Trump, lawyers won't participate in upcoming impeachment hearing
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
President, lawyers should participate in impeachment hearing: Demings, McClintock
New York Times:
With Brutal Crackdown, Iran Is Convulsed by Worst Unrest in 40 Years  —  What started as a protest over a surprise increase in gasoline prices turned into widespread demonstrations met with a systematic repression that left at least 180 people dead.  —  Iran is experiencing …
Discussion: Power Line
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Lloyds Banking Group: Security week — Echoes of 2017 — Enter the Donald  —  Good Monday morning.  This is Jack Blanchard, bleary-eyed but back in the hot seat with 10 days to go until election day.  —  Eternal thanks: To top colleague Charlie Cooper …
Discussion: The Guardian and The Sun
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
NATO allies spooked by Trump despite White House soothing  —  This week's NATO meeting in London will be “a celebratory leaders' meeting,” according to a White House talking point ahead of President Trump's trip.  But European officials aren't betting on it, and Trump has been privately complaining …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democrat Joe Sestak drops out of 2020 presidential race  —  Admiral Joe Sestak announced Sunday evening that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, leaving the total number of Democrats left in the field at 17.  —  The big picture: Sestak was one of the last Democrats to join the race …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Former congressman Joe Sestak ends 2020 presidential bid
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Chuck Todd to GOP Senator: You're Selling the Same Argument as Putin!  —  Chuck Todd was left gobsmacked by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) when the GOP lawmaker said the ex-Ukrainian president “actively worked” for Hillary Clinton.  —  A week after claiming that he didn't know whether Russia …
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Legal storm clouds gather over Rudy Giuliani, America's tarnished mayor  —  Analysts say an indictment is likely as prosecutors focus on Giuliani's work for Trump and himself in Ukraine  —  When the former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani emerged as one of Donald Trump's most bareknuckle defenders during …
Discussion: DemCast
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Justice's election-year conundrum: How to probe team Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Ukraine's Zelensky is making headway against corruption. But the fight risks angering Trump.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Democrats aim to catch up to Trump's 2020 cash advantage
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Who Are America's Undocumented Immigrants? You Might Not Recognize Them.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Trump's Other Personal Lawyer: Close to the Right, but Far From Giuliani
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Trump won't lose his job - but the impeachment inquiry is still essential
Elana Schor / Associated Press:
Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Jaffe / NPR:
The White House Says Nursing Home Regulations Are Too Tough
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The New York Times' long descent from credibility
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Fox News' Judge Napolitano outlines likely articles of impeachment against Trump
New York Times:
U.S. Drone Killed Afghan Civilians, Officials Say
New York Times:
‘Sent Candy’: Cockpit Tapes Show Russian Pilots Bombing Syrian Civilians
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In America, the law is the law* (*if you're poor, undocumented or nonwhite)
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis isn't on Donald Trump's TV anymore. That's on purpose.