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11:00 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 and KyivPost
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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: C-SPAN.org, Esquire and Raw Story
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
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: CNN, ABC News and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
CNBC:   Don't count out Jeremy Corbyn in the UK's general election
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 …
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 …
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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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.”
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: KDFX-TV, UPI and New York Post
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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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Karlan Catastrophe [Updated]  —  The Democrats opened the next phase of their drive to impeachment today with a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.  Strangely, they began not with fact witnesses but with a panel of four law professors, three selected by the Democrats and one by the Republicans.
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 …
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:   Trump claims he doesn't know Prince Andrew, but once called him ‘a lot of fun’
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.
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:
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Loeffler will cut huge check for Georgia special election  —  Soon-to-be Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler plans to spend $20 million of her own money on her 2020 Senate campaign in Georgia — a massive sum that could give potential rivals pause about trying to unseat her.
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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.
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.
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 …
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
John Binder / Breitbart:
Self-Declared Climate Change ‘Global Leader’ Mike Bloomberg Enjoys His Own Fleet of Private Jets, Helicopters  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, worth an estimated $54 billion, enjoys his own fleet of private jets and helicopters stationed in New Jersey while describing himself as a “global leader” on the environment and climate change.
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: Rolling Stone
Politico:
Duncan Hunter shows no signs of quitting House, despite felony guilty plea  —  The California Republican pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds.  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter.  Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is showing no signs of stepping …
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 …
Discussion: Facebook and The Hill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House counsel plots with Senate GOP as impeachment gets closer  —  White House counsel Pat Cipollone met with Senate Republicans for lunch on Wednesday to denigrate the impeachment proceedings in the House and plot strategy for the likely Senate trial, the latest example …
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
What the C.I.A.'s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured  —  Drawings done in captivity by the first prisoner known to undergo “enhanced interrogation” portray his account of what happened to him in vivid and disturbing ways.  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — One shows the prisoner nude …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Post:
Facebook has floated limiting political ads and labeling that they aren't fact-checked, riling 2020 campaigns
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Tom Sietsema / Washington Post:
Now you can eat at the Capitol just like a U.S. representative: Badly
Discussion: The Hill
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
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Scalise: Schiff ‘spying’ on Nunes with call records
CNN:
Federal prosecutors interview Ukraine oil and gas company CEO
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“Winning Campaigns Have a Message”: The Self-Sabotaging of Kamala Harris
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's mental state is deteriorating dangerously due to impeachment with potentially 'catastrophic …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
William Barr says ‘communities’ that protest cops could lose ‘the police protection they need’