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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 …
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
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:
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
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
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine pressure campaign began as an effort to undercut the Mueller investigation
NBC News:
Democrats sing different tunes on impeachment as GOP closes ranks
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Hill
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
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:   Newly released documents shed light on Mueller-Trump meeting
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
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 …
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
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 /   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
Allies unite to defend NATO — against Macron
Discussion: Associated Press
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump calls Macron comments on NATO ‘insulting’ and ‘nasty’
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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 …
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden says Buttigieg ‘stole’ his healthcare plan
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Suspect arrested after anti-Semitic graffiti reported at Sixth & I synagogue  —  A D.C. Jewish landmark was a target of anti-Semitic graffiti on Friday, an act of vandalism that the organization's rabbis said fit into a painful nationwide pattern of rising anti-Jewish crime.
Washington Post:
Americans are split on impeachment, just like they were before the public hearings  —  Support is still lower in key 2020 states.  —  Throughout more than two months of the Democrats' House impeachment inquiry, two critical questions have loomed: How will the American public react to what it uncovers?
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, IJR and CNN
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.
Tara Prindiville / Fox News:
Warren calls for making work schedules more predictable for part-time employees  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren released a new policy proposal Tuesday that aims to help part-time employees have more predictable work schedules.  —  It seeks to require employers with 15 …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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The Boston Globe:
James Madison explained, as a president 'might lose his capacity after his appointment …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Trump gave states the power to ban refugees. Conservative Utah wants more of them.
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’
Trump Sees No Deadline for China Deal as Trade Risks Roar Back
Discussion: CNBC
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
Sanders Surrogate Linda Sarsour Equates Israel With White Supremacy