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1:50 PM ET, December 3, 2019


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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: Breitbart and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: National Review, CNN and Gothamist
Appeals court orders Trump's banks to turn financial records over to Congress  —  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that Deutsche Bank and Capital One must comply with a congressional subpoena for President Trump, his children and his company's financial records.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump loses appeal to block Deutsche Bank, Capital One from handing over his financial records to Congress
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 …
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala D. Harris is ending presidential bid  —  Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to multiple people with knowledge of the campaign's plans.  —  Harris had qualified for the December debate but was in single digits in both national and early-state polls.
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 …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race  —  Kamala Harris dropped her presidential campaign on Tuesday after months of failing to lift her candidacy from the bottom of the field — a premature ending for a California senator once heralded as a top-tier contender for the nomination.
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Dropping Out of 2020 Presidential Race
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
Washington Post:
Mueller Report Illustrated
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine pressure campaign began as an effort to undercut the Mueller investigation
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, Raw Story and Fox News
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
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 …
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 …
Iliana Magra / New York Times:
'I Don't Know Prince Andrew,' Trump Says. Photos Say Otherwise.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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
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: Raw Story and New York Times
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.
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: The Hill and Raw Story
NBC News:
Democrats sing different tunes on impeachment as GOP closes ranks  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — If the Democrats have the substance on their side …
Tara Prindiville / Fox News:
Warren calls for making work schedules more predictable for part-time employees
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden says Buttigieg ‘stole’ his healthcare plan
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.”
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
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Red State Death Trip  —  Why does falling life expectancy track political orientation?  —  “E pluribus unum” — out of many, one — is one of America's traditional mottos.  And you might think it would be reflected in reality.  We aren't, after all, just united politically.
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.
Chloe Taylor / CNBC:
Silicon Valley giants accused of avoiding over $100 billion in taxes over the last decade  —  The logos for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, on smartphone and tablet devices  —  Six of Silicon Valley's biggest companies had a combined “tax gap” of more than $100 billion this decade, according to a new analysis.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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.
Trump says G7 summit will be held at Camp David  —  President Trump announced at a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that next year's G7 summit will be held at Camp David.  —  Why it matters: Trump had initially said he would hold the summit …
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and The Hill
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Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
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Discussion: CNN, Vanity Fair and Law & Crime
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Betrayal of Volodymyr Zelensky
Discussion: KyivPost
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Rudy Giuliani Isn't the Shadiest Lawyer in the Trump-Ukraine Scandal
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Fusion GPS Chiefs Spin Hard Before the Horowitz Report
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
Trump Sees No Deadline for China Deal as Trade Risks Roar Back
Discussion: CNBC
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's Christmas decorations are lovely, but that coat looks ridiculous