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8:45 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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New York Times:   U.K. General Election 2019: A Big Night for Conservatives, Exit Poll Shows
Sky News:   General election 2019 LIVE: Boris Johnson's election gamble poised to pay off
Associated Press:   UK voters choose a new government to resolve Brexit impasse
Charlotte Ryan / Bloomberg:   Pound Surges to 19-Month High as Poll Points to Conservative Win
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump is getting played by China on trade  —  The Trump administration seems to have reached terms with Beijing over a “Phase One” China trade deal, which President Trump will surely tout as a victory for himself and the United States.  But if the president strikes the deal on the terms being reported …
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David Lynch / Washington Post:
White House, Chinese negotiators reach trade deal in principle that would dramatically scale back import tariffs
Discussion: HotAir, Politico and National Review
New York Times:
Will Trump Debate a Democrat in 2020?  He's Not So Sure  —  The president's concern is not so much whom he will be debating but the commission that runs the debates.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is discussing with his advisers the possibility of sitting out the general election debates …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
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
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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
New York Times:
Republicans Are Now ‘the Beer and Bluejeans Party’ Because of Trump. So Says the Trump Campaign.
Discussion: Raw Story
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McCarthy says Republicans will handle impeachment more responsibly than Democrats have
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans try to avoid an impeachment trial civil war  —  Senate Republicans are keeping their impeachment trial options open — officially, at least.  —  The party is uniting around a strategy that could quickly acquit President Donald Trump of articles of impeachment while also giving …
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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 …
Frank Thorp V / NBC News:   White House counsel meets with McConnell during markup
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
For the third time this year, GOP rejects election-security bill
Discussion: The Editorial Board
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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Fox News:
Holding back no more, Warren slams top rivals Biden and Buttigieg
Discussion: Washington Post
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden picks up O'Rourke alum to lead digital efforts
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How Joe Biden got his groove back
Discussion: Twitchy
R. Jeffrey Smith / Center for Public Integrity:
Trump administration resists Ukraine disclosures ordered by court  —  After lawsuit, the Center for Public Integrity received heavily redacted documents, will ask judge to order full transparency … The Trump administration has refused to disclose how key officials at the Department …
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ABC News:
Heavily redacted communications on withholding of Ukraine aid released by Trump administration  —  The holdup on the Ukraine aid has been at the center of the impeachment inquiry.  —  The Trump administration released heavily redacted documents Thursday evening that, without the redactions …
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 …
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.
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.
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David Smith / The Guardian:
Fox host lambasts Trump over ‘most sustained assault on press freedom in US history’
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Child's Forehead Partially Removed, Four Deaths, The Wrong Medicine: A Secret Report Exposes Health Care For Jailed Immigrants  —  BuzzFeed News has obtained a memo in which an ICE whistleblower says two immigrants got preventable surgeries and two were given the wrong drugs.
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
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Every Democrat is tied with Trump in the state he must win
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
American Leftists Believed Corbyn's Inevitable Victory Would Be Their Model  —  The British election results, like any election result, is the result of unique circumstances and multiple factors.  It is also, however, a test of a widely articulated political theory that has important implications for American politics.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The FBI's Fusion Fiasco  —  Christopher Steele has little credibility left after the inspector general's report.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had its worst week in modern history.  The Justice Department's inspector general found that the bureau had deceived a federal court and abused Americans' civil liberties.
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Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fact check: Was Devin Nunes ‘vindicated’ by report on FBI's Trump investigation?
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Christine Stapleton / USA Today:
Mongolian ambassador visited Mar-a-Lago before Trump Jr. got coveted permit to hunt rare sheep  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. - About four months before Donald Trump Jr. went to Mongolia in August, where he reportedly managed to get a coveted permit to kill a threatened-species of sheep after he shot …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
One sign that Trump is worried about impeachment?  His avalanche of tweets.  —  Shortly after the sun came up on Thursday, President Trump was tweeting.  Over the next three hours, he tweeted or retweeted other people 89 times, making it one of his most active days on Twitter since he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Kentucky's new Democratic governor allows 140,000 ex-felons to vote
The Hill:
Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump
Discussion: WBUR
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices
Discussion: Daily Kos, UPI and CNBC
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Federal judge rules American Samoans are US citizens by birth
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Pompeo Intervenes to Release $115 Million in Aid for Lebanon
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Pentagon: Nuke official sexually harassed 3 women on his staff, resigns during probe
Discussion: New York Post
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘This lit up our base’: Trump campaign says impeachment will help him win reelection
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump just claimed Ivanka created 14 million jobs. The entire economy added 6 million.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The most depressing thing about Trump's attack on Greta Thunberg
Discussion: NBC News, HuffPost and The Bulwark
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
If Trump Is a Unique Danger Why Aren't Democrats Acting Like It?
Discussion: Politico, National Review and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani's Partnership With Fraud Guarantee Revealed in Letter
Discussion: Raw Story