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11:00 PM ET, December 9, 2019

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Julia Macfarlane / ABC News:
‘Dossier’ author Chris Steele met Ivanka Trump years before Russia scandal, source says  —  Steele has been at the center of the Russia investigation firestorm  —  Nearly a decade before the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka met a British intelligence officer who ran …
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James Comey / Washington Post:
The truth is finally out.  The FBI fulfilled its mission.  —  James Comey is a former director of the FBI and a former deputy attorney general.  —  For two years, the president of the United States and his followers have loudly declared that the FBI acted unlawfully in conducting …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Inspector General's Report of the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation  —  Attorney General William P. Barr issued the following statement:  —  “Nothing is more important …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
US Attorney Durham objects to IG findings on Russia probe origins in stunning statement  —  The U.S. attorney who is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe released a rare statement Monday saying he disagrees with conclusions of the so-called FISA report …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Another Inquiry Doesn't Back Up Trump's Charges.  So, on to the Next.  —  By the time the Justice Department inspector general's report was released, the president and his supporters had moved on in their effort to convince Americans of the enemies arrayed against him.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Director Christopher Wray's Response to Inspector General Report  —  Director Christopher Wray provided the following letter to the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General in response to the report titled “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects …
NBC News:
Internal Justice watchdog finds that Russia probe was justified, not biased against Trump
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
New York Times:
Report on F.B.I. Russia Inquiry Finds Serious Errors but Debunks Anti-Trump Plot
Washington Post:
In opening an investigation of the Trump campaign, the FBI felt it had reached a ‘tipping point,’ IG finds
Discussion: The Independent and Mediaite
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   How The DOJ Watchdog Forced Barr To Scramble To Undermine Trump-Russia Probe
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:   Attorney general reschedules Trump hotel holiday party. DOJ won't disclose the date.
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
New report reveals past relationship between Ivanka Trump and Russia “pee tape” dossier author Christopher Steele
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
The inspector general report just blew up Trump's lies. So Barr is rushing to the rescue.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Vox and JustOneMinute
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Democrats to unveil at least 2 articles of impeachment Tuesday morning  —  House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides.
Discussion: HuffPost
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Washington Post:
Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress  —  Democrats are expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday that will focus on abuse of power and obstructing Congress and would be voted …
Susan Hennessey / Lawfare:
The One Episode From the Mueller Report That Democrats Must Include in Impeachment  —  Things are moving quickly.  Just last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats would begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Clint Eastwood's ‘Richard Jewell’: Atlanta Newspaper Demands Disclaimer on Depiction of Female Reporter  —  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is asking Warner Bros. and the makers of “Richard Jewell” to release a statement acknowledging it took dramatic license when it portrayed journalist Kathy Scruggs as trading sex for tips.
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.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Lies, Damned Lies and Washington  —  As President Trump faces impeachment by the House, it is the very concept of truth that often seems to be on trial.  —  WASHINGTON — There are days in Washington lately when it feels like the truth itself is on trial.  Monday was one of those days.
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Away replaces CEO Steph Korey after Verge investigation  —  Former Lululemon COO Stuart Haselden is stepping in  —  Away CEO Steph Korey is stepping down, just four days after an investigation from The Verge highlighted the company's toxic culture.  Korey, one of the luggage brand's co-founders …
Foreign Policy:
Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities  —  As tensions rise between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump tries to avert a complete breakdown in relations.  —  The White House has killed off plans to convene a meeting of the United Nations Security Council …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The dust-up over Elizabeth Warren's private legal work, explained  —  Elizabeth Warren at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa in November 2019.  Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images  —  Elizabeth Warren being paid for her work is inexplicably controversial.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders sold a lot …
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Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   Elizabeth Warren's New Ad Reminds Voters Of Her Alliance With Obama
Michelle Iracheta / Houston Chronicle:
Acevedo calls out Cornyn, Cruz, McConnell after Houston sergeant fatally shot by ‘domestic abuser’  —  Just two days after a Houston police sergeant was fatally shot in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call, Chief Art Acevedo is once again challenging lawmakers …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Houston police chief rips ‘smug’ Cruz and McConnell, who 'don't want to piss off the NRA'
NPR:
Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Joe Biden  —  Morning Edition host Rachel Martin interviews former Vice President Joe Biden aboard his campaign bus en route to Decorah, Iowa, about his bid for the Democratic nomination and the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Deepens Its Investigation Into the N.R.A.  —  The New York State attorney general has issued a new subpoena to the National Rifle Association, deepening her eight-month investigation and providing fresh clues about where it is headed, according to people with knowledge of the document.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
A Perennial Congressional Candidate Beloved by Trump World Was Just Arrested on Stalking Charges  —  “He would have stolen my cats,” Navarro's accuser alleges.  —  A perennial Republican House candidate whose doomed bids against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) have become a cause celebre on the right …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
NBA Ratings Are Down This Year And The Association Can't Figure Out Why.  Here's A Theory.  —  Ratings for NBA games are down across the three major networks that show the games - ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV, and the National Basketball Association isn't totally sure why.  Here's a theory: China.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Wendy Fry / San Diego Union-Tribune:
CBP denies access to doctors seeking flu vaccinations for migrant children  —  A group of doctors, who last month pressured U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow them to give flu vaccines to detained migrant children, have now taken their fight to the driveway of a detention facility …
John Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Schiff Threatens Press Freedom  —  When the surveillance state exposes a journalist and his sources, there's an instant chilling effect.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, the bible for agents, has long recognized that journalists …
Discussion: Instapundit
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Yale Prof Estimates Faculty Political Diversity at ‘0%’  —  Pressure to join the “herd groupthink” in New Haven.  —  Nobody looks to the Ivy League for balanced political discourse.  But a new report suggests that on at least one campus, the stifling of conservative views among faculty members is nearly complete.
David K. Li / NBC News:
Supreme Court upholds Kentucky abortion law mandating ultrasounds  —  The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Kentucky law, mandating doctors perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before they can perform abortions.  —  The high court declined, without comment …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and UPI
Associated Press:
Boy on hospital floor dominates Britain's election campaign  —  Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks during a question and answer session, part of a General Election campaign visit to Ferguson's Transport in Washington, England, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.  Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
For impeachment, quick and narrow is the way to go  —  As the impeachment proceedings against President Trump enter a new phase, lawmakers face three critical questions.  None have easy answers, but they are, in increasing order of difficulty: Should the articles of impeachment be narrow or broad …
 
 
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Mueller witness Rick Gates seeks to avoid prison after extensive cooperation with prosecutors
Bloomberg:
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
The GOP's bottom-line Trump defense: Get over it
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Only About 3% Of Americans Actually Fought About Politics On Thanksgiving
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate looks for holiday truce on impeachment trial
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
Rubio to challenge GOP orthodoxy with call for ‘pro-American industrial policy’ to counter China
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump keeps friendly tone with Saudis even as attack by Saudi national investigated as terror
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Trump Impeachment Hearings and Justice Antonin Scalia
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
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