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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  —  With an executive order, he makes clear that anti-Semitism is not to be tolerated.  —  Mr. Kushner is a senior adviser to the president.  —  As the poison of anti-Semitism spreads with dangerous violence throughout Europe, the Middle East …
New York Times:
Jersey City Shooting Suspect Linked to Black Hebrew Israelite Group  —  The Black Hebrew Israelites have been labeled a hate group.  The suspect wrote anti-Semitic and anti-police posts, an official said.  —  RIGHT NOW Investigators are examining links to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
A first look at the language of Trump's executive order on antisemitism
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 …
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Washington Post:
Senate Republicans look to hold short impeachment trial despite Trump's desire for a raucous show  —  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: Associated Press and Raw Story
CNN:
Whistleblower's team preparing for possibility of Senate testimony  —  Washington (CNN)The legal team for the whistleblower whose account kicked off the impeachment inquiry is preparing for the possibility that lawmakers will call their client to testify in the Senate, two people familiar told CNN.
Discussion: National Review
Bloomberg:
GOP Senators Leaning Toward Quick Impeachment Trial for Trump  — Republicans question White House push for “a lot of witnesses”  — House poised to vote on articles of impeachment next week  —  Senate Republicans say there is an early consensus building within their ranks …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance.  It Was Ugly.  —  A high-profile inspector general report has served as fodder for arguments about President Trump.  But its findings about surveillance are important beyond partisan politics.  —  WASHINGTON — When a long-awaited …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and NBC News
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
National Security Law Expert: OIG Report Showed a ‘Disturbing Level of Sloppiness’ by FBI
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and The Daily Signal
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Inspector general says Barr's handpicked prosecutor failed to convince him FBI was wrong …
Discussion: New York Daily News
Christian Berthelsen / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Associate Parnas Got $1 Million From Russia, U.S. Says  —  U.S. prosecutors asked a judge to return Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani indicted on campaign finance charges, to jail for lying about his income and concealing a $1 million payment he got from Russia in September, a month before he was charged.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden's top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one term, with Biden himself signaling …
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Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Biden rebound continues, Warren falls to third
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Will Biden Promise to Be a One-Term President?
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Three better choices for Time's Person of the Year  —  In announcing Greta Thunberg as its person of the year, Time magazine argued, “The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and Thunberg has no magic solution.  But she has succeeded in creating …
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ProPublica:
Donald Trump Jr. Went to Mongolia, Got Special Treatment From the Government and Killed an Endangered Sheep  —  During a summer 2019 hunting trip, Donald Trump Jr. killed a rare argali sheep.  The Mongolian government issued him a hunting permit retroactively and he met with the country's president.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, VICE and The Guardian
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 …
CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg gives $10 million to help endangered House Democrats  —  Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to donate $10 million to help shore up vulnerable House Democrats being targeted by allies of President Trump because of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
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Philip Ewing / NPR:   House Democrats To Begin Amending Impeachment Articles Wednesday Evening
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.
Discussion: CNN, ABC News, The Federalist and The Hill
Vulture:
Every Movie of the 2010s, Ranked Our critics pored over 5,279 of the decade's films.  Here's the best, worst, and mehst.  —  Want to feel old?  In 2010, the No. 1 movie at the box office was Avatar.  Hypercool indie darlings Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were the coupled-up stars of a lucrative supernatural teen romance.
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security  —  The network's furthering of lies from foreign adversaries and flagrant disregard for the truth have gotten downright dangerous.  —  Monday's split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump Treasury staffer leaves after getting embroiled in college admissions scandal  —  James Littlefair, an advance staffer who worked for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, has resigned from the department after his mother pleaded guilty to illegally helping him graduate from Georgetown University …
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill, Raw Story and Axios
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Official and Liaison to Special Counsel to Step Down  —  Edward O'Callaghan worked closely with Rod J. Rosenstein to oversee the Russia investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — The primary liaison between the Justice Department and the special counsel's office is set to step down at the end …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Which Senators Are Likely To Vote For Trump's Removal?  —  On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  Soon, the U.S. House will almost certainly vote to pass those two articles.
Olivia Wilde / Hollywood Reporter:
Nancy Pelosi and Olivia Wilde: The Hollywood Reporter Conversation  —  One's the speaker of the house, the other's a filmmaker-actress-activist and daughter of a Democratic politico.  Amid the impeachment drama, they spoke Nov. 26 about powerful women, whether Hollywood activism helps or hurts …
Discussion: NB Blog and Axios
Cory Turner / NPR:
Betsy DeVos Overruled Education Dept. Findings On Defrauded Student Borrowers  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  These borrowers — more than 200,000 of them — say some for-profit colleges lied to them about their job prospects and the transferability of credits.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump's children must undergo mandatory training to learn how to avoid defrauding charities  —  President Donald Trump's three eldest children have agreed to undergo a mandatory training seminar to ensure they don't fraudulently misuse charity funds in the future.
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and Axios
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed News:
You Wanted Same-Sex Marriage?  Now You Have Pete Buttigieg.  —  Today Pete Buttigieg is polling within the top four candidates nationally and first in Iowa (if near-last among millennials), but back in March, when he first made his case to a national audience during a CNN town hall, “Mayor Pete” was still a nobody.
 
 
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Politico:
Partisan battles erupt as Judiciary begins final phase of impeachment
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Ted Lieu undergoes surgery following chest pain
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Biden holds a big lead over Trump with a key demographic: Cynics
Discussion: Raw Story and QU Poll
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Israel going to third election in one year
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Does Cory Gardner have a breaking point when it comes to Trump?  The political climate suggests he better not.
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Mark Levin: “The Next President Who's A Democrat Must Be Impeached”
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Has a Gift for Tearing Us Apart
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Vatican Uses Donations for the Poor to Plug Its Budget Deficit
Discussion: LifeSiteNews and National Review
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kelly leads McSally in Arizona Senate race: poll
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Daily Kos
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
This Is What Racism Sounds Like in the Banking Industry