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8:40 AM ET, December 5, 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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
No wonder Jonathan Turley's dog is mad  —  The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday entered into democracy's most sacred ritual, that solemn moment when the people's representatives assemble to hear testimony about Jonathan Turley's dog.  —  For reasons not entirely clear …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Esquire, Raw Story and C-SPAN.org
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Karlan Catastrophe [Updated]  —  The Democrats opened the next phase of their drive to impeachment today with a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.  Strangely, they began not with fact witnesses but with a panel of four law professors, three selected by the Democrats and one by the Republicans.
Discussion: Slate, Washington Times and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Nancy Pelosi Pushes to Remove Legal Protections for Online Content in Trade Pact  —  Internet companies have fought for the provisions in the USMCA deal with Canada and Mexico  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing to strip out sweeping legal protections for online content …
Discussion: Axios, CNBC, Politico and Breitbart
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Pelosi to deliver impeachment update at 9 a.m.  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NEWS ... Speaker NANCY PELOSI will speak at 9 a.m. to deliver an update on the “status of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.”  Pelosi will speak in the Speaker's Balcony Hallway, a long, narrow space outside her office.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Political Wire
ABC News:
The Note: Speed defines Democrats' impeachment push
Discussion: Breitbart and Sean Hannity
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Democrats' 3 Impeachment Hazards: Speed, Squirrels and Guano
Discussion: Washington Post
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Democrats' new impeachment message: Expel Trump now
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and KIFI-TV
Joshua A. Geltzer / The Atlantic:
The Legal Debate About Impeachment Is Over
Discussion: Politico
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The moral imperative of impeachment
Discussion: The Wrap and Daily Kos
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New York Times:
Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say  —  The buildup of a hidden arsenal of short-range missiles is the latest sign that American efforts to deter Iran have largely failed.  —  WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal …
Phoebe Neidl / Rolling Stone:
The Traitors Among Us  —  Donald Trump likes to call his opponents traitors — but if he's looking for treasonous behavior, he should look within his own party  —  America once used the words “treason” and “traitors” only in cases of actual betrayal of our nation's most vital secrets or interests.
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds.  Here's how journalists can reach the undecided.  —  The diplomats have been inspiring, the legal scholars knowledgeable, the politicians predictable.  —  After endless on-air analysis and written reporting, pundit panels, and emergency podcasts, not much has changed.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Republicans angry, concerned about Schiff release of phone records  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff's decision to publish the phone records of the president's personal attorneys, a journalist, a fellow lawmaker, a National Security Council aide, and others has sent …
Discussion: Power Line and American Greatness
Gwen Aviles / NBC News:
Pete Buttigieg criticized for volunteering with Salvation Army  —  Critics call the charity homophobic and question why the openly gay presidential candidate would have ever associated with the organization.  —  Pete Buttigieg is drawing criticism after pictures of him volunteering for the Salvation Army …
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 …
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Sergii Leshchenko / KyivPost:
How Kolomoisky's prosecutor fueled Giuliani's conspiracies
Discussion: Mediaite and Vanity Fair
KHNL:
3 victims injured, gunman dead in shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard  —  HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - At least three people were injured, two gravely, in an active shooter situation Wednesday afternoon at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.  —  Meanwhile, witnesses tell Hawaii News Now that gunman fatally shot himself.
New York Times:
Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can't Be Saved  —  KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved.
Discussion: Washington Post
Sean Neumann / People.com:
Trump Lies About Not Knowing Prince Andrew Amid Epstein Scandal — but He Once Told PEOPLE Andrew Was ‘a Lot of Fun’  —  Photos and President Trump's own statements prove he isn't telling the truth about his relationship with Prince Andrew  —  President Donald Trump claimed to reporters …
Discussion: HuffPost
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:   Trump claims he doesn't know Prince Andrew, but once called him ‘a lot of fun’
Wall Street Journal:
Schiff's Surveillance State  —  The Democrat demands, and then discloses, the call logs of his opponents.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats are trying to convince Americans that President Trump should be ousted for trying to “dig up dirt” on a rival.
Elizabeth Matamoros / Washington Free Beacon:
Yang on Impeachment: ‘This Is Going to Be a Loser’  —  Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Wednesday said attacks on President Donald Trump have been ineffective and may ultimately increase his reelection chances.  —  “It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump …
Discussion: Townhall and Rolling Stone
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of ex-acting AG Whitaker's financial documents  —  The judge rejected DOJ's bid for a categorical rule allowing secrecy for draft financial disclosures.  —  Former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.  —  A federal judge has turned down the Justice Department's bid …
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Inconvenient Murders  —  The global surge in Jew-hatred barely registers in the West.  —  Ms. Weiss is an Opinion staff writer and editor and the author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism.”  —  Two years ago, a 27-year-old man named Kobili Traoré walked into the Paris apartment …
Medium:
Elliott Management's Response to “Tucker Carlson Tonight”  —  Elliott encourages anyone who watched Tucker Carlson's inaccurate segment on Paul Singer and Elliott Management to learn the facts about the merger of Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.  —  After the merger was announced in 2016 …
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 …
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 …
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Rivlin will consider pardon if Netanyahu resigns, confesses - report  —  According to the report, Netanyahu has not yet responded to the idea which has been floated by a variety of third parties, though in the past he rejected any talk of a plea deal or pardon.
Discussion: Sputnik International
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China  —  1 of 5  —  LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China.  The list, obtained by The Associated Press …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
The most consequential moment of the 2020 primary  —  Kamala Harris was hosting a town hall in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., two years ago when she made an announcement that set off a mad scramble in the U.S. Senate.  —  “Here, I'll break some news,” Harris told hundreds of people packed …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Family of Robert Levinson, an ex-FBI agent held for nearly 13 years in Iran, testifies in $1.5 billion damages case  —  The wife and children of the longest-held American hostage in Iran testified to the ongoing, nearly 13-year-long ordeal of Robert A. Levinson, asking a federal judge …
HuffPost:
Democrats Hint They're Mulling Impeaching Trump For More Than Just Ukraine  —  Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler drew a link between the current hearings and the Mueller report.  —  As the House Judiciary Committee began hearings to craft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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White House counsel plots with Senate GOP as impeachment gets closer
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Washington Post:
How two housekeepers took on the president — and revealed that his company employed undocumented immigrants
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Ryland Barton / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
Bevin Says He Lost Because Democrats ‘Harvested Votes In Urban Communities’