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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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign  —  The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues.  The question is why there is still any argument.  The newly-released report from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy.
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fact check: Was Devin Nunes ‘vindicated’ by report on FBI's Trump investigation?
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
FBI agents warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Trump and Barr attacks
Discussion: Redstate
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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CNN:   Elizabeth Warren calls out the four B's: Buttigieg, Biden, Bloomberg and the billionaires
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Can You Spot the Fake? Hint: Look at the pundits.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Why Is Everyone Sleeping on Joe Biden?
Discussion: 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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Nothing could be more conclusive proof of Trump's guilt
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump tightens grips on judges as McConnell wins 50th Circuit pick
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Senate confirms State Dept official as ambassador to Russia  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a new ambassador to Russia after the Senate voted Thursday to confirm the No. 2 official at the State Department to the post.  —  Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan was confirmed by a 70-22 vote.
Discussion: The Hill
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Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
Senate recognizes Armenian genocide over objections of Trump and Turkish government
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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’
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Inside the jockeying to prosecute Donald Trump's impeachment  —  Behind the scenes, House Democrats battle to influence Speaker Nancy Pelosi's picks for the team that will take the case to the Senate.  —  WASHINGTON — In furtive conversations with senior colleagues on the House floor …
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate's impeachment strategy
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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.”
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
DOJ charges 10 former NFL players in alleged health care fraud scheme  —  The scheme involved over $3.9 million in false health care claims.  —  The Department of Justice announced charges Thursday against 10 former NFL players over an alleged scheme to defraud millions of dollars from the league's health care benefits program.
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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 …
Courier-Journal:
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.
NBC News:
Pentagon watchdog plans to review award of $400M border wall contract to firm touted by Trump  —  Fisher Sand & Gravel has been publicly and privately endorsed to build the wall by members of the Trump administration, including the president himself.  —  WASHINGTON — The Defense Department's …
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Elizabeth Findell / Wall Street Journal:   Construction of Texas Border Wall Stalls Over Fights With Landowners
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Booker says he won't make stage at next week's Democratic primary debate  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker acknowledged Thursday he won't qualify for next week's Democratic nomination debate.  —  This would be the first primary debate that Booker, who made the stage at the first five debates, won't make.
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New York Times:   Democrats Will Debate Four More Times in January and February
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
If Trump Is a Unique Danger Why Aren't Democrats Acting Like It?  —  Crisis.  An existential threat to our democracy.  A mortal danger.  A White Supremacist.  Emergency  —  This is what President Trump's opponents on the left say they believe about the current administration.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
John F. Harris / Politico:
What if Trump Weren't Nuts?  —  A moment when the president of the United States is on the verge of being impeached and also enacting a major bipartisan trade agreement is a good time to ponder the question: What if Donald Trump were not, um, you know ... what is the phrase we are groping for?
Mariko Paulson / Issues:
Senator Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax: Projected Budgetary and Economic Effects  —  Print to PDF Summary: Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) projects that Senator Warren's proposed wealth tax, if implemented in 2021, would raise between $2.3 trillion (including macroeconomic effects) …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The False Romance of Russia  —  Sherwood Eddy was a prominent American missionary as well as that now rare thing, a Christian socialist.  In the 1920s and '30s, he made more than a dozen trips to the Soviet Union.  He was not blind to the problems of the U.S.S.R., but he also found much to like.
Discussion: Raw Story
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Lachlan Murdoch Sets L.A. Record by Paying $150 Million for a Château-Style Mansion  —  Once listed for $350 million, the Bel-Air estate of late media tycoon A. Jerrold Perenchio is the second priciest home ever to have traded in the U.S.  —  Lachlan Murdoch, media executive and son …
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going To Hell Speaks At Trump's Hanukkah Party  —  Robert Jeffress has also made inflammatory comments about Muslims, Mormons and Hindus.  —  President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at tackling anti-Semitism on college campuses on Wednesday ― …
Discussion: MSNBC, Vanity Fair, ABC News and The Root
Associated Press:
UK voters choose a new government to resolve Brexit impasse  —  LONDON (AP) — Britons who have endured more than three years of wrangling over their country's messy divorce from the European Union cast ballots Thursday in an election billed as a way out of the Brexit stalemate in the deeply divided nation.
 
 
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Pew Research Center:
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The Guardian:
Why is this top Democrat absent from the fight against toxic pollution in Cancer Alley?
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Liberal groups to spend $7 million to flip state houses
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Roberts / Metro.co.uk:
‘Longest queues ever’ as people stand in line around the block to vote
Discussion: Power Line and Common Dreams
Maryan Abdulkarim / Politico:
Finland is no feminist utopia
Amanda Connolly / globalnews.ca:
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is resigning
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In a Turnabout, Kentucky to Give Voting Rights to 100,000 Former Felons
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Hunter Biden Is the New Hillary Clinton Email Server