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6:45 PM ET, December 3, 2019

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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
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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: Law & Crime
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Democrats obtained phone records showing how Trump allies coordinated ‘false narratives’  —  (CNN)Armed with never-before-seen phone records, Democrats on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump's allies of coordinating with a conservative journalist to peddle “false narratives” …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump abused power of presidency, Dems conclude in impeachment report  —  President Donald Trump abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rivals, House Democrats concluded in a highly anticipated report released Tuesday.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Intelligence Committee's report is a triumph
Discussion: Vanity Fair and KyivPost
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Devin Nunes Sues CNN For Defamation Following False Vienna Collusion Story
John Bowden / The Hill:
Nunes files defamation suit against CNN over Ukraine story
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Nunes' role exposed and 8 more takeaways from the Intel report
Fox News:   Devin Nunes sues CNN for $435M over ‘false and defamatory’ Ukraine story
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Giuliani mystery phone calls, texts uncovered by Democrats' impeachment report
Discussion: NBC News and FiveThirtyEight
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 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Good Riddance to Kamala Harris  —  Per Edward-Isaac Dovere, Kamala Harris is no longer running for president.  This is excellent, welcome news — the cause for celebration.  Good riddance!  May Harris's failed attempt to find higher office destroy her career and sully her reputation for all time.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘One of the hardest decisions of my life’: Kamala Harris ends once-promising campaign  —  Kamala Harris is ending her presidential campaign after months of failing to lift her candidacy from the bottom of the field — a premature departure for a California senator once heralded as a top-tier contender for the nomination.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Democrats once hailed their diverse 2020 field. Now the top candidates are all white
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris ends her presidential bid
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Says She's Still ‘in This Fight,’ but Out of the 2020 Race
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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David Enrich / New York Times:
Trump Loses Appeal on Deutsche Bank Subpoenas  —  A federal court ruling is a victory for House Democrats who are investigating President Trump's relationship with the German bank.  —  A federal appeals court said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank must turn over detailed documents …
Axios:
Appeals court orders Trump's banks to turn financial records over to Congress
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A December curveball?
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.
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Trump says he doesn't know Britain's Prince Andrew.  They had a breakfast meeting in June.  —  LONDON — President Trump said at a news conference on Tuesday that he “doesn't know” Britain's Prince Andrew, despite photos of the two taking a walk side by side in June, smiling at Westminster Abbey during …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and SPIN
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Denies Knowing Prince Andrew, Despite Numerous Photos of Them Together
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and VICE
Iliana Magra / New York Times:
'I Don't Know Prince Andrew,' Trump Says. Photos Say Otherwise.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
New York Times:
Impeachment Report Says Trump Solicited Foreign Election Interference  —  The House Intelligence Committee concluded that President Trump tried to “use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday released …
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Carol Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump's personal attorneys remain largely on the sidelines as the president contends with impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Redstate and The Gateway Pundit
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
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 …
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NBC News:
State Dept. undersecretary counters GOP claims Ukraine meddled in 2016
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rep. Hunter enters plea in federal campaign finance case, telling judge, ‘Guilty’  —  Admission comes after East County Republican accused prosecutors of engaging in political witch hunt  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter, the Republican congressman and former U.S. Marine who with his namesake father …
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and UPI
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds: ‘I made mistakes’
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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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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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.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze in July, Says Ex-Top Official in Kyiv  —  Ukraine's government learned of the military aid freeze during the Trump administration's pressure campaign — and tried to keep that knowledge from going public, says an ex-deputy foreign minister.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham Still Charging Fans for a Podcast That Apparently No Longer Exists  —  The Fox News star left radio for a podcast.  And now that's quietly been ditched as well.  But fans can still pay $49.95 per year for commercial-free access to it.  —  Before hosting a Fox News primetime show …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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CNN:
Former official says Trump often refused to believe his intelligence briefings
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
9th Circuit grapples with nationwide injunctions in 2 cases
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans To Confirm Lifetime Federal Judge Opposed To Fertility Treatments
Discussion: DemCast
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell backs Georgia governor's pick for Senate amid Trump skepticism
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Quietly recruiting megadonors, Pompeo eyes a massive Senate campaign war chest
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
'It Just Isn't Working': PISA Test Scores Cast Doubt on U.S. Education Efforts
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 Earlier Items: 
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
Conservative Media Isn't ‘Stoking’ The Culture War, It's The Left
Emily Douglas / The Nation:
The Politics of Abortion Is Entering a New Era
Chris White / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton was Jeffrey Epstein's closest ‘celebrity mate’ …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Politico:
‘Incapable of being gracious’: De Blasio fumes over Bloomberg bid
Discussion: The Hill, Althouse and ABC News
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
What Happened To Drudge?
Washington Post:
The Mueller Report Illustrated: Chapter 1
Discussion: Sean Hannity