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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.
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 …
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.
David Catanese / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
How progressives are plotting to stop Pete Buttigieg's rise in the 2020 race  —  Progressive activists around the country are mobilizing to halt the momentum of Pete Buttigieg, who they increasingly view as a formidable threat to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
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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
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,” …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Bloomberg Says 2020 Rivals Criticizing His Fortune Could Have Made Their Own
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and The Wrap
Axios:
Biden: Media, rivals wrong that AOC represents direction of party
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
2020 Democrats Face Their Stress Test
Discussion: Althouse
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% …
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Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:   Cramer: Like or hate Trump, ‘these are the best numbers of our lives’ on jobs
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 …
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Politico:
Senate Republicans puncture House GOP dreams for impeachment trial
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Phil Mattingly / CNN:   The next 24 to 48 hours are crucial to avoid a potential government shutdown
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: Raw Story
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
CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg says he's “not trying to take” Joe Biden's job in 2020 race  —  Mike Bloomberg says he's not just another billionaire running for president.  In an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Bloomberg spoke about President Trump, the other Democratic …
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CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg denies “buying” the 2020 Democratic presidential primary
Discussion: Bloomberg, IJR and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Law & Crime
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House passes bill meant to restore Voting Rights Act  —  The House on Friday passed a Democrat-led bill aimed at restoring a provision of the Voting Rights Act that would require certain jurisdictions to obtain preclearance from the federal government before implementing any changes to voting practices.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
House Votes to Restore the Voting Rights Act
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.”
Discussion: Politico and ITV
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 …
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 …
CREW:
100+ Members of Congress Visited Trump Properties, 50 During Impeachment  —  More than 100 members of Congress have now visited at least one of the properties that President Trump owns and profits from while in office, according to tracking by CREW.  While Congress is charged …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump administration Weighs Putting Amazon Foreign Sites on ‘Notorious Markets’ List  —  Some administration officials are advocating Amazon's inclusion on the list but no decision has been made, people familiar with the matter say  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering adding …
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
Joe Walsh / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters  —  Eight state parties have canceled 2020 contests or limited them to Trump.  —  The Georgia and North Carolina Republican parties decided this week that Donald Trump will be the only name on their 2020 presidential primary ballots, and they aren't alone.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Joe Murphy / London Evening Standard:
John Major breaks Tory ranks as he urges young voters to stop Boris Johnson's Brexit plan  —  ES News email  —  The latest headlines in your inbox Enter your email address Continue  —  Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account.
Fareed Zakaria / Foreign Affairs:
The New China Scare  —  Why America Shouldn't Panic About Its Latest Challenger  —  In February 1947, U.S. President Harry Truman huddled with his most senior foreign policy advisers, George Marshall and Dean Acheson, and a handful of congressional leaders.
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: Axios, Washington Post and The Hill
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
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Top Atlantic Democrat urges Van Drew to vote for Trump impeachment or face loss of party support  —  Suleiman cautions freshman congressman that a majority of county county committee were angered by inquiry vote … The Atlantic County Democratic Chairman has told Rep. Jeff Van Drew …
 
 
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NBC News:
Anti-vaccine groups take dangerous online harassment into the real world
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have vanished from Fox
Ryan Prior / CNN:
A 5-year-old boy's entire kindergarten class showed up for his adoption hearing
Discussion: TheBlaze
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Jay Kriegel, a ‘New York City Patriot,’ Is Dead at 79
Issues & Insights:
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Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs More-Muscular Venezuela Moves on Doubts Over Guaido
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Obstructing Justice. And It's Working.
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Trump has turned Republicans into Soviet central planners
Washington Post:
Eyeing populist challenge from the left, Trump seeks plan to tackle student debt
Discussion: IJR
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The Supreme Court Case That Made Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Possible — And Doomed Kamala Harris
Discussion: Dame Magazine and HuffPost
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
‘Dark money’ ties raise questions for GOP Sen. Ernst of Iowa
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
(and That's a Very Good Thing)  —  As House Democrats invited …
Discussion: Quillette
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Another California GOP lawmaker is leaving the Republican Party. Here's why
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story