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Eric Holder / Washington Post:
William Barr is unfit to be attorney general  —  Eric H. Holder Jr., a Democrat, was U.S. attorney general from 2009 to 2015.  —  As a former U.S. attorney general, I am reluctant to publicly criticize my successors.  I respect the office and understand just how tough the job can be.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our country is accepting the unacceptable
Charlie Savage / New York Times:   We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Raw Story
USA Today:
USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Impeach President Trump  —  The president's Ukraine shakedown and stonewalling are too serious for the House to ignore: Our view  —  “Put your own narrow interests ahead of the nation's, flout the law, violate the trust given to you by the American people …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Washington Post:
Senate Republicans look to hold short impeachment trial despite Trump's desire for an aggressive defense  —  Senate Republicans are coalescing around a strategy of holding a short impeachment trial early next year that would include no witnesses, a plan that could clash with President Trump's desire …
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert publicly identifies person purported to be whistleblower  —  “This is unacceptable and there should be consequences,” said one Democratic lawmaker.  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert.  Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Wednesday night publicly named …
NBC News:
GOP Rep. Gohmert publicly names person some Republicans say is whistleblower
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats jostle for prized impeachment manager gig
Discussion: Breitbart
Christian Berthelsen / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Ally Parnas Got $1 Million From Russia, U.S. Says  — Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Parnas' bail, send him to jail  — Russia payment raises questions about nature of Parnas' work  —  Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas got $1 million from an account in Russia in September …
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Federal prosecutors ask judge to revoke bail for indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have asked a federal judge to revoke bail for indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and jail him while he awaits trial, alleging in a court filing Wednesday …
Washington Post:   Prosecutors ask federal judge to revoke bail of Giuliani associate charged in campaign finance case
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
No, the Trump Administration Is Not Redefining Judaism as a Nationality  —  Its executive order on anti-Semitism won't change much at all.  —  The New York Times published a bombshell report on Tuesday claiming that President Donald Trump planned to sign an executive order that interpreted Judaism …
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Jared Kushner / New York Times:
President Trump Is Defending Jewish Students
CNN:
2 GOP senators say McConnell will move to acquit Trump, not merely dismiss charges  —  (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote to acquit President Donald Trump should he be impeached, when a majority of senators believe his trial has run its course instead …
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Bloomberg:
GOP Senators Leaning Toward Quick Impeachment Trial for Trump
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
Senate Republicans come around to idea of not having witnesses in impeachment trial
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Washington Monthly
Courier-Journal:
Bevin pardons include convicted killer whose brother hosted campaign fundraiser for him  —  The family of a man pardoned by Gov. Matt Bevin for a homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 Knox County home invasion raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year to retire debt from Bevin's 2015 gubernatorial campaign.
Politico:
Pence rejects calls to declassify new impeachment testimony  —  The vice president's lawyer says it “serves no purpose.”  —  Vice President Mike Pence.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  Vice President Mike Pence's counsel rejected House Democrats' request to declassify details …
Discussion: NBC News
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Washington Post:
House Democrats brace for some defections among moderates on impeachment of Trump  —  House Democratic leaders are bracing for some defections among a group of moderate Democrats in swing districts who are concerned a vote to impeach President Trump could cost them their seats in November.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Partisan battles erupt as Judiciary begins final phase of impeachment
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainians: Trump Just Sent Us ‘a Terrible Signal’  —  Kyiv officials were hoping for a statement of support from Trump in advance of Ukraine's big summit with Russia.  Instead, the president hosted Putin's main man.  —  Ukrainian officials spent last weekend glued to Trump's Twitter feed.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Can You Spot the Fake?  Hint: Look at the pundits.  —  The week before the last Democratic primary debate of 2019, a panel of pundits on MSNBC's Morning Joe gathered to make an explicit critique of one of the candidates.  Citing a “whiff of fraudulence,” political writer John Heilemann talked …
Discussion: Washington Post, WFTV and VICE
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Impeach President Donald Trump |  Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board  —  Since taking office as president in 2017, Donald Trump has used the unfiltered power of social media to broadcast his daily disdain and mockery of rivals, and to promote his version of the truth.
Discussion: HotAir
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Succession’ Star to Play Adam Neumann in WeWork TV Series (Exclusive)  —  Nicholas Braun, aka “Cousin Greg” on the HBO hit, will also exec produce the new project, which is based on the forthcoming book from reporters Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell and hails from Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Washington Post:
In new legal memo, White House budget office defends withholding aid to Ukraine  —  The White House budget office asserts in a new legal memo that it withheld military aid to Ukraine as a temporary move to study whether the spending complied with U.S. policy - and not as a political effort to block Congress's spending decisions.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
ABC News:
President Trump considering adding controversial lawyer Alan Dershowitz to impeachment legal team: Sources  —  Donald Trump is gearing up for his impeachment defense in the Senate.  —  Gearing up for an impeachment trial in the Senate, President Donald Trump and his top advisers …
Discussion: The Slot, The Hill, Mediaite and Roll Call
New York Times:
Weinstein and His Accusers Reach Tentative $25 Million Deal  —  After two years of legal wrangling, Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that would not require …
RFA:
Randall Schriver, Pentagon's Top Asia Official, Resigns Post  —  Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver, the top Asia hand at the Pentagon who has criticized China's Uyghur internment camps in Xinjiang, has resigned and will leave his post at the end of the month, RFA has learned.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Most Say Trump Hindered Inquiry, But Impeachment Opinion is Unmoved  —  Public hearings did not increase trust in process  —  West Long Branch, NJ - A majority of Americans feel that President Donald Trump withheld information from the House impeachment committees in an effort to hinder the investigation.
Washington Post:
After bipartisan pushback, Trump ditches effort to kill major federal agency  —  President Trump has abandoned his administration's faltering effort to dissolve a key federal agency, a major setback in his three-year battle to keep his campaign promise to make government leaner and more efficient.
NBC News:
Online posts tied to suspected New Jersey deli shooter pushed anti-Semitic conspiracies  —  Multiple years of social media posts connected to one of the suspects indicated that he also advocated for violence against police officers.  —  One of the two suspects in Tuesday's shooting …
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Does Cory Gardner have a breaking point when it comes to Trump?  The political climate suggests he better not.  —  In 2016, when Donald Trump ran for president, Colorado's Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner didn't mince his words about the GOP nominee: “I cannot and will not support someone …
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Sinclair drops Boris Epshteyn and other political analysts  —  Sinclair, which owns 193 stations in the U.S., said it wants to focus on local news and investigative journalism.  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group is axing one of its biggest stars, Boris Epshteyn, the network's chief political analyst …
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
The Donald Trump Campaign Is Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology  —  President Donald Trump's reelection effort has retained the services of a technology company that specializes in the mass collection of smartphone location data, which can be used to track voters for political targeting purposes.
Discussion: Vox
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Passes $738 Billion Military Bill With Space Force and Parental Leave  —  A bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to give troops a pay raise and the president his Space Force, while jettisoning a slew of measures that would have reined in the president's war powers.
Discussion: Politico
Nikki Haley / Washington Post:
Today's climate wouldn't allow us to remove the Confederate flag in South Carolina  —  Nikki Haley, a Republican, was governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 through 2018.  —  Four years ago, the removal of the Confederate battle flag …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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