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11:30 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, Law & Crime and Mediaite
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes sues CNN over ‘demonstrably false’ Ukraine report  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has filed a $435 million defamation suit against CNN over a story that alleged Nunes met with a fired Ukrainian prosecutor in an effort to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Nunes' role exposed and 8 more takeaways from the Intel report
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Brad Kutner /
Devin Nunes Makes Good on Pledge to Sue CNN for Libel
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Giuliani mystery phone calls, texts uncovered by Democrats' impeachment report
Discussion: NBC News and FiveThirtyEight
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
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.”
Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:
Julián Castro Said Kamala Harris's Campaign Suffered Because The Media Holds Candidates Of Color To Different Standards  —  Former housing secretary Julián Castro said Sen. Kamala Harris's bid for president was hampered by the media treating candidates of color differently …
Discussion: HuffPost, HotAir and Los Angeles Times
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Kamala Harris cancels big-money fundraiser at New York law firm amid reports of campaign turmoil
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Kamala Harris's Long Road to an Early Exit Inside her promising rise and painful fall.
Discussion: Breitbart
David Byler / Washington Post:
Why Kamala Harris's failure echoes Marco Rubio's
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Breitbart
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
The spectacular collapse of Kamala Harris
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘One of the hardest decisions of my life’: Kamala Harris ends once-promising campaign
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.
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 …
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 …
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: NBC News and MSNBC
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: CNN, NBC News and MSNBC
Emma Dumain / The State:
Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Folksy John Kennedy gets serious pushback on Ukraine mess
Discussion: The Hill
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 and Politico
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
What Pete Buttigieg really said about being gay, prejudice and blacks  —  When you're black and gay, there are times when you feel that the two identities integral to your whole self are in conflict.  Actually, let me rephrase that.  There are times when other folks put your two identities …
Rose Dommu / Out Magazine:
Pete Buttigieg Volunteered for the Homophobic Salvation Army
Discussion: Twitchy, Washington Times and Townhall
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: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Power Line, Fox News and YouTube
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
Syrians Say U.S. Helicopter Fire Killed Civilians During The Raid On Baghdadi  —  Toggle more options  —  A Syrian farmer says his arm was blown off and his two friends were killed by U.S. helicopter fire in the village where American special forces were attacking the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October.
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox can't shake anti-Semitism  —  Lou Dobbs has no excuse whatsoever.  —  In October 2018, a guest on his Fox Business program — Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch — made a bizarre claim about a connection between the Central American migrants moving through Mexico and Hungarian-born Jewish philanthropist George Soros.
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: Politico, HuffPost, The Hill and Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
Senate Republicans Warm to Theory of Ukrainian Election Interference
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Discussion: NBC News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the Democrats' damning new impeachment report
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Courtney Crowder / USA Today:
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
As impeachment inquiry rages at home, Trump unsettles the world stage at NATO
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Scoop: U.S. pushing Arab states on non-belligerence pacts with Israel
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
Chris White / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton was Jeffrey Epstein's closest ‘celebrity mate’ …