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2:00 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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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 …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Trump Targets Anti-Semitism and Israeli Boycotts on College Campuses
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: Salon, Hullabaloo, Raw Story and emptywheel
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Lee Moran / HuffPost:   Ex-Ethics Chief Walter Shaub Warns William Barr Will Try To Interfere In 2020 Election
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.
Discussion: The Guardian
Wall Street Journal:   The IG, Nunes and Schiff
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 …
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  —  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 …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
TIME Set to Name Whistleblower, Impeachment Witnesses ‘Person of the Year’
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.
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CNN:
CNN Polls: Close race in California's Democratic primary while Biden tops in Texas
Discussion: The Hill and East Bay Times
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:   Bernie Sanders Is Sitting Out One Of The Most Exciting House Primary Races
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
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: VICE and Political Wire
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 …
Susan Greene / The Colorado Independent:
“I didn't want to linger.  I wasn't into trying to regain the past status I had - the glory, if you will,” the former U.S. senator says  —  Mark Udall is not depressed.  —  Colorado's former senior U.S. senator knows, five years after Cory Gardner ousted him from office, that …
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
Paul Volcker / Financial Times:
Paul Volcker's final warning for America  —  This piece was written in September, three months before the author's death on December 8, as the afterword to the forthcoming paperback edition of his autobiography.  —  By the late summer of 2018, it was already clear that the US and the world order …
Discussion: CNBC
BuzzFeed News:
Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Said He Had Nothing To Do With A Canadian Bread Price-Fixing Scandal  —  Pete Buttigieg had nothing to do with a decadelong scheme to fix the price of bread across Canada, his campaign said in a statement, despite an internet theory that bubbled up after Buttigieg disclosed …
Discussion: Vox, Politico and The Atlantic
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' January Plans Scrambled by Likely Impeachment Trial  —  The party is working on a contingency plan in case its January debate conflicts with a Senate trial  —  WASHINGTON—Plans for a Democratic presidential debate in January have been complicated by the expected Senate impeachment trial …
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
James Lankford to replace Johnny Isakson as chair of Ethics Committee
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Masked moviegoers interrupt showing of ‘No Safe Spaces’ documentary, police called
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Instapundit
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Judge: South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
YouTube Will Ban Videos That “Maliciously Insult” People Based On Race, Gender, Or Sexual Orientation
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Gunman in Florida base shooting may have embraced radical ideology years before arriving in U.S., Saudi report says
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Benjamin Haddad / Foreign Policy:
Emmanuel Macron's New Strategy Is Disruption
Discussion: Atlantic Council
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Bombshell Afghanistan Report Lands With Thud On Capitol Hill
The Week:
Mr X: mystery tycoon accused of rape and sexual assault
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Pence hails Space Force agreement as major victory
Discussion: The National Interest
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Can the Republican Party Save One of Its Last Latina Congresswomen?
Discussion: Raw Story
Art Cullen / The Storm Lake Times:
Warren the best choice from a great field
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump assaults facts to survive impeachment
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg to donate $10 million to House Democrats targeted by GOP
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Politico:
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