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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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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: Daily Kos
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 …
Scott Jennings / CNN:
Donald Trump was elected to break the elite. Of course they want to impeach him
Discussion: The Philadelphia Inquirer and Vox
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: Axios and 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
Discussion: VICE
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
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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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump passes along Saudi king's ‘sympathies’ after Saudi national kills 3 at naval base
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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Associated Press:
Supreme Court to hear Delaware courts political balance case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve a dispute over Delaware's requirement of a political balance among state court judges.  Delaware says the outcome could affect the makeup of regulatory commissions in many states.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Associated Press:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records for now
Discussion: Politico
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, ITV, Politico, Slate 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
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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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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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: Vox and HotAir
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
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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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
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
 
 
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Charles Jacobs / Washington Examiner:
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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
NBC News:
Anti-vaccine groups take dangerous online harassment into the real world
Discussion: Raw Story
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Joe Walsh / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters
Discussion: Raw Story
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, The Hill and Axios
Bisma Parvez / Detroit Free Press:
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