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10:10 PM ET, December 11, 2019

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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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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, NBC News and The Hill
Bloomberg:
GOP Senators Leaning Toward Quick Impeachment Trial for Trump
Discussion: New York Times
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats jostle for prized impeachment manager gig
Discussion: Breitbart
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
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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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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
American Jews Are Terrified  —  Jews have once again been murdered, and their children will have to live with the knowledge of that violence.  This is the thought that has been haunting Rabbi David Niederman, a leader of the Satmar Hasidic Jewish community: How will he and others explain …
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
William Barr's deceptions are more dangerous than you think.  Here's the latest.  —  President Trump is openly telegraphing that he fully expects his attorney general to validate one of his biggest lies: that the real crime in 2016 wasn't Russia's sabotaging of our election but rather the decision by law enforcement to investigate it.
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our country is accepting the unacceptable
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Official and Liaison to Special Counsel to Step Down
Discussion: The Last Refuge
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
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Raw Story
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
National Security Law Expert: OIG Report Showed a ‘Disturbing Level of Sloppiness’ by FBI
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.
DNyuz:
Jersey City Shooting: Suspect Published Anti-Semitic and Anti-Police Posts, Official Says  —  19.7k  —  An assailant involved in a prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online …
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New York Times:
Jersey City Shooting Suspect Linked to Black Hebrew Israelite Group
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 …
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 Hill and Roll Call
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans Confirm Judge Rated ‘Not Qualified’ For Being ‘Lazy,’ ‘Arrogant’  —  Lawrence VanDyke's own colleagues describe him as an ideologue who may not be fair to LGBTQ litigants.  The GOP confirmed him anyway.  —  WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to make Lawrence VanDyke …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Ted Lieu undergoes surgery following chest pain  —  Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) underwent surgery Tuesday after experiencing chest pain and will be absent from Congress for the remainder of the week.  —  His office said in a statement Wednesday that Lieu was admitted to George Washington …
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 …
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
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.
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: The Hill
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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New York Times:
Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria
Discussion: Defense One
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pompeo is being sued for records of Trump's meetings with Putin. A judge will hear the case.
Discussion: Politico
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
The Donald Trump Campaign Is Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology
Discussion: Vox
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Azar, Verma battle for Trump's favor amid White House showdown
Discussion: The Slot
CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg gives $10 million to help endangered House Democrats
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:
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Olivia Wilde / Hollywood Reporter:
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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:
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump's children must undergo mandatory training to learn how to avoid defrauding charities
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and Axios