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8:25 AM ET, December 3, 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.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Newly released documents shed light on Mueller-Trump meeting  —  Trump has claimed Mueller applied to be FBI director and was “turned down.”  But the documents don't back up the president's version of events.  —  Former special counsel Robert Mueller had taken himself out of the running …
New York Times:
Barr Is Said to Doubt Inspector General's Finding on Russia Inquiry  —  If the attorney general rebuts the finding that the F.B.I. had sufficient cause to open the investigation, the president's allies could use his skepticism to dismiss the entire report.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:   Hope Hicks says Trump Achilles's heel is intelligence assessment of Russia 2016 election interference
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Highlights from the newly released FBI Mueller investigation notes
Discussion: KIFI-TV
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Democrats quietly debate expanding impeachment articles beyond Ukraine  —  House Democrats are quietly debating whether to expand articles of impeachment to include charges beyond abuse of power in the Ukraine controversy, setting up a potential internal clash as the party races to impeach President Trump by Christmastime.
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine pressure campaign began as an effort to undercut the Mueller investigation
Discussion: KyivPost
POLITICO Playbook: How both parties are thinking about impeachment's next phase
Discussion: CNBC, New York Times and Raw Story
Michael Luo / New Yorker:   Republicans Defending Trump on Impeachment Should Fear the Judgment of History
Borzou Daragahi / The Independent:
Turkey threatens to veto Nato plans unless the Syria Kurd militia is labelled ‘a threat’  —  Officials fear Nato summit will turn into another debacle like defence ministers' gathering in October  —  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday threatened to scuttle Nato plans …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Russia watching NATO, warns of ‘confrontation’
Discussion: Slate
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump says Macron's NATO “brain death” comments are “very insulting”
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Alliance divided: Breaking down NATO's factions
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Political Wire
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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans embrace Ukrainian 2016 interference allegation in defense of Trump
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
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: Washington Post
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg tries to reset struggling outreach to black voters
Discussion: CNN, Axios and Washington Post
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
New York Times:
China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West  —  Beijing's pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.  —  TUMXUK, China — In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China's western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science.
Discussion: National Review
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze in July, Says Ex-Top Official in Kyiv  —  Ukraine's government learned of the military aid freeze during the Trump administration's pressure campaign — and tried to keep that knowledge from going public, says an ex-deputy foreign minister.
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.
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: New York Post and Breitbart
Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hits 2020 campaign trail in Mississippi
Discussion: Politico
Angelo Fichera /
Photo Manipulated to Show Schiff With Epstein  —  Quick Take  —  A doctored photo circulating on Facebook purports to show Rep. Adam Schiff with the late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.  The original photo shows Schiff with his father.  —  Full Story
Associated Press:
Trump calls Democrats impeachment push “unpatriotic”  —  1 of 3  —  LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized Democrats at the opening of a NATO leaders' meeting Tuesday, calling the impeachment push by his rivals “unpatriotic” and “a bad thing for our country.”
Discussion: The Hill
Ryan Lucas / NPR:
Prosecutors: More Charges Possible In Case Of Giuliani Associates Parnas, Fruman  —  Toggle more options  —  Prosecutors could bring more charges in the case of two Soviet-born associates of Rudy Giuliani — although it wasn't precisely clear when, what or who else might be involved after a conference in New York City on Monday.
Adam Klasfeld /
Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Cleared to Comply With Impeachment Subpoena
Discussion: Law & Crime and VICE
Washington Post:
‘A pretty strong betrayal’: Brazil's Bolsonaro joins other leaders in learning that a good personal relationship with Trump has its limits  —  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro learned the hard way Monday what many other leaders have discovered before him: A good personal relationship with President Trump has its limits.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Denies Knowing Prince Andrew, Despite Numerous Photos of Them Together  —  KISS OF DEATH  —  Donald Trump has denied knowing Prince Andrew, despite multiple photos of the two together, including several of them meeting in June this year.  The president, who is in the United Kingdom for a NATO summit …
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran state TV says ‘rioters’ shot and killed amid protests  —  A breakdown, by city and province, of the protest-related deaths reported by Amnesty International.  1 of 3  —  A breakdown, by city and province, of the protest-related deaths reported by Amnesty International.
Discussion: Townhall and New York Times
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
2 key Trump-Ukraine events we should be paying more attention to
Discussion: KyivPost and FiveThirtyEight
Trump Sees No Deadline for China Deal, Prefers to Wait For 2020 Election
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
Sanders Surrogate Linda Sarsour Equates Israel With White Supremacy
Makeda Easter / Los Angeles Times:
Border Patrol threw away migrants' belongings. A janitor saved and photographed them
Fox News:
Senate confirms Trump's pick to replace Rick Perry as energy secretary
Discussion: Townhall
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump conquers Republicans on trade
New York Times:
French Wine Could Face 100% Tariffs as Trump Confronts France Over Tech Taxes
Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Republicans in turmoil as redistricting looms
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Levin / New York Times:
‘OxyContin Just Started Showing Up’
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren's Son Attended One of Nation's Most Elite Private Schools
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wealthy Mercer family spent millions on conservative causes in 2018 as they distanced themselves from Trump