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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 …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, DNyuz and FIRE
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.
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 …
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
A first look at the language of Trump's executive order on antisemitism
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
'There's a Reason Why Jewish People Feel Afraid.'
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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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 and Hullabaloo
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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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:   Republican blocks election-meddling bill
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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New York Times:   Justice Dept. Official and Liaison to Special Counsel to Step Down
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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Lee Moran / HuffPost:   Ex-Ethics Chief Walter Shaub Warns William Barr Will Try To Interfere In 2020 Election
Washington Post:
Inspector general says Barr's handpicked prosecutor failed to convince him FBI was wrong …
Discussion: American Greatness
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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New York Times:
Trump Pays $2 Million to 8 Charities for Misuse of Foundation
Discussion: Axios
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
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.
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.
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, Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
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: Axios and NB Blog
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.
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 …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Justice Department watchdog investigating possible FBI leaks to Giuliani in 2016  —  Inspector general: FBI properly opened its investigation  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department inspector general continues to investigate potential leaks by FBI officials in New York …
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: The Federalist and The Hill
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.  —  Colorado's Republican senator is maintaining his broad support for Trump despite a changing electorate in Colorado.  If he wants to return to Washington in 2020, that may be his only option.
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Vatican Uses Donations for the Poor to Plug Its Budget Deficit  —  Only 10% of donations to the Peter's Pence collection go to charitable works  —  VATICAN CITY—Every year, Catholics around the world donate tens of millions of dollars to the pope.  Bishops exhort the faithful to support …
Discussion: National Review and LifeSiteNews
ICE:
ICE details how border crisis impacted immigration enforcement in FY 2019  —  FY 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations statistics announced  —  DALLAS — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence explained how the unprecedented crisis at the border during …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall, Axios and KXAN-TV
 
 
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Why attacking private insurance will undermine Democrats' suburban strategy in 2020
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
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Kira Lerner / The Appeal:
Harris County D.A. Candidate Audia Jones Says She Won't Prosecute Sex Work
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Mark Levin: “The Next President Who's A Democrat Must Be Impeached”
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed News:
You Wanted Same-Sex Marriage? Now You Have Pete Buttigieg.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Has a Gift for Tearing Us Apart
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for ‘war on poverty’ on 1st California trip
Discussion: The Hill
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Internal Emails Reveal How Stephen Miller Leads an Extremist Network to Push Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Top general: Military won't be a ‘raping, burning and pillaging’ gang after Trump's war crimes pardons
Discussion: Associated Press
Sridhar Natarajan / Bloomberg:
Nikki Haley Faces Protests at Goldman After Confederate Flag Comments
Susan Greene / The Colorado Independent:
Mark Udall talks torture, life after political office, and dharma “I didn't want to linger.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kelly leads McSally in Arizona Senate race: poll
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Buttigieg Denies Youthful Indiscretion of Cutting Private Insurance Costs
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
This Is What Racism Sounds Like in the Banking Industry
Discussion: New York Post