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2:35 PM ET, December 5, 2019

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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.
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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.
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats  —  President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to shield his financial records from the Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee, in the latest case to bring questions over separation of powers to the justices.
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.
Washington Post:
Democrats consider bribery, obstruction for impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
Politico:   Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week
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: Axios, Breitbart and Washington Times
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Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democratic Race: Biden 2020 as Romney 2012
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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
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 …
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: NB Blog and Twitchy
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 …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
John F. Kerry endorses Joe Biden, as the former vice president seeks a boost for his candidacy  —  Former secretary of state John F. Kerry endorsed Joe Biden's presidential candidacy on Thursday, saying his longtime friend and colleague has the character, experience and leadership skills …
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Karen McDougal, Who Claimed Trump Affair, Sues Fox News  —  Ms. 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 …
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: CNN and Fox News
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Republican Tom Graves announces retirement from House  —  Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) announced Thursday he will not seek re-election next year.  —  Graves, 49, said that after some reflection he decided it was time to “pass the baton,” but he will serve out the rest of his term.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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Associated Press:   Georgia GOP Rep Tom Graves to retire
NBC News:
Buttigieg slams disruption of black supporters' rally that turned into chaos  —  “It shows kind of where politics has come to,” the South Bend mayor and 2020 candidate told NBC News about the incident.  —  Pete Buttigieg on Thursday criticized an explosive — and nearly violent …
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and TheBlaze
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Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Pete Buttigieg Won't Talk About His Secret Work At McKinsey
Discussion: The Guardian
Hyung-jin Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Thursday to resume insults of U.S. President Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using provocative language, such as referring to its leader as “rocket man.”
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 …
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.
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.
The Guardian:
Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation  —  Israeli-based group uses Facebook to spread disinformation to more than a million followers around the world, singling out Muslim US congresswomen  —  Two Muslim US congresswomen have been targeted …
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
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 …
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, Bern Notice and The Hill
Sophia Goodfriend / Jewish Currents:
Naked Gun  —  This essay appears in our Fall 2019 issue, out now!  Subscribe to receive a copy in your mailbox.  —  DRESSED IN MATCHING white crop tops, the Alpha Gun Angels arrived 20 minutes late to the opening ceremony of Israel's Defense, Homeland Security and Cyber Exhibition (ISDEF) …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
A Facebook rumor about white vans is spreading fear across America  —  New York (CNN)Terrifying rumors initially propelled by Facebook's algorithms have sparked fears that men driving white vans are kidnapping women all across the United States for sex trafficking and to sell their body parts.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
“The world is laughing at President Trump”: Biden video seizes on NATO leaders' hot mic  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign seized on video of world leaders seemingly chuckling about President Trump at the NATO summit by including the hot mic clip in an ad saying the “world is laughing at” Trump.
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rule Forcing Visa Applicants to Provide Social-Media Info Targeted by Lawsuit  —  Suit claims regulation violates constitutional freedoms of speech, association  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration was accused of imposing a form of unconstitutional surveillance by requiring …
 
 
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Netael Bandel / Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Personal Lawyer, Ex-navy Chief and Businessman to Be Indicted in Submarine Affair
Washington Post:
The transcript Trump released is still the only evidence needed to impeach him
Discussion: TheBL.com and Los Angeles Times
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
‘Heil Trump’ and an anti-gay slur were scrawled on an Indiana church right after Trump's election.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Emotional baggage  —  Away's founders sold a vision of travel …
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Hundreds of lawyers share their own abortion stories with U.S. Supreme Court ahead of landmark case
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Rashida Tlaib Headlined Anti-Semitic Hate Fest
Discussion: TheBL.com
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
Impeachment doesn't work
Discussion: Fox News and Disrn
YouTube:
Tucker Investigates: What is destroying rural America?
Discussion: Medium
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
The Mystery at the Center of the Solar System
Discussion: New York Times
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
Working at Equinox: 'It's Very Hunger Games'
Discussion: VICE
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton drops biggest hint yet that she's mulling a 2020 presidential run
Discussion: National Review
John F. Harris / Politico:
Donald Trump, You're No Bill Clinton
CNN:
Garry Kasparov: I lived in the post-truth Soviet world and I hear its echoes in Trump's America
Discussion: Raw Story