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7:25 AM ET, December 7, 2019


 Top Items: 
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
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
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
Associated Press:
Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Informed Comment
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
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 …
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
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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:
Trump and the Meaning of Impeachment: My Testimony Before Congress
Discussion: NB Blog
Identifying The Berlin Bicycle Assassin: Russia's Murder Franchise (Part 2)
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders is on a crusade to save 42 minor league baseball teams
Charles T. Clark / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rep. Duncan Hunter announces he'll resign from Congress after the holidays
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.
Sean Illing / Vox:
A former Republican Congress member explains what happened to his party
Discussion: Raw Story