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1:15 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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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  —  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, Hullabaloo and NBC News
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
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
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: NPR
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and The Guardian
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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 …
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 …
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:   Watchdog: FBI Knew ‘Pee Tape’ Highly Dubious, Didn't Tell Trump
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
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 …
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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
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
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
Felix Salmon / Axios:
By blocking new appointments, Trump destroys WTO's top court  —  Internationalists have always dreamed of a court with jurisdiction over all the countries of the world.  In 1995, the World Trade Organization was created — allowing the world's countries to press claims against one another for the first time.
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Politico:
Trade's big challenge: How to resurrect the WTO
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
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.
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: Breitbart, The Hill and KyivPost
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Brian Fung / CNN:
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Anna Palmer / Politico:
‘Oh, No. Lots of White Guys.’
Devan Cole / CNN:
Bloomberg says Trump would ‘eat alive’ the current Democratic field
Discussion: Political Wire
Sophie / Politico:
Europe's rule-of-law emergency
Reuters:
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Ben Geman / Axios:
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