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5:10 PM ET, December 10, 2019


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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Small group of Democrats floats censure instead of impeachment  —  A small group of vulnerable House Democrats is floating the longshot idea of censuring President Donald Trump instead of impeaching him, according to multiple lawmakers familiar with the conversations.
Growing divide between Trump and McConnell over impeachment trial  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are both looking ahead to the Senate impeachment trial, but there is a growing divide between the two over what that trial should look like, CNN has learned.
Washington Post:
The case for impeachment  —  The House of Representatives is moving toward a momentous decision about whether to impeach a president for only the third time in U.S. history.  The charges brought against President Trump by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday are clear …
Washington Post:
Impeachment live updates: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump; White House predicts ‘full exoneration’ in GOP-led Senate  —  House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, saying he had abused the power of his office …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Giuliani says Trump has asked him to brief Justice Department and GOP senators on his Ukraine findings  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said Tuesday that the president has asked him to brief the Justice Department and Republican senators on his findings from a recent trip …
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
Gabriella Muñoz / Washington Times:
Progressive groups unhappy with articles of impeachment
Discussion: Associated Press
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
For articles of impeachment, less really is more
Discussion: Politico, The Independent and The Hill
Heather Long / Washington Post:   Winners and losers in the final USMCA deal
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Pelosi shoves back on criticism she's handing Trump a win on trade
Discussion: Axios and Townhall
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  December 10, 2019 - Buttigieg Slips, While Biden And Sanders Gain In Primary, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Slightly More Than Half Of Voters Say Don't Impeach Trump  —  In the Democratic primary race for president, former Vice President Joe Biden …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Washington, Obama, and Trump, Oh My!  —  Biden, Sanders, Warren continue to jockey for 2020 pole position  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans agree that George Washington was a better president than either Donald Trump or Barack Obama - but there are some interesting partisan divisions in that opinion.
Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg is widely unpopular following campaign launch, poll finds
Discussion: Fox News
Stamford Advocate:
Michael Bloomberg is widely unpopular following campaign launch, poll finds
Discussion: Breitbart
NBC News:
Barr thinks FBI may have acted in ‘bad faith’ in probing Trump campaign's links to Russia  —  “I think our nation was turned on its head for 3 years based on a bogus narrative,” said the attorney general in an exclusive interview with Pete Williams.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Banana Republic stuff’: Experts tear Bill Barr to pieces for calling FBI a bigger threat than Russia to elections  —  Attorney General Bill Barr's NBC News interview attacking the FBI stunned many legal and government experts on Tuesday.  —  After Barr criticized Inspector General Michael Horowitz's finding …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The ‘travesty’ is William Barr  —  William P. Barr's Tuesday interview with NBC News was certainly the most dishonest, frightful and deplorable given by an attorney general in modern times.  He attacked the just-released inspector general report and excoriated the FBI for a “travesty” …
Discussion: Vox
POLITICO Playbook PM: Impeachment just got real
ABC News:
Officer, 3 civilians dead after massive gun battle breaks out in New Jersey  —  The New Jersey police officer was shot before the suspects fled to a store.  —  LIVE NOW  —  A New Jersey police officer and three civilians have died after a gun battle was prompted by what is believed …
Discussion: NBC New York, Townhall, abc7NY and Gothamist
NBC New York:
Officer, 5 Others Dead in ‘Ambush’ NJ Active Shooter Situation  —  Suspects believed to have fired from inside store, law enforcement sources say; all public schools in Jersey City under lockdown into the evening  —  What to Know  — One police officer was killed and two others …
New York Times:
Jersey City Shooting Live Updates: 6 People Killed, Including Officer  —  Two people with at least one gun opened fire on Tuesday afternoon in a residential neighborhood.  —  RIGHT NOW The dead were a police officer, three people in a store and two suspected gunmen.
Gordon Ahl / Lawfare:
Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Sues Justice Department and FBI  —  On Dec. 10, Lisa Page filed a complaint against the Department of Justice and the FBI for alleged violations of the Privacy Act related to the disclosure of information about her to the media.  The document is available here and below.
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump pays $2 million in damages ordered by judge over misuse of charity funds, according to NY attorney general  —  President Trump has paid $2 million in court-ordered damages for misusing funds in a tax-exempt charity he controlled, the New York Attorney General said Tuesday.
Discussion: NBC News
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden's baby mama Lunden Roberts has demanded he admit that he was employed by the Burisma, how much money he was paid by the Ukrainian company and that he also received money from a Chinese person or entity  — The mother of Hunter Biden's baby has demanded that he admit …
CNBC:   Woman suing Hunter Biden over love child wants details about his lucrative Ukraine work
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Greenland's ice losses have septupled and are now in line with its highest sea-level scenario, scientists say  —  That's according to 26 separate satellite measurements and 89 scientists who have produced them  —  The Greenland ice sheet's losses have accelerated so fast since the 1990s …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson's War With a GOP Megadonor Has an Ironic Twist  —  The long and entwined history between one of the nation's top donors and Fox News' prime-time host tells the story of Trump's GOP.  —  In mid-2011, Tucker Carlson's digital media outlet the Daily Caller was looking for money …
Discussion: Vox
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Disturbing’: Jewish Groups Slam Joe diGenova's Return to Fox After Anti-Semitic Remarks
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
Trump's Strongest Allies In Congress Don't Care How History Will Remember Them  —  How Freedom Caucus leaders got behind Trump and never looked back (or forward).  —  WASHINGTON ― With President Donald Trump headed for a partisan impeachment in the House and a largely automatic acquittal …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe  — Federal prosecutors backed a bid for former Trump campaign official Rick Gates to receive next week a sentence of probation for his crimes, citing his “extraordinary assistance” …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. seeks no prison time for Rick Gates, senior 2016 Trump campaign aide, citing 'extraordinary …
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bolton knocks Trump administration for latest North Korea decision  —  President Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, is publicly criticizing the Trump administration's decision to stymie a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea's human rights abuses.
Clio Chang / GEN:
The Decade the Internet Lost Its Joy  —  What began as cheerful anarchy was devoured by vulture capital and ruthless consolidation  —  the beginning of 2015, Alex Balk, then-editor of the now-defunct website the Awl, wrote a post of advice for young people in which he supplied three laws about the internet.
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The mystery of Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman  —  The gatekeeper to the lawyer for the most powerful man in the world is a 20-year-old conservative activist with a thin resume, an inflated biography and an impossible job.  —  For the past three months, Trumpworld has been both abuzz and baffled …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Freedman / Washington Post:
The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback  —  Report finds sweeping changes underway across the Arctic  —  The Arctic is undergoing a profound, rapid, and unmitigated shift into a new climate state …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
It's official: The dossier was malarkey  —  The new report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is an absolutely damning indictment of the Steele dossier.  —  The dossier, compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign …
Discussion: Twitchy
Rachel Sweet / Associated Press:
Mason student says teacher pulled off her ‘Women For Trump’ pin  —  MASON, MI.  (WILX) — A Mason High School student turns to the police claiming a teacher assaulted her during school hours because she supports President Donald Trump.  —  Sadie Earegood told NEWS 10 that the teacher involved was Paul Kato.
Discussion: PJ Media Home and The Daily Caller
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
US Border Officials Are Issuing Fake Court Notices To Keep Out Immigrants Who Have Won Asylum  —  On a November day just south of the Texas border, Francisco left the temporary shelter he'd been stuck in for four months to travel to a nearby port of entry in the US.
Pete Buttigieg / Jacobin:
Pete Buttigieg on Bernie Sanders  —  When Pete Buttigieg was a high school senior, he wrote a prizewinning essay praising Bernie Sanders.  Here, we republish the essay in full.  —  This essay was first published in 2000 by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Discussion: The Intercept, Boing Boing and Politico
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Impeachment?!  There's got to be a better way!  —  At the beginning of any infomercial, someone always tries to convince you that some routine thing you have been doing successfully for years is actually a nightmare that must be stopped at once.  You are treated to grainy black-and-white footage …
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Jonathan Garber / Fox Business:
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Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she's skipping the debate, even if she qualifies
Discussion: New York Times and NBC News
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Deputy told to act like a ‘white supremacist’ when stopping black murder suspect
Discussion: The Root
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon to probe legality of using troops on US border
Discussion: Axios
Kevin Carey / Democracy Journal:
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Christina Cross / New York Times:
The Myth of the Two-Parent Home
Discussion: Mother Jones
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Lara Trump: ‘You do have to admire Nancy Pelosi’
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Will the GOP's born-again Trumpers ever pay the price for selling out?
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Patrick Blanchfield / GEN:
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP's Yoho announces retirement from Congress
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
How Are Republicans Going To Explain Voting Against an “Obstruction” Article of Impeachment?
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
Trump's fine with ditching USMCA prescription drug provision