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5:25 PM ET, December 12, 2019

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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
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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: The Hill, ABC News, Breitbart and DNyuz
HuffPost:
House Judiciary Republicans Tried To Protect Nixon Too, And Got Crushed For It
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McCarthy says Republicans will handle impeachment more responsibly than Democrats have
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
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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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.
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Makes a Comeback as Elizabeth Warren's Poll Numbers Slip
Discussion: Raw Story, Tangle and Bern Notice
CNN:   Elizabeth Warren calls out the four B's: Buttigieg, Biden, Bloomberg and the billionaires
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.
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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CNN:
FBI agents warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Trump and Barr attacks
Discussion: Redstate
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign
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 …
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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: National Review
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’  —  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.
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 …
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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.
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: Live Updates
Associated Press:   UK voters choose a new government to resolve Brexit impasse
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
For the third time this year, GOP rejects election-security bill  —  Over the summer, a pair of senators - one Democrat and one Republican - partnered on a new election-security proposal called the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER Act).
Discussion: The Editorial Board
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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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
Senate recognizes Armenian genocide over objections of Trump and Turkish government
Discussion: Raw Story and UPI
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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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
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 …
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fact check: Was Devin Nunes ‘vindicated’ by report on FBI's Trump investigation?  —  Rep. Devin Nunes this week said he was vindicated by a new inspector general report that detailed the origins of the FBI's surveillance of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
‘This lit up our base’: Trump campaign says impeachment will help him win reelection  —  As President Trump faced a critical vote on his impeachment Thursday, his top political advisers said the process had already begun to reap benefits for his reelection campaign.
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
South Carolina Punishes Poor Parents for Christmas  —  Days after the Trump administration finalized a proposal that will kick hundreds of thousands of people off food stamps, the state of South Carolina delivered its own special holiday present to the poor.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer.  Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow.
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: Politico, National Review and Raw Story
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.
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 …
 
 
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Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Biden's SC firewall in danger? 2020 front-runner's lead shrinks to new low.
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Pentagon: Nuke official sexually harassed 3 women on his staff, resigns during probe
Discussion: New York Post
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump just claimed Ivanka created 14 million jobs. The entire economy added 6 million.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA
Discussion: ABC News, Associated Press and UPI
Julia Musto / Fox News:
Graham says he won't call any impeachment witnesses in Senate committee: 'It's a crock'
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Hawaii GOP cancels presidential preference poll, commits delegates to Trump
Pew Research Center:
Trusting the News Media in the Trump Era
The Guardian:
Why is this top Democrat absent from the fight against toxic pollution in Cancer Alley?
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Booker says he won't make stage at next week's Democratic primary debate
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The False Romance of Russia
Discussion: Raw Story
John F. Harris / Politico:
What if Trump Weren't Nuts?