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6:45 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.
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CNN:
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
For articles of impeachment, less really is more
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 …
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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
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Andrew Yang Qualifies for Next Democratic Debate
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she's skipping the debate, even if she qualifies
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 …
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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
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 …
Politico:
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 …
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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.
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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
It's official: The dossier was malarkey
Discussion: Twitchy
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump target Lisa Page sues DOJ, FBI for ‘unwanted invasion of privacy’
Discussion: Deadline
New York Times:
Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses  —  The president's action will define Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, and empower the Education Department to withhold money from institutions that tolerate anti-Israel movements.
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:
With Trump backing, Border Patrol contract significantly increases union staffing  —  President Trump urged his top border security official to finalize a new labor contract with the Border Patrol union just weeks before the deal was signed in September, an agreement that significantly increased …
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Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:   Activists turned away after showing up to Border Patrol detention facility with flu vaccines
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Summit News
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Winners and losers in the final USMCA deal  —  President Trump has secured his first major trade deal, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which most call “USMCA” or “NAFTA 2.0.”  —  Nearly everyone is claiming it's a political and economic victory for them.  Democrats give it a thumbs up.
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Megan Cassella / Politico:
‘We ate their lunch’: How Pelosi got to ‘yes’ on Trump's trade deal
Discussion: Vox and ABC News
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Pete Buttigieg Really Did at McKinsey  —  In an exclusive interview, the presidential candidate reveals the clients he worked with, what he did for them, and how the experience shaped the way he solves problems.  —  Last month, a source emailed a colleague of mine with a detailed connecting …
Discussion: ProPublica, Slate and Washington Post
Mediaite:
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
The Times:
MRP election poll: Tory lead narrows ahead of final election rallies  —  YouGov cuts likely Johnson majority to 28 — as Labour frontbencher says voters can't stand Corbyn  —  Boris Johnson is to launch a final assault on Labour's heartlands as a new survey shows that he can no longer be sure …
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.
 
 
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Orin S. Kerr / Reason:
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New York Times:
Iran Banks Burned, Then Customer Accounts Were Exposed Online
Discussion: National Review
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
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Impeachment?! There's got to be a better way!
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
Trump's Strongest Allies In Congress Don't Care How History Will Remember Them
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rachel Sweet / Associated Press:
Mason student says teacher pulled off her ‘Women For Trump’ pin
Discussion: PJ Media Home and The Daily Caller
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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: The Intercept, Boing Boing and Politico
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Lara Trump: ‘You do have to admire Nancy Pelosi’
Discussion: The Hill
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
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP's Yoho announces retirement from Congress
Discussion: Breitbart
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The mystery of Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman
Discussion: Raw Story