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11:50 AM ET, December 5, 2019

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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Speaker Pelosi asks House to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she has instructed House Democrats to draw up articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he had abused his power.
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Charles Sykes / Politico:
Democrats Are Speeding to Defeat on Impeachment  —  As the rough beast of impeachment races forward, Democrats need to pause for a quick reality check.  No matter how compelling the evidence against President Trump may be—and it is quite compelling—they will not ultimately succeed in removing Trump from office.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Democrats have urgent new impeachment argument  —  Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Democrats are injecting an urgent new argument into their already fast-moving impeachment drive: President Donald Trump poses such a flagrant threat to American governance and democracy that there is no time to waste.
New York Times:
Pelosi Says House Will Draft Impeachment Charges Against Trump  —  Our democracy is what is at stake.  The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.  The president has engaged in abuse of power undermining our national security …
Discussion: ENM NEWS
Politico:
‘No choice’: Pelosi proceeds with articles of impeachment
Discussion: ABC News, Mother Jones, IJR and The Root
Joshua A. Geltzer / The Atlantic:
The Legal Debate About Impeachment Is Over
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pelosi to address impeachment process after Judiciary Committee hearing
Discussion: Spectator USA and Disrn
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Warren and Biden lose ground, Sanders moves ahead in California's shifting 2020 Democratic race  —  The Democratic presidential contest in California remains extremely fluid — but not enough, at least so far, to provide an opening for Michael Bloomberg, who entered the race two weeks ago …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democratic Race: Biden 2020 as Romney 2012  —  As one shaky frontrunner endures, we're reminded of another from the recent past  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Biden's endurance at the top of the Democratic race is reminiscent of Mitt Romney's endurance in the 2012 Republican race.
Discussion: CNN
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
The most consequential moment of the 2020 primary
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Josh Owens / New York Times:
I Worked for Alex Jones.  I Regret It.  —  I dropped out of film school to edit video for the conspiracy theorist because I believed in his worldview.  Then I saw what it did to people.  —  On Election Day 2016, I sat in the passenger seat of Alex Jones's Dodge Hellcat as we swerved through traffic …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Contemptor
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Infowars Staffer: We Made Up Shariah Law Threat Stories  —  YOU DON'T SAY  —  A former staff member at Alex Jones's far-right conspiracy site Infowars has admitted to making up stories for Jones about the threat of Shariah law within the U.S. Writing for The New York Times …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Why Devin Nunes's Phone Logs Aren't A Smoking Gun
Discussion: Fox News and Reason
Wall Street Journal:   Schiff's Surveillance State
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Made A Surprise Visit To Kyiv And Nobody There Is Happy About It  —  KYIV — Rudy Giuliani has made a surprise visit to Kyiv — but the city isn't buzzing with his arrival, it's groaning.  —  Giuliani arriving with his shady band of conspiracy theorists …
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Woman Who Alleged Affair With Trump Sues Fox News for Defamation  —  Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who sold her story to The National Enquirer, said Tucker Carlson made false claims about extortion that damaged her reputation.  —  A former Playboy model who has said she had an affair …
Discussion: Axios, TVNewser, Contemptor and Law & Crime
BuzzFeed News:
The Curious Case Of Joseph Mifsud's Lost Passport And Wallet  —  LONDON — While the world was looking for Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign, his passport and wallet sat for 17 months in a lost and found office in a Portuguese airport.
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.
YouTube:
Tucker Investigates: What is destroying rural America? … The influence of Wall Street hedge funds is slowly creeping into rural America.  #Tucker #FoxNews  —  FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7 …
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Medium:   Elliott Management's Response to “Tucker Carlson Tonight”
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 …
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: Daily Kos, CNN, Esquire, Raw Story and C-SPAN.org
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The moral imperative of impeachment
VICE:
Neo-Nazi Terror Group Harbouring Missing Ex-Soldier: Sources  —  According to information VICE has learned from confidential sources, a U.S.-based neo-Nazi terrorist group is currently harbouring a missing ex-soldier from Canada.  —  The information suggests members of The Base are hiding Patrik Mathews …
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 …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
A look inside Trump's anti-impeachment spin factory  —  On a recent Thursday morning, more than a dozen Trump administration officials watching television in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House spontaneously stood up and applauded.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Uncovered: reality of how smartphones turned election news into chaos  — Groundbreaking research gives snapshot of world in which politics coverage is warped by social media algorithms and friendship groups  —  Ask the average 2019 voter where the problems with political news lie …
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
The Mystery at the Center of the Solar System  —  For a little NASA spacecraft, the weather outside is frightful.  —  The Parker Solar Probe is on a mission toward the sun.  The spacecraft has been exposed to scorching temperatures and intense sunlight as it draws closer with every loop around.
Discussion: New York Times
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton drops biggest hint yet that she's mulling a 2020 presidential run  —  The strongest indicator yet that Hillary's mulling a 2020 run?  She appeared Wednesday, for the first time ever, on Howard Stern.  —  There was hardly a pretense she was there to promote the book she co-wrote …
Discussion: National Review
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine President Holds Back on Probe Linked to Impeachment Inquiry  —  Politicians, officials say Volodymyr Zelensky wants to avoid getting country more caught up in U.S. politics  —  KYIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is withholding his support for a proposed parliamentary investigation …
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
 
 
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Hyung-jin Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Barr: People Who Disrespect Police Should Lose Protection (Unless It's Trump)
Discussion: New Republic, USA Today and The Root
Kevin Stankiewicz / CNBC:
Food-stamp changes are about getting people back to work not kicking them out, says USDA chief
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and Townhall
Washington Post:
Ukraine lawmaker seeking Biden probe meets with Giuliani in Kyiv
Discussion: KyivPost
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Sara Burnett / Associated Press:
Klobuchar returns to Iowa with plan for a changing economy
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Abby Phillip / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg scores endorsements from former Obama officials
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tax Cuts Push U.S. Burden Lower in World
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Administrative assistant jobs helped propel many women into the middle class.  Now they're disappearing.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Donald Trump, You're No Bill Clinton
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang teeter on debate bubble
CNN:
Garry Kasparov: I lived in the post-truth Soviet world and I hear its echoes in Trump's America