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8:01 AM ET, December 7, 2019


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Schiff: Pence aide provided new impeachment evidence — but VP's office classified it  —  A national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence submitted additional classified evidence to House impeachment investigators about a phone call between Pence and Ukraine's president …
Washington Post:
As impeachment tide swirls around Trump, Giuliani drops anchor in Ukraine  —  Even as the House of Representatives began drafting charges against President Trump this week, his private attorney, who many believe is partly responsible for leading Trump on the path to his likely impeachment …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Vanity Fair
Trump still uses his personal cell phone despite warnings and increased call scrutiny  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Photo surfaces showing Eric Trump in Ukraine as investigations into the Trump Org intensify: report … 'I haven't had a personal cell phone for years': Trump demands retraction from CNN
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump again accused of mishandling info, creating security threat
Daily Mail:
Six Saudis are arrested over Pensacola naval base shooting including three who FILMED the attack by countryman who killed three and wounded eight before being shot dead - as FBI probes terror link  — Sources identified the suspected gunman as Saudi Air Force aviation student Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani
New York Times:
Saudi Trainee Kills 3 in Shooting at Florida Naval Base  —  Authorities were trying to determine whether the shooting that killed three and injured eight others was an act of terrorism.  —  PENSACOLA, Fla. — A member of the Saudi Air Force armed with a handgun fatally shot three people …
Discussion: ABC News and The Guardian
Associated Press:
US official: Pensacola shooting suspect was Saudi student
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Supreme Court halts subpoena to Deutsche Bank for Trump records  —  The Supreme Court on Friday granted President Trump's emergency request to temporarily block a congressional subpoena for his financial records from Deutsche Bank.  —  The court's order came just hours after the president's legal team asked …
Discussion: Redstate, Reuters, KTVZ-TV and TheBlaze
Kellie Mejdrich / Politico:
Justice Ginsburg temporarily halts Trump financial records subpoena  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering two banks to release President Donald Trump's financial records to House Democrats.  —  Trump had asked Ginsburg to consider the emergency request earlier Friday.
Washington Post:   Supreme Court won't let Justice Dept. immediately resume federal executions after hiatus
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  — Inc. has agreed to take new office space in Midtown Manhattan …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Buttigieg releases timeline of McKinsey work  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a timeline of his work at McKinsey & Co. on Friday amid criticism that he isn't sharing more details about his time at the consulting firm.  —  In a statement accompanying the timeline …
Discussion: Washington Post
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Buttigieg stopped disclosing wealthy bundlers and fundraiser hosts after controversy
Discussion: Boston Herald
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Hostilities between Warren and Buttigieg boil over
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and Jezebel
Washington Post:
Congress, White House near deal to create Space Force in exchange for paid leave for federal workers  —  Approval would come as part of defense authorization bill in Congress  —  Congressional lawmakers and the White House are on the verge of reaching a sweeping agreement that would extend 12 weeks …
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:   Congress, White House Reach Tentative Deal Over Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers
Washington Post:   White House and Congress near agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers
Trump Orders Toilet Rule Review Over Low-Flow Flushing  — 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.
Discussion: The Stranger, The Guardian and Mashable
Associated Press:
Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
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: Washington Monthly
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘People have real questions about this’: Hunter-Ukraine questions cloud Biden tour
Discussion: Redstate
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: Mediaite and Mother Jones
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Top Russian diplomat to visit Washington in first visit since 2017 Oval Office controversy, officials say  —  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to travel to Washington next week for his first visit to the United States since his controversial Oval Office meeting with President Trump in 2017 …
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
In Prisoner Swap, Iran Frees American Held Since 2016  —  Xiyue Wang was a graduate student at Princeton who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison on two charges of espionage that U.S. officials have called groundless.  —  WASHINGTON — Iran on Saturday freed an American graduate student …
New York Times:
‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’  —  Multiple police officers in Brooklyn say they were told by a commander that white and Asian people should be left alone.  —  At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Nikki Haley: Dylann Roof hijacked meaning of Confederate flag  —  Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said that shooter Dylann Roof hijacked the meaning of the Confederate flag when, in 2017, he attacked a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., in an interview with The Blaze.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley Suggests Confederate Flag Meant ‘Sacrifice and Heritage’ Until Dylann Roof ‘Hijacked’ It
Discussion: The Root and Balloon Juice
Val Demings / Washington Post:
What William Barr doesn't understand about law enforcement  —  Val Demings, a Democrat, represents Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  This week, Attorney General William P. Barr honored 19 law enforcement officers selected by the Justice Department for “Distinguished Service in Policing.”
Maïa de La Baume / Politico:
Maltese scandal puts Europe's center-left in a bind  —  Socialists & Democrats group has been cautious in its approach.  —  Is Malta on track to be the EU's next Hungary or Poland?  It depends who you ask.  —  In the European Parliament, the conservative European People's Party (EPP) …
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Gov. Laura Kelly's approval rating in Kansas tops President Donald Trump's  —  Kansans participating in a statewide political survey expressed greater satisfaction with the job performance of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly than Republican President Donald Trump, who finds himself underwater in the deeply red Midwest state.
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Bottom Falls Out as CNN Ratings Hit 3-Year Low  —  Far-left CNN, an anti-Trump, pro-violence, racist, fake news outlet that traffics in conspiracy theories, collapsed to a three-year low in the ratings during the week of November 25.  —  A three-year low.  —  Three years.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib, Omar Reject Dem-Led Effort to Back Two-State Solution  —  Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) rejected an effort by their fellow Democrats to pass a resolution affirming the United States' support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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.
Discussion: KIFI-TV and New York Times
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Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
America's allies despise Trump — and that's a threat to NATO
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Noah Feldman / The New York Review of Books:
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Discussion: NB Blog
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Discussion: Washington Post
Scoop: Tensions among top Trump health officials led to outside probe
Discussion: Politico
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
GOP Senators Seek Interview With Ex-DNC Contractor Who Worked With Ukrainians In 2016
Discussion: American Greatness
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
N.C. Rep. George Holding retiring, cites redistricting as factor
Discussion: Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo and CNN
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Bloomberg: His news reporters need to accept restrictions
 Earlier Items: 
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: naked capitalism
Charles T. Clark / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rep. Duncan Hunter announces he'll resign from Congress after the holidays
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
On Telling the Truth When the Powerful Have Stopped Listening
Discussion: The Mahablog
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Susan Collins facing massive ad buy attacking tax vote
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.