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12:30 PM ET, December 4, 2019

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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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Associated Press:
NATO leaders appear to gossip about Trump in unguarded chat  —  In this grab taken from video on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, France's President Emmanuel Macro, centre right, gestures as he speaks during a NATO reception.  While NATO leaders are professing unity as they gather for a summit near London …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump abruptly cancels NATO press conference after summit turns sour  — “When today's meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington.  We won't be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days.  Safe travels to all!”  Trump tweeted.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
Of Course Trump Was Laughed Out of the NATO Summit  —  If America won't take care of our allies, Russia and China will.  —  Earlier today, President Donald Trump cancelled his press conference at the NATO summit, called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two-faced …
Nicholas Burns / The Atlantic:
Trump Violates Diplomacy's Golden Rule  —  During a testy joint press conference at the NATO summit in London yesterday, President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, argued openly over how the 70-year-old alliance should handle Russia, the Islamic State, and Turkey.
Rosie Perper / Insider:
Video appears to show world leaders mocking Trump after uncomfortable first day at NATO summit
Discussion: Al Jazeera, VICE and Mother Jones
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Boris Johnson holds late-night chat with Donald Trump
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,” …
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Washington Post:
‘Are you ready?’: Pelosi makes clear to Democrats that impeachment is coming
Emma Dumain / The State:
Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
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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.
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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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Kemp taps Kelly Loeffler, financial exec, to US Senate seat
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and The American Spectator
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
The Battle for the GOP Starts in Georgia
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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 …
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 …
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Zachary Evans / National Review:
Clinton Donors Charged in Massive Campaign-Finance Scheme
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Key Mueller witness, major Clinton and Trump donor charged with funneling $3.5 million …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
The Keyword:
A letter from Larry and Sergey  —  Our very first founders' letter in our 2004 S-1 began: … We believe those central tenets are still true today.  The company is not conventional and continues to make ambitious bets on new technology, especially with our Alphabet structure.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's mental state is deteriorating dangerously due to impeachment with potentially ‘catastrophic outcomes’, psychiatrists urgently warn Congress  —  Exclusive: Statement to be accompanied by petition with at least 350 signatures from mental health professionals endorsing conclusions
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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 …
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Sen. John Kennedy's full-Trump mode is just his latest stage persona  —  Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, now all over the news after a volatile verbal exchange with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, is a habitual shape-shifter.  Pundits disappointed that the Oxford-educated media hound …
Liel Leibovitz / New York Post:
Iran in flames and ‘experts’ didn't foresee it due to Trump-hate blindness  —  The Iranian regime faces the most serious popular challenge to its tyranny in 40 years.  Sparked by a 50 percent hike in fuel prices last month, the uprising has spread to the whole country.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Iran is brutally suppressing popular dissent. The world is watching.
Discussion: Associated Press
DW.COM:
Germany expels Russian diplomats after murder in Berlin  —  German prosecutors said evidence suggests Russia or Chechnya may have ordered the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin.  Two Russian diplomats have been expelled, with the German government discussing further steps.
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
Simon Rosenberg / GEN:
How to Impeach Trump Without Letting His Co-Conspirators Get Away  —  Congress needs to break Trump's impeachment into three tracks in order to remove him by the 2020 election  —  iven Republicans' stated intent to turn the Senate impeachment trial into a wildly partisan Sean Hannity-inspired circus …
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.
 
 
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