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1:35 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.
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 …
Julia Macfarlane / ABC News:   ‘Dossier’ author Chris Steele met Ivanka Trump years before Russia scandal, source says
New York Times:   Report on F.B.I. Russia Inquiry Finds Serious Errors But Debunks Anti-Trump Plot
NBC News:   Internal Justice watchdog finds that Russia probe was justified, not biased against Trump
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.
Washington Post:
Inside Giuliani's dual roles: Power-broker-for-hire and shadow foreign policy adviser
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 …
Li Zhou / Vox:
Joe Biden maintains a massive lead in a new South Carolina ranked-choice poll
Discussion: Washington Times
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: Salon, Hullabaloo, Raw Story and emptywheel
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 …
Discussion: WLEX, Axios and ACLU
Associated Press:
Supreme Court leaves Kentucky ultrasound law in place
Discussion: Washington Post
Pelosi, White House Near Handshake Deal on New Nafta Agreement  — Mexico's chief negotiator Seade returns to Washington Monday  — Democrats want to show they can legislate amid impeachment  —  The Trump administration and House Democrats are on the verge of announcing a handshake deal …
Washington Post:
White House, congressional Democrats on cusp of revised North American trade deal, Trumka says
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller
Discussion: National Review and Axios
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 …
Democrats' Intel counsel summarizes the case for impeaching Trump in under 5 minutes
Discussion: Raw Story
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Epic Sunday: Trump goes all-in on the tweets
Discussion: New York Post and Bloomberg
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: Vox, Wall Street Journal and UPI
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Paul Volcker, RIP
Discussion: East Bay Times and CNBC
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:   Bill Hemmer Will Inherit Shepard Smith Slot at Fox News
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
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Devin Nunes's explanations for his Parnas phone calls are getting increasingly outlandish  —  Devin Nunes at a hearing in Washington, DC on December 4, 2019.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  Devin Nunes isn't doing a very plausible job answering questions about his involvement in the Ukraine caper.
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: Axios, UPI and Althouse
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: Breitbart, HuffPost and Raw Story
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.
Washington Post:
Trump business dealings argued at federal appeals court in emoluments case  —  A Department of Justice attorney representing President Trump against allegations he is illegally profiting from his office, told a federal appeals court Monday that Congress would have to pass a new law if it wanted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans Delaying Medical Treatment Due to Cost  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A record 25% of Americans say they or a family member put off treatment for a serious medical condition in the past year because of the cost, up from 19% a year ago and the highest in Gallup's trend.
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Corruption and Material Support Networks
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ashley Pratte / NBC News:
Trump is no Abraham Lincoln. That Republican voters think so should mortify the party.
Discussion: Raw Story
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Bid Protest on JEDI Claims ‘Improper Pressure’ From Trump
Washington Post:
This is a nuclear weapons offer Trump ought not refuse
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What Happened When I Tried to Find Someone Who Bought a Bloomberg T-Shirt
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
What Trump has done to the courts, explained
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Robin Wright / New Yorker:
The Real Deal Behind the U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap
Discussion: Atlantic Council
Jenny Vrentas / Sports Illustrated:
2019 Sportsperson of the Year: Megan Rapinoe
Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Possible pardons loom for former Trump aides
Discussion: Raw Story
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Don't Look Now, But Things Are Getting Brighter for Trump