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2:00 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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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 …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Dems unveil impeachment charges 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 …
Washington Post:
Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
For articles of impeachment, less really is more
Discussion: The Hill, Hullabaloo and The Resurgent
Axios:
Trump's fine with ditching USMCA prescription drug provision
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
84 current members of Congress cast a vote in Clinton's impeachment — and most opposed it
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and HuffPost
Jordan Fabian / Bloomberg:
Trump Undecided on Role in Trial, Aide Says: Impeachment Update
Discussion: Blue Virginia
CBS News:
House Democrats announce deal on U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement
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.
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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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 …
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 …
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:   Watchdog: FBI Knew ‘Pee Tape’ Highly Dubious, Didn't Tell Trump
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Another Inquiry Doesn't Back Up Trump's Charges. So, on to the Next.
ABC News:
FBI director pushes back on debunked conspiracy theory about 2016 election interference
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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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
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Disturbing’: Jewish Groups Slam Joe diGenova's Return to Fox After Anti-Semitic Remarks
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
‘Oh, No. Lots of White Guys.’  —  One year after historic midterm elections, we convened five female lawmakers to talk about what's different now—and what isn't.  —  Stephen Voss for POLITICO Magazine  —  In 2019, a record number of women were sworn into Congress—more than 100 in the House of Representatives and 25 in the Senate.
Dmitry Zaks / Agence France-Presse:
UK's Labour tries to stage late ‘Brexit election’ comeback  —  Studies suggest that voters place the fate of the NHS as the second-most important issue behind Brexit and Britain's relations with the rest of the world  —  London (AFP) - UK opposition Labour party sought Tuesday to exploit …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Bloomberg Continues to Poach His Newsroom to Staff Up 2020 Campaign  —  The ex-mayor has now hired a Bloomberg News editor for his campaign.  She's at least the fifth newsroom staffer to join; and the first from the news division.  —  Michael Bloomberg is continuing to staff …
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 …
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
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.
Ian MacDougall / ProPublica:
New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence.  Instead, Violence Soared.  —  The corporate consulting firm reported bogus numbers and flailed in a project at Rikers Island.  Today, assaults and other attacks there are up almost 50%. … In April 2017, partners …
Discussion: Slate
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. seeks no prison time for Rick Gates, senior 2016 Trump campaign aide, citing ‘extraordinary assistance’ in Mueller probe  —  Federal prosecutors on Tuesday recommended that former deputy Trump campaign chairman Rick Gates serve no prison time, citing his 'extraordinary assistance …
Patrick Blanchfield / GEN:
The Decade America Terrorized Itself  —  The next 9/11 never came.  Instead, we got Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas, and Parkland...  This piece is part of the The Whiplash Decade, a package on the wild ride that was the 2010s.  —  Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers …
 
 
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Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Senators turn up encryption heat on Apple, Facebook
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Will the GOP's born-again Trumpers ever pay the price for selling out?
Sun-Sentinel:
A generation in danger  —  Across Florida, disturbed kids dream …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Amazon claims Trump interfered with Pentagon contract in order to hurt Jeff Bezos
Discussion: American Greatness
Devan Cole / CNN:
Bloomberg says Trump would ‘eat alive’ the current Democratic field
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Europe's rule-of-law emergency
Reuters:
Trump to address impeachment charges in U.S. Senate trial: White House
Ben Geman / Axios:
Warren wants a “blue new deal”
Discussion: Medium and The Hill
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Felix Salmon / Axios:
By blocking new appointments, Trump destroys WTO's top court
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Deepens Its Investigation Into the N.R.A.