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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
AT WAR WITH THE TRUTH … A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Instapundit
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
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Washington Post: Barr told Trump he was not being well served by Giuliani  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr counseled President Donald Trump that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has become a liability for his administration, The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing people familiar with the conversations.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Rudy Giuliani Knows What He's Doing  —  It can sometimes seem as if Donald Trump has outsourced the defense of his presidency to an erratic buffoon.  Rudy Giuliani is the self-styled security expert who can't stop butt-dialing.  He is the trusted attorney whom journalists routinely bait into damning admissions.
Washington Post:
Inside Giuliani's dual roles: Power-broker-for-hire and shadow foreign policy adviser
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Judiciary Committee to hear cases for and against Trump's removal
Discussion: CNN
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   The Eight Counts of Impeachment That Trump Deserves
New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Demeaning Congress
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Pensacola Attack Probed for Terrorism Link.  Saudi Suspect Clashed With Instructor.  —  The F.B.I. said it was conducting a terrorism investigation into the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, as new information emerged about the gunman's training at the facility.
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Wall Street Journal:
Shooting at Navy Base in Florida Is Probed as Terrorism
Washington Post:
Trump's defense of Saudis grows more isolated after deadly shooting on military base
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:   Pensacola Victims: Three Hopeful Men at the Dawn of Naval Careers
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Allows for Release of Additional Details About Ex-Spy Behind Steele Dossier  —  The British former spy was told on the eve of its release that a highly anticipated inspector general's report would contain further information about him than he had expected.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
How Giuliani and Barr set out to defend Trump
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Beast and NBC News
New York Times:   Barr Dives Into the Culture Wars, and Social Conservatives Rejoice
Firehouse Strategies:
BREAKING: As Impeachment Moves Ahead Trump Surges in Battleground States  —  Firehouse/Optimus December Battleground State Poll: As Impeachment Moves Ahead, President Trump Well-Positioned Against Leading Democratic Contenders  —  This week we continued our quarterly battleground polling series in Michigan …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Axios:   Biden: Stuttering not to blame for verbal screwups
Axios:
Biden says Warren on list of possible VPs
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Paul A. Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Waged War on Inflation, Is Dead at 92  —  Mr. Volcker helped shape American economic policy for decades, notably by leading the Federal Reserve's brute-force campaign to subdue inflation in the 1970s and '80s.  —  Paul A. Volcker, who helped shape American economic policy …
Susan Simpson / Just Security:
Seven Outright Falsehoods in GOP Staff Report on Impeachment  —  On December 2, 2019, Republican staff of the three committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry published a report prepared for the GOP Chairs: Representatives Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, and Michael McCaul.
Discussion: emptywheel
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Kamala Harris Leads Senators In Demanding ‘Immediate Removal’ Of Stephen Miller  —  More than half of Senate Democrats say Miller's “demonstrable white nationalist ideology has been directly translated” into Trump administration policy.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) …
Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
NATO Conference Is Canceled After U.S. Ambassador Barred a Trump Critic  —  An expert was scheduled to speak at the Copenhagen event but was told the ambassador, Carla Sands, had vetoed his participation.  —  The United States ambassador to Denmark barred an American NATO expert critical …
New York Times:
India Prepares to Block Naturalization for Muslims  —  A bill establishing a religious test for immigration to India is expected to pass Parliament, a major step for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist agenda.  —  HYDERABAD, India — India took a major step toward …
Lauren Fruen / Daily Mail:
Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth is ‘BANNED from Twitter’ after sharing anti-American ‘manifesto’ of Pensacola shooter Mohammed Alshamrani  — Alshamrani's social media, which was taken down after the attack, appeared to show a variety of anti-Israel postings and a quote from Osama bin Laden
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Washington Post:
Warren earned nearly $2 million working as a consultant for corporations and financial firms, records show  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earned the income while she was a law professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and other schools, according to records her campaign released Sunday evening.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’  —  Fifty-two top LGBT advocates say the company has ignored their calls to action, creating a major public-health concern that puts patients at risk.  —  Facebook users have been bombarded …
New York Times:
Sanna Marin of Finland to Become World's Youngest Prime Minister  —  At 34, Ms. Marin will head a coalition made up of five parties, in a government led by women.  —  HELSINKI, Finland — Sanna Marin, 34, is set to become the world's youngest sitting prime minister when she is sworn in this week in Finland …
Discussion: Althouse
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Possible pardons loom for former Trump aides  —  Roger Stone's supporters are making a pardon pitch everywhere President Donald Trump looks: Fox News, InfoWars, Twitter, even the White House driveway.  —  Michael Flynn abruptly hired a bombastic lawyer who spouts Trump-friendly theories …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
 
 
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