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9:20 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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   The Eight Counts of Impeachment That Trump Deserves
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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Following the Pensacola shooting, Trump auditions as Saudi Arabia's press secretary
Discussion: Axios, Politico, Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Biden promises restrictions on Hunter, family if elected  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” promised to prohibit his son Hunter, and other family members, from cashing in on his name and position overseas if he wins the presidency.
Discussion: Mediaite
Biden says Warren on list of possible VPs
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Axios:   Biden: Stuttering not to blame for verbal screwups
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
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.
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
Jari Tanner / Associated Press:   Female minister, 34, tapped to become Finland's youngest PM
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Warren says voters are ready for female ticket  —  1 of 4  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren said Sunday she believes Americans are ready for a presidential ticket with two women at the top, rejecting concerns from some Democrats that a woman can't beat President Donald Trump.
Biden on why he thinks he has more support from black voters than Mayor Pete
Discussion: The Hill
Brandon Tensley / CNN:
Biden, ‘The Irishman’ and the enduring power of aging white men
Discussion: HuffPost, NPR and The Hill
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.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:   Rosario Dawson Joins Her Love on the ‘Lead With Love’ Tour
Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna / Politico:
How the Cool Kids of the Left Turned on Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
The Texas Tribune:
Pierce Bush to file for suburban Houston congressional seat  —  The grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush will enter an already crowded GOP primary for Texas' 22nd District.  —  The grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush, nonprofit executive Pierce Bush …
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
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It has come to this: Ted Cruz is Putin's stooge
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Inside Giuliani's dual roles: Power-broker-for-hire and shadow foreign policy adviser  —  The president's personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani was on the phone in late 2018, pressing administration officials about his latest agenda item.  —  President Trump had nominated a career Foreign Service officer …
New York Times:
The Indispensable Man: How Giuliani Led Trump to the Brink of Impeachment  —  Not so long ago, it seemed to Rudolph W. Giuliani that he would be presiding over a hefty part of the world.  —  Holding court a few nights after the 2016 election in a private cigar bar on Fifth Avenue …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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.
James Downie / Washington Post:
The one impeachment question Republicans should have to answer  —  When it comes to impeachment, political talk shows are stuck in a bit of a bind.  The likely impeachment of a president is not a story most shows can ignore.  The 24-hour news cycle, though, makes it all but inevitable …
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
The Intercept:
At Glitzy GOP Fundraiser, Devin Nunes Dodges Questions About Contact With Lev Parnas  —  The Lotte New York Palace Hotel swelled this weekend with tourists taking selfies in the courtyard next to its 35-foot Christmas tree.  In the lobby, parents scrambled to make space for Instagram moments of their children sitting on Santa's lap.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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.
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Adam H. Domby / Washington Post:
Nikki Haley gets the history of the Confederate flag very wrong
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
White House “working” on official visit between Trump and Russia's Lavrov, Robert O'Brien says
Yahoo News:
Meet the lawyer at the center of the Trump universe
 Earlier Items: 
Katherine Kersten / Star Tribune:
The New York Times ‘1619 Project’ revisited
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
One year after Moonves' exit, CBS TV stations also face harassment and misogyny claims
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
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
A Powerful Statement of Resistance from a College Student on Trial in Moscow