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9:45 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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Jason Sattler / USA Today:
An election is no solution when Trump, Russia and Republicans are determined to steal it
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN, The Atlantic and The Nation
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi and that four-letter word
Discussion: Althouse
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia
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: Los Angeles Times and HuffPost
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CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg says he's “not trying to take” Joe Biden's job in 2020 race  —  Mike Bloomberg says he's not just another billionaire running for president.  In an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Bloomberg spoke about President Trump, the other Democratic …
NBC News:
Joe Biden's eventful week leaves him looking more durable than before  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Some days, as we've written over the past few months …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Problematic Pete Wars
Discussion: VICE
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   2020 Democrats Face Their Stress Test
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobs growth soars in November as payrolls surge by 266,000  —  By Jeff Cox@JEFF.COX.7528@JEFFCOXCNBCCOM  — Nonfarm payrolls surged by 266,000 in November, better than the 187,000 expected by economists polled by Dow Jones.  — The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% from 3.6% …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%  —  1 of 3  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as U.S. employers shrugged off global trade conflicts and added 266,000 jobs.  —  The unemployment rate declined …
Discussion: CNBC and IJR
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobs Trounce Forecasts With 266,000 Gain; Wages Heat Up  — Unemployment rate falls to 3.5%, matching half-century low  — Automaker payrolls rebound by 41,300 after GM strike ends  —  Explore what's moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast.
Wall Street Journal:
November Jobs Report  —  Labor Department will release November employment report at 8:30 a.m. ET  —  The Labor Department will release the November employment report at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday.  —  U.S. employment growth has cooled this year amid an economic slowdown.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Power Line, CNN, The Hill and Breitbart
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Adam Schiff Is Watching
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Trump Officials Dispute Some Giuliani Call Logs in Bid to Weaken Democrats' Case
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
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.
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Democrats offering passion over proof in Trump impeachment
The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Fugitive Who Claimed to Have Dirt on Biden Firm Is Arrested  —  Oleksandr Onyshchenko publicly claimed to have inside information about Hunter Biden just as the impeachment proceedings got underway.  —  A former Ukrainian member of parliament who has claimed to have dirt …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
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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.
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Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:   Migrant Teen Lay for Hours in His Cell Before He Was Found Dead
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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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Voter attacked by Biden calls him ‘senile’ and says he should drop out of 2020 race
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
John Harwood / CNBC:
Joe Biden says Trump is ‘ripping the soul out of this country’ and 'we're likely to inherit a recession'  — Joe Biden sat down with CNBC's John Harwood on Thursday to discuss a range of topics, including trade, health care, taxes and President Trump's standing among world leaders.
Discussion: The Hill
Bisma Parvez / Detroit Free Press:
Uranium-contaminated site collapses into Detroit River  —  A Detroit property contaminated with uranium and other dangerous chemicals partially collapsed into the Detroit River on Nov. 26, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has confirmed.
David Brooks / New York Times:
I Was Once a Socialist.  Then I Saw How It Worked.  —  Two cheers for capitalism, now and forever.  —  I was a socialist in college.  I read magazines like The Nation and old issues of The New Masses.  I dreamed of being the next Clifford Odets, a lefty playwright who was always trying to raise proletarian class consciousness.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
British GQ Quietly Scrubbed China's President And Thailand's King From Its “Worst Dressed” List  —  The magazine's parent company confirmed to BuzzFeed News they'd been removed over concerns of causing “unintended offence”.  —  When British GQ published its prestigious annual list of best-dressed men …
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
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock.  The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records.  —  At a time when researching family history is booming, the nation's immigration and citizenship agency has proposed dramatically hiking fees to access records from the first half of the 20th century.
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
(and That's a Very Good Thing)  —  As House Democrats invited Ivy League shrews to publicly grind their Trump-hating axe during Wednesday's disastrous impeachment charade, President Trump returned home after confronting our allies again about their lagging financial support of NATO.
Discussion: Quillette
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Rudy Not Even Waiting for Impeachment to End to Resume Ukraine Shakedown  —  The official House Republican impeachment report is dedicated to nitpicking the vast evidence of misconduct against President Trump, and wedging a handful of available facts into an alternative frame.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Pelosi's Leap on Impeachment: From No Go to No Choice  —  Nine months ago, the speaker said President Trump was “just not worth it.”  Then she saw an explosive headline.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi was planning to deliver back-to-back eulogies at funerals here and in South Carolina during …
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Neal Katyal / DemCast:
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CNN:
Exclusive: Pompeo had off-the-books meeting with Republican donors in London this week
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Why the State Department rejected a plan to train Saudi intelligence
Molly Jong-Fast / Washington Post:
Why Lisa Page has been such an intense and constant target of Trump's ire
Nelson Oliveira / New York Daily News:
Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it's adorable
Discussion: The Independent
Psychology Today:
Disgraced “Peloton Husband” Speaks Out
Discussion: Fox News, HotAir and New York Post
NBC News:
Russian agents planned hit from assassins' lairs in French Alps, say intel officials