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6:45 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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump was friends with former British spy Christopher Steele, according to person familiar with the situation  —  The former British spy who authored several reports alleging links between Russia and President Trump's 2016 campaign had been a personal friend of Trump's daughter Ivanka …
The Daily Beast:
DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation
ABC News:
FBI Director Chris Wray reacts to DOJ watchdog report on Russia investigation: Exclusive
Discussion: Mediaite
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Inspector general's report on Russia probe: Key takeaways
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
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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: Politico, The Root, Bloomberg and Deadline
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Live Blog / Impeachment hearing: Live updates from second day of Judiciary Committee testimony
Discussion: Breitbart, Axios, NPR and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   A preemptive impeachment  —  Monday's House Judiciary Committee …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Nadler Failed to Swear in Witnesses at Judiciary Impeachment Hearings
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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, Axios, The Hill 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
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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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 …
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 …
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: UPI and Washington Monthly
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 …
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: Raw Story, Salon, Hullabaloo and emptywheel
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
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
CNN:
Bill Hemmer to succeed Shep Smith as Fox's afternoon news anchor  —  New York (CNN Business)Bill Hemmer will succeed Shepard Smith as the anchor of Fox News Channel's 3 p.m. news program, the network said on Monday.  —  The show will be renamed “Bill Hemmer Reports” and it will debut on January 20.
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Fox News to Replace Shep Smith With Veteran Anchor Bill Hemmer
Scott Stump / TODAY.com:
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
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
IG Report Reveals Comey Did Brief Obama on Trump Campaign Investigation
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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CNN:
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