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San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in campaign finance scandal, leave Congress  —  Longtime congressman says he wants to spare his family the spectacle of a trial, which was to start Jan. 22  —  After years of denials and claims he was the target of a political witch hunt, Rep. Duncan Hunter …
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KUSI Newsroom / KUSI-TV:
Congressman Duncan D. Hunter announces guilty plea on one count of misuse of campaign funds  —  SAN DIEGO - For 39 years, the Hunter family has represented San Diego in the 50th Congressional District, but that may come to an end next year.  —  Hunter is is charged with using campaign funds …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in campaign finance violations case  —  GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter will plead guilty in federal court on Tuesday after denying for more than a year that he illegally misused campaign funds.  —  Hunter told TV station KUSI in San Diego that “Tomorrow, on Tuesday, I'm going to change my plea to guilty.”
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Congressman Duncan Hunter to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case
Discussion: Rolling Stone
CNN:   Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in case alleging misuse of campaign funds
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Washington Post:
Ukraine's Zelensky is making headway against corruption. But the fight risks angering Trump.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republican Impeachment Defense Claims Trump's Ukraine Pressure Was Apolitical  —  In a report intended to counter Democrats' impeachment case against President Trump, Republicans will argue his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his rivals had nothing to do with politics.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP impeachment report claims Trump did nothing wrong
Discussion: ABC News
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Democrats Have Enough ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence For Impeachment?
Discussion: HuffPost
CNN:   House Republicans defend Trump's actions in new report responding to impeachment inquiry
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Making the Al Capone Tax-Evasion Defense Against Impeachment  —  “The fact that they have long wanted to impeach the president suggests those Democrats view the Trump-Ukraine matter as just the latest, and perhaps the best, chance to get the president,” argues fiercely pro-Trump columnist Byron York today.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   The bad-faith impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:   Nancy Pelosi Pushes the House to Pass USMCA, but Neglects a Bill With Broad Support to Strengthen Unions
Eric Wolff / Politico:
Pelosi to climate conference: 'We're still in' Paris agreement
Discussion: Breitbart
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kelly Loeffler to have powerful ally after she's tapped to Senate in Georgia  —  Kemp to formally announce Loeffler on Wednesday at 10 a.m.  —  When Gov. Brian Kemp announces on Wednesday that he's picked Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she'll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post.
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Politico:
Georgia governor set to buck Trump on Senate appointment  —  In defiance of Trump, Brian Kemp has begun informing fellow Republicans that he will appoint business exec Kelly Loeffler to the soon-to-be-vacant seat.  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has been getting pressure about his prospective Senate pick.
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Regarding Brian Kemp and Kelly Loeffler
Discussion: Big League Politics
James Downie / Washington Post:
The useful idiot from Louisiana  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote about Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) showcasing the “typical shell game” of Republicans on impeachment: Eliminate the importance of the “quid pro quo,” muddy the waters of the president's motive and distort the impeachment process itself.
Discussion: The Independent, HuffPost and Axios
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What to do about the Kremlin's propagandists
Discussion: NBC News, CNN and Slate
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California Gov. Newsom to campaign in Iowa for Kamala Harris  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel to Iowa to campaign for Sen. Kamala Harris as she tries to rebound amid a critical stretch in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Young voter asks Elizabeth Warren emotional question about acceptance
Kate Bennett / CNN:
‘Free, Melania’ offers new details about the life of a private first lady  —  Adapted from Kate Bennett's “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography” set for release Tuesday.  —  Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, like those before her, has battled the vast juxtaposition between public perception and private citizen.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Elisabeth Egan / New York Times:
6 Takeaways From Melania Trump's Unauthorized Biography
Discussion: The Guardian and The Root
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump campaign to blacklist Bloomberg News  —  President Trump's 2020 campaign announced Monday it will no longer allow reporters from Bloomberg News to obtain credentials to cover Trump campaign events.  —  The big picture: Campaign manager Brad Parscale described the decision …
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years  —  A big tax cut, unprecedented environmental degradation, Wall Street unleashed, and a whole lot of judges.  —  The scandals, the leaks, the outrages, and the bizarre tweets of the last three years can distract from an important fact …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid  —  1 of 3  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay.  —  That's according to two congressional staffers …
Angus King / USA Today:
Ukraine scandal: I know why Trump top dogs — Mulvaney, Pompeo, Perry & Bolton — won't bark  —  Because it would be so easy for these people to clear the president, it's hard to escape the conclusion that their silence is part of a cover-up.  —  One of Sherlock Holmes' most famous cases …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
State lawmakers acknowledge lobbyists helped craft their op-eds attacking Medicare-for-all  —  Emails show opponents are mobilizing at local level to try turn Americans away from big health care changes.  —  Lobbyists either helped draft or made extensive revisions to opinion columns published …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wealthy Mercer family spent millions on conservative causes in 2018 as they distanced themselves from Trump  — Republican megadonors Robert and Rebekah Mercer donated over $12 million to a variety of conservative causes last year despite distancing themselves from being associated with President Donald Trump.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
When a crusading Maltese journalist was murdered, her sons vowed justice.  Almost miraculously, it's happening.  —  In a life that was anything but ordinary, this seemed a routine enough moment.  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia climbed into the rented gray Peugeot parked outside her home on Oct. 16, 2017, headed for the bank.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
Meet The Chinese Diplomat Who Got Promoted For Trolling The US On Twitter  —  BEIJING, China — The most interesting diplomat in the world these days may well be Zhao Lijian, the combative, bombastic, frankly Trumpy voice of the People's Republic of China on Twitter.
The Guardian:
Traditional ‘foreign policy’ no longer exists.  Democrats are the last to know  —  Progressives need a new doctrine, championing the interests of the global 99% against a transnational oligarchy  —  There are few phrases as fundamental to US politics as foreign policy.
Ross Barkan / Medium:
The Fascism to Come  —  In 2016, not long after Donald Trump's black swan victory, I wrote a column in the Daily News asking people to stop comparing the reality TV demagogue to Adolf Hitler.  My argument was rather simple: Trump is abhorrent, but to liken him to a murderous Nazi minimized …
Chris Kobiella / Rolling Stone:
False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump  —  On the morning of September 29th, six weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump was in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York talking to leaders of the religious right about sex-reassignment surgery.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bob Bauer / New York Times:
Trump Is the Founders' Worst Nightmare  —  The very conduct that necessitates presidential impeachment also supplies the means for the demagogue to escape it.  —  Mr. Bauer served as a White House counsel under President Barack Obama.  —  Donald Trump's Republican congressional allies …
Discussion: IJR
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Linda Sarsour backs Bernie Sanders, but not his support for Israel  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Last month, Bernie Sanders wrote about his support for Israel, calling the nation an “enormous achievement” and “a democratic homeland for the Jewish people.”  —  A few weeks later Linda Sarsour …
Discussion: Israellycool
Dave Merritt / The Guardian:
‘Jack would be livid his death has been used to further an agenda of hate’  —  The father of Jack Merritt, who died on Friday at London Bridge, writes that the attack has been used to reinforce the worldview his son fought against  —  Jack was proud.  Jack was absorbingly intelligent.
Discussion: ITV
 
 
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