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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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi and that four-letter word  —  One of the things every Catholic child is taught is that the word “hate” should never be used in connection with another human being.  —  This admonition flows from the expansive Catholic interpretation of the Fifth Commandment.
Discussion: Althouse
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Guardian
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Pelosi's Leap on Impeachment: From No Go to No Choice
Washington Post:
‘The president gave us no choice’: Pelosi resisted Trump's impeachment, now she's the public face
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: CNN and Breitbart
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Adam Schiff Is Watching
Discussion: Power Line and The Federalist
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: HuffPost
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New York Times:
Buttigieg's Untenable Vow of Silence  —  He needs to give voters more information about his work for the consulting firm McKinsey.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Problematic Pete Wars
Discussion: VICE
CNN:   Elizabeth Warren calls on Pete Buttigieg to open up fundraisers
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 most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president.  I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
The Daily Beast:
Rudy's New Ukraine Jaunt Is Freaking Out Trump's Lieutenants—and He Doesn't Care  —  Top administration officials have been tracking Giuliani's venture through Europe, wondering if he's going to cause yet another major headache for the president.  —  Rudy Giuliani's decision to travel …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
Adam Schiff's Attack on the Free Press  —  Even if John Solomon's reporting on Ukraine was misleading or destructive, it wouldn't warrant being unmasked by the government.  —  Where are all the self-styled champions of the free press now that Adam Schiff has used the surveillance powers …
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Jezebel
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Voter attacked by Biden calls him ‘senile’ and says he should drop out of 2020 race
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'You're a damn liar, man': Biden lashes out at Iowan over Hunter claim
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
R. Kelly Used Bribe to Marry Aaliyah When She Was 15, Charges Say  —  He bribed a government employee in 1994 so that he could obtain a fake ID for the singer Aaliyah, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  A persistent question has dogged R. Kelly's two-decade music career …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Nelson Oliveira / New York Daily News:
Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it's adorable  —  This boy's definition of family will warm your heart.  —  A Michigan kindergartner brought his entire class to witness his adoption hearing Thursday in an adorable courtroom scene marking Kent County's annual Adoption Day.
Discussion: The Independent
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
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 …
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.
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
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Uber disclosed 3,000 sexual assaults in U.S. rides last year in its long-awaited safety report  —  Uber disclosed 3,000 sexual assaults in U.S. rides last year in its long-awaited safety report, amidst widespread criticism of its safety practices and pressure to increase its transparency …
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.
Alyssa Goodman / AP Images Spotlight:
Top AP photos of 2019 range from the epic to the intimate  —  Ours is a world of sweeping vistas, and intimate scenes.  In 2019, Associated Press photographers captured both.  —  A single Border Protection officer stands in the rain at the border; pieces of heavy equipment …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Is Melania Trump sending coded messages, or are we just talking to ourselves?  —  A new unauthorized biography of Melania Trump is titled “Free, Melania,” and although the words refer to the left-wing fantasy meme that the first lady is a prisoner begging for liberation, the comma demands unpacking.
 
 
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Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock.  The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records.
David Brooks / New York Times:
I Was Once a Socialist. Then I Saw How It Worked.
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
The Republicans' expert is wrong about bribery
The Economist:
Leaders  —  British voters keep being called to the polls …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
A beloved senator heads into retirement with no clear successor to fill the void
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
In 2020, Look at Sheriffs and Prosecutors Too
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David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Brett Kavanaugh Wrote That Hiding Evidence From Congress Is an Impeachable Offense
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Exclusive: Pompeo had off-the-books meeting with Republican donors in London this week
Molly Jong-Fast / Washington Post:
Why Lisa Page has been such an intense and constant target of Trump's ire
CNN:
Ethics Committee urges Duncan Hunter to stop voting in House after guilty plea
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Poll: Democrats Can Reduce Third-Party Voting in 2020 by Getting High on Weed
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Trump's Other Lawyer Much more powerful than Giuliani, William Barr is exercising the Justice …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Daily Mail:
Revealed: Billionaire Russian oligarch killed in mystery Surrey car crash while walking dog …