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12:45 AM ET, December 8, 2019


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Associated Press:
Official: Base shooter watched shooting videos before attack  —  This photo taken from video provided by WEAR-TV shows emergency responders near the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.  The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
For Trump, Instinct After Florida Killings Is Simple: Protect Saudis  —  Before issuing his own condolences, the president channeled the Saudi king's, and avoided any discussion of the hard questions about why the U.S. is training Saudi officers.  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Saudi aviation student was recording during Pensacola naval base shooting and other students remain unaccounted for: AP source  —  The Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos …
Craig Pittman / Tampa Bay Times:
St. Petersburg track star among the victims of Pensacola shooting  —  Mohammed Haitham just finished boot camp and had been reassigned to Pensacola.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — At Lakewood High School, everyone called him “Mo.” Mohammed Haitham was a track and field star at Lakewood …
Tweet purportedly from gunman in Pensacola Navy base shooting suggests al Qaeda inspiration  —  SITE intel group: Shooter had extreme anti-American views  —  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN)Much remains unknown about the Saudi Air Force officer who attacked Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida on Friday morning.
Discussion: KDFX-TV and KTVZ-TV
Daily Mail:
Joshua Kaleb Watson (left) and Mohammed Haitham (right) have been named as two of the victims of Friday's tragedy
Discussion: Instapundit
Steve Bousquet / Sun-Sentinel:
Mike Huckabee's outrageous campaign to silence a Florida critic … Mike Huckabee ran for president not once but twice and got his butt kicked both times.  But he must have developed a thick skin along the way, right?  Wrong.  —  The former Republican governor of Arkansas skillfully packaged …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Mike Huckabee Files Bar Complaint Against Twitter Critic Over Beach Feud  —  THIN SKIN  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has filed a bar complaint against a Florida lawyer who's used his minor Twitter presence to poke fun at him, south Florida's Sun-Sentinel reports.
New York Times:
Behind the Scenes of Impeachment: Crammed Offices, Late Nights, Cold Pizza  —  An army of Democratic lawyers and aides are preparing to formally present the case for impeachment to lawmakers — and the country.  —  WASHINGTON — Far from any television camera and a half world away from Ukraine …
Discussion: Reason, Lawfare and CNN
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Will impeachment be forgotten by November 2020? Don't be so sure.
Discussion: Breitbart
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
House Dems refresh Nixon-era impeachment report for Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Impeaching Donald Trump Is Already a Win for Democrats
Discussion: Althouse
NBC News:   Why moderates are keeping their powder dry on impeachment
Katie Hill / New York Times:
It's Not Over After All  —  I overcame the desperation I felt after stepping down from Congress, and I'm still in the fight.  —  Ms. Hill is a former United States representative.  —  On Nov. 6, 2018, I was elected to Congress; at 31, I was one of the youngest women ever elected to the House of Representatives.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump: Giuliani will report to Justice Department, Congress on his investigations in Ukraine  —  President Trump said his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, planned to issue a report to the Justice Department and Congress detailing what he'd learned from his investigations in Ukraine.
Discussion: Slate, Associated Press and Raw Story
David Jackson / USA Today:
Mike Pence's office says it doesn't know what Adam Schiff wants declassified in impeachment inquiry
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Medicare chief asked taxpayers to cover stolen jewelry  —  A top Trump health appointee sought to have taxpayers reimburse her for the costs of jewelry, clothing and other possessions, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, that were stolen while in her luggage during a work-related trip …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Eric Cortellessa / The Times of Israel:
Trump tells Jewish group they'll vote for him to protect their wealth  —  President also says some Jews are not sufficiently supportive of Israel, accused of anti-Semitism after speech to Israeli American Council  —  WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump told a conference …
Jeff Seldin / Voice of America:
Pentagon Concerned Russia Cultivating Sympathy Among US Troops  —  WASHINGTON - Russian efforts to weaken the West through a relentless campaign of information warfare may be starting to pay off, cracking a key bastion of the U.S. line of defense: the military.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine ‘Investigation’ Stars Some of Kyiv's Most Dubious Characters  —  The president's lawyer went to Ukraine to discredit impeachment with a parallel narrative, but corruption fighters know his “witnesses” have little or no credibility.  —  KYIV, Ukraine—The witnesses stand …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Bermet Talant / KyivPost:
Trump's attorney Giuliani collects more dirt on visit to Kyiv
James Beal / The Sun:
BEASTS AT BEA'S BALL Shocking photo shows paedo Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell at Beatrice's 18th birthday bash  —  DEPRAVED Jeffrey Epstein, his alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell and disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein grin at Princess Beatrice's Windsor Castle party.
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:
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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 …
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Iran frees one American hostage, but others cannot be forgotten
Discussion: The Atlantic and NPR
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over.  Don't You Care?  —  Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  What happened to you?  —  Back in December 2015, you spoke out loudly and proudly against anti-Muslim hatred.
New York Times:
Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators  —  Criminals are making virtual connections with children through gaming and social media platforms.  One popular site warns visitors, “Please be careful.”  —  Conversations excerpted from court documents
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Duncan Hunter will resign seat after guilty plea
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Defining a Theory of ‘Bribery’ for Impeachment
Ryan Morgan / American Military News:
VA sheriff says he'd ‘deputize thousands’ of citizens to exclude them from state gun bans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Has Now Shifted $1.7 Million From Campaign Donors To His Private Business
Pete Buttigieg Struggles To Explain His Lack Of Transparency On Fundraising
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Boris's Blundering Brilliance Brexit has given the U.K's self-seeking Prime Minister the opportunity …
 Earlier Items: 
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Math Is Hard: AOC Busted for Taking ‘Victory Lap’ Over Amazon NYC Jobs News After People Read the Fine Print
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the next 100 days are critical for Trump
Discussion: KTVZ-TV
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Alan Keyes Is Helping Sell a Toxic Bleach ‘Cure’ to the Vulnerable and Desperate
Discussion: Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Can't Resist Campaigning for Governors. But They Can Resist Him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump
Discussion: TrumpTrain
Arelis Hernández / Washington Post:
Texans on southern border vow to fight Trump's efforts to take their homes for border wall
Discussion: Raw Story
Laurence H. Tribe / USA Today:
Why care about the Trump impeachment? Your right to vote in free elections is at stake.
Discussion: Althouse