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9:25 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: his vorpal sword
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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: 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  —  The House Judiciary Committee began formal consideration of two impeachment articles against President Donald Trump on Wednesday night, with a final vote expected the following day.  —  Republicans blasted the process …
Discussion: NBC News, Axios 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
Associated Press:
Judiciary panel to take first steps toward impeachment vote
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Jersey City Shooting Suspect Linked to Black Hebrew Israelite Group
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
A first look at the language of Trump's executive order on antisemitism
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
With Rise of Far-Right Extremists, N.Y.P.D. Creates Special Unit
Discussion: Twitchy and Law & Crime
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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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Raw Story
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
Washington Post:
Inspector general says the FBI is not vindicated by his report on Trump campaign probe
Discussion: New York Daily News
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: POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
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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 …
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Biden holds a big lead over Trump with a key demographic: Cynics
Discussion: 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.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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, The Guardian and VICE
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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CBS News:
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Why attacking private insurance will undermine Democrats' suburban strategy in 2020
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Official and Liaison to Special Counsel to Step Down
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed News:
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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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:
Kelly leads McSally in Arizona Senate race: poll
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