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6:30 PM ET, December 12, 2019

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BBC:
General election 2019: Tories on course to win majority - exit poll  —  The Conservatives are set to win an overall majority of 86 in the general election, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky News.  —  The survey taken at UK polling stations suggests the Tories will get 368 MPs …
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Sky News:
General election 2019 LIVE: Boris Johnson's election gamble poised to pay off  —  The Tories are set to win a commanding Commons majority, the broadcasters' exit poll projects.  —  Key points:  —  EXIT POLL ANALYSIS: Green Party  —  Despite climate change featuring prominently on the world …
Kate Day / Politico:
UK election exit poll: Boris Johnson on course to win  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson looks set to win big in the U.K. election, with an exit poll predicting a big majority for the Conservative Party.  —  The result would make it all but certain the U.K. would leave the European Union …
New York Times:
U.K. General Election 2019: Conservatives Headed for a Majority, Exit Poll Shows
Discussion: DNyuz
The Guardian:
UK general election 2019: exit poll predicts 86-seat Tory landslide majority - live news
Discussion: Common Dreams and Balloon Juice
Charlotte Ryan / Bloomberg:   Pound Surges to 19-Month High as Poll Points to Conservative Win
Associated Press:   UK voters choose a new government to resolve Brexit impasse
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Draws Sharp Contrasts With Rivals in New Hampshire Speech  —  Ms. Warren, who has ramped up her criticism of her presidential opponents after months of avoiding conflict, issued another rebuke Thursday in a speech about the economy and corruption.
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Wall Street Journal:
GOP Poll: Kobach Would Win Kansas Senate Primary, Unless Pompeo Jumps In  —  Internal Republican polling shows Kris Kobach trouncing the current GOP primary field for an open U.S. Senate seat Kansas, but losing by double digits to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, should he jump into the race.
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:   Elizabeth Warren opens Kansas City campaign office, hires Missouri director
Fox News:
Holding back no more, Warren slams top rivals Biden and Buttigieg
Discussion: Washington Post
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Makes a Comeback as Elizabeth Warren's Poll Numbers Slip
CNN:   Elizabeth Warren calls out the four B's: Buttigieg, Biden, Bloomberg and the billionaires
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Booker says he won't make stage at next week's Democratic primary debate
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Politico:
White House seeks to stymie GOP rebellion on trade deal  —  Trade official Robert Lighthizer is expected to try to calm concerns from Senate Republicans at their lunch Thursday.  —  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  After Sen. Pat Toomey came out against President Donald Trump's …
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Frank Thorp V / NBC News:   White House counsel meets with McConnell during markup
Politico:   Inside Senate Republicans' impeachment trial strategy
David Lynch / Washington Post:
White House, Chinese negotiators reach trade deal in principle that would dramatically scale back import tariffs
Discussion: National Review
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
For the third time this year, GOP rejects election-security bill
Discussion: The Editorial Board
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Nothing could be more conclusive proof of Trump's guilt
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats face post-impeachment dilemma: What if Trump offends again?  —  The threat of impeachment may be less of a deterrent than the Constitution's framers imagined.  —  “Should we stop stopping speeders if they still speed?” wondered Rep. Val Demings.  Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images
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HuffPost:
House Judiciary Republicans Tried To Protect Nixon Too, And Got Crushed For It  —  Yet today's House Republicans are not likely to break with Trump in impeachment votes.  —  WASHINGTON ― If the chairs in the House Judiciary Committee meeting room could talk, the Republicans sitting …
Discussion: Raw Story
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McCarthy says Republicans will handle impeachment more responsibly than Democrats have
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Report: Trump's Ukraine Extortion Scheme Was Financed by Russia  —  President Trump is facing impeachment primarily for abusing his power for political gain, extorting a foreign country to discredit his political rivals.  The secondary aspect of the plot is that the target of his extortion is hardly random.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Gaetz brings up Hunter Biden's past substance issues — and it immediately backfired  —  Debate surrounding the next amendment to be introduced quickly divulged into a tit-for-tat involving allegations of cocaine usage and driving under the influence charges.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘Pot calling the kettle black’: Rep. Gaetz gets scolded for bringing up Hunter Biden's substance abuse  —  The remarkable exchange occurred during the House Judiciary's markup of articles of impeachment against Trump.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of President Donald Trump's fiercest defenders …
David Smith / The Guardian:
Fox host lambasts Trump over ‘most sustained assault on press freedom in US history’  —  Chris Wallace, admired for breaking ranks with some in the conservative network, drew applause with most stinging critique yet  —  A leading host on Fox News, a conservative network notorious for its loyalty …
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Fox's Chris Wallace: Trump is ‘Engaged in the Most Direct, Sustained Assault on Freedom of the Press in Our History’  —  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace called out President Donald Trump's attacks on the press in a speech at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Friday night.
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Biden's SC firewall in danger?  2020 front-runner's lead shrinks to new low.  —  Joe Biden might need to check his firewall.  —  The former vice president's lead in South Carolina keeps shrinking in Post and Courier-Change Research polls as the 2020 Democratic presidential primary gets closer …
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Bill Scher / Politico:   Dean Couldn't. Hart Wouldn't. Should Warren and Buttigieg Change Tactics?
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Judge rules South Carolina GOP can cancel its presidential primary in 2020
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Holder / Washington Post:
William Barr is unfit to be attorney general  —  Eric H. Holder Jr., a Democrat, was U.S. attorney general from 2009 to 2015.  —  As a former U.S. attorney general, I am reluctant to publicly criticize my successors.  I respect the office and understand just how tough the job can be.
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CNN:
FBI agents warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Trump and Barr attacks
Discussion: Redstate
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Paul Watson Throws Alex Jones Under The Bus In Sandy Hook Case  —  “This Sandy Hook stuff is killing us,” the far-right Infowars editor said in a 2015 email.  —  Far-right personality and longtime Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson warned Alex Jones to stop pushing the lie …
Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani's Partnership With Fraud Guarantee Revealed in Letter  —  A 2018 investor letter offers new clues about the work Rudy Giuliani was hired to do for Fraud Guarantee, a company founded by his now-indicted associates Lev Parnas and David Correia.  The letter has been handed over to the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Economist:
A plurality of Americans—but not of states—want Donald Trump impeached  —  The president continues to benefit from the constitution's pro-rural bias  —  Donald trump owes his presidency to America's quaint system of electing leaders.  Despite losing the popular vote …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
South Carolina Punishes Poor Parents for Christmas  —  Days after the Trump administration finalized a proposal that will kick hundreds of thousands of people off food stamps, the state of South Carolina delivered its own special holiday present to the poor.
Discussion: Center For Children …, Vox and DNyuz
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fact check: Was Devin Nunes ‘vindicated’ by report on FBI's Trump investigation?  —  Rep. Devin Nunes this week said he was vindicated by a new inspector general report that detailed the origins of the FBI's surveillance of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The most depressing thing about Trump's attack on Greta Thunberg  —  Is there nothing too petty for this president?  —  Early Thursday morning, President Trump took to Twitter (where his current follower count is 67.5 million) to attack a 16-year-old girl with Asperger's syndrome and tell her to “work on her Anger Management problem.”
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and HuffPost
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer.  Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow.
 
 
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘This lit up our base’: Trump campaign says impeachment will help him win reelection
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
One sign that Trump is worried about impeachment? His avalanche of tweets.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump just claimed Ivanka created 14 million jobs. The entire economy added 6 million.
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 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Senate confirms State Dept official as ambassador to Russia
Discussion: The Hill
Joe Roberts / Metro.co.uk:
‘Longest queues ever’ as people stand in line around the block to vote
Discussion: Power Line and Common Dreams
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
DOJ charges 10 former NFL players in alleged health care fraud scheme
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
If Trump Is a Unique Danger Why Aren't Democrats Acting Like It?
Discussion: Politico, National Review and Raw Story
John F. Harris / Politico:
What if Trump Weren't Nuts?