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6:25 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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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
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 …
Scott Jennings / CNN:
Donald Trump was elected to break the elite.  Of course they want to impeach him  —  Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor, is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and a former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell.  He is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations in Louisville, Kentucky.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:   White House tells House Democrats to end impeachment inquiry, less than an hour before deadline …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
White House rejects House Judiciary's invitation to participate in impeachment hearings
Discussion: MSNBC and PJ Media Home
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
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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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
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.
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 …
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: New York Times, Axios and HuffPost
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Problematic Pete Wars
Discussion: VICE
Mark Saunders / KGTV-TV:
Rep. Duncan Hunter announces resignation days after guilty plea  —  SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Days after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds, Congressman Duncan Hunter has announced he will resign from Congress.  —  Hunter, who represented the 50th District, pleaded guilty Tuesday …
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Charles T. Clark / San Diego Union-Tribune:   Rep. Duncan Hunter announces he'll resign from Congress after the holidays
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Duncan Hunter to resign from Congress
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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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: Mother Jones
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.”
Associated Press:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records for now  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and three of his children asked the Supreme Court on Friday to shield records held by Deutsche Bank and Capital One from House Democrats.  —  The case from New York is similar …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Disrn
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
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: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley Suggests Confederate Flag Just 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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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Nikki Haley: Dylann Roof hijacked meaning of Confederate flag
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 …
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Bernie Sanders campaign parts ways with staffer after report of homophobic and anti-Semitic tweets  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders' campaign has parted ways with a newly hired staffer after a conservative website unearthed a series of tweets allegedly from the staffer that contained anti-Semitic and homophobic language.
Sean Illing / Vox:
A former Republican Congress member explains what happened to his party  —  And why it belongs to Trump now.  —  Republicans haven't used the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump to question the underlying facts of the case Democrats are making against him.
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 …
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.  —  An 8-year-old girl was stripped naked and searched by Virginia Department of Corrections staff after she was led to believe refusal would result in not being allowed to see her father.
 
 
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
On Telling the Truth When the Powerful Have Stopped Listening
Discussion: Raw Story, Salon and Los Angeles Times
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Susan Collins facing massive ad buy attacking tax vote
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Sanders's 2019 support compares with his 2016 run
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and The Hill
New York Times:
‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’
Discussion: New York Daily News
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
NSA Phone Surveillance Program Faces an End as Parties Come Together
Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
Trump's Personal Pathology Is America's Foreign Policy
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Long / Washington Post:
This is the hottest job market since the 1990s. Why aren't wages growing faster?
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Last Refuge
MSNBC:
Impeachment fact-check: Military funding did not get to Ukraine, shredding Trump defense
NBC News:
Anti-vaccine groups take dangerous online harassment into the real world
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Trump administration Weighs Putting Amazon Foreign Sites on ‘Notorious Markets’ List
CREW:
100+ Members of Congress Visited Trump Properties, 50 During Impeachment
Politico:
Senate Republicans puncture House GOP dreams for impeachment trial
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, The Hill and Axios