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9:30 PM ET, December 4, 2019

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Washington Post:
Barr's handpicked prosecutor tells inspector general he can't back right-wing theory that Russia case was U.S. intelligence setup  —  The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump's 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Blocked Key Impeachment Witnesses.  Should Congress Wait?  —  At the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing, Republicans' witness said lawmakers were rushing impeachment and should instead let court fights over access to witnesses play out.
Discussion: Vox, The Mahablog, Esquire and KyivPost
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Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearing live updates: Experts outline ‘serious abuse of power’
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Dems signal Mueller-related impeachment charges as witnesses assail Trump
Washington Post:
White House gears up for aggressive effort to defend Trump in Senate as House moves toward impeachment vote
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Considers 14,000 More Troops for Mideast  —  Officials are discussing deployment that includes dozens more ships and other military hardware to counter threat from Iran  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint …
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New York Times:
Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say  —  The buildup of a hidden arsenal of short-range missiles is the latest sign that American efforts to deter Iran have largely failed.  —  WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal …
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’, cancels press conference and leaves Nato summit early after video of world leaders making fun of him  —  'I called him out on the fact he's not paying 2 per cent, and I guess he's not very happy about it,' says US president  —  Donald Trump has reacted furiously …
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Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Tories breathe sigh of relief as Trump leaves UK
The Guardian:
Footage appears to show world leaders joking about Trump at Nato summit
Discussion: The National Interest and Althouse
CNBC:   Don't count out Jeremy Corbyn in the UK's general election
New York Times:
Giuliani, Facing Scrutiny, Travels to Europe to Interview Ukrainians  —  President Trump's personal lawyer has been in Budapest and Kyiv this week to talk with former Ukrainian prosecutors for a documentary series intended to debunk the impeachment case.  —  WASHINGTON — Even as Democrats intensified …
Denny Heck / Medium:
It has been an honor to serve you.  —  A letter from Congressman Denny Heck  —  Dear Friends:  —  With the bulk of the Intelligence Committee's work on impeachment behind us, Thanksgiving week provided me with a good opportunity for rest and reflection.  I thought a lot about the privilege …
Politico:
White House counsel plots with Senate GOP as impeachment gets closer  —  Republicans discussed what a trial might look like if the House impeaches Trump.  —  White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.  White House counsel Pat Cipollone met with Senate Republicans for lunch on Wednesday to denigrate …
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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NBC News:
Live Blog / Impeachment hearing: Live updates from the Judiciary Committee
Discussion: The Hill, Above the Law and Politico
Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald:
George Zimmerman sues family of Trayvon Martin, publisher, prosecutors for $100 million  —  George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, is suing Martin's family …
Ryland Barton / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
Bevin Says He Lost Because Democrats ‘Harvested Votes In Urban Communities’  —  During a series of interviews on talk radio shows Wednesday morning, outgoing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said that he lost his race for reelection because the Democratic Party “harvested votes in urban communities.”
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans Confirm Lifetime Federal Judge Opposed To Fertility Treatments  —  Sarah Pitlyk has claimed that IVF and surrogacy have “grave effects on society” and lead to “diminished respect for motherhood.”  —  WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to confirm Sarah Pitlyk …
Discussion: The Hill
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Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change  —  The Trump administration's rule change would limit states' abilities to provide residents access to food stamps.  —  The Trump administration Wednesday formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps …
Discussion: WTVR-TV, UPI and New York Post
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
New ethics complaint filed against Devin Nunes after call logs released  —  A new ethics complaint was filed Wednesday against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) after it was revealed he was coordinating with President Donald Trump's attorney and recently indicted associates to garner “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop calling Trump a ‘Russian dupe.’ The truth is much worse.  —  You hear it constantly: President Trump is a “Russian dupe.”  Republicans spreading lies about Ukrainian interference in 2016 are Vladimir Putin's “useful idiots.”  By getting Trump to adopt those lies rather than admit …
New York Times:
Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can't Be Saved  —  KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Scalise: Schiff ‘spying’ on Nunes with call records  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff spied on the top Republican on his panel by obtaining his phone records and publishing them in an impeachment report, Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Wednesday.
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and Breitbart
Washington Post:
How two housekeepers took on the president — and revealed that his company employed undocumented immigrants  —  BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It was important for Sandra Diaz to be invisible.  —  Before entering the Trump family villa, she would tie back her hair, pull on latex gloves and step into delicate paper shoe coverings.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
William Barr says ‘communities’ that protest cops could lose ‘the police protection they need’  —  Speaking to a roomful of police officers and prosecutors on Tuesday, Attorney General William P. Barr drew a parallel between protests against soldiers during the Vietnam War and demonstrations against law enforcement today.
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China  —  1 of 5  —  LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China.  The list, obtained by The Associated Press …
Wall Street Journal:
Nancy Pelosi Pushes to Remove Legal Protections for Online Content in Trade Pact  —  Internet companies have fought for the provisions in the USMCA deal with Canada and Mexico  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing to strip out sweeping legal protections for online content …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Sean Neumann / People.com:
Trump Lies About Not Knowing Prince Andrew Amid Epstein Scandal — but He Once Told PEOPLE Andrew Was ‘a Lot of Fun’  —  Photos and President Trump's own statements prove he isn't telling the truth about his relationship with Prince Andrew  —  President Donald Trump claimed to reporters …
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders isn't polling in first place.  His caucus organization may mean that doesn't matter  —  When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses in 2016, Patrick Bourgeacq Pinzón wondered if he could have done more to help.  —  He first heard the senator …
Wall Street Journal:
Schiff's Surveillance State  —  The Democrat demands, and then discloses, the call logs of his opponents.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats are trying to convince Americans that President Trump should be ousted for trying to “dig up dirt” on a rival.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“Winning Campaigns Have a Message”: The Self-Sabotaging of Kamala Harris  —  Playing to Twitter and the political press, testing new messages seemingly every week, the perfect candidate couldn't help but get lost.  —  Kamala Harris's announcement speech in Oakland, her hometown …
 
 
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Eric Sandbulte / The N'West Iowa REVIEW:
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Washington Post:
Facebook has floated limiting political ads and labeling that they aren't fact-checked, riling 2020 campaigns
Politico:
Duncan Hunter shows no signs of quitting House, despite felony guilty plea
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Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
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Tom Sietsema / Washington Post:
Now you can eat at the Capitol just like a U.S. representative: Badly
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Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Joe Biden: ‘Of course’ I would consider Kamala Harris as VP pick
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and KTLA
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
In New York City, Paper Receipts Set to Go the Way of Foie Gras
John Hendel / Politico:
Robocall crackdown sails through the impeachment noise
Discussion: Axios
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
What Happened When Pete Buttigieg Toured the South to Meet Black Voters
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
CNN:
Federal prosecutors interview Ukraine oil and gas company CEO
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
House committee chair calls for investigation into $400 million border wall contract
Discussion: The Guardian, Axios and Daily Kos
DW.COM:
Germany expels Russian diplomats after murder in Berlin
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's mental state is deteriorating dangerously due to impeachment with potentially 'catastrophic …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller