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12:15 PM 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
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 …
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 …
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia
Discussion: Vox, Bloomberg and USA Today
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Bloomberg Says 2020 Rivals Criticizing His Fortune Could Have Made Their Own  —  In his first TV interview since he entered the presidential race, Mr. Bloomberg said other Democrats “had a chance to go out and make a lot of money” themselves, and then use it to fund their campaigns.
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and The Wrap
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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.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
2020 Democrats Face Their Stress Test
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Doctor's report says Elizabeth Warren ‘in excellent health’
Discussion: Axios
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
Legal Scholars on Impeachment:
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
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:   More than 500 law professors say Trump committed ‘impeachable conduct’
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi and that four-letter word
Discussion: Althouse
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
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Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%
Discussion: CNBC and IJR
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobs Trounce Forecasts With 266,000 Gain; Wages Heat Up
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
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: The Stranger and ENM NEWS
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
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 …
Discussion: IJR
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
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.
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.
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 and The Hill
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
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
158,593,000 Employed in November: 24th Record Breaker for Trump
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Obstructing Justice. And It's Working.
The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke repeats he's not running for Senate despite continued speculation
Discussion: Politico, Redstate and The Daily Wire
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
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The Supreme Court Case That Made Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Possible — And Doomed Kamala Harris
Discussion: Dame Magazine and HuffPost
Joe Walsh / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
‘Dark money’ ties raise questions for GOP Sen. Ernst of Iowa
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock.  The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records.
Discussion: Reason
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
A beloved senator heads into retirement with no clear successor to fill the void
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
R. Kelly Used Bribe to Marry Aaliyah When She Was 15, Charges Say