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9:25 AM ET, December 5, 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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Pelosi to deliver impeachment update at 9 a.m.  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NEWS ... Speaker NANCY PELOSI will speak at 9 a.m. to deliver an update on the “status of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.”  Pelosi will speak in the Speaker's Balcony Hallway, a long, narrow space outside her office.
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Washington Post:
White House gears up for aggressive effort to defend Trump in Senate as House moves toward impeachment vote
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Warren and Biden lose ground, Sanders moves ahead in California's shifting 2020 Democratic race  —  The Democratic presidential contest in California remains extremely fluid — but not enough, at least so far, to provide an opening for Michael Bloomberg, who entered the race two weeks ago …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democratic Race: Biden 2020 as Romney 2012
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
No wonder Jonathan Turley's dog is mad  —  The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday entered into democracy's most sacred ritual, that solemn moment when the people's representatives assemble to hear testimony about Jonathan Turley's dog.  —  For reasons not entirely clear …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Esquire, Raw Story and C-SPAN.org
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Joshua A. Geltzer / The Atlantic:
The Legal Debate About Impeachment Is Over
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
ABC News:
The Note: Speed defines Democrats' impeachment push
Discussion: Breitbart
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The moral imperative of impeachment
Discussion: The Wrap and Daily Kos
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds.  Here's how journalists can reach the undecided.  —  The diplomats have been inspiring, the legal scholars knowledgeable, the politicians predictable.  —  After endless on-air analysis and written reporting, pundit panels, and emergency podcasts, not much has changed.
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.
Discussion: The Stranger
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Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:
The Energy 202: Bernie Sanders gets top score from Sunrise Movement for his Green New Deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and IJR
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Republicans angry, concerned about Schiff release of phone records  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff's decision to publish the phone records of the president's personal attorneys, a journalist, a fellow lawmaker, a National Security Council aide, and others has sent …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of ex-acting AG Whitaker's financial documents  —  The judge rejected DOJ's bid for a categorical rule allowing secrecy for draft financial disclosures.  —  Former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.  —  A federal judge has turned down the Justice Department's bid …
Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
The Traitors Among Us  —  Donald Trump likes to call his opponents traitors — but if he's looking for treasonous behavior, he should look within his own party  —  America once used the words “treason” and “traitors” only in cases of actual betrayal of our nation's most vital secrets or interests.
Discussion: Raw Story
BuzzFeed News:
The Curious Case Of Joseph Mifsud's Lost Passport And Wallet  —  LONDON — While the world was looking for Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign, his passport and wallet sat for 17 months in a lost and found office in a Portuguese airport.
Gwen Aviles / NBC News:
Pete Buttigieg criticized for volunteering with Salvation Army  —  Critics call the charity homophobic and question why the openly gay presidential candidate would have ever associated with the organization.  —  Pete Buttigieg is drawing criticism after pictures of him volunteering for the Salvation Army …
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Democrats' 3 Impeachment Hazards: Speed, Squirrels and Guano  —  As the rough beast of impeachment races forward, Democrats need to pause for a quick reality check.  No matter how compelling the evidence against President Trump may be—and it is quite compelling—they will not ultimately succeed in removing Trump from office.
Discussion: Washington Post
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
The most consequential moment of the 2020 primary  —  Kamala Harris was hosting a town hall in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., two years ago when she made an announcement that set off a mad scramble in the U.S. Senate.  —  “Here, I'll break some news,” Harris told hundreds of people packed …
Discussion: Axios
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
“The world is laughing at President Trump”: Biden video seizes on NATO leaders' hot mic  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign seized on video of world leaders seemingly chuckling about President Trump at the NATO summit by including the hot mic clip in an ad saying the “world is laughing at” Trump.
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.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Administrative assistant jobs helped propel many women into the middle class.  Now they're disappearing.  —  Rita Maxwell had no idea she was about to lose the job she'd had for nearly 20 years when her boss told her to meet him in the conference room at the end of the work day.
KHNL:
3 victims injured, gunman dead in shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard  —  HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - At least three people were injured, two gravely, in an active shooter situation Wednesday afternoon at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.  —  Meanwhile, witnesses tell Hawaii News Now that gunman fatally shot himself.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Donald Trump, you're no Bill Clinton  —  One problem for President Donald Trump, The New York Times said a couple months ago, is that he is not enough like Bill Clinton, who “faced impeachment with discipline.”  —  The other day, however, The Washington Post noted that Trump is belatedly …
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 …
Medium:
Elliott Management's Response to “Tucker Carlson Tonight”  —  Elliott encourages anyone who watched Tucker Carlson's inaccurate segment on Paul Singer and Elliott Management to learn the facts about the merger of Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.  —  After the merger was announced in 2016 …
Josh Owens / New York Times:
I Worked for Alex Jones.  I Regret It.  —  I dropped out of film school to edit video for the conspiracy theorist because I believed in his worldview.  Then I saw what it did to people.  —  On Election Day 2016, I sat in the passenger seat of Alex Jones's Dodge Hellcat as we swerved through traffic …
Elizabeth Matamoros / Washington Free Beacon:
Yang on Impeachment: ‘This Is Going to Be a Loser’  —  Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Wednesday said attacks on President Donald Trump have been ineffective and may ultimately increase his reelection chances.  —  “It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump …
Discussion: Townhall and Rolling Stone
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Inconvenient Murders  —  The global surge in Jew-hatred barely registers in the West.  —  Ms. Weiss is an Opinion staff writer and editor and the author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism.”  —  Two years ago, a 27-year-old man named Kobili Traoré walked into the Paris apartment …
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tax Cuts Push U.S. Burden Lower in World  —  Report says U.S. total tax rate lowest among grouping of major economies except Ireland, Chile and Mexico  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump's 2017 tax cuts reduced the U.S. tax burden to one of the lowest among major world economies …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang teeter on debate bubble  —  Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang could get more airtime than ever to introduce themselves to America with just one more poll — or they could spend the December debate sitting at home.  —  Right now, six candidates — four white men and two white women …
Discussion: NBC News
 
 
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Abby Phillip / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg scores endorsements from former Obama officials
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Here's The Draft Report Revealing How US Border Officials Pressured Asylum Officers To Deny Entry To Immigrants
HuffPost:
Democrats Hint They're Mulling Impeaching Trump For More Than Just Ukraine
Discussion: Associated Press
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Family of Robert Levinson, an ex-FBI agent held for nearly 13 years in Iran, testifies in $1.5 billion damages case
CNN:
Garry Kasparov: I lived in the post-truth Soviet world and I hear its echoes in Trump's America
Sergii Leshchenko / KyivPost:
How Kolomoisky's prosecutor fueled Giuliani's conspiracies
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and emptywheel
Adam Sexton / WMUR:
Gabbard rents home in NH in last months before primary
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Rivlin will consider pardon if Netanyahu resigns, confesses - report
Discussion: Sputnik International
John Binder / Breitbart:
Self-Declared Climate Change ‘Global Leader’ Mike Bloomberg Enjoys His Own Fleet of Private Jets, Helicopters
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders isn't polling in first place. His caucus organization may mean that doesn't matter
Discussion: Facebook and The Hill
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’
Discussion: NBC News and HuffPost
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
New ethics complaint filed against Devin Nunes after call logs released
Denny Heck / Medium:
It has been an honor to serve you.  —  A letter from Congressman Denny Heck