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2:55 PM ET, December 11, 2019

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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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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: The Guardian
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Justice Department watchdog investigating possible FBI leaks to Giuliani in 2016
Discussion: Washington Post
Lee Moran / HuffPost:   Ex-Ethics Chief Walter Shaub Warns William Barr Will Try To Interfere In 2020 Election
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Watchdog report a ‘roadmap’ for Russian spooks, intel vets say
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
With Rise of Far-Right Extremists, N.Y.P.D. Creates Special Unit
Discussion: Twitchy and Law & Crime
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 …
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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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Biden campaign refutes speculation of a one-term pledge
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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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 …
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
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Biden rebound continues, Warren falls to third
Discussion: Associated Press, Redstate and Townhall
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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Talia Shadwell / Mirror.co.uk:
Boris Johnson hides in fridge to avoid questions as aide swears at GMB reporter
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson accused of hiding in fridge in order to avoid interview with Piers Morgan
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: Axios, CBS News and Raw Story
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
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
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
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 …
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: NB Blog
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.
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
Susan Greene / The Colorado Independent:
Mark Udall talks torture, life after political office, and dharma “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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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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
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
James Lankford to replace Johnny Isakson as chair of Ethics Committee
Discussion: The Hill
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' January Plans Scrambled by Likely Impeachment Trial
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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
Paul Volcker / Financial Times:
Paul Volcker's final warning for America
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Bombshell Afghanistan Report Lands With Thud On Capitol Hill
BuzzFeed News:
Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Said He Had Nothing To Do With A Canadian Bread Price-Fixing Scandal
Discussion: Vox, Politico and The Atlantic
The Week:
Mr X: mystery tycoon accused of rape and sexual assault
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg to donate $10 million to House Democrats targeted by GOP
Discussion: CNN and The Hill