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1:25 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.
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.
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Joshua A. Geltzer / The Atlantic:
The Legal Debate About Impeachment Is Over
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 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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Pete Buttigieg Won't Talk About His Secret Work At McKinsey  —  A report about the consulting firm's work for ICE has spurred calls for the presidential candidate to explain what he did there.  —  Pete Buttigieg worked at McKinsey & Company, an elite consulting firm with global reach, for three years.
Discussion: The Guardian
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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
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 …
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Administration Sued Over Social Media Screening for Visa Applicants
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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Associated Press:   Georgia GOP Rep Tom Graves to retire
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.”
Discussion: Politico, VICE, Contemptor and ENM NEWS
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Hundreds of lawyers share their own abortion stories with U.S. Supreme Court ahead of landmark case  —  As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a new landmark abortion case, hundreds of lawyers and legal professionals who have had the procedure filed an amicus brief on Monday, in support of overturning a restrictive Louisiana law.
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
Impeachment doesn't work  —  So, impeachment it is.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will begin articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, and the vote will probably take place before the year is out.  The inevitable is, it turns out, inevitable.
Discussion: Fox News and Disrn
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Rashida Tlaib Headlined Anti-Semitic Hate Fest
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Board finds border agents broke rules in shooting at cars
Discussion: The Hill
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
A Facebook rumor about white vans is spreading fear across America
Bloomberg:
Russian ‘Evil Corp’ Was Behind a Decade of Hacks, U.S. Says
YouTube:
Tucker Investigates: What is destroying rural America?
Discussion: Medium
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
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
Working at Equinox: 'It's Very Hunger Games'
Discussion: VICE
 Earlier Items: 
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton drops biggest hint yet that she's mulling a 2020 presidential run
Discussion: National Review
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
Ukraine President Holds Back on Probe Linked to Impeachment Inquiry
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tax Cuts Push U.S. Burden Lower in World
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