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10:15 AM ET, December 12, 2019


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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.
FBI agents warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Trump and Barr attacks  —  Washington (CNN)Some federal law enforcement officials are warning of a chilling effect inside the FBI amid attacks by President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr over the bureau's handling of the Russia investigation.
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.
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our country is accepting the unacceptable
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate's impeachment strategy  —  “It is urgent we fight fire with fire,” said Rep. Jim Banks.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.  J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo  —  Rep. Jim Banks is calling on fellow Republican …
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Pence rejects calls to declassify new impeachment testimony
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert publicly identifies person purported to be whistleblower
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Trump tightens grips on judges as McConnell wins 50th Circuit pick
NBC News:
GOP Rep. Gohmert publicly names person some Republicans say is whistleblower
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: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats jostle for prized impeachment manager gig
Discussion: Breitbart
Los Angeles Times:   Russia is nowhere and everywhere in the impeachment saga
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Meet the legal minds behind Trump's impeachment
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News
Elizabeth Findell / Wall Street Journal:   Construction of Texas Border Wall Stalls Over Fights With Landowners
Bob Price / Breitbart:   African Migrant Apprehensions at Texas Border on Rise
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump mocks 16-year-old Greta Thunberg a day after she is named Time's Person of the Year  —  President Trump on Thursday mocked Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist, calling her distinction as Time magazine's Person of the Year “ridiculous” and suggesting she work …
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 …
Erica Orden / CNN:   Federal prosecutors ask judge to revoke bail for indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani
Washington Post:   Prosecutors ask federal judge to revoke bail of Giuliani associate charged in campaign finance case
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 and WFTV
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
If Trump Is a Unique Danger Why Aren't Democrats Acting Like It?
Discussion: Raw Story
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: CNN, Deseret News, HotAir and Vanity Fair
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.
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Three die as marauding Pakistan lawyers rampage through cardiac hospital  —  Three heart patients died after a mob of lawyers rampaged through a Lahore hospital in a dispute with doctors.  —  Up to 200 lawyers wearing traditional black suits stormed the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In a Turnabout, Kentucky to Give Voting Rights to 100,000 Former Felons  —  The state's new Democratic governor has said he will restore rights to many former felons, easing one of the nation's strictest policies.  Iowa would be alone in barring voting by all felons.
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 …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Mediaite
John F. Harris / Politico:
What if Trump weren't nuts?  —  A disrupter with a smidgeon of self-control would be remaking American politics and coasting to reelection.  —  President Donald Trump.  A moment when the president of the United States is on the verge of being impeached and also enacting a major bipartisan trade agreement …
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.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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 …
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.
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Clint Eastwood's ‘Richard Jewell’ is the movie America doesn't need right now  —  At some point during those two hours in the dark — maybe the attack on the FBI as a rogue outfit using trickery to frame innocent people, or the depiction of journalists as amoral enemies of the people …
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood to open reproductive health centers at 50 Los Angeles high schools
Discussion: National Review, and Axios
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Is Pelosi Falling Between Two Stools in Her Impeachment Strategy?
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and New York Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Hunter Biden Is the New Hillary Clinton Email Server
David Smith / The Guardian:
Fox host lambasts Trump over ‘most sustained assault on press freedom in US history’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
In a High-Stakes Labor Showdown, McDonald's Has Allies in the White House
Dem leaders see only handful of defections on impeachment
Oliver Wiseman / Politico:
It's Not Just Boris and Trump. British Political Parties Are Starting to Look More American.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Warren Wealth Tax Would Raise Nearly 30% Less Than Projected, Study Finds
Discussion: Issues
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Trump Blasts Trudeau and ‘Pain in the Ass’ Macron Behind Closed Doors Following Viral Video
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; But Still Run $343.3 Billion Deficit With Second …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Passes $738 Billion Military Bill With Space Force and Parental Leave
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Succession’ Star to Play Adam Neumann in WeWork TV Series (Exclusive)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
The Donald Trump Campaign Is Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology
Discussion: Vox
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Republicans Confirm Judge Rated ‘Not Qualified’ For Being ‘Lazy,’ ‘Arrogant’
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Impeach President Donald Trump | Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainians: Trump Just Sent Us ‘a Terrible Signal’
Discussion: Raw Story and National Review