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3:20 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:
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 …
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.
Discussion: Times of San Diego
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: HuffPost
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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.
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
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
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobs Trounce Forecasts With 266,000 Gain; Wages Heat Up
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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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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Politico:
Senate Republicans puncture House GOP dreams for impeachment trial  —  GOP leaders have no interest in turning the Senate into a circus with the hard-line demands of Trump's House allies.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Jason Sattler / USA Today:
An election is no solution when Trump, Russia and Republicans are determined to steal it
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and The Atlantic
Phil Mattingly / CNN:   The next 24 to 48 hours are crucial to avoid a potential government shutdown
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: The Guardian, Politico, Slate, ITV and Bloomberg
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
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
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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
Heather Long / Washington Post:
This is the hottest job market since the 1990s.  Why aren't wages growing faster?  —  By just about any metric this is the best job market since the late 1990s.  The economy has been adding jobs for 110 straight months — a record streak.  Jobs are plentiful.  Unemployment is at a half-century low.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Last Refuge
MSNBC:
Impeachment fact-check: Military funding did not get to Ukraine, shredding Trump defense  —  The House impeachment report documents more evidence undercutting one of the White House's last factual defenses to impeachment - the claim that there can't be an impeachable abuse of power …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case
Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
Trump's Personal Pathology Is America's Foreign Policy
Charles Jacobs / Washington Examiner:
Liberal media sells out to Qatar
NBC News:
Anti-vaccine groups take dangerous online harassment into the real world
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
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, CNN and Breitbart
Ryan Prior / CNN:
A 5-year-old boy's entire kindergarten class showed up for his adoption hearing
Discussion: Disrn and TheBlaze
Joe Murphy / London Evening Standard:
John Major breaks Tory ranks as he urges young voters to stop Boris Johnson's Brexit plan
Fareed Zakaria / Foreign Affairs:
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Trump Is Obstructing Justice. And It's Working.
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Trump has turned Republicans into Soviet central planners
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
I Was Once a Socialist. Then I Saw How It Worked.
John Harwood / CNBC:
Joe Biden says Trump is ‘ripping the soul out of this country’ and 'we're likely to inherit a recession'
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and The Hill
Adam Ganucheau / Mississippi Today:
Southaven Republican challenges 14-vote loss to Democrat, asks House to overturn election
Discussion: Raw Story