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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: The Hill, Breitbart and Fox News
ABC News:
Andrew Yang becomes 1st candidate of color to qualify for final Democratic primary debate of 2019
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   The ‘travesty’ is William Barr
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
It's official: The dossier was malarkey
Discussion: Twitchy
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   ‘Banana Republic stuff’: Experts tear Bill Barr to pieces for calling FBI a bigger threat than Russia to elections
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The FBI Inspector General's Report Has Bad News for Democrats, Too
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The ‘Russia Hoax’ Is a Hoax  —  If you are following mainstream …
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Why Democrats sidelined Mueller in impeachment articles  —  On Dec. 2, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi was on a trip to a climate change conference in Spain, she held a conference call with about a dozen of the most vulnerable Democrats who delivered her the House.  —  Their message to Pelosi …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Washington Post:
Impeachment live updates: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump …
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 …
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 Killed, Including an Officer  —  Two shooters opened fire on Tuesday afternoon at a kosher market.  There was “no indication of terrorism.”  —  RIGHT NOW The slain police officer was identified as Detective Joseph Seals, a longtime veteran and father of five.
Associated Press:
Trump to sign order targeting anti-Semitism at colleges
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Giuliani says Trump asked him to brief Justice Dept. 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 …
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 …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Giuliani indicates he'll report on Ukraine trip this week
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Trump plan to spend $3.6 billion in military funds on border wall  —  A federal judge in El Paso on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration's plan to pay for border barrier construction with $3.6 billion in military funds, ruling that the administration does …
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Federal judge blocks use of billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build border wall
Discussion: Raw Story
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Judge blocks Trump from using billions in Pentagon funds to build border wall
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Pete Buttigieg Says He Did at McKinsey  —  Last month, a source emailed a colleague of mine with a complicated theory that, the source claimed, proved Pete Buttigieg had been in the CIA.  “The American people have the right to know if he was ever an agent or officer,” the person wrote …
New York Times:
How Pete Buttigieg Spent His McKinsey Days: Blue Cross, Best Buy, U.S. Agencies
Discussion: NPR and Mic
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.
Megan Cassella / Politico:
‘We ate their lunch’: How Pelosi got to ‘yes’ on Trump's trade deal  —  Nancy Pelosi sat Mexico's top trade negotiator and foreign minister down in her office and gave the two men an ultimatum.  —  It was late September, and Democrats feared Mexico was not going to implement labor protections mandated …
Discussion: New York Times, ABC News and Vox
Doug Palmer / Politico:   Labor unions win, drug companies lose in new trade deal
Heather Long / Washington Post:   Winners and losers in the final USMCA deal
Yahoo News:
FBI warned six months ago about loophole Pensacola shooter used to obtain a gun  —  WASHINGTON — More than six months before the Dec. 6 shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., where a Saudi gunman used a weapon obtained using a hunting license exemption, the FBI issued a report warning about precisely this loophole.
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.
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 …
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 …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mike Bloomberg wins backing in California and an event with Jerry Brown  —  Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg makes his first presidential campaign trip Wednesday in California, a state where few people support his White House run, many don't know who he is, and those who do think little of him.
Discussion: The Hill
Trump May Be ‘So Much Worse’ Than Nixon But Republicans Don't Seem To Care  —  Nixon used his campaign money to pay for a burglary to cheat, while Trump, according to testimony, used $391 million in congressionally approved military aid.  —  BEDFORD, N.H. — Richard Nixon used tens of thousands …
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.
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
Megan Rapinoe Calls Out Sports Illustrated's Lack of Diversity in Sportsperson of the Year Award Speech  —  USA Women's Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe was named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year on Monday, joining the likes of athletes and teams that have put on stunning displays …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Wall Street Journal:
Barr Sees Big-Tech Probe Wrapping Up by Next Year
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
With GOP certain to acquit Trump, should he be impeached for the history books?
Discussion: New York Times
Orin S. Kerr / Reason:
Impeachment for Corrupt Schemes: A Response to Josh Blackman
Washington Post:
With Trump backing, Border Patrol contract significantly increases union staffing
The Times:
MRP election poll: Tory lead narrows ahead of final election rallies
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jonathan Garber / Fox Business:
US deficit soars to $342B in two months
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Impeachment?! There's got to be a better way!
Andrew Freedman / Washington Post:
The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air …
Pete Buttigieg / Jacobin:
Pete Buttigieg on Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Intercept and Politico
A generation in danger  —  Across Florida, disturbed kids dream …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson's War With a GOP Megadonor Has an Ironic Twist
Discussion: Vox
Clio Chang / GEN:
The Decade the Internet Lost Its Joy
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The mystery of Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman
Discussion: Raw Story