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10:05 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.
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Lisa Page says Trump tweet attacks are ‘like being punched in the gut’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
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 …
Steve Bullock / Medium:
Thank you.  —  Today, I announced that I'm suspending my campaign for President.  While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering into this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   The Memo: Trump faces uphill 2020 climb
New York Times:
Steve Bullock Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
Discussion: Vox and UPI
Nicole Darrah / Fox News:
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock drops out of 2020 race, no Senate run expected
Discussion: NBC News
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 Playbook: Washington's December nightmare
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Georgia governor set to buck Trump on Senate appointment
Discussion: National Review and The Dispatch
Mike Allen / Axios:
The House GOP's next impeachment move
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
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 …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Democrats escalate impeachment bid in end-of-year dash
Discussion: KDFX-TV
Washington Post:
Trump will reimpose steel and aluminum tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, opening new trade war fronts  —  The White House says the two nations are “presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good for our farmers.”  —  President Trump announced tariffs …
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.
Associated Press:
Legal reckoning: New abuse suits could cost church over $4B  —  1 of 9  —  NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi's India  —  The Prime Minister's Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies.  —  On August 11th, two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent soldiers in to pacify the Indian state of Kashmir …
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: National Review and Political Wire
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Calls Off Visit to NATO Summit After U.K. Cites ‘Logistical Problems’  —  Sources say Merkel and Macron hadn't responded to attempts to arrange meetings in London with the Israeli leader, who was set to meet with Pompeo  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't attend the NATO summit …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: National Review and Power Line
R.J. Lyman / The Bulwark:
This Is the Single Best Argument For Why Trump Should Be Impeached and Removed  —  He tried to meddle in the 2020 election.  It's crazy to say that you have to let him participate in the 2020 election in order to render a verdict on his attempt to cheat in it.
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Trump is gaining black voters — that's terrible news for Democrats  —  Democrats are frantic.  For decades, they have taken the black vote for granted.  Today, there are signs that empty promises and radical leftist social policies are leaving black voters behind.
David Freedlander / Politico:
How Bloomberg Could Win.  Again.  —  Michael Bloomberg has begun his improbable bid for the presidency with a rollout you could call unconventional, to be charitable.  The big splash was news of his $37 million television ad buy; then there was an overstuffed campaign bio-spot …
Leah Litman / The Atlantic:
The Guns Case Is About Much More Than Guns  —  Sometimes the worst decision the Supreme Court can make is to decide a case at all.  The Court appears poised to make this mistake in its zeal to expansively interpret the Second Amendment, and in the process will make a further error …
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Angus King / USA Today:
Ukraine scandal: I know why Trump top dogs — Mulvaney, Pompeo, Perry & Bolton — won't bark
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
If You Can't Have Wealth Taxes, You Don't Have a Country
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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NBC News:
Meet the Press - December 1, 2019
Discussion: Washington Post
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
China is harassing journalists reporting on Uighurs. They cannot be stifled.
Discussion: The Federalist
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Freitas to challenge Spanberger for congressional seat
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The Real News Crisis Isn't Fake News
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Discussion: The Guardian and The Sun
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Democrats aim to catch up to Trump's 2020 cash advantage
David Weigel / Washington Post:
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
NATO allies spooked by Trump despite White House soothing
Ina Jaffe / NPR:
The White House Says Nursing Home Regulations Are Too Tough
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Fox News' Judge Napolitano outlines likely articles of impeachment against Trump
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos