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3:55 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
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
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 …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
With Rise of Far-Right Extremists, N.Y.P.D. Creates Special Unit
Discussion: Twitchy and Fox News
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 …
Toby Greene / NBC News:
Corbyn's Labour Party might lose the U.K. elections, but anti-Semitism will still remain
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Bloomberg to donate $10 million to House Democrats targeted by GOP  —  Those Dems face a slew of well-financed GOP attacks on impeachment support.  —  Former New York City Mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg will donate $10 million to the House Majority PAC to help defend vulnerable House Democrats …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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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: The Guardian, Hullabaloo and VICE
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
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
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 …
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Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:   Republican blocks election-meddling bill
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
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.
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
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: Washington Post, Law & Crime and IJR
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
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: 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 …
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 …
 
 
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Internal Emails Reveal How Stephen Miller Leads an Extremist Network to Push Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The United States is about to sanction Assad, Russia and Iran for Syrian war crimes
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
Sridhar Natarajan / Bloomberg:
Nikki Haley Faces Protests at Goldman After Confederate Flag Comments
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan Greene / The Colorado Independent:
Mark Udall talks torture, life after political office, and dharma “I didn't want to linger.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Masked moviegoers interrupt showing of ‘No Safe Spaces’ documentary, police called
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Instapundit
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Judge: South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kelly leads McSally in Arizona Senate race: poll
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