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5:35 PM ET, December 2, 2019

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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
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Congressman Duncan Hunter to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP impeachment report claims Trump did nothing wrong  —  President Trump committed “no quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, or abuse of power,” Republicans on the House committees investigating the Ukraine controversy have concluded in a 110-page report reviewed by Axios ahead of its formal release.
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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.
CNN:   House Republicans defend Trump's actions in new report responding to impeachment inquiry
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Democrats Have Enough ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence For Impeachment?
Discussion: HuffPost
Simon Shuster / TIME:
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Senate panel look into Ukraine interference comes up short  —  With the impeachment inquiry charging forward, President Donald Trump's allies have defended his demand for political investigations from Ukraine by claiming that the government in Kyiv tried to sabotage his candidacy and boost Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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James Downie / Washington Post:
The useful idiot from Louisiana
Discussion: The Independent, HuffPost and Axios
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What to do about the Kremlin's propagandists
Discussion: NBC News, KIFI-TV and Slate
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
House Republicans Put Together an Impeachment Rebuttal Report
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi Pushes the House to Pass USMCA, but Neglects a Bill With Broad Support to Strengthen Unions
Discussion: Common Dreams
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   The bad-faith impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
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
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
ABC News:
Giuliani associate asks court to release material for impeachment inquiry  —  An attorney representing Rudy Giuliani's indicted associate, Lev Parnas, asked that materials seized during his client's arrest be released to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Discussion: NBC News
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Christian Berthelsen / Bloomberg:
U.S. ‘Likely’ to Bring New Charges in Giuliani-Allies Case
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court refuses to revive Carter Page lawsuit  —  Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page has struck out again with his lawsuit claiming he was a victim of terrorism in the form of media reports linking him to Russian efforts to influence the Trump campaign.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:   Carter Page loses appeal in defamation suit against media outlets
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 …
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren's Son Attended One of Nation's Most Elite Private Schools  —  The Haverford School's leafy campus, arched doorways, and neatly uniformed boys would seem to denote the sort of class and privilege that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has decried on the campaign trail.
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
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 …
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
Here Are The Latest Secret Memos From Mueller's Report  —  BuzzFeed News sued the US government for the right to see all the work that Mueller's team kept secret.  Today we are publishing the second installment of the FBI's summaries of interviews with key witnesses.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden blows off court hearing over child support as his lawyer abruptly quits …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Linda Sarsour backs Bernie Sanders, but not his support for Israel
Discussion: Israellycool
Anton Zverev / Reuters:
Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers
Discussion: National Review
Dave Merritt / The Guardian:
‘Jack would be livid his death has been used to further an agenda of hate’
Discussion: ITV
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Newsweek Demotes Editor After Firing Reporter for Inaccurate Trump Thanksgiving Story
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State lawmakers acknowledge lobbyists helped craft their op-eds attacking Medicare-for-all
Johan Ahlander / Reuters:
Two members leave Nobel literature committee, criticizing Swedish Academy
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R.J. Lyman / The Bulwark:
This Is the Single Best Argument For Why Trump Should Be Impeached and Removed
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Trump is gaining black voters — that's terrible news for Democrats
Bob Bauer / New York Times:
Trump Is the Founders' Worst Nightmare
Discussion: IJR
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock drops out of presidential race