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3:55 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 …
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 …
Gabriella Muñoz / Washington Times:
Progressive groups unhappy with articles of impeachment  —  With House Democrats days away from voting on articles of impeachment, at least one progressive group that has spent months advocating for that outcome is disappointed.  —  CREDO Action, one of a number of progressive groups lobbying …
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: Politico, The Hill and ABC News
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Pelosi shoves back on criticism she's handing Trump a win on trade
Discussion: Axios and Townhall
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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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 …
Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg is widely unpopular following campaign launch, poll finds
Discussion: Fox News
Stamford Advocate:
Michael Bloomberg is widely unpopular following campaign launch, poll finds
Discussion: Breitbart
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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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.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   ‘Banana Republic stuff’: Experts tear Bill Barr to pieces for calling FBI a bigger threat than Russia to elections
Allan Smith / NBC News:
New York attorney general intensifies investigation into the NRA
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
It's official: The dossier was malarkey  —  The new report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is an absolutely damning indictment of the Steele dossier.  —  The dossier, compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Analysis: IG's FISA Report Undercuts ‘Schiff Memo,’ Which Defended FBI And Steele Dossier
Discussion: The National Interest
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.
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.
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Reuters:   Trump to address impeachment charges in U.S. Senate trial: White House
ABC News:
Massive gun battle breaks out in New Jersey  —  New Jersey police officer was shot as the suspects then fled.  —  LIVE NOW  —  A gun battle has broken out in New Jersey after a Jersey City police officer was shot by two suspects at a cemetery, police said on Tuesday.
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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon to probe legality of using troops on US border  —  Constuction workers look over a section of newly constructed border wall on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, south of Donna, Texas.  /The Monitor via AP)  —  Constuction workers look over a section of newly constructed border wall on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, south of Donna, Texas.
Discussion: Axios
Julia Musto / Fox News:
Family of Josh Watson, Pensacola attack hero, calls for arming service members on military bases  —  The family of one of the three heroic sailors who lost their lives in last week's Naval Air Station (NAS) shooting in Pensacola, Fla., is calling for reform on military bases.
Discussion: The Federalist and The Daily Wire
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 …
Genaro Garcia Luna / U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Mexican Secretary of Public Security Arrested for Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy and Making False Statements  —  Genaro Garcia Luna Allegedly Received Millions of Dollars in Bribes from “El Chapo's” Sinaloa Cartel  —  An indictment was unsealed today in federal court …
Discussion: National Review and Rolling Stone
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.
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she's skipping the debate, even if she qualifies  —  Gabbard has previously been a vocal critical of the DNC's debate rules.  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced Monday that she has decided not to attend the upcoming December debate in California, even if she qualifies for the debate.
Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson hosted a guest with white nationalist ties to help him promote a run for Congress  —  Fox News' Tucker Carlson recently hosted Pete D'Abrosca, a congressional candidate who has ties to white nationalism and has supported the bigoted, anti-immigrant campaign of a group known as …
Discussion: The Resurgent
 
 
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Rachel Sweet / Associated Press:
Mason student says teacher pulled off her ‘Women For Trump’ pin
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Deputy told to act like a ‘white supremacist’ when stopping black murder suspect
Discussion: The Root
Christina Cross / New York Times:
The Myth of the Two-Parent Home
Discussion: Mother Jones
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Lara Trump: ‘You do have to admire Nancy Pelosi’
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Will the GOP's born-again Trumpers ever pay the price for selling out?
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. seeks no prison time for Rick Gates, senior 2016 Trump campaign aide, citing 'extraordinary …
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
Sun-Sentinel:
A generation in danger  —  Across Florida, disturbed kids dream …
Dmitry Zaks / Agence France-Presse:
UK's Labour tries to stage late ‘Brexit election’ comeback
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Blanchfield / GEN:
The Decade America Terrorized Itself
Anna Palmer / Politico:
‘Oh, No. Lots of White Guys.’
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
GOP's Yoho announces retirement from Congress
Ian MacDougall / ProPublica:
New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.
Discussion: Slate
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
How Are Republicans Going To Explain Voting Against an “Obstruction” Article of Impeachment?
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
Ben Holland / Yahoo Finance:
A 5,000-Year-Old Plan to Erase Debts Is Now a Hot Topic in America
Axios:
Trump's fine with ditching USMCA prescription drug provision
Cameron Polom / KNXV:
Mysterious lights hovering over Mesa skies Sunday night puzzle residents