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9:35 PM ET, December 2, 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 …
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  —  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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in campaign finance violations case
Discussion: NBC News, KUSI-TV and Fox News
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.
James Downie / Washington Post:
The useful idiot from Louisiana  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote about Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) showcasing the “typical shell game” of Republicans on impeachment: Eliminate the importance of the “quid pro quo,” muddy the waters of the president's motive and distort the impeachment process itself.
Discussion: The Independent, HuffPost and Axios
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 …
Discussion: KIFI-TV
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Assessing the Republicans' 10 ‘findings’ in their impeachment inquiry report
Discussion: KyivPost
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
House Republicans Put Together an Impeachment Rebuttal Report
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and The Hill
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.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Highlights from the newly released FBI Mueller investigation notes
Discussion: Axios and KDFX-TV
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP impeachment report claims Trump did nothing wrong  —  President Trump committed “no quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, or abuse of power,” Republicans on the House committees investigating the Ukraine controversy have concluded in a 110-page report reviewed by Axios ahead of its formal release.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House Judiciary announces impeachment witnesses
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:   Democrats quietly debate expanding impeachment articles beyond Ukraine
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Democrats Have Enough ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence For Impeachment?
Discussion: HuffPost
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: Political Wire
Jacksonville Journal-Courier:
Poll says Biden keeps narrow lead in state, but Warren, Buttigieg gain in primary race
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Klasfeld /
Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Cleared to Comply With Impeachment Subpoena  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - A federal judge paved the way on Monday for Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas to comply with a House subpoena for information relevant to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Law & Crime and VICE
ABC News:
Giuliani associate asks court to release material for impeachment inquiry
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and The Daily Beast
NBC News:   Prosecutor says new charges ‘likely’ in case against Rudy Giuliani associates
Simon Shuster / TIME:
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: Breitbart
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California Gov. Newsom to campaign in Iowa for Kamala Harris
Discussion: Axios
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: Political Wire
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kelly Loeffler to have powerful ally after she's tapped to Senate in Georgia  —  Kemp to formally announce Loeffler on Wednesday at 10 a.m.  —  When Gov. Brian Kemp announces on Wednesday that he's picked Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she'll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post.
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 …
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads  —  Zuckerberg says ‘people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians’ and compares alternative to censorship  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has defended the company's decision …
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 …
New York Times:
French Wine Could Face 100% Tariffs as Trump Confronts France Over Tech Taxes  —  A report by the Office of the United States Trade Representative renewed a conflict between the countries, which had negotiated a temporary truce in August.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Monday …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Carter Page loses appeal in defamation suit against media outlets  —  Carter Page, the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, suffered another court loss on Monday when a federal appeals court upheld a trial judge's decision to throw out his defamation lawsuit against a pair of media outlets.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court refuses to revive Carter Page lawsuit
Discussion: Associated Press
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Republicans in turmoil as redistricting looms  —  The GOP group charged with winning state legislatures is in turmoil — sparking concerns that the party is at risk of blowing the next round of redistricting.  —  The Republican State Leadership Committee has seen an exodus of top staff in recent months …
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Senate confirms Trump's pick to replace Rick Perry as energy secretary  —  President Donald Trump's pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator's objections that the nominee hadn't fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation.
Discussion: Townhall
Angus King / USA Today:
Ukraine scandal: I know why Trump top dogs — Mulvaney, Pompeo, Perry & Bolton — won't bark
Discussion: Raw Story
Elisabeth Egan / New York Times:
6 Takeaways From Melania Trump's Unauthorized Biography  —  “Free, Melania” 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 to Twitter pundits …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
‘Free, Melania’ offers new details about the life of a private first lady
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Levin / New York Times:
‘OxyContin Just Started Showing Up’  —  Purdue Pharma introduced its opioid painkiller, OxyContin, in 1996, when the Class of 2000 entered high school.  Some students began experimenting, often combining prescription opiates with alcohol at parties.  —  For many, what started …
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Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Democrat Beto O'Rourke turns his attention to flipping the Texas House
Discussion: Political Wire
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump conquers Republicans on trade
Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers
Discussion: National Review
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Gunmen massacre 14 Christians during Protestant service in Burkina Faso
Discussion: National Review and Spectator USA
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Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden blows off court hearing over child support as his lawyer abruptly quits …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Warren's Son Attended One of Nation's Most Elite Private Schools
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court appears unlikely to hand victory to gun rights backers in 2nd Amendment case
Discussion: MSNBC, Townhall and UPI
 Earlier Items: 
The Guardian:
Traditional ‘foreign policy’ no longer exists. Democrats are the last to know
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wealthy Mercer family spent millions on conservative causes in 2018 as they distanced themselves from Trump
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Making the Al Capone Tax-Evasion Defense Against Impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump campaign to blacklist Bloomberg News
Chris Kobiella / Rolling Stone:
False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years
R.J. Lyman / The Bulwark:
This Is the Single Best Argument For Why Trump Should Be Impeached and Removed
Discussion: Hullabaloo