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5:00 PM ET, December 4, 2019

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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.
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 …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Founding Fathers would be ‘horrified’: Legal experts testify Trump should be impeached
Discussion: Politico, Axios, The Hill and Above the Law
C-SPAN.org:   Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Framework for Impeachment
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
Washington Post:
NATO summit ends with Trump calling Trudeau ‘two-faced’ after video of world leaders apparently mocking the president
Rosie Perper / Insider:
Video appears to show world leaders mocking Trump after uncomfortable first day at NATO summit
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Risks Further Isolation as Macron Relationship Sours
Discussion: Spectator USA and Washington Post
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 …
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
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
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
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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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
What Happened When Pete Buttigieg Toured the South to Meet Black Voters
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Nicholas Burns / The Atlantic:   Trump Violates Diplomacy's Golden Rule
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 …
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 …
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
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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Wall Street Journal:   Giuliani Call Logs Raise Questions About Whom He Spoke With
Washington Post:
How two undocumented housekeepers took on the president — and revealed his company employed illegal 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
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
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Do Democrats Really Know Who Their Friends Are?  —  Starting with Nancy Pelosi, many party leaders have failed to make labor enough of a priority, which hurts their coalition.  —  Organized labor is the lifeblood of liberal politics in the United States.  Unions backed Franklin D. Roosevelt's …
Discussion: Vox
 
 
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Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
In New York City, Paper Receipts Set to Go the Way of Foie Gras
Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Secretary Raises Concerns Over Global Tax Talks
John Hendel / Politico:
Robocall crackdown sails through the impeachment noise
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans Confirm Lifetime Federal Judge Opposed To Fertility Treatments
Discussion: Slate, Mother Jones and The Hill
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change
Discussion: CNN, CNBC and UPI
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
GOP tries to connect dots on Biden and Ukraine, but comes up short
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
House committee chair calls for investigation into $400 million border wall contract
Discussion: Axios, The Guardian and Daily Kos
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden releases $3.2 trillion tax plan, highlighting divisions with Sanders and Warren
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Walsh / Politico:
Doug Collins' opening statement
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Simon Rosenberg / GEN:
How to Impeach Trump Without Letting His Co-Conspirators Get Away
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The Republicans have become the party of Russia. This makes me sick.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump's Approval Rating Should Worry Republicans
Discussion: USA Today
Gabriel Winant / New Republic:
Life Under the Algorithm
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Sen. John Kennedy's full-Trump mode is just his latest stage persona
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