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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 …
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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 …
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:   Congressman Duncan Hunter to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case
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Washington Post:
Ukraine's Zelensky is making headway against corruption. But the fight risks angering Trump.
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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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 …
Eric Wolff / Politico:
Pelosi to climate conference: 'We're still in' Paris agreement
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kelly Loeffler to have powerful ally after she's tapped to Senate in Georgia
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Regarding Brian Kemp and Kelly Loeffler
Discussion: Big League Politics
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.
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, Daily Kos and Slate
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James Downie / Washington Post:
The useful idiot from Louisiana
Discussion: The Independent, HuffPost and Axios
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.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Young voter asks Elizabeth Warren emotional question about acceptance
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 …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Trump campaign says it will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters over outlet's 2020 policy
Discussion: Twitchy and NB Blog
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 Guardian and The Root
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Buttigieg targets black voters with new South Carolina ad
Discussion: Associated Press
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
When a crusading Maltese journalist was murdered, her sons vowed justice.  Almost miraculously, it's happening.  —  In a life that was anything but ordinary, this seemed a routine enough moment.  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia climbed into the rented gray Peugeot parked outside her home on Oct. 16, 2017, headed for the bank.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Ross Barkan / Medium:
The Fascism to Come  —  In 2016, not long after Donald Trump's black swan victory, I wrote a column in the Daily News asking people to stop comparing the reality TV demagogue to Adolf Hitler.  My argument was rather simple: Trump is abhorrent, but to liken him to a murderous Nazi minimized …
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.
Discussion: ITV
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Democrats Have Enough ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence For Impeachment?  —  The first round of hearings is over.  More than a dozen closed-door depositions are out in the open.  The impeachment inquiry is headed into its next phase.  —  After weeks of laying out their evidence …
Discussion: HuffPost
 
 
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