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8:20 AM ET, December 13, 2019

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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.
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
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CNN:
McConnell and White House counsel agree to coordinate impeachment trial plans  —  McConnell pushing for short Senate trial  —  (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump's top lawyer sketched out a plan Thursday to coordinate closely for an impeachment trial …
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 …
Discussion: NBC News
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   In a Polarized Era, Will Impeachment Become a ‘New Normal’?
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden fever
Discussion: Associated Press, HuffPost and DNyuz
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
McConnell: 'There's no chance' Trump is removed from office
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alex Moe / NBC News:
Live Blog / Live updates: Judiciary Committee to vote on articles of impeachment
Discussion: The Hill, UPI, Washington Post and Breitbart
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: CANNONFIRE, PJ Media Home and Althouse
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BBC:
Election results 2019: Conservatives win overall majority  —  The Conservatives have won an overall majority in the general election, passing the 326-seat threshold with constituencies still to declare.  —  The BBC forecasts that Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a majority of 74.
Mikey Smith / Mirror.co.uk:
Ken Livingstone says it's ‘the end’ for Jeremy Corbyn and blames ‘Jewish vote’  —  The former London mayor said Jeremy Corbyn would “have to resign tomorrow” - adding the “Jewish vote wasn't very helpful”  —  Ken Livingstone said tonight's brutal election result is “the end” for Jeremy Corbyn …
Discussion: Breitbart
Patrick Smith / NBC News:   Socialist Jeremy Corbyn to step down as leader of Labour Party after defeat in U.K. election
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: POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite and Raw Story
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Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Trump considering skipping general election debates in 2020: report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Cristina Gallardo / Politico:
What Boris Johnson's victory means for Brexit  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson's victory puts Brexit on track — but this is just the beginning.  —  After winning a strong majority in the December 12 general election, Johnson returns as prime minister with the political capital to pull the U.K …
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Tom McTague / The Atlantic:
It's Boris Johnson's Britain, Now
Discussion: Politico
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Life becoming a landslide — Boris' Britain — Exit stage left
Discussion: Fortune and New York Post
New York Times:   U.K. General Election 2019: Conservatives Secure Majority in Parliament
The Guardian:
Britain needs its own Mueller report on Russian ‘interference’
Discussion: The Federalist and Instapundit
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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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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Inspector General's Report on 2016 FBI Spying Reveals a Scandal of Historic Magnitude: Not Only for the FBI but Also the U.S. Media  —  Just as was true when the Mueller investigation closed without a single American being charged with criminally conspiring with Russia over the 2016 election …
Discussion: Bookworm Room, Reason and Lawfare
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   The FBI's Fusion Fiasco
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: Vox, NBC News, Breitbart and The Hill
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?
New York Times:
Republicans Are Now ‘the Beer and Bluejeans Party’ Because of Trump.  So Says the Trump Campaign.  —  Jared Kushner, who is overseeing his father-in-law's re-election campaign, said the Republican Party was being redefined with the “old guard cycling out” and the people coming in “inspired by the Trump revolution.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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HuffPost:
House Judiciary Republicans Tried To Protect Nixon Too, And Got Crushed For It
Discussion: Raw Story
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Revealed: Hunter Biden ‘possession of controlled substance’ charge kept under wraps while father led drug war from Senate  —  Joe Biden's son Hunter was arrested on Jersey Shore drug charges in 1988 and had his record expunged at a time when his father was pushing for the incarceration …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Gaetz brings up Hunter Biden's past substance issues — and it immediately backfired
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Severin Carrell / The Guardian:
Sturgeon demands Scottish independence referendum powers after SNP landslide  —  First minister tells Boris Johnson she has renewed mandate after winning 47 of Scotland's 59 seats  —  Play Video  —  Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Boris Johnson to give Scotland the powers to hold …
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:
Wall Street Journal:
‘Just Having Fun’: Giuliani Doubles Down on Ukraine Probes  —  Trump's personal attorney escalates his push for investigations—the effort that helped spark impeachment inquiry  —  Some of Rudy Giuliani's friends told him to keep a low profile.  —  Instead, Mr. Giuliani is escalating …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders endorses a Californian who defends crude sex ratings of women  —  Bernie Sanders endorsed a California congressional candidate Thursday with a long history of making crude and degrading comments about women and provocative statements about Jews, Muslims and other groups.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony  —  How much will the House debate influence voters?  —  (CNN)The Justice Department on Thursday quietly published on its website some never-before-seen internal legal opinions that could help President …
Discussion: New York Times
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Bevin pardons a KY man convicted of beheading a woman and stuffing her in a barrel  —  It's not clear if Betty Carnes was killed by asphyxiation or by the eight blows to her head that Delmar Partin delivered with a metal pipe.  The coroner couldn't tell which killed the mother of three first …
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
 
 
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Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Trump's slurs against the FBI endanger agents, former employee says
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
We Asked The 31 House Democrats From Trump Districts How They Would Vote On Impeachment — Not One Was Fully Committed
Discussion: The National Interest
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's bottomless wallet funds hiring frenzy
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib Blames ‘White Supremacy’ for Anti-Semitic Murders Carried Out by Black Assailants
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer
Discussion: American Greatness
theepochtimes.com:
Trump Shows Himself a Better Friend to the Jews Than Even Truman
Discussion: Jacobin
Emily D / DemCast:
Send an Avalanche of Postcards to GOP Senators to Impeach
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Divided Court Hears Trump Emoluments Case: ‘We Are Up Here Winging It’
 Earlier Items: 
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN Politics Producer Steve Brusk Resigns Weeks After Project Veritas Video Accuses Him of Misconduct (Exclusive)
Discussion: Fox News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Every Democrat is tied with Trump in the state he must win
The Hill:
Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump
Discussion: HuffPost and Contemptor
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices
Discussion: Daily Kos and UPI
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Federal judge rules American Samoans are US citizens by birth
Discussion: Raw Story
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Biden's SC firewall in danger? 2020 front-runner's lead shrinks to new low.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
One sign that Trump is worried about impeachment? His avalanche of tweets.
Discussion: Raw Story