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Washington Post:
Barr doesn't accept key inspector general finding about FBI's Russia investigation  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department's inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report — that the FBI had enough information …
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Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
Here Are The Latest Secret Memos From Mueller's Report  —  BuzzFeed News sued the US government for the right to see all the work that Mueller's team kept secret.  Today we are publishing the second installment of the FBI's summaries of interviews with key witnesses.
Washington Post:
The Mueller Report Illustrated: Chapter 1  —  ‘This Russia thing is far from over’ The president fires the FBI director Mueller's arrival pushes Trump to the brink Trump turns to a loyal ally for help 'Maybe I'll have to get rid of him' The president goes after Mueller's witnesses
Washington Post:
Mueller Report Illustrated  —  A book and six-part digital series on the obstruction investigation  —  Written and designed by The Washington Post and illustrated by artist Jan Feindt, “The Mueller Report Illustrated: The Obstruction Investigation” brings to life the findings …
Discussion: Sean Hannity
NBC News:
Democrats sing different tunes on impeachment as GOP closes ranks
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Hill
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine pressure campaign began as an effort to undercut the Mueller investigation
Discussion: Raw Story and KyivPost
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Hope Hicks says Trump Achilles's heel is intelligence assessment of Russia 2016 election interference
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Graham: ‘Be wary’ of rumors about a rift between Barr and DOJ inspector general ahead of FISA report
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Redstate
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:   Newly released documents shed light on Mueller-Trump meeting
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Enrich / New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Must Comply With Trump Subpoenas, Appeals Court Says  —  The 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
Discussion: NBC News
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
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Denies Knowing Prince Andrew, Despite Numerous Photos of Them Together  —  KISS OF DEATH  —  Donald Trump has denied knowing Prince Andrew, despite multiple photos of the two together, including several of them meeting in June this year.  The president, who is in the United Kingdom for a NATO summit …
Angelo Fichera / FactCheck.org:   Photo Manipulated to Show Schiff With Epstein
Washington Post:
Trump calls French president's criticism of NATO ‘nasty’ and ‘disrespectful’  —  LONDON — President Trump on Tuesday slammed as “very, very nasty” and “very disrespectful” recent comments by his French counterpart about the diminished state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Fox News and Raw Story
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump calls Macron comments on NATO ‘insulting’ and ‘nasty’
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Allies unite to defend NATO — against Macron
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How both parties are thinking about impeachment's next phase
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Democrats quietly debate expanding impeachment articles beyond Ukraine
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans embrace Ukrainian 2016 interference allegation in defense of Trump  —  Congressional Republicans are gradually embracing the claim of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, concluding the allegation is the most politically expedient way to defend President Trump against impeachment.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
2 key Trump-Ukraine events we should be paying more attention to
Discussion: KyivPost and FiveThirtyEight
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg blows up his strategy to win black voters  —  ALLENDALE, S.C. — When Pete Buttigieg goes to Iowa or New Hampshire, he's a Democratic presidential frontrunner who packs campaign venues.  But when Buttigieg goes to South Carolina, he's far from the top — and his campaign is shaking …
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Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden says Buttigieg ‘stole’ his healthcare plan
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, The Hill and Axios
New York Times:
China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West  —  Beijing's pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.  —  TUMXUK, China — In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China's western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science.
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
Washington Post:
North Dakota company that Trump touted gets $400 million border wall contract  —  A company that President Trump urged military officials to hire for border wall construction has been awarded a $400 million contract to build a span of new barrier across an Arizona wildlife refuge …
Discussion: The Hill
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's Christmas decorations are lovely, but that coat looks ridiculous  —  First lady Melania Trump unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations in a gauzy video in which she strolls through the public rooms marveling at their holiday luster.
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
What Happened To Drudge?  —  It's one of the questions you're not supposed to ask in public but everyone talks about in private: What's going on with Matt Drudge?  —  For conservatives, the Drudge Report was a one-stop shop for news on the Internet starting in the late 1990s.
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The Boston Globe:
James Madison explained, as a president ‘might lose his capacity after his appointment’ or ‘"might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression’ or ‘betray his trust to foreign powers.’  —  Benjamin Franklin, the oldest delegate at the Philadelphia convention and perhaps …
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Schiff hired former NSC colleague of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella the day after Trump-Ukraine call  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff hired a former National Security Council aide who worked with alleged Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella at the NSC during …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Trump gave states the power to ban refugees.  Conservative Utah wants more of them.  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Apiel Kuot had survived war, sexual assault and life — first as an orphan, then as a single mother — in an east African refugee camp.  But Utah terrified her.
 
 
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Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Trump Is Waging War on America's Diplomats
Axios:
Trump says G7 summit will be held at Camp David
Discussion: The Hill
Tara Prindiville / Fox News:
Warren calls for making work schedules more predictable for part-time employees
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Washington Post:
Mohammed bin Salman has learned nothing
Washington Post:
Americans are split on impeachment, just like they were before the public hearings
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and CNN
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Is the Russian Propaganda Party Now
Discussion: Raw Story
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 Earlier Items: 
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Betrayal of Volodymyr Zelensky
Discussion: KyivPost
Casey Michel / GEN:
Rudy Giuliani Isn't the Shadiest Lawyer in the Trump-Ukraine Scandal
Theodore Dalrymple / City Journal:
Deadly Superstitions in London
Discussion: New York Post and New York Times
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Impeachment Power Can Be Abused, Too
Discussion: Power Line
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Fusion GPS Chiefs Spin Hard Before the Horowitz Report
Discussion: Power Line
Borzou Daragahi / The Independent:
Turkey threatens to veto Nato plans unless the Syria Kurd militia is labelled ‘a threat’
Bloomberg:
Trump Sees No Deadline for China Deal as Trade Risks Roar Back
Discussion: CNBC