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1:20 AM ET, December 4, 2019


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New York Times:
A Mysterious ‘-1’ and Other Call Records Show How Giuliani Pressured Ukraine  —  House Democrats' impeachment report showed the president's personal lawyer executing an irregular foreign policy.  —  WASHINGTON — In the two days before President Trump forced out the American ambassador to Ukraine in April …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Report Reveals Call Records Between Giuliani, White House and Nunes  —  Draft impeachment report shows president's lawyer and top Republican lawmaker in frequent contact  —  WASHINGTON—Call records obtained by impeachment investigators revealed new details about Rudy Giuliani's interactions …
Discussion: Mediaite, POLITICUSUSA and Law & Crime
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
Adam Schiff Has Crossed a Line: He's Obtained Phone Records of Devin Nunes, Nunes' Aide, Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon  —  As promised, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff released the Democrats' report on the Trump impeachment inquiry on Tuesday.  If anyone is so inclined, the report can be viewed here.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Was Pissed”: Rudy Given Fox Time-Out After “Insurance” Diss  —  Giuliani's loopy sound bites and Ukraine business ambitions have gotten under Trump's skin; the Haley-for-V.P. campaign seems to have fizzled.  —  For more than a year, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been part …
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Nunes sues CNN over ‘demonstrably false’ Ukraine report  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has filed a $435 million defamation suit against CNN over a story that alleged Nunes met with a fired Ukrainian prosecutor in an effort to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Devin Nunes slaps CNN with $435 million defamation lawsuit  —  Rep. Devin Nunes on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against CNN for its Nov. 22 “demonstrably false hit piece” that said the California Republican traveled to Vienna in 2018 to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Call records show Devin Nunes in contact with indicted Giuliani associate
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Nunes' role exposed and 8 more takeaways from the Intel report
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Brad Kutner /
Devin Nunes Makes Good on Pledge to Sue CNN for Libel
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.”
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Kamala Harris's Long Road to an Early Exit Inside her promising rise and painful fall.
Discussion: Breitbart
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
The spectacular collapse of Kamala Harris
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Kamala Harris cancels big-money fundraiser at New York law firm amid reports of campaign turmoil
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘One of the hardest decisions of my life’: Kamala Harris ends once-promising campaign
David Byler / Washington Post:
Why Kamala Harris's failure echoes Marco Rubio's
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Breitbart
Former official says Trump often refused to believe his intelligence briefings  —  (CNN)One of President Donald Trump's most common responses to intelligence briefings is to doubt what he's being told, former Deputy Director of Intelligence Susan Gordon said Tuesday.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite, Axios and The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
California CEO and Seven Others Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Case  —  Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed against the CEO of an online payment processing company, and seven others, charging them with conspiring to make and conceal conduit …
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Key Mueller witness, major Clinton and Trump donor charged with funneling $3.5 million in illegal contributions in 2016 U.S. elections  —  A key witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election has been indicted with seven others …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
'I'm not going to take any sh—': Nadler girds for battle  —  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler had a blunt message as he privately addressed Democrats the day before his panel assumes a starring role in the impeachment inquiry.  —  “I'm not going to take any shit,” …
Discussion: CNN, NBC News and MSNBC
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republican bomb-throwers prep impeachment spectacle  —  They've gotten into shouting matches over whether socialists are Nazis.  They've clashed with the parents of children who died from gun violence.  And they've insinuated that a key witness was having an affair on the eve of a marquee hearing.
Discussion: NBC News and MSNBC
Emma Dumain / The State:
Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Ian MacDougall / New York Times:
How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Carry Out Its Immigration Policies  —  Newly uncovered documents show the consulting giant helped ICE find “detention savings opportunities” — including measures the agency's staff sometimes viewed as too harsh on immigrants.
The Keyword:
The key message Larry and Sergey shared is this:  —  While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents—offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins tangled in voter fraud, perjury allegations for listing UPS store as residence  —  U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins' decision to sign a Kansas voter registration form and two other election documents that asserted his residential address was a United Parcel Service store in Topeka …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Landler / New York Times:
For Trump and Europe, a Surprising Role Reversal  —  Where the president once kept European leaders off balance, Europe's shifting landscape now has the Great Disrupter on his back foot.  —  LONDON — President Trump has always relished throwing European leaders off balance, antagonizing allies …
Mark Hannah / Politico:
It's Not Just Trump. The American People Are Skeptical of NATO, Too.
Washington Post:
As impeachment inquiry rages at home, Trump unsettles the world stage at NATO
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
William Barr Says Those Who Don't Show More Respect To Cops May Not Get Police Protection  —  The remarks are the latest example of the U.S. attorney general's “tough on crime” approach that President Donald Trump has adopted.  —  U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Folksy John Kennedy gets serious pushback on Ukraine mess  —  Sen. John Kennedy has long been known as a folksy, straight shooter on Capitol Hill.  But now his legacy may be something else altogether: The guy who spread a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine.
Discussion: The Hill
Trump Administration Moves to End Food Stamps for 750,000  — New rule makes it harder for states to waive work requirements  — Additional proposed cuts would halt food aid to 3 million more  —  The Trump administration will announce a plan Wednesday to end food stamps benefits …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Senate could pass partisan rules package for impeachment trial  —  Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that if he's unable to reach a deal with Democrats to set the rules for a Senate impeachment trial then he will try to to do so solely with GOP votes.
Discussion: Townhall, Vanity Fair, Politico and UPI
Benjamin Preston / Road & Track:
These Guys Just Drove an E63 AMG Across America in a Record 27 Hours 25 Minutes  —  Three guys you've probably never heard of recently  —  most people don't care about—the New York to Los Angeles run referred to colloquially among aficionados as the Cannonball.
Discussion: Power Line, Fox News and YouTube
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox can't shake anti-Semitism  —  Lou Dobbs has no excuse whatsoever.  —  In October 2018, a guest on his Fox Business program — Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch — made a bizarre claim about a connection between the Central American migrants moving through Mexico and Hungarian-born Jewish philanthropist George Soros.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the Democrats' damning new impeachment report  —  The House Intelligence Committee just released its report on the findings of its investigation into President Trump's Ukraine extortion scheme.  It's a remarkable portrait of extensive corruption and brazen misconduct …
Luisana Pérez Fernández / Sun-Sentinel:
I left Venezuela fleeing from a dictator, only to find another one in America  —  I fled from a dictator in Venezuela, only to witness the rise of another one here in the United States.  —  I moved to the U.S. in 2011 after a dictator forced me to leave my country, my family, my friends, and my whole life.
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
House passes Uighur human rights bill to sanction Chinese officials
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Watchdog Report Details Problems Between FBI and Justice Department
Rose Dommu / Out Magazine:
Pete Buttigieg Volunteered for the Homophobic Salvation Army
Discussion: Twitchy, Washington Times and Townhall
Raheem Kassam / The Daily Caller:
The Senate Impeachment Trial Will Become Pelosi's Nightmare
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Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Putin approves law targeting journalists as ‘foreign agents’
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
9th Circuit grapples with nationwide injunctions in 2 cases
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
‘We should hang’ Ilhan Omar, Florida congressional candidate writes in fundraising letter
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans To Confirm Lifetime Federal Judge Opposed To Fertility Treatments
Discussion: The Hill and DemCast