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3:40 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.
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
Rosie Perper / Insider:
Video appears to show world leaders mocking Trump after uncomfortable first day at NATO summit
Washington Post:
NATO summit ends with Trump calling Trudeau ‘two-faced’ after video of world leaders apparently mocking the president
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Risks Further Isolation as Macron Relationship Sours
Discussion: Washington Post and Spectator USA
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.
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and KyivPost
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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
‘Are you ready?’: Pelosi makes clear to Democrats that impeachment is coming
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
'I'm not going to take any sh—': Nadler girds for battle
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Founding Fathers would be ‘horrified’: Legal experts testify Trump should be impeached
Discussion: Above the Law, The Hill and Breitbart
NBC News:
Live Blog / Impeachment hearing: Live updates from the Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, Breitbart and Axios
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 …
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  —  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 …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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
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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Frederick Joseph / The Independent:
‘Kamala is a cop’ was a racist narrative that killed Harris's campaign dead. …
Discussion: Reason
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
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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.
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani Call Logs Raise Questions About Whom He Spoke With  —  White House officials check phone records to try to determine who spoke with President Trump's personal lawyer  —  WASHINGTON—A day after impeachment investigators released a report detailing phone calls between Rudy Giuliani …
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Zachary Evans / National Review:
Clinton Donors Charged in Massive Campaign-Finance Scheme  —  Eight people, including major Hillary Clinton donors and a witness in the Mueller investigation, have been charged in a massive campaign-finance scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.
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U.S. Department of Justice:
California CEO and Seven Others Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Case
 
 
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Do Democrats Really Know Who Their Friends Are?
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
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AOC Falsely Claims She Fast-Tracked HIV Drugs to Market
Discussion: STAT
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Susan Walsh / Politico:
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
The Republicans have become the party of Russia. This makes me sick.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
DW.COM:
Germany expels Russian diplomats after murder in Berlin
Discussion: Fox News and UPI
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Democrat ‘Expert’ Impeachment Witness Gave $1000 Donation to Elizabeth Warren
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Approval Rating Should Worry Republicans
Discussion: USA Today
Gabriel Winant / New Republic:
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