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12:50 PM ET, December 7, 2019


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Los Angeles Times:
We've seen enough.  Trump should be impeached  —  The House of Representatives' inquiry into President Trump's actions on Ukraine is not yet complete, but the evidence produced over the last two months is more than sufficient to persuade us that he should be impeached.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Impeaching Donald Trump Is Already a Win for Democrats  —  There appears to be an emerging consensus that the impeachment of Donald Trump won't matter very much in November, 2020.  “Impeachment will eclipse all for the next seven weeks.  And then it will recede, and other events will supersede …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Raw Story
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Will impeachment be forgotten by November 2020? Don't be so sure.
NBC News:   Why moderates are keeping their powder dry on impeachment
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Schiff asks Pence to declassify more material from official's testimony
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
Laurence H. Tribe / USA Today:
Why care about the Trump impeachment?  Your right to vote in free elections is at stake.  —  The Trump impeachment is about protecting our freedom and right to vote from lawless foreign election manipulation invited by a dangerous president.  —  Of particular interest to me in last week's …
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist  —  This photo provided by U.S. Embassy Switzerland, Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.  In a trade conducted in Zurich, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Slate
Iran releases American student in prisoner swap, foreign minister says
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Elon Musk found not liable in ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial  — A British cave explorer, Vernon Unsworth, brought the suit against Musk in September 2018, after the Tesla and SpaceX CEO had called him “sus” (suspicious) and a “pedo guy” on Twitter.  — Musk and his defense team …
Dana Hull / Yahoo Finance:
Teflon Musk Wins Again With Escape From ‘Pedo Guy’ Firestorm  —  (Bloomberg) — Even before the verdict came in Friday, Elon Musk had earned the sobriquet Teflon Man on Twitter.  —  Once a jury decided that he hadn't defamed a British man by calling him a “pedo guy” in a post on the social media platform …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump  —  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) caused a stir Friday when he said a “handful” of Senate Republican colleagues have privately told him they would consider voting to remove President Trump from office.
Discussion: TrumpTrain
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
Jack Williams / The Sun:
FRESH CLAIMS Prince Andrew rocked by new bombshell claim as second Epstein victim says she had sex with him too  —  A SECOND woman allegedly abused by paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew.  —  The fresh allegations come after Epstein's “sex slave” …
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.”
Arelis Hernández / Washington Post:
Texans on southern border vow to fight Trump's efforts to take their homes for border wall  —  BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — Salvador Castillo was yearning for tranquility when he became enchanted by a one-acre homestead close — but not too close — to the city, a place where cows graze beneath whispering mesquite trees on the property's edge.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Sen. Joni Ernst Busted In Illegal Dark Money Scheme  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) illegally coordinated with a dark money group, and the scandal is making headlines all across Iowa.  —  The AP reported: … Video: … The AP report is all over the front pages of Iowa's newspapers:
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 …
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.
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, WTVR-TV, Reuters and TheBlaze
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘People have real questions about this’: Hunter-Ukraine questions cloud Biden tour  —  ELKADER, Iowa — Joe Biden has two methods of responding to questions about his son's controversial business dealings in Ukraine: denial and anger.  —  But so far, Biden doesn't have a clear and cogent message …
Discussion: The Intercept and Viking Pundit
New York Times:
G.O.P. Tactic on Impeachment: Turn Ukraine Allegations Against Biden
Financial Times:
Macron and Merkel risk doing Putin's work  —  After months of haggling about dates and the agenda, the “Normandy Four” summit meeting between Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia has finally been set for December 9 in Paris.  —  French president Emmanuel Macron in particular had been pushing …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Can't Resist Campaigning for Governors.  But They Can Resist Him.  —  The president appears to love nothing more than injecting himself into governor's races, though once in office, the governors don't seem to feel they owe him much.  —  His grip on Republican senators has held in the lead-up to a historic impeachment trial.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the next 100 days are critical for Trump  —  (CNN)The next 100 days will be critical to understanding whether President Donald Trump will win a second term in office.  His approval rating has been consistently low during his first term.  Yet his supporters could always point …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Do Devin Nunes' constituents think he's as ridiculous as the rest of us do?  —  I was driving east along Highway 198 near Hanford in the Central Valley, marveling at the snowcapped Sierra looming against the horizon, when I spotted the billboard.  —  It was the giant face …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Alan Keyes Is Helping Sell a Toxic Bleach ‘Cure’ to the Vulnerable and Desperate  —  The politician fronts a conservative web-based TV channel and appears in broadcasts with bottles of “Miracle Mineral Solution” on his desk.  —  They promote bleach as a miracle cure and distribute it to children in developing countries.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Trump Jokes About Getting Rid Of Light Bulbs That Make Him Look Orange
Discussion: Redstate
Jessa Crispin / The Guardian:
The Kamala Harris campaign is over. So is the era of the tough-on-crime Democrat
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
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New York Times:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib, Omar Reject Dem-Led Effort to Back Two-State Solution
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Buttigieg releases timeline of McKinsey work
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Congress, White House near deal to create Space Force in exchange for paid leave for federal workers
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Top Russian diplomat to visit Washington in first visit since 2017 Oval Office controversy, officials say
Scoop: Tensions among top Trump health officials led to outside probe
Discussion: Politico
Trump Orders Toilet Rule Review Over Low-Flow Flushing
New York Times:
‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’