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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump  —  House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment on Tuesday charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a historic step that will define Trump's presidency and plunge Washington even deeper into a state of partisan polarization.
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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 …
Politico:
Small group of Democrats floats censure instead of impeachment  —  It's an unlikely outcome, but it underscores lingering angst among some moderates.  —  Rep. Ben McAdams.  A small group of vulnerable House Democrats are floating the longshot idea of censuring President Donald Trump instead …
Washington Post:
Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress  —  Democrats are expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday that will focus on abuse of power and obstructing Congress and would be voted …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
For articles of impeachment, less really is more
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Hullabaloo
NBC News:
House Democrats praise new trade deal to replace NAFTA amid impeachment
CBS News:
House Democrats announce deal on U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement
Axios:
Trump's fine with ditching USMCA prescription drug provision
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Judiciary Panel Releases Resolution: Impeachment Update
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Susan Hennessey / Lawfare:
The One Episode From the Mueller Report That Democrats Must Include in Impeachment
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and NPR
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us  —  The analysis of the report by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz greatly depends, as is often the case, on which cable news channel you watch.  Indeed, many people might be excused for concluding …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump blasts FBI director Wray for backing IG report that 2016 campaign probe was justified  —  “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI,” the president tweeted.  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted his “current” FBI Director Christopher Wray …
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 …
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Former top FBI lawyer: I want Trump ‘to apologize to me’  —  (CNN)The former top FBI lawyer when the Russia investigation began said Monday that President Donald Trump should apologize to him and the rest of the FBI for propagating conspiracy theories about the probe's origins …
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Watchdog: FBI Knew ‘Pee Tape’ Highly Dubious, Didn't Tell Trump  —  The “pee tape” has been debunked by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  Further, his report released Monday makes clear, the FBI knew early in 2017 that it was a highly dubious story and kept Donald Trump in the dark.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Director Christopher Wray's Response to Inspector General Report
ABC News:
FBI director pushes back on debunked conspiracy theory about 2016 election interference
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“It Is Not What the Department of Justice Does”: Barr and Durham Go Rogue on the Inspector General's Report
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox
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.
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Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg is widely unpopular following campaign launch, poll finds  —  Electability is a central pillar of former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg's newly launched presidential campaign, but a poll released Tuesday finds he is deeply unpopular with voters nationwide.
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP's Yoho announces retirement from Congress  —  Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) announced he will not seek re-election on Tuesday, citing his pledge to only serve four terms in Congress.  —  “I believed when I ran in term limits.  I ran on a pledge to serve four terms - eight years and come home,” he said.
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida will not seek reelection in 2020
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Simon Shuster / TIME:
Get The Brief.  —  Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now.  —  Sign Up Now  —  The most crucial point at which Yermak's recollection contradicts the testimony of the inquiry's witnesses relates to a meeting in Warsaw on Sept. 1, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met …
Discussion: The Hill, KyivPost and Breitbart
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Disturbing’: Jewish Groups Slam Joe diGenova's Return to Fox After Anti-Semitic Remarks  —  The pro-Trump lawyer disappeared from the network for a month after stirring outrage by claiming George Soros “controls” the State Department, but he was back on Monday night.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson's War With a GOP Megadonor Has an Ironic Twist
Discussion: Vox
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews  —  There are things more important than your tax rate.  —  On Saturday Donald Trump gave a speech to the Israeli American Council in which he asserted that many in his audience were “not nice people at all,” but that “you have to vote for me” because Democrats would raise their taxes.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mic and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Memo from 1990s pollution case shows Elizabeth Warren in action as corporate consultant  —  The memo from then-Professor Elizabeth Warren was written on Harvard Law School letterhead, a symbol of gravitas for a scholar renowned as a champion for consumers victimized by predatory banks and other big businesses.
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren Seeks a Second Act After Slip From the Top
Reuters:
Trump to address impeachment charges in U.S. Senate trial: White House  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will address the two “baseless” impeachment charges Democrats presented on Tuesday during the U.S. Senate trial phase of the proceedings, the White House said.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Lies, Damned Lies and Washington  —  As President Trump faces impeachment by the House, it is the very concept of truth that often seems to be on trial.  —  WASHINGTON — There are days in Washington lately when it feels like the truth itself is on trial.  Monday was one of those days.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
How Are Republicans Going To Explain Voting Against an “Obstruction” Article of Impeachment?  —  Will Hurd has had enough.  —  During the open impeachment hearing on November 21, Hurd used his time to issue a statement declaring that he was against impeachment.  The nub of his argument is the following:
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
Cameron Polom / KNXV:
Mysterious lights hovering over Mesa skies Sunday night puzzle residents  —  MESA, AZ — Mysterious lights hovering above the east Valley have many wondering if we've had a close encounter.  —  “It was pretty bright, it was about straight up over here, and it went straight that way, stopped …
Ben Holland / Yahoo Finance:
A 5,000-Year-Old Plan to Erase Debts Is Now a Hot Topic in America  —  (Bloomberg) — Explore what's moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast.  Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.  —  In ancient Babylon, a newly enthroned king would declare a jubilee, wiping out the population's debts.
Devan Cole / CNN:
Bloomberg says Trump would ‘eat alive’ the current Democratic field  —  Bloomberg: Trump would ‘eat alive’ other candidates  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that he thinks President Donald Trump would “eat alive” his fellow Democratic primary candidates …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Roberta Rampton / NPR:
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
IG Report Confirms Schiff FISA Memo Media Praised Was Riddled With Lies
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams says she would consider being vice president: ‘I will not diminish my ambition’
Felix Salmon / Axios:
By blocking new appointments, Trump destroys WTO's top court
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
IG Report: Here Are The 17 Specific ‘Inaccuracies And Omissions’ In The FBI's FISA Warrants Against Carter Page
Wendy Fry / San Diego Union-Tribune:
CBP denies access to doctors seeking flu vaccinations for migrant children
Discussion: DemCast
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Deepens Its Investigation Into the N.R.A.