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3:15 AM ET, December 7, 2019

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Politico:
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 …
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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 …
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
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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.
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 …
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, KTVZ-TV, Reuters and TheBlaze
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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.
Discussion: Townhall and Sputnik International
Washington Post:   Supreme Court won't let Justice Dept. immediately resume federal executions after hiatus
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.
Discussion: The Stranger, The Guardian and Mashable
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Associated Press:
Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
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
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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 …
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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
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 and Times of San Diego
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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: 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 …
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.
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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
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
On Telling the Truth When the Powerful Have Stopped Listening  —  One used to speak truth to power.  Now, one speaks truth to nonsense.  —  Speak “truth to power”—this is how most people standing up to the constant disinformation and bullying of the Trump administration may have once reasonably described their task.
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
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 …
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Charles T. Clark / San Diego Union-Tribune:   Rep. Duncan Hunter announces he'll resign from Congress after the holidays
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.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump halts plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists  —  President Trump tweeted on Friday that the U.S. will “temporarily hold off” on designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations.  —  The big picture: Trump's vow to re-label Mexican drug cartels in November prompted Mexico's president …
Axios:
Scoop: Tensions among top Trump health officials led to outside probe  —  The Department of Health and Human Services took the extraordinary step of bringing in outside counsel earlier this year to investigate allegations of sex discrimination, Axios has learned — a sign of how badly …
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.”
bellingcat:
Identifying The Berlin Bicycle Assassin: Russia's Murder Franchise (Part 2) … - In the previous part of this investigation, we identified the assassin of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili as Vadim Nikolaevich Krasikov, a 54-year old Russian citizen traveling with state-issued false identity papers.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Elizabeth Warren Tells Poor Parents to Fix Their Own Schools  —  The National Education Association, the most implacably anti-reform of the two major national teachers' unions, has released a series of candidate interviews.  Senator Elizabeth Warren, making her case for NEA support …
 
 
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
GOP Senators Seek Interview With Ex-DNC Contractor Who Worked With Ukrainians In 2016
Discussion: American Greatness
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Esper sees no immediate need to send more US troops to Gulf
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Bottom Falls Out as CNN Ratings Hit 3-Year Low
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Kingmaker  —  LAS VEGAS—Swing past Caesars Palace …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders is on a crusade to save 42 minor league baseball teams
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Susan Collins facing massive ad buy attacking tax vote
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Sean Illing / Vox:
A former Republican Congress member explains what happened to his party
Discussion: Raw Story
MSNBC:
Impeachment fact-check: Military funding did not get to Ukraine, shredding Trump defense
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have vanished from Fox
The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Fugitive Who Claimed to Have Dirt on Biden Firm Is Arrested
Discussion: Raw Story