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10:55 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.
Simon Shuster / TIME:
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 …
New York Times:
Steve Bullock Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
Discussion: UPI
Ella Nilsen / Vox:   Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has dropped out of the 2020 race, and says he won't run for Senate
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 …
Helen Raleigh / The Federalist:
Unprecedented Leaks Underscore Deep Discontent Inside China
Discussion: Instapundit
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
China is harassing journalists reporting on Uighurs. They cannot be stifled.
Discussion: National Review
China Spares Trade in First Retaliation to U.S.'s Hong Kong Law
Discussion: National Review 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 says Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office “prayerfully,” and “sadly,” and “with a heavy heart.”  In fact, as anyone who has been watching knows, many Democrats have been itching to impeach Trump since the day he took office.
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.
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
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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump heads to London for NATO meeting ahead of pivotal week …
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.
POLITICO Playbook: Washington's December nightmare
Discussion: New York Times
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” …
Mike Allen / Axios:
The House GOP's next impeachment move
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What to do about the Kremlin's propagandists  —  Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) once before walked back an assertion that maybe Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election.  That has not deterred him from repeating the Kremlin's propaganda.  Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he was at it again.
NBC News:
Meet the Press - December 1, 2019
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Trump faces uphill 2020 climb  —  President Trump is a slight underdog to win a second term with less than a year to go before the 2020 election.  —  The president is saddled with low approval ratings nationally and weaknesses with key voting groups.
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Young voter asks Elizabeth Warren emotional question about acceptance
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Elisabeth Egan / New York Times:
‘Free, Melania’: 6 Takeaways  —  A new unauthorized biography of Melania Trump gets into the first lady's relationship with Ivanka, “Be Best” and that “I really don't care” jacket.  —  Where the first lady, Melania Trump, is concerned, theories abound.  —  From morning-show hosts …
Discussion: The Root
Kate Bennett / CNN:   ‘Free, Melania’ offers new details about the life of a private first lady
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 …
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.
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 …
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
For Castro, Booker in Iowa, largest proportion of donations come from women
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USA Today:
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Will John Roberts Constrain Trump?
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years
Washington Post:
Far-right voters don't dislike government.  They just want to keep its benefits for their own ethnic group.
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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