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9:40 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 …
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 …
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
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Director Christopher Wray's Response to Inspector General Report  —  Director Christopher Wray provided the following letter to the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General in response to the report titled “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects …
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.
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 …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Another Inquiry Doesn't Back Up Trump's Charges.  So, on to the Next.  —  By the time the Justice Department inspector general's report was released, the president and his supporters had moved on in their effort to convince Americans of the enemies arrayed against him.
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   How The DOJ Watchdog Forced Barr To Scramble To Undermine Trump-Russia Probe
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:   Attorney general reschedules Trump hotel holiday party. DOJ won't disclose the date.
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
New report reveals past relationship between Ivanka Trump and Russia “pee tape” dossier author Christopher Steele
Discussion: Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Lies, Damned Lies and Washington
Discussion: Fox News and NBC News
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 …
Washington Post:
Democrats expected to draft two articles of impeachment against Trump, one on abuse of power, the other on obstruction of Congress  —  BREAKING: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and other committee chairmen Monday night …
Discussion: HuffPost and KyivPost
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Politico:
Democrats to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday morning
Discussion: Lawfare and Washington Post
James Walker / Newsweek:
Donald Trump tweets 105 times in single day, attacking impeachment inquiry and top Democrats
Discussion: The Root, Bloomberg, Politico and Deadline
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 …
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
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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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
Bloomberg:
Retired Boeing Manager Will Testify on 737 Max Production Fears  — House committee adds former Boeing, FAA officials as witnesses  — FAA's chief will appear before the committee for first time  —  A former Boeing Co. manager who raised concerns about poor-quality production …
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NBC News:
Former Boeing manager says he warned company of problems prior to 737 crashes
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
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
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate looks for holiday truce on impeachment trial  —  Senators from both parties are eager to postpone any impeachment trial to January.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (right) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).  Brendan Smialowski - Pool/Getty Images
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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