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7:30 AM ET, December 6, 2019

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Washington Post:
Phone logs in impeachment report renew concern about security of Trump communications  —  President Trump has routinely communicated with his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and other individuals speaking on cellphones vulnerable to monitoring by Russian and other foreign intelligence services …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi and that four-letter word  —  One of the things every Catholic child is taught is that the word “hate” should never be used in connection with another human being.  —  This admonition flows from the expansive Catholic interpretation of the Fifth Commandment.
Washington Post:
‘The president gave us no choice’: Pelosi resisted Trump's impeachment, now she's the public face
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Pelosi's Leap on Impeachment: From No Go to No Choice
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Wrap
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Senate Republicans blast Pelosi, House Democrats for pursuing impeachment against Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Doubts Surface Over Giuliani-White House Budget Office Calls  —  Number associated with OMB is also linked to several other offices in the White House  —  WASHINGTON—House Democrats earlier this week released records asserting that Rudy Giuliani was in contact with a phone number associated …
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Real Clear Politics:
White House: Adam Schiff Has Wrong OMB Number
Discussion: Breitbart and CNN
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Adam Schiff Is Watching
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Republicans' Star Impeachment Scholar Is a Shameless Hack  —  Jonathan Turley's testimony was so inconsistent, it contradicted his own previous statements on impeachment.  —  The House Judiciary Committee held something like a national teach-in on impeachment yesterday.
Discussion: NBC News
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Democrats offering passion over proof in Trump impeachment  —  The most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president.  I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:   Brett Kavanaugh Wrote That Hiding Evidence From Congress Is an Impeachable Offense
Julian Epstein / USA Today:
Facts will help Democrats win Trump impeachment debate even if Senate doesn't remove him
Michael Forsythe / New York Times:
When Pete Buttigieg Was One of McKinsey's ‘Whiz Kids’  —  Among the hoops that candidates for plum consulting jobs at McKinsey & Company had to jump through in late 2006 was a bit of play acting: They were given a scenario involving a hypothetical client, “a business under siege,” …
Discussion: HuffPost
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New York Times:
Buttigieg's Untenable Vow of Silence  —  He needs to give voters more information about his work for the consulting firm McKinsey.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
The Daily Beast:
Rudy's New Ukraine Jaunt Is Freaking Out Trump's Lieutenants—and He Doesn't Care  —  Top administration officials have been tracking Giuliani's venture through Europe, wondering if he's going to cause yet another major headache for the president.  —  Rudy Giuliani's decision to travel …
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Fresno Bee:
Devin Nunes' blind allegiance to Trump is the real danger to the republic
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
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Axios:
Biden: Media, rivals wrong that AOC represents direction of party  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden told “Axios on HBO” in Iowa that he has shaped the 2020 race, faulting the media and his rivals for thinking Democratic voters are more liberal than the reality.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
'You're a damn liar, man': Biden lashes out at Iowan over Hunter claim
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Voter attacked by Biden calls him ‘senile’ and says he should drop out of 2020 race
ProPublica:
Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care  —  Video obtained by ProPublica shows the Border Patrol held a sick teen in a concrete cell without proper medical attention and did not discover his body until his cellmate alerted guards.  The video doesn't match the Border Patrol's account of his death.
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
R. Kelly Used Bribe to Marry Aaliyah When She Was 15, Charges Say  —  He bribed a government employee in 1994 so that he could obtain a fake ID for the singer Aaliyah, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  A persistent question has dogged R. Kelly's two-decade music career …
Psychology Today:
Disgraced “Peloton Husband” Speaks Out  —  The psychological impact of being at the centre of worldwide controversy.  —  Few people know what it's like to be thrust into the public eye amidst worldwide controversy quite like the actor who plays the “tone-deaf” husband in a recent controversial Peloton ad.
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Nelson Oliveira / New York Daily News:
Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it's adorable  —  This boy's definition of family will warm your heart.  —  A Michigan kindergartner brought his entire class to witness his adoption hearing Thursday in an adorable courtroom scene marking Kent County's annual Adoption Day.
Discussion: The Independent
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Another California GOP lawmaker is leaving the Republican Party.  Here's why  —  California's Republican Party is getting even smaller.  —  The super-minority in the Legislature has lost another state lawmaker, as former Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley has decided …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Adam Ganucheau / Mississippi Today:
Southaven Republican challenges 14-vote loss to Democrat, asks House to overturn election  —  State Rep. Ashley Henley, a Southaven Republican, is asking the GOP-led Mississippi House to overturn the results of the election she narrowly lost to Democrat Hester Jackson-McCray.
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Russian agents planned hit from assassins' lairs in French Alps, say intel officials  —  Western intelligence agencies tracked up to 15 members of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, including 2 who poisoned a defector in London.  —  WASHINGTON — A group of elite Russian military …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Uber disclosed 3,000 sexual assaults in U.S. rides last year in its long-awaited safety report  —  Uber disclosed 3,000 sexual assaults in U.S. rides last year in its long-awaited safety report, amidst widespread criticism of its safety practices and pressure to increase its transparency …
CNN:
Ethics Committee urges Duncan Hunter to stop voting in House after guilty plea  —  (CNN)The House Ethics Committee urged Rep. Duncan Hunter in a letter on Thursday to stop voting on legislation and other matters on the House floor after he pleaded guilty earlier this week to campaign finance violations.
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Associated Press:
Duncan Hunter's exit unsettles US House race in California
Discussion: The Hill
Alyssa Goodman / AP Images Spotlight:
Top AP photos of 2019 range from the epic to the intimate  —  Ours is a world of sweeping vistas, and intimate scenes.  In 2019, Associated Press photographers captured both.  —  A single Border Protection officer stands in the rain at the border; pieces of heavy equipment …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Is Melania Trump sending coded messages, or are we just talking to ourselves?  —  A new unauthorized biography of Melania Trump is titled “Free, Melania,” and although the words refer to the left-wing fantasy meme that the first lady is a prisoner begging for liberation, the comma demands unpacking.
New York Times:
Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign  —  In charges unsealed this week, the Justice Department laid out new elements of an effort by an American ally to buy access in Washington.  —  The donors referred to their campaign contributions as baked goods, usually “baklava.”
Discussion: Sara A. Carter and TheBL.com
Neal Katyal / DemCast:
Every American Must Fear What Trump Has Done  —  I've now had the chance to go through the House Impeachment Report.  My take thus far is it is a very solid, comprehensive piece of work.  Amazing they produced it with this velocity.  —  Specifically, I'd isolate a few things:
CNN:
Exclusive: Pompeo had off-the-books meeting with Republican donors in London this week  —  (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended an off-the-books sit-down meeting with a conservative group that included a small number of wealthy Republican donors, which was not on his official schedule …
 
 
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CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached and doesn't understand he works for the public
Discussion: The Hill and Sputnik International
Molly Jong-Fast / Washington Post:
Why Lisa Page has been such an intense and constant target of Trump's ire
 Earlier Items: 
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The murder story involving the ‘Ukrainian Putin,’ who just met with Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: Daily Kos
Donna Minkowitz / The Nation:
Why Racists (and Liberals!) Keep Writing for Quillette
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Ohio finds 77 illegal ballots among nearly 4.5M cast in 2018
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Trump's Other Lawyer Much more powerful than Giuliani, William Barr is exercising the Justice …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daily Mail:
Revealed: Billionaire Russian oligarch killed in mystery Surrey car crash while walking dog …