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4:15 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: DCReport.org, Mediaite, Twitchy and CNN
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
4 takeaways from the Horowitz report on the Russia investigation  —  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's long-awaited report on the origins of the Russia investigation is out.  —  As The Washington Post previously reported, the report finds that an FBI lawyer altered an email …
Washington Post:
Inspector general report says FBI had ‘authorized purpose’ …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Watchdog report rips FBI handling of Russia probe
Discussion: ABC News
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Inspector general's report on Russia probe: key takeaways
ABC News:
DOJ watchdog finds Russia investigation not improper, despite missteps
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   A preemptive impeachment  —  Monday's House Judiciary Committee …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Live Blog / Impeachment hearing: Live updates from second day of Judiciary Committee testimony
Discussion: Axios, NPR and Daily Kos
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Nadler Failed to Swear in Witnesses at Judiciary Impeachment Hearings
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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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, Raw Story, Hullabaloo 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:
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
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
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.) …
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 …
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 …
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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:   Rudy Giuliani Is Living the Dream
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 …
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
Washington Post:
White House, congressional Democrats on cusp of revised North American trade deal, Trumka says  —  The White House and House Democrats are on the cusp of finalizing a new trade deal for North America, a major achievement for President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that comes even as Democrats prepare to impeach the president.
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
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Bloomberg:   Pelosi, White House Have Tentative Deal on Trump's Nafta Rewrite
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.
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Slate and The Hill
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 …
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: Axios, The Hill and News Breaking LIVE
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon blames Trump for losing $10 billion JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft  — In a new filing made public on Monday, Amazon Web Services claims it didn't win the JEDI contract, which could be worth as much as $10 billion, as a result of repeated public and private attacks from President Donald Trump …
 
 
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
The dust-up over Elizabeth Warren's private legal work, explained
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
GOP impeachment wall: Why Republicans won't walk away from Trump
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Washington Post:
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors
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Scott Stump / TODAY.com:
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
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CNN:
Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister Tuesday
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Possible pardons loom for former Trump aides
Discussion: Raw Story