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7:15 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 …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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: KyivPost
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
5 takeaways from the Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing  —  The House's impeachment inquiry of President Trump has entered a new phase, as the House Judiciary Committee conducts its own hearings to decide specifically what might be included in the impeachment articles.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Dems signal Mueller-related impeachment charges as witnesses assail Trump  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday described President Donald Trump's posture toward Ukraine as part of a pattern of abuse of power and obstruction of justice that began …
Politico:
Dems exhale as they dodge impeachment debacle
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Breitbart
NBC News:
Live Blog / Impeachment hearing: Live updates from the Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Above the Law
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearing live updates: Experts outline ‘serious abuse of power’
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
Discussion: Bloomberg and IJR
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump abruptly cancels NATO press conference after summit turns sour
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:   Of Course Trump Was Laughed Out of the NATO Summit
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 …
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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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Booker, Biden could gain ground from Kamala Harris' departure, strategists say
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
What Happened When Pete Buttigieg Toured the South to Meet Black Voters
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
William Barr Says Those Who Don't Show More Respect To Cops May Not Get Police Protection
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: NBC News, Breitbart and Politico
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
GOP tries to connect dots on Biden and Ukraine, but comes up short
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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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 …
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: CNN, New York Post and UPI
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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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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Georgia governor bucks Trump with Senate seat appointment
Discussion: New York Post and National Review
CNN:
Federal prosecutors interview Ukraine oil and gas company CEO  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating Rudy Giuliani and his associates have deepened their focus on Ukraine's state-run oil-and-gas company, having interviewed its CEO, Andriy Kobolyev …
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
 
 
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
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Robocall crackdown sails through the impeachment noise
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Do Democrats Really Know Who Their Friends Are?
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DW.COM:
Germany expels Russian diplomats after murder in Berlin
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's mental state is deteriorating dangerously due to impeachment with potentially 'catastrophic …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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