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12:20 PM ET, December 9, 2019


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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.
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.
The Daily Beast:
DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation  —  Right-wing media and QAnon fans have promised massive bombshells.  What happens if it fizzles?  —  Donald Trump's staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the Department of Justice inspector general's report …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Possible pardons loom for former Trump aides
Discussion: Raw Story
John Solomon Reports:
IG report lays out compelling evidence FBI misled FISA court in Russia case, sources say
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Lawyer Is Benjamin Franklin's Night Sweats  —  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.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Washington Post: Barr told Trump he was not being well served by Giuliani
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Inside Giuliani's dual roles: Power-broker-for-hire and shadow foreign policy adviser
Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Lawyer for Democrats calls Trump 'a clear and present danger …
Discussion: NBC News, KyivPost and CNN
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 …
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: Raw Story and emptywheel
ABC News:
Judiciary Committee Trump impeachment hearing: Live updates  —  Committee attorneys are laying out evidence from the House Dems' Ukraine probe.  —  LIVE NOW  —  The House Judiciary Committee on Monday is hearing testimony from Democratic lawyers laying out their case for President Donald …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Impeachment tensions flare: Dem counsel says Trump abused power, as GOP rips ‘rubber stamp’ hearing
Discussion: NBC News
Democrats' Intel counsel summarizes the case for impeaching Trump in under 5 minutes
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on impeachment evidence: Live updates
Discussion: Axios
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The massive triumph of the rich, illustrated by stunning new data  —  The triumph of the rich, which is one of the defining stories of our time, is generally described as largely the reflection of two factors.  The first, of course, is the explosion of income among top earners …
Washington Post:
White House, congressional Democrats on cusp of revised North American trade deal, Trumka says  —  The White House and House Democrats are on the cusp of finalizing a new trade deal for North America, a major achievement for President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that comes even as Democrats prepare to impeach the president.
Discussion: National Review
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.) …
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 …
Discussion: CNBC and UPI
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Claremont Nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees separated in cages  —  A Methodist church in Claremont unveiled a Nativity scene Saturday night depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos …
Kimberly Winston / Washington Post:
Church nativity displays Jesus, Mary and Joseph in cages, separated at the border
Discussion: Fox News and American Greatness
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 …
Scott Stump /
Michelle Obama speaks out on impeachment proceedings: 'It's surreal'  —  The former first lady opened up about a number of issues in an exclusive interview with TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager.  —  Michelle Obama views the impeachment proceedings involving President Donald Trump as “surreal,” …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Jenny Vrentas / Sports Illustrated:
2019 Sportsperson of the Year: Megan Rapinoe  —  Playing the world's game, on the world's stage, under attack by a world leader, she dominated.  And in doing so without fear, Megan Rapinoe became a voice for so many across the world.  —  Before the final whistle, before the chants of …
Greg B. Smith / The City:
Mob Looted Tax-Break Towers Rising Along The High Line: Feds  —  They'll stand as shining symbols of affluence next to The High Line: two towers known as The XI, housing a hotel and 234 condos going for up to $25 million, rising to take their place in the city skyline.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
What Trump has done to the courts, explained  —  No president in recent memory has done more to change the judiciary than Donald Trump.  —  In less than three years as president, President Trump has done nearly as much to shape the courts as President Obama did in eight years.
Andrea González-Ramírez / GEN:
What Happened When I Tried to Find Someone Who Bought a Bloomberg T-Shirt  —  Who is buying and wearing T-shirts for the late-entering moderate billionaire candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination?  —  omething curious happens when you visit the official campaign website of Mike Bloomberg …
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: UPI and Althouse
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Fox News to Replace Shep Smith With Veteran Anchor Bill Hemmer  —  Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer is taking over Shepard Smith's 3 p.m. slot at Fox News, Mediaite has learned.  —  Hemmer, who joined the network in 2005 after working as an anchor at CNN, currently co-hosts Fox News show America's Newsroom with Sandra Smith.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Bid Protest on JEDI Claims ‘Improper Pressure’ From Trump  —  Company says president wanted to harm Bezos in awarding of cloud-computing deal to Microsoft  —  WASHINGTON— Inc. said President Trump exerted “improper pressure” on the Pentagon to keep a lucrative cloud-computing deal …
Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea calls Trump ‘erratic’ old man over tweets  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea insulted U.S. President Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a “heedless and erratic old man” after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wouldn't want to abandon a special relationship between …
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court leaves Kentucky ultrasound law in place
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Devin Nunes's explanations for his Parnas phone calls are getting increasingly outlandish
Washington Post:
This is a nuclear weapons offer Trump ought not refuse
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
The Real Deal Behind the U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap
Discussion: Atlantic Council
Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Oligarch Kolomoisky Linked To Giuliani Campaign For Dirt
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
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 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Don't Look Now, But Things Are Getting Brighter for Trump
Washington Post:
Warren earned nearly $2 million working as a consultant for corporations and financial firms, records show
Sesame Workshop:
Remembering Legendary Puppeteer Caroll Spinney
Lauren Fruen / Daily Mail:
Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth is ‘BANNED from Twitter’ …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
New York Times:
Barr Dives Into the Culture Wars, and Social Conservatives Rejoice
Discussion: Hullabaloo