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12:55 PM ET, December 11, 2019

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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 between the attackers and the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
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Associated Press:
Jersey City's mayor says gunmen targeted kosher market  —  JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey city said Wednesday it's “clear” that gunmen targeted a kosher market during a furious shooting that killed six people and raised questions about whether anti-Semitism was involved.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, emptywheel, CNN and YouTube
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Lee Moran / HuffPost:   Ex-Ethics Chief Walter Shaub Warns William Barr Will Try To Interfere In 2020 Election
Wall Street Journal:   The IG, Nunes and Schiff
David French / TIME:   The Inspector General's FBI Report Should Disturb Republicans and Democrats Alike
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 …
Discussion: Jewish Insider
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New York Times:
Trump Targets Anti-Semitism and Israeli Boycotts on College Campuses  —  The president's order would allow the government to withhold money from campuses deemed to be biased, but critics see it as an attack on free speech.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to sign an executive order …
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
A first look at the language of Trump's executive order on antisemitism  —  Jewish Insider has obtained a draft of the executive order that President Donald Trump will sign this afternoon at the White House.  —  As first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, the order formally calls …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Buttigieg Denies Youthful Indiscretion of Cutting Private Insurance Costs  —  Last night, Pete Buttigieg appeared on Rachel Maddow's program to deny what, incredibly, has become for the moment the most incendiary charge against his candidacy: As a young McKinsey employee …
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BuzzFeed News:
Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Said He Had Nothing To Do With A Canadian Bread Price-Fixing Scandal
Discussion: Vox and The Guardian
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Pete Buttigieg Says He Did at McKinsey
Safia Samee Ali / NBC News:
Greta Thunberg is Time's 2019 Person of the Year  —  The 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden is Thunberg is the magazine's youngest choice ever to be named Person of the Year.  —  Greta Thunberg, the soft-spoken Swedish teen who became a global conscience for climate change and environmental activism …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Three better choices for Time's Person of the Year
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and Gizmodo
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
TIME Set to Name Whistleblower, Impeachment Witnesses ‘Person of the Year’
The Guardian:
Boris Johnson ‘hides in a fridge’ to avoid Piers Morgan interview  —  Tory aide swears at Good Morning Britain producer who approached PM during pre-dawn visit to dairy  —  Play Video  —  Boris Johnson retreated into a fridge as he sought to avoid a TV interview, amid rattled nerves at CCHQ over a narrowing in the opinion polls.
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Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson accused of hiding in fridge in order to avoid interview with Piers Morgan
Discussion: Contemptor and Deseret News
Talia Shadwell / Mirror.co.uk:
Boris Johnson hides in fridge to avoid questions as aide swears at GMB reporter
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
Trump Pays $2 Million to 8 Charities for Misuse of Foundation  —  Under a settlement, the president admitted he had used his charity to bolster his campaign and settle business debts.  —  President Trump has paid $2 million to eight charities as part of a settlement in which the president admitted …
Discussion: Axios
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump's children must undergo mandatory training to learn how to avoid defrauding charities
Aaron Couch / Hollywood Reporter:
Thanos Creator Feels “Violated” After Trump Campaign's ‘Avengers’ Ad  —  “These are sad and strange times we are going through,” says Jim Starlin of the video that replaces the ‘Endgame’ villain with the president.  —  In the climax of Avengers: Endgame, the chief villain Thanos utters the now-famous line …
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Voters Narrowly Agree That Congress Is Responsible for Holding Trump Accountable
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Two Cheers for the Articles of Impeachment  —  There are notable virtues to the two articles impeachment rolled out by the Democrats yesterday.  —  They are concise and narrowly focused on Donald J. Trump's abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  As our friends at Lawfare note, “It uses no Latin terms.
Discussion: Raw Story, Lawfare, CNN and Roll Call
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Impeachment is a ‘pattern and practice’ case
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
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: VICE and Political Wire
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling  —  Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on Tuesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass legislation meant to prevent Russia and other countries from interfering in elections.  —  Crapo's move came after Sen. Chris Van Hollen …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's speech in Hershey revealed a presidency off the rails  —  It was one of his ugliest rallies yet — and put the stakes of 2020 in sharp relief.  —  As House Democrats prepare to vote on articles of impeachment related to his alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress …
Discussion: IJR and Law & Crime
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The Week:
Mr X: mystery tycoon accused of rape and sexual assault  —  One of Britain's wealthiest men is being investigated by police over former employee's allegations  —  Police have launched an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault against a multimillionaire tycoon who can be referred to only as Mr X.
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
Anthony Brooks / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Buttigieg, Biden Top N.H. Primary Race, While Warren's Support Slips  —  Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and former Vice President Joe Biden are leading the crowded Democratic presidential primary race in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR poll.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kelly leads McSally in Arizona Senate race: poll  —  Retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D) leads Sen. Martha McSally (R) by a narrow 3-point margin in Arizona, a state critical to Democratic chances of recapturing the Senate in the 2020 elections, according to a new poll.
Adam Carlson / People.com:
Michelle Obama Talks Bond with George W. Bush After Controversy Over Him Sitting with Ellen: ‘Our Values Are the Same’  —  “We disagree on policy, but we don't disagree on humanity,” Obama said of Bush, to whom she's grown closer over the years  —  Twitter controversies aside …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, UPI and Page Six
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
This Is What Racism Sounds Like in the Banking Industry  —  A JPMorgan employee and a customer secretly recorded their conversations with bank employees.  —  Jimmy Kennedy earned $13 million during his nine-year career as a player in the National Football League.
Discussion: New York Post
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Designates IRGC-QF Weapon Smuggling Network and Mahan Air General Sales Agents  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated an Iranian shipping network involved in smuggling lethal aid from Iran to Yemen on behalf …
 
 
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
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Yahoo News:
FBI warned six months ago about loophole Pensacola shooter used to obtain a gun
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