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9:35 PM ET, December 3, 2019

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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Report Reveals Call Records Between Giuliani, White House and Nunes  —  Draft impeachment report shows president's lawyer and top Republican lawmaker in frequent contact  —  WASHINGTON—Call records obtained by impeachment investigators revealed new details about Rudy Giuliani's interactions …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite and Law & Crime
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New York Times:
A Mysterious ‘-1’ and Other Call Records Show How Giuliani Pressured Ukraine  —  House Democrats' impeachment report showed the president's personal lawyer executing an irregular foreign policy.  —  WASHINGTON — In the two days before President Trump forced out the American ambassador to Ukraine in April …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Devin Nunes slaps CNN with $435 million defamation lawsuit  —  Rep. Devin Nunes on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against CNN for its Nov. 22 “demonstrably false hit piece” that said the California Republican traveled to Vienna in 2018 to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Call records show Devin Nunes in contact with indicted Giuliani associate  —  Call records included in an impeachment report released by House Democrats Tuesday show that House Intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had a number of contacts in April with Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas …
Discussion: National Review
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Impeachment Investigators Got Rudy Giuliani's Phone Records—And They're Quite Revealing  —  Trump's lawyer was in talks with, among others, Devin Nunes and officials at OMB as the president pursued a political agenda in Ukraine.  —  Rudy Giuliani and one of his indicted Ukrainian associates exchanged …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Intelligence Committee's report is a triumph  —  Some observers of the impeachment hearings conducted under the auspices of the House Intelligence Committee bizarrely concluded that the proceedings lacked “pizzazz.”  While that is a ridiculous metric for evaluating an inquiry …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Democrats obtained phone records showing how Trump allies coordinated ‘false narratives’
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Nunes' role exposed and 8 more takeaways from the Intel report
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
Adam Schiff Has Crossed a Line: He's Obtained Phone Records of Devin Nunes, Nunes' Aide, Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon
Discussion: HuffPost and The Gateway Pundit
Fox News:   Devin Nunes sues CNN for $435M over ‘false and defamatory’ Ukraine story
John Bowden / The Hill:
Nunes files defamation suit against CNN over Ukraine story
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Devin Nunes Sues CNN: Reveals He Was Not in Vienna in Late 2018, Did Not Meet Victor Shokin
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brad Kutner / courthousenews.com:
Devin Nunes Makes Good on Pledge to Sue CNN for Libel
Kamala Harris / Medium:
I am suspending my campaign today  —  Eleven months ago at the launch of our campaign in Oakland I told you all: “I am not perfect.  But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect.  I will lead with integrity.  I will speak the truth.”
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Kamala Harris cancels big-money fundraiser at New York law firm amid reports of campaign turmoil  — The event was canceled due to what was described by the campaign as a “personal matter,” according to people familiar with the situation.  — An invitation shows that the fundraiser …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘One of the hardest decisions of my life’: Kamala Harris ends once-promising campaign
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
The spectacular collapse of Kamala Harris
David Byler / Washington Post:
Why Kamala Harris's failure echoes Marco Rubio's
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and Breitbart
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Democrats once hailed their diverse 2020 field. Now the top candidates are all white
U.S. Department of Justice:
California CEO and Seven Others Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Case  —  Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed against the CEO of an online payment processing company, and seven others, charging them with conspiring to make and conceal conduit …
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Key Mueller witness, major Clinton and Trump donor charged with funneling $3.5 million in illegal contributions in 2016 U.S. elections  —  A key witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election has been indicted with seven others …
CNN:
Former official says Trump often refused to believe his intelligence briefings  —  (CNN)One of President Donald Trump's most common responses to intelligence briefings is to doubt what he's being told, former Deputy Director of Intelligence Susan Gordon said Tuesday.
CNN:
Graham says he's ‘1,000% confident’ Russia meddled in 2016 US election — not Ukraine  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday said he is “1,000% confident” that Russia, not Ukraine, meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, breaking from President Donald Trump …
Discussion: HotAir, Mediaite, Slate and Raw Story
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Brakkton Booker / NPR:   Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘The Uncontested Facts Show This President Solicited A Bribe’
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
'I'm not going to take any sh—': Nadler girds for battle
Discussion: NBC News and MSNBC
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze in July, Says Ex-Top Official in Kyiv
CNBC:
Trump loses appeal to block Deutsche Bank, Capital One from handing his financial records to Congress  — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Deutsche Bank and Capital One can hand over years of President Donald Trump's financial records in compliance with House Democrats' subpoenas.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A December curveball?
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins tangled in voter fraud, perjury allegations for listing UPS store as residence  —  U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins' decision to sign a Kansas voter registration form and two other election documents that asserted his residential address was a United Parcel Service store in Topeka …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Senate could pass partisan rules package for impeachment trial  —  Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that if he's unable to reach a deal with Democrats to set the rules for a Senate impeachment trial then he will try to to do so solely with GOP votes.
Discussion: UPI and Politico
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Raheem Kassam / The Daily Caller:   The Senate Impeachment Trial Will Become Pelosi's Nightmare
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell backs Georgia governor's pick for Senate amid Trump skepticism
Ian MacDougall / New York Times:
How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Carry Out Its Immigration Policies  —  Newly uncovered documents show the consulting giant helped ICE find “detention savings opportunities” — including measures the agency's staff sometimes viewed as too harsh on immigrants.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Extorted Ukraine in 2017 and 2018 Before Getting Caught This Year  —  The House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry report demonstrates in exhaustive detail that President Trump and numerous aides pressured Ukraine to open investigations for Trump's political benefit.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Folksy John Kennedy gets serious pushback on Ukraine mess
Discussion: The Hill
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Trump Is Waging War on America's Diplomats  —  And the impeachment inquiry is only making things worse.  With new figures and fresh horror stories, Julia Ioffe reports on how the president is politicizing our embassies, alienating our allies, and decimating the ranks of the foreign service.
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Raw Story
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
A Texas lawmaker who said opponents lined up because they're ‘Asian’ just lost the governor's support  —  A lawmaker in Texas facing primary challengers for the first time since 2012 lost a key endorsement after saying his opponents are running because they're “Asian.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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Andrea Zelinski / Houston Chronicle:
Fort Bend lawmaker said primary foes are running because they're ‘Asian’
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans To Confirm Lifetime Federal Judge Opposed To Fertility Treatments  —  Sarah Pitlyk argued that IVF and surrogacy have “grave effects on society” and lead to “diminished respect for motherhood.”  —  WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans will vote this week to confirm …
Discussion: The Hill and DemCast
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Trump Administration Moves to End Food Stamps for 750,000
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Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Labour's Ben Bradshaw claims he was target of Russian cyber-attack
Discussion: Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Republicans Warm to Theory of Ukrainian Election Interference
Politico:
Bernie splits from Warren with embrace of far-left foreign leaders
Discussion: NBC News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the Democrats' damning new impeachment report
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
9th Circuit grapples with nationwide injunctions in 2 cases
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
‘We should hang’ Ilhan Omar, Florida congressional candidate writes in fundraising letter
Discussion: Raw Story
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox can't shake anti-Semitism
Chris White / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton was Jeffrey Epstein's closest ‘celebrity mate’ …
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Trump says he doesn't know Britain's Prince Andrew. They had a breakfast meeting in June.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham Still Charging Fans for a Podcast That Apparently No Longer Exists
Discussion: Raw Story