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7:45 AM ET, December 12, 2019


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USA Today:
USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Impeach President Trump  —  The president's Ukraine shakedown and stonewalling are too serious for the House to ignore: Our view  —  “Put your own narrow interests ahead of the nation's, flout the law, violate the trust given to you by the American people …
Discussion: his vorpal sword
ABC News:
President Trump considering adding controversial lawyer Alan Dershowitz to impeachment legal team: Sources  —  Donald Trump is gearing up for his impeachment defense in the Senate.  —  Gearing up for an impeachment trial in the Senate, President Donald Trump and his top advisers …
Discussion: The Slot, The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
House Democrats brace for some defections among moderates on impeachment of Trump  —  House Democratic leaders are bracing for some defections among a group of moderate Democrats in swing districts who are concerned a vote to impeach President Trump could cost them their seats in November.
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans look to hold short impeachment trial despite Trump's desire for an aggressive defense  —  Senate Republicans are coalescing around a strategy of holding a short impeachment trial early next year that would include no witnesses, a plan that could clash with President Trump's desire …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert publicly identifies person purported to be whistleblower  —  “This is unacceptable and there should be consequences,” said one Democratic lawmaker.  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert.  Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Wednesday night publicly named …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Pence rejects calls to declassify new impeachment testimony  —  Vice President Mike Pence's counsel rejected House Democrats' request to declassify details of a Sept. 18 call between Pence and Ukraine's president, calling the request illegitimate because the impeachment inquiry has concluded.
Discussion: NBC News
NBC News:
GOP Rep. Gohmert publicly names person some Republicans say is whistleblower
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate's impeachment strategy
Discussion: Instapundit
Orlando Sentinel:
The House should vote to impeach Trump, and the Senate should remove him from office
Discussion: The Bulwark, New York Times and DNyuz
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats jostle for prized impeachment manager gig
Discussion: Breitbart
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Meet the legal minds behind Trump's impeachment
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Partisan battles erupt as Judiciary begins final phase of impeachment
Discussion: Axios and 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.
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our country is accepting the unacceptable
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Condemn FBI's Use of Surveillance Powers They Long Supported
Discussion: Washington Post
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Christian Berthelsen / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Ally Parnas Got $1 Million From Russia, U.S. Says  — Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Parnas' bail, send him to jail  — Russia payment raises questions about nature of Parnas' work  —  Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas got $1 million from an account in Russia in September …
Washington Post:
Prosecutors ask federal judge to revoke bail of Giuliani associate charged in campaign finance case  —  Federal prosecutors in New York asked a judge Wednesday to jail an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani who is accused of violating campaign finance laws, asserting that the Ukrainian-born businessman …
Erica Orden / CNN:   Federal prosecutors ask judge to revoke bail for indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani
Bevin pardons include convicted killer whose brother hosted campaign fundraiser for him  —  The family of a man pardoned by Gov. Matt Bevin for a homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 Knox County home invasion raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year to retire debt from Bevin's 2015 gubernatorial campaign.
2 GOP senators say McConnell will move to acquit Trump, not merely dismiss charges  —  (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote to acquit President Donald Trump should he be impeached, when a majority of senators believe his trial has run its course instead …
Discussion: The Hill
GOP Senators Leaning Toward Quick Impeachment Trial for Trump
Discussion: New York Times
NBC News:
Online posts tied to suspected New Jersey deli shooter pushed anti-Semitic conspiracies  —  Multiple years of social media posts connected to one of the suspects indicated that he also advocated for violence against police officers.  —  One of the two suspects in Tuesday's shooting …
Wall Street Journal:   Deadly Jersey City Attack Rattles Community
Randall Schriver, Pentagon's Top Asia Official, Resigns Post  —  Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver, the top Asia hand at the Pentagon who has criticized China's Uyghur internment camps in Xinjiang, has resigned and will leave his post at the end of the month, RFA has learned.
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
The Real Dangers to Jews  —  The past 24 hours provided a clear and painful picture of the momentous challenges American Jews face these days.  —  The day began with news that President Trump has issued an executive order designed, the White House said, to fight anti-Semitism.
Discussion: Fox News, Common Dreams and DNyuz
Jared Kushner / New York Times:
President Trump Is Defending Jewish Students
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
No, the Trump Administration Is Not Redefining Judaism as a Nationality
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Can You Spot the Fake?  Hint: Look at the pundits.  —  The week before the last Democratic primary debate of 2019, a panel of pundits on MSNBC's Morning Joe gathered to make an explicit critique of one of the candidates.  Citing a “whiff of fraudulence,” political writer John Heilemann talked …
Discussion: Washington Post, WFTV and VICE
Washington Post:
In new legal memo, White House budget office defends withholding aid to Ukraine  —  The White House budget office asserts in a new legal memo that it withheld military aid to Ukraine as a temporary move to study whether the spending complied with U.S. policy - and not as a political effort to block Congress's spending decisions.
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost and The Hill
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Succession’ Star to Play Adam Neumann in WeWork TV Series (Exclusive)  —  Nicholas Braun, aka “Cousin Greg” on the HBO hit, will also exec produce the new project, which is based on the forthcoming book from reporters Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell and hails from Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, National Review and CNN
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Impeach President Donald Trump |  Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board  —  Since taking office as president in 2017, Donald Trump has used the unfiltered power of social media to broadcast his daily disdain and mockery of rivals, and to promote his version of the truth.
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Bob Price / Breitbart:
African Migrant Apprehensions at Texas Border on Rise  —  Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials report a recent increase in the number of migrants from Africa being apprehended after illegally crossing from Mexico.  —  “During last summer, Del Rio Sector experienced an increase in arrests …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; But Still Run $343.3 Billion Deficit With Second-Highest Spending in Nation's History  —  ( - The federal government collected record total tax revenues of $470,706,000,000 in October and November, the first two months of fiscal 2020 …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans Confirm Judge Rated ‘Not Qualified’ For Being ‘Lazy,’ ‘Arrogant’  —  Lawrence VanDyke's own colleagues describe him as an ideologue who may not be fair to LGBTQ litigants.  The GOP confirmed him anyway.  —  WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to make Lawrence VanDyke …
Nikki Haley / Washington Post:
Today's climate wouldn't allow us to remove the Confederate flag in South Carolina  —  Nikki Haley, a Republican, was governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 through 2018.  —  Four years ago, the removal of the Confederate battle flag …
Discussion: The Hill
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Warren Wealth Tax Would Raise Nearly 30% Less Than Projected, Study Finds
The Daily Beast:
Trump Blasts Trudeau and ‘Pain in the Ass’ Macron Behind Closed Doors Following Viral Video
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Anca Gurzu / Politico:
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Movie Nights, Camp David and Cable Messaging: A White House Impeachment Playbook
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Passes $738 Billion Military Bill With Space Force and Parental Leave
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pompeo is being sued for records of Trump's meetings with Putin. A judge will hear the case.
Discussion: Politico
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
The Donald Trump Campaign Is Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology
Discussion: Vox
 Earlier Items: 
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Azar, Verma battle for Trump's favor amid White House showdown
Discussion: Axios and The Slot
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Ted Lieu undergoes surgery following chest pain
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Does Cory Gardner have a breaking point when it comes to Trump?  The political climate suggests he better not.
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Which Senators Are Likely To Vote For Trump's Removal?
Discussion: ABC News
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed News:
You Wanted Same-Sex Marriage? Now You Have Pete Buttigieg.
Washington Post:
After bipartisan pushback, Trump ditches effort to kill major federal agency
New York Times:
Weinstein and His Accusers Reach Tentative $25 Million Deal