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8:10 PM ET, December 8, 2019


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New York Times:
With White House Absent, Impeachment Devolves Into Partisan Brawl  —  President Trump is refusing to engage and Democrats have concluded they will press ahead anyway, rendering a historic undertaking little more than a foregone conclusion.  —  WASHINGTON — Almost from the moment …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Nadler: Impeachment would be a guilty verdict in ‘three minutes flat’  —  Washington (CNN)With sources telling CNN a vote in the Judiciary Committee to impeach President Donald Trump is expected as soon as this week, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that he sees the Ukraine evidence …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
What to expect this week as Democrats begin drafting articles of impeachment
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and ABC News
Keren Blankfeld / New York Times:
Lovers in Auschwitz, Reunited 72 Years Later.  He Had One Question.  —  Was she the reason he was alive today?  —  The first time he spoke to her, in 1943, by the Auschwitz crematory, David Wisnia realized that Helen Spitzer was no regular inmate.  Zippi, as she was known, was clean, always neat.
Washington Post:
Trump's defense of Saudis grows more isolated after deadly shooting on military base  —  After a Saudi gunman killed three people at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., some of President Trump's Republican allies took to the airwaves to condemn the attack as an act of terrorism …
Andrew Dalton / Associated Press:
René Auberjonois, actor featured in ‘Star Trek’ and Altman films, dies at 79  —  René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, died Dec. 8 at his home in Los Angeles.
Erin Nyren / Variety:
René Auberjonois, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Boston Legal’ Actor, Dies at 79  —  René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in “Boston Legal” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer.  He was 79.  —  His son Rèmy-Luc confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
Discussion: Deadline, UPI and Boing Boing
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It has come to this: Ted Cruz is Putin's stooge  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has spent his entire adult life touting the West's defeat of communism in the Cold War.  In July 2014, he declared to a young conservative group, “'Mr. Putin, give back Crimea.' Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Cruz promotes conspiracy that Ukraine “blatantly interfered” in U.S. election  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday that Ukraine “blatantly interfered” in the 2016 election, repeating a conspiracy theory that experts warn has been promoted by Russian intelligence services.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
How Giuliani and Barr set out to defend Trump  —  Amid President Donald Trump's years-long quest to undermine the Russia investigation and claim “total exoneration,” a tale of two lawyers has emerged.  —  The first — a former New York City mayor-turned fixer for various foreign potentates and …
Discussion: New York Times and NBC News
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Finland's Social Democrats name Marin to be youngest ever prime minister  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's transportation minister Sanna Marin was selected by her Social Democratic party on Sunday to become the country's youngest prime minister ever, taking over after the resignation of Antti Rinne.
Neil Murphy /   New Finland prime minister Sanna Marin, 34, to become youngest person to hold role
Washington Post:
Democrats leveraged Trump's fixation on Space Force to pursue parental-leave victory for federal workers  —  When Congress took up a must-pass defense bill earlier this year, President Trump saw it as a rare opportunity to win approval for Space Force — his proposed sixth branch of the military — ahead of the 2020 election.
Discussion: The Hill
Brandon Tensley / CNN:
Biden, ‘The Irishman’ and the enduring power of aging white men  —  Washington (CNN)Joe Biden this week had a tense exchange with an audience member during an Iowa town hall who had asserted, among other things, that the former vice president is “too old” to helm the White House.
Discussion: HuffPost, NPR and The Hill
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden has edge over Dems in Nevada, bests Trump by 7 points
Discussion: Axios, CNN and TheBlaze
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
‘Trump changed everything’: Big cities break hard left in Dem primary
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Booker is getting more money and attention.  But he's probably still not making the next debate.  —  In this edition: Cory Booker gets ready to miss the next debate, the Teamsters mostly like what they hear from Democrats in Iowa, and why a transparency fight broke out between Buttigieg and Warren.
Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna / Politico:
How the Cool Kids of the Left Turned on Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging  —  Soon after Anna Holmes took on the job of building the website Jezebel, in 2007, she set it apart from established publications like Vogue and Elle with a post offering $10,000 to anyone who would send in the best unretouched version of a women's magazine cover photo.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Lindsey Graham torches Schiff over impeachment tactics: He ‘is doing a lot of damage to the country, and he needs to stop.’  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is preparing for a likely impeachment trial in the Senate, and he lambasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Breitbart
Rep. Jim Banks / Fox News:
Subpoena Adam Schiff's phone records - He did it to Republicans, we should do it to him
Discussion: Redstate
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Democrats split on whether to include Mueller obstruction in articles of impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart
James MacPherson / Associated Press:
North Dakota county may become US's 1st to bar new refugees  —  1 of 2  —  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in.
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
A Powerful Statement of Resistance from a College Student on Trial in Moscow  —  I was going to write a column about Wednesday's impeachment hearing, about the way it once again showcased the two non-overlapping realities into which American politics has split.
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Margaret Talev / Axios:
Biden promises restrictions on Hunter, family if elected
Discussion: Mediaite
The Intercept:
At Glitzy GOP Fundraiser, Devin Nunes Dodges Questions About Contact With Lev Parnas
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
John Kerry Rallies With Joe Biden, Evoking Some 2004 Parallels
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Treasury's Monica Crowley on the Explosive Trump Economy Success: ‘Boom!’
Adam H. Domby / Washington Post:
Nikki Haley gets the history of the Confederate flag very wrong
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Hong Kong Protest, Largest in Weeks, Stretches Several Miles
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
White House “working” on official visit between Trump and Russia's Lavrov, Robert O'Brien says
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Natalia Datskevych / KyivPost:
Zelensky hopes for concrete results from Normandy Format talks
Jon Lockett / The Sun:
GOING NUCLEAR Donald Trump fires warning shot at Kim Jong-un after latest ‘nuclear missile’ test
The Boston Globe:
Tiny Dixville Notch may see its midnight tradition disappear
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
‘Go after your enemies’: Trump's 21-year-old impeachment playbook
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News