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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: Los Angeles Times and NBC News
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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.
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
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:
CNN Polls: Close race in California's Democratic primary while Biden tops in Texas
Discussion: The Hill and East Bay Times
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Will Biden Promise to Be a One-Term President?
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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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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 …
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 …
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: Hullabaloo
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Bloomberg:   GOP Senators Leaning Toward Short Impeachment Trial for Trump
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and 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.
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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Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg calls for ‘war on poverty’ on 1st California trip  —  STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg took his Democratic presidential campaign to California on Wednesday, pledging to launch a “war on poverty” at an event in a city once known as the nation's foreclosure capital.
Discussion: The Hill
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Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Bloomberg to donate $10 million to House Democrats targeted by GOP
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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
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
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, The Hill and Raw Story
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.
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
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: Raw Story
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Months before he died, Volcker ripped into Trump and ‘nihilistic forces’ undermining confidence in the US
Discussion: Financial Times
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.
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
 
 
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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
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Internal Emails Reveal How Stephen Miller Leads an Extremist Network to Push Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Michelle Malkin Appears on White Nationalist YouTube Show
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
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security
Discussion: Raw Story
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
This Is What Racism Sounds Like in the Banking Industry
Discussion: New York Post