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10:00 AM 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.
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
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: The Daily Beast, ABC News and NBC News
New York Times:   Barr Dives Into the Culture Wars, and Social Conservatives Rejoice
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 …
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Judiciary Committee to hear cases for and against Trump's removal
Discussion: NBC News and CNN
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   The Eight Counts of Impeachment That Trump Deserves
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.
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Firehouse Strategies:
BREAKING: As Impeachment Moves Ahead Trump Surges in Battleground States
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Vox:
Joe Biden maintains a massive lead in a new South Carolina ranked-choice poll
Discussion: Washington Times
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.) …
Discussion: The Independent
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.
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Axios:   Biden: Stuttering not to blame for verbal screwups
Axios:
Biden says Warren on list of possible VPs
Discussion: Politico
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 …
CNN:
Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday  —  WaPo: Prosecutor finds no evidence Russia probe was a setup  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is planning to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday in Washington, an encounter that is sure …
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.
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
 
 
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Oligarch Kolomoisky Linked To Giuliani Campaign For Dirt
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
The Legacy of Low-Bar Impeachment
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Impeach Trump Because of...Slavery?
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
She Accused Him Of Sexual Assault After They Broke Up.  He Was Punished, But The School Just Settled.
Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea calls Trump ‘erratic’ old man over tweets
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren made $1.9 million from corporate and financial legal work
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
James Downie / Washington Post:
The one impeachment question Republicans should have to answer
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Democrats leveraged Trump's fixation on Space Force to pursue parental-leave victory for federal workers
Discussion: The Hill
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging