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8:15 PM ET, December 6, 2019

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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“I Do Hate What He Is Doing”: Adam Schiff on Trump, Impeachment, and What's Next  —  The chair of the House Intelligence Committee reflects on his still-open investigation of the President.  —  Just after 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, Nancy Pelosi made it official: the House of Representatives will vote to impeach President Trump.
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
More than 500 law professors say Trump committed ‘impeachable conduct’  —  More than 500 legal scholars have signed on to an open letter asserting that President Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and that lawmakers would be acting well within their rights if they ultimately voted to remove him from office.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Times of San Diego
Washington Post:
As impeachment tide swirls around Trump, Giuliani drops anchor in Ukraine  —  Even as the House of Representatives began drafting charges against President Trump this week, his private attorney, who many believe is partly responsible for leading Trump on the path to his likely impeachment …
Medium:
Letter to Congress from Legal Scholars  —  We, the undersigned legal scholars, have concluded that President Trump engaged in impeachable conduct.  —  We do not reach this conclusion lightly.  The Founders did not make impeachment available for disagreements over policy, even profound ones …
Scott Jennings / CNN:
Donald Trump was elected to break the elite. Of course they want to impeach him
Washington Post:   White House rejects House Democrats' invitation to participate in impeachment process …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
White House rejects House Judiciary's invitation to participate in impeachment hearings
Discussion: Daily Kos and MSNBC
Associated Press:
US official: Pensacola shooting suspect was Saudi student  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Florida Naval station shooting suspect was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia and authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related.
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BuzzFeed News:
A Saudi Military Trainee Killed 3 People In Florida In The Second Shooting At A Navy Base This Week  —  Three people were killed and eight others injured when a trainee from the Saudi Arabian Air Force opened fire at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida early Friday.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump passes along Saudi king's ‘sympathies’ after Saudi national kills 3 at naval base
Keiko Morris / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Leases New Manhattan Office Space, Less Than a Year After HQ2 Pullout  —  Tech giant agrees to take 335,000 square feet in Hudson Yards neighborhood in deal without any financial incentives from city or state  —  Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to take new office space in Midtown Manhattan …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Giuliani just confessed to the crime.  He also revealed something bigger.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani just confessed to the crime in broad daylight — or, more precisely, in broad cyber-daylight.  Yet he did so defiantly, with a middle finger unfurled in our faces, without the slightest concern …
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Tactic on Impeachment: Turn Ukraine Allegations Against Biden  —  President Trump and his allies are pushing debunked claims of corruption by Mr. Biden as a counternarrative to impeachment.  —  President Trump's re-election campaign has run menacing and misleading ads …
Discussion: ENM NEWS and HuffPost
Bloomberg:
Trump Orders Toilet Rule Review, Saying People Flush 10 Times  — President complains about impact of water efficiency rules  — He says hand washing is nearly impossible due to water flow  —  Donald Trump's latest target for deregulation is Americans' toilets.
Discussion: Mashable
Kellie Mejdrich / Politico:
Justice Ginsburg temporarily halts Trump financial records subpoena  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering two banks to release President Donald Trump's financial records to House Democrats.  —  Trump had asked Ginsburg to consider the emergency request earlier Friday.
Discussion: Townhall and Sputnik International
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Associated Press:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records for now
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Associated Press:
Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Hostilities between Warren and Buttigieg boil over  —  Long-simmering tensions between Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, the two ascendant Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, burst into the open this week.  —  Warren and Buttigieg's campaigns each called the other out in a flurry …
Discussion: Axios, Jezebel, New York Times and HuffPost
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Charles T. Clark / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Issa says Trump clemency for Hunter could save imprisonment costs  —  DeMaio, another candidate for the congressman's seat, calls a pardon ‘the wrong message to the American people’  —  On the day Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty to misuse of campaign funds in federal court …
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Charles T. Clark / San Diego Union-Tribune:   Rep. Duncan Hunter announces he'll resign from Congress after the holidays
CNN:
Senior State Dept. aide once called Obama a Kenyan and Pelosi a Nazi whose Botox wore off  —  (CNN)A senior adviser at the State Department once said he thought then-President Barack Obama was a Kenyan and called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi a Nazi whose Botox had worn off.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
White House and Congress near agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers  —  Lawmakers and the White House are close to a deal to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal workers as part of a defense authorization bill slated to pass this month, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:   Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Booker says he was ‘taken aback’ by Bloomberg calling him ‘well-spoken’  —  Washington (CNN)New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Friday he was “taken aback” by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calling him “well-spoken,” and said Bloomberg played into a tired trope about African Americans.
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CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg says he's “not trying to take” Joe Biden's job in 2020 race
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
Senior British diplomat in US quits with tirade over Brexit ‘half-truths’  —  Here's what you need to know about Brexit  —  (CNN)A senior British diplomat in the US has quit with a blast at the UK government over Brexit, saying she could no longer “peddle half-truths” on behalf of political leaders she did not “trust.”
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
On Telling the Truth When the Powerful Have Stopped Listening  —  One used to speak truth to power.  Now, one speaks truth to nonsense.  —  Speak “truth to power”—this is how most people standing up to the constant disinformation and bullying of the Trump administration may have once reasonably described their task.
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley Suggests Confederate Flag Meant ‘Sacrifice and Heritage’ Until Dylann Roof ‘Hijacked’ It  —  Haley also said that the national media at the time wanted to make the mass murder of black churchgoers about “racism.”  —  Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley seemed …
Discussion: The Root and Balloon Juice
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Kingmaker  —  Harry Reid may be the only person who can keep the Democrats from killing one another before selecting a nominee.  But will he live long enough to do it?  —  LAS VEGAS—Swing past Caesars Palace; head up the Bellagio's driveway, where its famous fountains are erupting to an auto-tuned Cher hit.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Sanders's 2019 support compares with his 2016 run
Discussion: HuffPost, Axios and The Hill
Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't let Justice Dept. immediately resume federal executions after hiatus  —  The Supreme Court on Friday refused to let the Justice Department immediately resume federal executions, denying the government's request to bypass a lower-court ruling that the department likely exceeded.
New York Times:
‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’  —  Multiple police officers in Brooklyn say they were told by a commander that white and Asian people should be left alone.  —  At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
Accused of Killing a Gambino Mob Boss, He's Presenting a Novel Defense  —  Anthony Comello is obsessed with conspiracy theories.  His paranoia is being a litigated in a Staten Island court.  —  Four days after pulling off the most high-profile mob killing in decades, Anthony Comello sat …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Bernie Sanders campaign parts ways with staffer after report of homophobic and anti-Semitic tweets  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders' campaign has parted ways with a newly hired staffer after a conservative website unearthed a series of tweets allegedly from the staffer that contained anti-Semitic and homophobic language.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have vanished from Fox  —  Neither has appeared on Fox News since Oct. 8 or Fox Business since Nov. 13  —  Republican attorneys Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have been fixtures on Fox News and Fox Business for years, serving as critical figures …
Sean Illing / Vox:
A former Republican Congress member explains what happened to his party  —  And why it belongs to Trump now.  —  Republicans haven't used the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump to question the underlying facts of the case Democrats are making against him.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
GOP Senators Seek Interview With Ex-DNC Contractor Who Worked With Ukrainians In 2016
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
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John Nolte / Breitbart:
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
NSA Phone Surveillance Program Faces an End as Parties Come Together
CREW:
100+ Members of Congress Visited Trump Properties, 50 During Impeachment
Politico:
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
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