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2:15 PM ET, December 2, 2019

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Washington Post:
Ukraine's Zelensky is making headway against corruption. But the fight risks angering Trump.
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Making the Al Capone Tax-Evasion Defense Against Impeachment  —  “The fact that they have long wanted to impeach the president suggests those Democrats view the Trump-Ukraine matter as just the latest, and perhaps the best, chance to get the president,” argues fiercely pro-Trump columnist Byron York today.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:   Nancy Pelosi Pushes the House to Pass USMCA, but Neglects a Bill With Broad Support to Strengthen Unions
Eric Wolff / Politico:
Pelosi to climate conference: 'We're still in' Paris agreement
Discussion: Breitbart
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rep. Duncan Hunter to abandon ‘not guilty’ plea in campaign finance scandal  —  After years of denials and claims he was the target of a political witch hunt, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday morning to change his plea of not guilty to charges stemming …
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
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David Montanaro / Fox News:
Pompeo rips Dems for scheduling Trump impeachment hearing during NATO summit
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Trump complains about impeachment hearing during NATO trip
Discussion: Salon, Politico and The Hill
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.
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, The Independent and Daily Kos
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Not enough Pinocchios for Trump's CrowdStrike obsession
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Axios
Associated Press:
The Latest: Justices weighing dismissal of guns case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments about a New York City gun ordinance (all times local):  —  The Supreme Court is trying to figure out whether to dismiss its first case about guns rights in nearly 10 years.
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   Will John Roberts Constrain Trump?
Leah Litman / The Atlantic:   The Guns Case Is About Much More Than Guns
Kate Bennett / CNN:
‘Free, Melania’ offers new details about the life of a private first lady  —  Adapted from Kate Bennett's “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography” set for release Tuesday.  —  Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, like those before her, has battled the vast juxtaposition between public perception and private citizen.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Elisabeth Egan / New York Times:
6 Takeaways From Melania Trump's Unauthorized Biography
Discussion: The Root
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump campaign to blacklist Bloomberg News  —  President Trump's 2020 campaign announced Monday it will no longer allow reporters from Bloomberg News to obtain credentials to cover Trump campaign events.  —  The big picture: Campaign manager Brad Parscale described the decision …
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California Gov. Newsom to campaign in Iowa for Kamala Harris  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel to Iowa to campaign for Sen. Kamala Harris as she tries to rebound amid a critical stretch in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Young voter asks Elizabeth Warren emotional question about acceptance
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Blue Virginia
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
State lawmakers acknowledge lobbyists helped craft their op-eds attacking Medicare-for-all  —  Emails show opponents are mobilizing at local level to try turn Americans away from big health care changes.  —  Lobbyists either helped draft or made extensive revisions to opinion columns published …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
For Democratic presidential hopefuls, the early bids have caught the worms
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
Politico:
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington's December nightmare
Discussion: New York Times
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years  —  A big tax cut, unprecedented environmental degradation, Wall Street unleashed, and a whole lot of judges.  —  The scandals, the leaks, the outrages, and the bizarre tweets of the last three years can distract from an important fact …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump team positions Pence as the antidote to anti-Trump animus  —  When Donald Trump's reelection team shamelessly acknowledged during a World Series campaign commercial that America's 45th president is “no Mr. Nice Guy,” it was doing more than shock-and-awe advertising.
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Ross Barkan / Medium:
The Fascism to Come  —  In 2016, not long after Donald Trump's …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
Meet The Chinese Diplomat Who Got Promoted For Trolling The US On Twitter  —  BEIJING, China — The most interesting diplomat in the world these days may well be Zhao Lijian, the combative, bombastic, frankly Trumpy voice of the People's Republic of China on Twitter.
Dave Merritt / The Guardian:
‘Jack would be livid his death has been used to further an agenda of hate’  —  The father of Jack Merritt, who died on Friday at London Bridge, writes that the attack has been used to reinforce the worldview his son fought against  —  Jack was proud.  Jack was absorbingly intelligent.
Chris Kobiella / Rolling Stone:
False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump  —  On the morning of September 29th, six weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump was in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York talking to leaders of the religious right about sex-reassignment surgery.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Newsweek Demotes Editor After Firing Reporter for Inaccurate Trump Thanksgiving Story  —  A second employee has been penalized for a story suggesting the president spent Thanksgiving tweeting and playing golf  —  A Newsweek editor has been demoted following the publication of a story published …
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
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Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Democrats Have Enough ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence For Impeachment?
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Four Were Hanged In 1865 Democrat Coup Involving Lincoln's Assassination …
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Helen Raleigh / The Federalist:
Unprecedented Leaks Underscore Deep Discontent Inside China
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
USA Today:
'You can't take any of them for granted': The voters who will sway 2020's swing states
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
ProPublica:
Tinder Lets Known Sex Offenders Use the App. It's Not the Only One.
Associated Press:
Legal reckoning: New abuse suits could cost church over $4B
David Freedlander / Politico:
How Bloomberg Could Win. Again.