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3:40 PM ET, December 5, 2019

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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.
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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.
C-SPAN.org:
House Speaker Weekly Briefing
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 …
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Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:   Joe Biden Challenged A Man In Iowa To An “IQ Test” Or Push-Up Contest After He Asked Biden About His Son
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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ABC News:   Giuliani in Ukraine with conservative news outlet in effort to discredit impeachment probe
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Why Devin Nunes's Phone Logs Aren't A Smoking Gun
Discussion: CNN and Fox News
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
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 …
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Karen McDougal, Who Claims To Have Had Affair With Donald Trump, Sues Fox News For Defamation
Discussion: Sputnik International
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Thursday predicted that President Trump will testify on behalf of himself at an impeachment trial in the Senate, saying it would be “the most dramatic legal political event” in modern history.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Democrats consider bribery, obstruction for impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: Fox News, Redstate and Mediaite
Politico:   Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New revelations about Barr and Giuliani strengthen case against Trump  —  One of the strongest arguments made by experts testifying against President Trump is that he poses a present and continuing threat to our democracy.  By adopting the stance that extorting a foreign leader into helping …
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Washington Post:
Barr's handpicked prosecutor tells inspector general he can't back right-wing theory that Russia case …
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.
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Sen. Cramer blocks Armenian genocide bill at request of White House  —  The White House directed Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) to block an effort by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday to pass a resolution via unanimous consent formally recognizing Turkey's genocide …
Discussion: National Review, Raw Story and The Hill
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.”
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
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.
Yahoo News:
Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with foreign cash, says Justice Department  —  An emissary for two wealthy Arab princes boasted to unnamed officials of a Middle Eastern government about his direct access to Hillary and Bill Clinton while funneling more than $3.5 million …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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) …
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
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
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
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
MSNBC:
Joe: Melania has sat by as Trump WH launched attacks  —  First Lady Melania Trump hit back at Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan, who mentioned Trump's son Barron at Wednesday's hearing before apologizing.  Joe Scarborough shares his thoughts.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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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.
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Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
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 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
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: New York Times
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
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Discussion: VICE
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
A look inside Trump's anti-impeachment spin factory
CNN:
Garry Kasparov: I lived in the post-truth Soviet world and I hear its echoes in Trump's America
Discussion: Raw Story
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