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8:30 PM ET, December 9, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
New York Times:
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 a wiretap application but also punctures many conspiracy theories.
ABC News:
FBI Director Chris Wray reacts to DOJ watchdog report on Russia investigation: Exclusive  —  In a broadcast exclusive, Wray reacted to a Justice Department watchdog report.  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray offered mixed reactions to a Justice Department watchdog report that uncovered …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
AG Barr condemns IG report's finding that FBI probe of Trump campaign was justified  —  The attorney general said the investigation was launched on the “thinnest of suspicions.”  —  Attorney General William Barr on Monday rejected a key conclusion of an investigation conducted …
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.
John Solomon Reports:   Just how bad was the FBI's Russia FISA? 51 violations and 9 false statements
The Daily Beast:
DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
New report reveals past relationship between Ivanka Trump and Russia “pee tape” dossier author Christopher Steele
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:   Attorney general reschedules Trump hotel holiday party. DOJ won't disclose the date.
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   How The DOJ Watchdog Forced Barr To Scramble To Undermine Trump-Russia Probe
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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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
How The Post unearthed The Afghanistan Papers
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat  —  Jackson is at least the 13th Republican to jump in to the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.  —  Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Axios and News Breaking LIVE
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Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Ex-White House doctor allegedly known as ‘Candyman’ is running for Congress in Texas
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
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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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
White House backs emerging deal on consumer health costs  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House endorsed an emerging bipartisan agreement Monday on legislation aimed at curbing rising health care costs, including taking steps to limit “surprise” medical bills that can plague patients treated in emergency rooms.
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NBC News:
Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister at White House on Tuesday
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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
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 …
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
James Walker / Newsweek:
Donald Trump tweets 105 times in single day, attacking impeachment inquiry and top Democrats  —  President Donald Trump put out more than 100 tweets on Sunday, sharing attacks on the impeachment inquiry with his 67 million followers.  —  The commander-in-chief tweeted a total of 105 times yesterday …
Discussion: The Root, Bloomberg, Politico and Deadline
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
GOP impeachment wall: Why Republicans won't walk away from Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
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
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
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate looks for holiday truce on impeachment trial
Discussion: The Hill
Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
Rubio to challenge GOP orthodoxy with call for ‘pro-American industrial policy’ to counter China
Associated Press:
Boy on hospital floor dominates Britain's election campaign
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Yale Prof Estimates Faculty Political Diversity at ‘0%’
NBC News:
Former Boeing manager says he warned company of problems prior to 737 crashes
Discussion: News Breaking LIVE
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Trump Impeachment Hearings and Justice Antonin Scalia
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Brennan Lied About Not Including Steele Dossier In Intelligence Community Assessment …
CNN:
Bill Hemmer to succeed Shep Smith as Fox's afternoon news anchor
 Earlier Items: 
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
What Trump has done to the courts, explained
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The massive triumph of the rich, illustrated by stunning new data
Discussion: Raw Story