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8:10 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.
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:   POLITICO Playbook: Washington's December nightmare
Stephen Collinson / CNN:   Democrats escalate impeachment bid in end-of-year dash
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
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 …
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Steve Bullock drops out of Democratic presidential race
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   The Memo: Trump faces uphill 2020 climb
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 …
China Spares Trade in First Retaliation to U.S.'s Hong Kong Law
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Andrew Yang raises $750,000 in 24 hours
Discussion: The Hill
Simon Shuster / TIME:
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
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.
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
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi Pushes the House to Pass USMCA, but Neglects a Bill With Broad Support to Strengthen Unions  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made no secret of her desire to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the end of the year, telling reporters recently that it would be her goal for the House to vote on it before Christmas.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   The bad-faith impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
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
NBC News:
Meet the Press - December 1, 2019  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  This Sunday: The impeachment fight.  With the House ready to draw up charges against President Trump.  —  REP. NANCY PELOSI:  —  When we see a violation of the Constitution we have no choice but to act.  —  CHUCK TODD:
Washington Post:
Ukraine's Zelensky is making headway against corruption.  But the fight risks angering Trump.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — By the end of this month, more than 500 Ukrainian prosecutors will be out of their jobs as part of sweeping professional reviews under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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 …
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
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The Real News Crisis Isn't Fake News  —  In the aftermath of the twin shocks of 2016—Brexit on one side of the Atlantic, Donald Trump on the other—many in the media identified “fake news” as the culprit and as one of the emergent evils of the modern world.
Leah Litman / The Atlantic:
The Guns Case Is About Much More Than Guns  —  By hearing this case about the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court is declaring itself the only appropriate forum for remedying constitutional violations.  —  Sometimes the worst decision the Supreme Court can make is to decide a case at all.
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
China is harassing journalists reporting on Uighurs. They cannot be stifled.
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Freitas to challenge Spanberger for congressional seat
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
Climate Change Is Finally Having a Political Moment. That's No Accident.
David Freedlander / Politico:
How Bloomberg Could Win. Again.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
These Reporters Rely on Public Data, Rather Than Secret Sources
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Democrats aim to catch up to Trump's 2020 cash advantage
 Earlier Items: 
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
Elana Schor / Associated Press:
Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty
Discussion: Breitbart
Ina Jaffe / NPR:
The White House Says Nursing Home Regulations Are Too Tough
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Legal storm clouds gather over Rudy Giuliani, America's tarnished mayor
Discussion: DemCast
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Fox News' Judge Napolitano outlines likely articles of impeachment against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democrat Joe Sestak drops out of 2020 presidential race
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill