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10:50 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 …
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, Mediaite and Roll Call
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
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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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Raw Story
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our country is accepting the unacceptable
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
National Security Law Expert: OIG Report Showed a ‘Disturbing Level of Sloppiness’ by FBI
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, 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 …
Washington Post:   Prosecutors ask federal judge to revoke bail of Giuliani associate charged in campaign finance case
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.
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats jostle for prized impeachment manager gig
Discussion: Breitbart
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert publicly identifies person purported to be whistleblower
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Partisan battles erupt as Judiciary begins final phase of impeachment
Discussion: Axios, NBC News and The Hill
NBC News:   GOP Rep. Gohmert publicly names person some Republicans say is whistleblower
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 …
Discussion: New York Post, CNN and Jewish Insider
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.
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.
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.
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: 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pompeo is being sued for records of Trump's meetings with Putin.  A judge will hear the case.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is being sued over allegedly failing to preserve official notes about President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a court ruled on Wednesday that the case could move forward.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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