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11:25 AM ET, December 6, 2019

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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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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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jason Sattler / USA Today:
An election is no solution when Trump, Russia and Republicans are determined to steal it  —  Trump's shakedown of Zelensky looks a lot like a payoff to Putin that's also an invitation for help in 2020.  The remedy is impeachment and removal.  —  The impeachment inquiry has proved again …
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi and that four-letter word
Discussion: Althouse
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia
Discussion: Vox, USA Today and Bloomberg
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NBC News:
Joe Biden's eventful week leaves him looking more durable than before  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Some days, as we've written over the past few months …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
2020 Democrats Face Their Stress Test  —  Back in the 2016 campaign, I noticed a pattern that could be called “the spotlight paradox:” whenever the focus was on one candidate, the other candidate benefitted.  Here's what I wrote in late October of that year: “When we are talking about taxes …
Discussion: Althouse
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Bloomberg Says 2020 Rivals Criticizing His Fortune Could Have Made Their Own
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and The Wrap
Associated Press:
Doctor's report says Elizabeth Warren ‘in excellent health’
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Sanders announces $150B plan to expand broadband access
Discussion: Axios
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobs growth soars in November as payrolls surge by 266,000  —  By Jeff Cox@JEFF.COX.7528@JEFFCOXCNBCCOM  — Nonfarm payrolls surged by 266,000 in November, better than the 187,000 expected by economists polled by Dow Jones.  — The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% from 3.6% …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Guardian, ENM NEWS and Disrn
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Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%  —  1 of 3  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as U.S. employers shrugged off global trade conflicts and added 266,000 jobs.  —  The unemployment rate declined …
Discussion: CNBC and IJR
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobs Trounce Forecasts With 266,000 Gain; Wages Heat Up
Wall Street Journal:
November Jobs Report
Discussion: The National Interest
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Rudy Not Even Waiting for Impeachment to End to Resume Ukraine Shakedown  —  The official House Republican impeachment report is dedicated to nitpicking the vast evidence of misconduct against President Trump, and wedging a handful of available facts into an alternative frame.
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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 …
New York Times:
Trump Officials Dispute Some Giuliani Call Logs in Bid to Weaken Democrats' Case
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Problematic Pete Wars  —  Last week a problematic photo of Pete Buttigieg “surfaced” on Twitter dot com.  —  Problematic photos and videos about Mayor Pete seem to be “surfacing” to political reporters all the time these days, framed as if they were Milkshake Cicadas randomly emerging …
Discussion: VICE
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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: Los Angeles Times and HuffPost
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
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
The next 24 to 48 hours are crucial to avoid a potential government shutdown  —  Washington (CNN)Congress is once again running right up to the brink of a government shutdown.  There is cautious optimism, but still work to be done.  Progress has been made but the largest outstanding issues still stand.
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Politico:
Senate Republicans puncture House GOP dreams for impeachment trial
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
British GQ Quietly Scrubbed China's President And Thailand's King From Its “Worst Dressed” List  —  The magazine's parent company confirmed to BuzzFeed News they'd been removed over concerns of causing “unintended offence”.  —  When British GQ published its prestigious annual list of best-dressed men …
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.
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
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
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
(and That's a Very Good Thing)  —  As House Democrats invited Ivy League shrews to publicly grind their Trump-hating axe during Wednesday's disastrous impeachment charade, President Trump returned home after confronting our allies again about their lagging financial support of NATO.
Discussion: Quillette
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The Supreme Court Case That Made Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Possible — And Doomed Kamala Harris  —  Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California suspended her presidential campaign on Tuesday.  Why?  Because, she said, she did not “have the financial resources we need to continue.  I'm not a billionaire.
Discussion: Dame Magazine and HuffPost
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
WV employees suspended after photo emerges of correctional officers' Nazi salute  —  Local journalism makes a difference  —  Your support makes that possible — subscribe today for 99¢  —  Your support makes that possible — subscribe today for 99¢
Washington Post:
Eyeing populist challenge from the left, Trump seeks plan to tackle student debt  —  President Trump is demanding aides present a plan to tackle student debt and the rising cost of a college education, worried that he has no response to expansive plans from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats …
David Brooks / New York Times:
I Was Once a Socialist.  Then I Saw How It Worked.  —  Two cheers for capitalism, now and forever.  —  I was a socialist in college.  I read magazines like The Nation and old issues of The New Masses.  I dreamed of being the next Clifford Odets, a lefty playwright who was always trying to raise proletarian class consciousness.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Obstructing Justice.  And It's Working.  —  In laying out the case against Donald Trump, the House Intelligence Committee noted that Trump “is the first President in the history of the United States to seek to completely obstruct an impeachment inquiry undertaken by the House …
The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke repeats he's not running for Senate despite continued speculation  —  “Nothings changed on my end,” O'Rourke told The Texas Tribune in a text message on Thursday night.  “Not running for senate.”  —  Beto O'Rourke is reiterating that he is not running for U.S. Senate next year …
Discussion: Politico, Redstate and The Daily Wire
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.
Discussion: Althouse, TheBlaze and The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Elle Pfeffer / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson wants to get tougher on crime.  Voters might reward him for it.  —  The London Bridge knife attack put a spotlight on voters' worries.  —  Last week's terrorist knife attack in London reignited Britain's political battle over crime, just as the United Kingdom heads toward a Dec. 12 general election.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
‘Dark money’ ties raise questions for GOP Sen. Ernst of Iowa  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law …
 
 
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Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
‘The Final Swan Song’ of the Conspiracy Theories?  Experts Say OIG Report Should Put Barr-Trump Spying Claims to Rest
Discussion: Washington Post, ENM NEWS and Vox
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Trump has turned Republicans into Soviet central planners
Joe Walsh / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Things Aren't Looking Great For The Violence Against Women Act
New York Times:
Charges Planned Against Netanyahu Aides in Submarine Graft Scandal
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock.  The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records.
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A beloved senator heads into retirement with no clear successor to fill the void
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Another California GOP lawmaker is leaving the Republican Party. Here's why
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
R. Kelly Used Bribe to Marry Aaliyah When She Was 15, Charges Say
Nelson Oliveira / New York Daily News:
Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it's adorable
Discussion: The Independent and TheBlaze