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10:05 AM ET, December 7, 2019


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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
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: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
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 and The Daily Beast
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
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.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump again accused of mishandling info, creating security threat
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
Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't let Justice Dept. immediately resume federal executions after hiatus
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Candidates Jostle for Position, a Long Race May Become a Marathon  —  In a volatile primary with no true front-runner, Democrats face the prospect of a monthslong delegate battle that would also feature a lengthy public airing of the party's ideological fissures.
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Buttigieg releases timeline of McKinsey work
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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 …
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.”
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Schiff asks Pence to declassify more material from official's testimony  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Vice President Pence on Friday requesting that he declassify more material from one of his aides' testimony in the House impeachment investigation.
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.
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” …
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
Maïa de La Baume / Politico:
Maltese scandal puts Europe's center-left in a bind  —  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), Renew Europe and the Greens say the investigation into the murder …
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
America's allies despise Trump — and that's a threat to NATO
Noah Feldman / The New York Review of Books:
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Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Politico
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
GOP Senators Seek Interview With Ex-DNC Contractor Who Worked With Ukrainians In 2016
Discussion: American Greatness
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Bottom Falls Out as CNN Ratings Hit 3-Year Low
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Kingmaker  —  LAS VEGAS—Swing past Caesars Palace …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
On Telling the Truth When the Powerful Have Stopped Listening
Discussion: The Mahablog