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3:00 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  —  Steel 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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Internal Justice watchdog finds that Russia probe was justified, not biased against Trump  —  The long-awaited report by the Justice Department's watchdog contradicts President Trump's depiction of a politically biased plot against him.  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI mishandled parts of its application …
New York Times:
Inspector General Report on F.B.I. Russia Inquiry Finds Serious Errors But Debunks Anti-Trump Plot  —  A long-awaited report by the Justice Department's inspector general delivers a scathing critique of the F.B.I.'s handling of wiretap application but also punctures many conspiracy theories.
Discussion: Mother Jones and KyivPost
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Watchdog report rips FBI handling of Russia probe
Discussion:, Raw Story and Bloomberg
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
AG Barr condemns IG report's finding that FBI probe of Trump campaign was justified
Discussion: MSNBC
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Inspector general's report on Russia probe: key takeaways
ABC News:   DOJ watchdog finds Russia investigation not improper, despite missteps
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Justice Department Inspector General Finds ‘Serious Performance Failures’ in FBI's Carter Page Probe
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Solomon Reports:
IG report lays out compelling evidence FBI misled FISA court in Russia case, sources say
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A preemptive impeachment  —  Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearing gives Democrats perhaps their last chance to make a televised case for removing President Trump from office before the committee moves on to finalizing articles of impeachment.  The Intelligence Committee held public hearings and heard from 12 witnesses.
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Epic Sunday: Trump goes all-in on the tweets
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Live Blog / Impeachment hearing: Live updates from second day of Judiciary Committee testimony
Discussion: Axios, NPR and Daily Kos
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
Bloomberg:   Pelosi, White House Near Handshake Deal on New Nafta Agreement
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: Axios, WLEX and ACLU
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:   Supreme Court leaves in place Kentucky abortion restriction
Associated Press:
Supreme Court leaves Kentucky ultrasound law in place
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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 …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:   Rudy Giuliani Is Living the Dream
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
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 …
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
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: Raw Story
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: UPI, Fox News and American Greatness
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 …
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
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Possible pardons loom for former Trump aides
Discussion: Raw Story
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Don't Look Now, But Things Are Getting Brighter for Trump