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10:40 PM ET, December 2, 2019


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Washington Post:
Barr doesn't accept key inspector general finding about FBI's Russia investigation  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department's inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report — that the FBI had enough information …
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.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Highlights from the newly released FBI Mueller investigation notes  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department, responding to a lawsuit by CNN and BuzzFeed, released 295 pages of witness memoranda and notes from FBI interviews released from the Mueller investigation.
Discussion: Axios and KTVZ-TV
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Newly released documents shed light on Mueller-Trump meeting
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
GOP-led committee probed possible Ukraine interference in 2016 election and found nothing worth pursuing, sources say  —  (CNN)The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee looked into allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and found no evidence to support the claims …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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, Axios and HuffPost
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Assessing the Republicans' 10 ‘findings’ in their impeachment inquiry report
Discussion: KyivPost
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.
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Democrats quietly debate expanding impeachment articles beyond Ukraine
Discussion: The Atlantic
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House Judiciary announces impeachment witnesses
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Democrats Have Enough ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence For Impeachment?
Discussion: HuffPost
Adam Klasfeld /
Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Cleared to Comply With Impeachment Subpoena  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - A federal judge paved the way on Monday for Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas to comply with a House subpoena for information relevant to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: VICE and Law & Crime
ABC News:
Giuliani associate asks court to release material for impeachment inquiry
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and The Daily Beast
Ryan Lucas / NPR:   Prosecutors: More Charges Possible In Case Of Giuliani Associates Parnas, Fruman
NBC News:   Prosecutor says new charges ‘likely’ in case against Rudy Giuliani associates
Erin Durkin / Politico:   New charges likely in case against Giuliani associates
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden says he doesn't need Obama's endorsement  —  EMMETSBURG, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said he didn't need Barack Obama's endorsement in the Democratic primary, even if the field were down to three people.  —  He also scoffed at the notion that Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Joe Biden sees fundraising improvement after rough summer
Discussion: Political Wire
Jacksonville Journal-Courier:
Poll says Biden keeps narrow lead in state, but Warren, Buttigieg gain in primary race
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
North Dakota company that Trump touted gets $400 million border wall contract  —  A company that President Trump urged military officials to hire for border wall construction has been awarded a $400 million contract to build a span of new barrier across an Arizona wildlife refuge …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Bloomberg overtakes Harris in new poll  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) topped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in a new Hill-HarrisX poll of the Democratic presidential primary race.  —  The survey released on Monday found that support for the former mayor ticked …
Discussion: Breitbart
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California Gov. Newsom to campaign in Iowa for Kamala Harris
Discussion: Axios
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.
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads  —  Zuckerberg says ‘people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians’ and compares alternative to censorship  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has defended the company's decision …
Simon Shuster / TIME:
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Republicans in turmoil as redistricting looms  —  The GOP group charged with winning state legislatures is in turmoil — sparking concerns that the party is at risk of blowing the next round of redistricting.  —  The Republican State Leadership Committee has seen an exodus of top staff in recent months …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
The surprising second choices of Democratic primary voters upend political cliches  —  A war between ‘progressives’ and ‘moderates’?  Voters don't see things the way pundits do.  —  To many observers, the Democratic presidential primary has highlighted the “profound ideological divides between …
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 …
Conclusion of USTR's Investigation Under Section 301 into France's Digital Services Tax  —  Washington, DC - The U.S. Trade Representative has completed the first segment of its investigation under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and concluded that France's Digital Services Tax (DST) …
New York Times:   French Wine Could Face 100% Tariffs as Trump Confronts France Over Tech Taxes
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Democrat Beto O'Rourke turns his attention to flipping the Texas House  —  A month after ending his presidential campaign, Democrat Beto O'Rourke has turned his attention to state politics — namely, an effort to help flip the Texas House of Representatives from Republican control to the Democrats.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Levin / New York Times:
‘OxyContin Just Started Showing Up’  —  Purdue Pharma introduced its opioid painkiller, OxyContin, in 1996, when the Class of 2000 entered high school.  Some students began experimenting, often combining prescription opiates with alcohol at parties.  —  For many, what started …
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.
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.
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's Christmas decorations are lovely, but that coat looks ridiculous  —  First lady Melania Trump unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations in a gauzy video in which she strolls through the public rooms marveling at their holiday luster.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump conquers Republicans on trade  —  President Donald Trump is winning at least one trade war: The one with his own party.  —  Free-trading Republicans have feuded with the president for years now, and his decision on Monday to reimpose tariffs on Brazil and Argentina brought new criticism …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden blows off court hearing over child support as his lawyer abruptly quits while glam baby mama Lunden Roberts leaves court after judge demanded three years of tax returns from ex-VP's troubled son  — Hunter Biden's baby mama Lunden Roberts was seen for the first time since filing …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
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‘A pretty strong betrayal’: Brazil's Bolsonaro joins other leaders in learning that a good …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Makeda Easter / Los Angeles Times:
Border Patrol threw away migrants' belongings. A janitor saved and photographed them
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Photo Manipulated to Show Schiff With Epstein
Fox News:
Senate confirms Trump's pick to replace Rick Perry as energy secretary
Discussion: Townhall
Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers
Discussion: National Review
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Gunmen massacre 14 Christians during Protestant service in Burkina Faso
Discussion: Spectator USA and National Review
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Carter Page loses appeal in defamation suit against media outlets
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court appears unlikely to hand victory to gun rights backers in 2nd Amendment case
Discussion: MSNBC, Townhall and UPI
The Guardian:
Traditional ‘foreign policy’ no longer exists. Democrats are the last to know
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Making the Al Capone Tax-Evasion Defense Against Impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump campaign to blacklist Bloomberg News
Chris Kobiella / Rolling Stone:
False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years