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10:40 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 …
Discussion: CNN, PJ Media Home, National Review and CNBC
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New York Times:   U.K. General Election 2019: A Big Night for Conservatives, Exit Poll Shows
Mikey Smith / Mirror.co.uk:   Ken Livingstone says it's ‘the end’ for Jeremy Corbyn and blames ‘Jewish vote’
Sky News:   General election 2019 LIVE: Boris Johnson's election gamble poised to pay off
Charlotte Ryan / Bloomberg:   Pound Surges to 19-Month High as Poll Points to Conservative Win
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 …
New York Times:
For Trump, Impeachment May Be a Political Plus, but Also a Personal Humiliation  —  As the House moves toward what even he says is an inevitable vote to impeach him for high crimes and misdemeanors, President Trump toggles between self-pity and combativeness.
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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 giving …
CNN:
McConnell and White House counsel agree to coordinate impeachment trial plans
Frank Thorp V / NBC News:
White House counsel meets with McConnell during markup
Discussion: DNyuz
Center for Public Integrity:
Trump administration resists Ukraine disclosures ordered by court  —  The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust.  Sign up to receive our stories.  —  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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Millions in military aid at center of impeachment hasn't reached Ukraine
Discussion: ABC News, POLITICUSUSA and Law & Crime
CNN:
US prosecutors turn to possible bribery charges in investigation over Ukrainian natural gas company  —  New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors investigating associates of Rudy Giuliani have focused on a Ukrainian state-owned natural gas company, a move that suggests authorities are exploring whether …
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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.
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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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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Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:   Revealed: Hunter Biden ‘possession of controlled substance’ …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘Pot calling the kettle black’: Rep. Gaetz gets scolded for bringing up Hunter Biden's substance abuse
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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The Guardian:   Britain needs its own Mueller report on Russian ‘interference’
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Inspector General's Report on 2016 FBI Spying Reveals a Scandal of Historic Magnitude …
Discussion: Redstate, Reason and Lawfare
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fact check: Was Devin Nunes ‘vindicated’ by report on FBI's Trump investigation?
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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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New York Times:
Republicans Are Now ‘the Beer and Bluejeans Party’ Because of Trump. So Says the Trump Campaign.
Discussion: Raw Story
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘This lit up our base’: Trump campaign says impeachment will help him win reelection
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden picks up O'Rourke alum to lead digital efforts
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How Joe Biden got his groove back
Discussion: Twitchy
VICE:
Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air  —  A blaring siren suddenly rips through the Ring camera, startling the Florida family inside their own home.  —  “It's your boy Chance on Nulled,” a voice says from the Ring camera, which a hacker has taken over.  “How you doing?
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.
Paul Van Osdol / WTAE:
Rep. Conor Lamb says he plans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump  —  Democratic congressman from western Pennsylvania says he will vote for both articles of impeachment against Trump  —  U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb will vote for both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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?
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’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Anything new?  McClintock says what many are thinking  —  As we approach the 12th hour of this debate, a frustrated Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., had somewhat of a breaking-the-fourth-wall moment and said what many are thinking: Does anyone have anything new to say?
Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Man Who Stopped Obama From Filling Many Judicial Vacancies in Exchange For Nothing  —  I think you can make a case that Pat Leahy did more damage to liberal interests than any individual Democratic senator of the Obama era, including the red state moderates:
Discussion: Reason
The Hill:
Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) said Thursday that as many as a half-dozen GOP senators are privately in favor of voting to convict President Trump at a likely impeachment trial.
 
 
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Divided Court Hears Trump Emoluments Case: ‘We Are Up Here Winging It’
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN Politics Producer Steve Brusk Resigns Weeks After Project Veritas Video Accuses Him of Misconduct (Exclusive)
Discussion: Fox News
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Kentucky's new Democratic governor allows 140,000 ex-felons to vote
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Every Democrat is tied with Trump in the state he must win
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices
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Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Federal judge rules American Samoans are US citizens by birth
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats face post-impeachment dilemma: What if Trump offends again?
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
One sign that Trump is worried about impeachment? His avalanche of tweets.
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The most depressing thing about Trump's attack on Greta Thunberg
Discussion: HuffPost, The Bulwark and CNN
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Paul Watson Throws Alex Jones Under The Bus In Sandy Hook Case
The Economist:
A plurality of Americans—but not of states—want Donald Trump impeached