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8:50 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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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 …
CNN:
Trump still uses his personal cell phone despite warnings and increased call scrutiny  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN.
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
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 …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Photo surfaces showing Eric Trump in Ukraine as investigations into the Trump Org intensify: report
Scott Jennings / CNN:
Donald Trump was elected to break the elite. Of course they want to impeach him
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
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Associated Press:
Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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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Washington Post:   Supreme Court won't let Justice Dept. immediately resume federal executions after hiatus
Associated Press:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records for now
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
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Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Warren and Buttigieg take jabs at each other
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Boston.com
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers  —  Agreement would provide paid parental leave to 2.1 million civilian federal employees  —  WASHINGTON—Congress has struck a tentative bipartisan agreement that would authorize 12 weeks of paid parental leave …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Washington Post:   White House and Congress near agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers
Washington Post:   White House rejects House Democrats' invitation to participate in impeachment process …
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.”
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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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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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
 
 
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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John Nolte / Breitbart:
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Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
N.C. Rep. George Holding retiring, cites redistricting as factor
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Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gary A. Harki / Virginian-Pilot:
An 8-year-old girl was strip searched at a Virginia prison.  She was told it was the only way to see her dad.
Sean Illing / Vox:
A former Republican Congress member explains what happened to his party
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have vanished from Fox
CREW:
100+ Members of Congress Visited Trump Properties, 50 During Impeachment
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
Accused of Killing a Gambino Mob Boss, He's Presenting a Novel Defense
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobs growth soars in November as payrolls surge by 266,000