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8:20 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: Mediaite and Law & Crime
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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” …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Nunes' role exposed and 8 more takeaways from the Intel report
John Bowden / The Hill:
Nunes files defamation suit against CNN over Ukraine story
Fox News:   Devin Nunes sues CNN for $435M over ‘false and defamatory’ Ukraine story
Brad Kutner /
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.”
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
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
The spectacular collapse of Kamala Harris
Discussion: Washington Post, HuffPost and Breitbart
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Democrats once hailed their diverse 2020 field. Now the top candidates are all white
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: Mediaite, Political Wire and 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.
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 …
POLITICO Playbook PM: A December curveball?
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 …
NBC News:
Democrats' impeachment report cites Trump obstruction and withholding aid, warns of ‘grave harm’
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
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
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: Politico and UPI
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.
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.
Brakkton Booker / NPR:   Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘The Uncontested Facts Show This President Solicited A Bribe’
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.
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 …
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: Mediaite, CANNONFIRE and SPIN
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Denies Knowing Prince Andrew, Despite Numerous Photos of Them Together
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and VICE
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Laughable new GOP report: Yes, Trump did it.  But his motives were pure!  —  Boiled down to its essence, the Ukraine scandal is really a tale about a president who has subverted the interests of the nation to his own by putting our foreign policy at the disposal of his naked personal and political needs.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Three big takeaways from the Democrats' damning new impeachment report
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 …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Senate Republicans Warm to Theory of Ukrainian Election Interference
Bernie splits from Warren with embrace of far-left foreign leaders
Discussion: NBC News
Olivia Burdette / Brown Daily Herald:
ACCRIP recommends University divest from companies ‘facilitating human rights abuses in Palestine’
Identifying The Berlin Bicycle Assassin Part 1 - From Moscow to Berlin
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Putin approves law targeting journalists as ‘foreign agents’
Courtney Crowder / USA Today:
How Ivanka Trump is working on paid family leave, affordable child care - and why it hasn't passed
Washington Post:
As impeachment inquiry rages at home, Trump unsettles the world stage at NATO
Discussion: Fox News
Scoop: U.S. pushing Arab states on non-belligerence pacts with Israel
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
9th Circuit grapples with nationwide injunctions in 2 cases
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans To Confirm Lifetime Federal Judge Opposed To Fertility Treatments
Discussion: The Hill and DemCast
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Quietly recruiting megadonors, Pompeo eyes a massive Senate campaign war chest
Chris White / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton was Jeffrey Epstein's closest ‘celebrity mate’ …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham Still Charging Fans for a Podcast That Apparently No Longer Exists
Discussion: Raw Story