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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 …
Discussion: Politico
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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, Law & Crime and Mediaite
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
Adam Schiff Has Crossed a Line: He's Obtained Phone Records of Devin Nunes, Nunes' Aide, Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon  —  As promised, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff released the Democrats' report on the Trump impeachment inquiry on Tuesday.  If anyone is so inclined, the report can be viewed here.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Was Pissed”: Rudy Given Fox Time-Out After “Insurance” Diss  —  Giuliani's loopy sound bites and Ukraine business ambitions have gotten under Trump's skin; the Haley-for-V.P. campaign seems to have fizzled.  —  For more than a year, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been part …
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story
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 …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Nunes' role exposed and 8 more takeaways from the Intel report
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and NBC News
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Call records show Devin Nunes in contact with indicted Giuliani associate
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Giuliani mystery phone calls, texts uncovered by Democrats' impeachment report
Discussion: NBC News
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite, Axios and The Hill
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
'I'm not going to take any sh—': Nadler girds for battle  —  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler had a blunt message as he privately addressed Democrats the day before his panel assumes a starring role in the impeachment inquiry.  —  “I'm not going to take any shit,” …
Discussion: The Hill, KDFX-TV, UPI, CNN, NBC News, KIFI-TV and MSNBC
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republican bomb-throwers prep impeachment spectacle  —  They've gotten into shouting matches over whether socialists are Nazis.  They've clashed with the parents of children who died from gun violence.  And they've insinuated that a key witness was having an affair on the eve of a marquee hearing.
Discussion: Associated Press, MSNBC and NBC News
Emma Dumain / The State:
Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Brakkton Booker / NPR:
Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘The Uncontested Facts Show This President Solicited A Bribe’
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 …
Associated Press:
NATO leaders appear to gossip about Trump in unguarded chat  —  In this grab taken from video on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, France's President Emmanuel Macro, centre right, gestures as he speaks during a NATO reception.  While NATO leaders are professing unity as they gather for a summit near London …
Discussion: Axios
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Mark Hannah / Politico:
It's Not Just Trump. The American People Are Skeptical of NATO, Too.
Washington Post:
As impeachment inquiry rages at home, Trump unsettles the world stage at NATO
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
William Barr Says Those Who Don't Show More Respect To Cops May Not Get Police Protection  —  The remarks are the latest example of the U.S. attorney general's “tough on crime” approach that President Donald Trump has adopted.  —  U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Keyword:
A letter from Larry and Sergey  —  Our very first founders' letter in our 2004 S-1 began: … We believe those central tenets are still true today.  The company is not conventional and continues to make ambitious bets on new technology, especially with our Alphabet structure.
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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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Kamala Harris's Long Road to an Early Exit Inside her promising rise and painful fall.
Discussion: Breitbart and Los Angeles Times
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.
Discussion: Slate and ImmigrationProf Blog
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Folksy John Kennedy gets serious pushback on Ukraine mess  —  Sen. John Kennedy has long been known as a folksy, straight shooter on Capitol Hill.  But now his legacy may be something else altogether: The guy who spread a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine.
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
GOP embraces a debunked Ukraine conspiracy to defend Trump from impeachment
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Politico:
Biden struts as his rivals bite the dust  —  The former VP is talking like the nomination is his to lose.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Scott Olson/Getty Images  —  MASON CITY, Iowa — Joe Biden's feeling awfully confident these days.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Administration Moves to End Food Stamps for 750,000  — New rule makes it harder for states to waive work requirements  — Additional proposed cuts would halt food aid to 3 million more  —  The Trump administration will announce a plan Wednesday to end food stamps benefits …
Discussion: Disrn, Breitbart and The Hill
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
House passes Uighur human rights bill to sanction Chinese officials  —  The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to China's persecution of its Muslim minority, demanding sanctions on Chinese officials and export bans.
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
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Reuters:   U.S. House approves Uighur bill demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials
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: Vanity Fair, UPI, Townhall and Politico
Benjamin Preston / Road & Track:
These Guys Just Drove an E63 AMG Across America in a Record 27 Hours 25 Minutes  —  Three guys you've probably never heard of recently  —  most people don't care about—the New York to Los Angeles run referred to colloquially among aficionados as the Cannonball.
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Boris Johnson holds late-night chat with Donald Trump  —  US and UK leaders discuss need for unity on defense ahead of NATO leaders' meeting.  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson and Donald Trump snuck in a quick private meeting Tuesday evening with little fanfare ahead of a NATO leaders' meeting in London Wednesday.
Liel Leibovitz / New York Post:
Iran in flames and ‘experts’ didn't foresee it due to Trump-hate blindness  —  The Iranian regime faces the most serious popular challenge to its tyranny in 40 years.  Sparked by a 50 percent hike in fuel prices last month, the uprising has spread to the whole country.
 
 
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Biden and Buttigieg say you can keep your health-care plan. They're lying — just like Obama.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Yang campaign contacts FBI over death threats in New Hampshire
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
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Wall Street Journal:
Watchdog Report Details Problems Between FBI and Justice Department
Rose Dommu / Out Magazine:
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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Discussion: The Hill
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