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2:50 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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
For articles of impeachment, less really is more
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Hullabaloo
Reuters:   Trump to address impeachment charges in U.S. Senate trial: White House
Washington Post:
Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of Congress
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.
Discussion: Fox News
Stamford Advocate:
Michael Bloomberg is widely unpopular following campaign launch, poll finds
Discussion: Breitbart
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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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 …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   It's official: The dossier was malarkey
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:   Watchdog: FBI Knew ‘Pee Tape’ Highly Dubious, Didn't Tell Trump
Washington Post:
Trump lashes out at FBI director in wake of Justice Department inspector general's report
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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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
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Ali Dukakis / ABC News:   Prosecutors don't oppose Rick Gates request to be sentenced to probation
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
Axios:
Trump's fine with ditching USMCA prescription drug provision  —  As they took in Game 5 of the World Series together, President Trump told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy he doesn't want to fight for the most prominent prescription drug component of the administration's trade pact …
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ABC News:
Amid impeachment, House Democrats strike deal with White House on modified USMCA trade agreement
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
Discussion: courthousenews.com
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Freedman / Washington Post:
The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback  —  Report finds sweeping changes underway across the Arctic  —  The Arctic is undergoing a profound, rapid, and unmitigated shift into a new climate state …
Kevin Carey / Democracy Journal:
No More School Districts!  —  At the root of educational inequality: the rich and poor districts that keep education segregated.  Here are the three reforms we need.  —  To truly understand what's wrong with Piedmont Unified School District, in the hills a few miles from San Francisco Bay …
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.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Will the GOP's born-again Trumpers ever pay the price for selling out?  —  Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), one of the best-liked members of the House, announced his retirement last week in a searing letter that deserves more attention than it has gotten.  “The countless hours I have spent …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump ‘Ignored and Injured’ the National Interest, Democrats Charge in Impeachment Articles  —  “Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the president of the United States …
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.
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.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Senators turn up encryption heat on Apple, Facebook  —  The long-running fight over encryption looked set to enter a hot new phase Tuesday as representatives of Apple and Facebook took a grilling from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, while Facebook sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr saying …
 
 
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
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Sun-Sentinel:
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Devan Cole / CNN:
Bloomberg says Trump would ‘eat alive’ the current Democratic field
Discussion: Political Wire
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP's Yoho announces retirement from Congress
Ian MacDougall / ProPublica:
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Discussion: Slate
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
How Are Republicans Going To Explain Voting Against an “Obstruction” Article of Impeachment?
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
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Felix Salmon / Axios:
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Washington Post:
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