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3:55 PM ET, December 12, 2019

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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.
CNN:   Elizabeth Warren calls out the four B's: Buttigieg, Biden, Bloomberg and the billionaires
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Makes a Comeback as Elizabeth Warren's Poll Numbers Slip
Discussion: Tangle, Raw Story and New York Times
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Can You Spot the Fake? Hint: Look at the pundits.
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Booker says he won't make stage at next week's Democratic primary debate
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Why Is Everyone Sleeping on Joe Biden?
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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
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.
CNN:
FBI agents warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Trump and Barr attacks
Discussion: Redstate
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
Politico:
White House seeks to stymie GOP rebellion on trade deal
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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Julia Musto / Fox News:   Graham says he won't call any impeachment witnesses in Senate committee: 'It's a crock'
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate's impeachment strategy
Discussion: Instapundit
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 and UPI
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’
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.”
Discussion: The Bulwark, New York Times and NPR
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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
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 …
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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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Weighs Seeking Injunction Against Facebook Over How Its Apps Interact  —  Antitrust concerns lead agency to consider taking action against social-media giant as soon as January  —  WASHINGTON—Federal officials are considering seeking a preliminary injunction against Facebook Inc …
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 …
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?
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
Pew Research Center:
Trusting the News Media in the Trump Era  —  Partisan dynamics overshadow other factors in Americans' evaluations of the news media  —  It is no secret that, in an information environment characterized by deep tensions between President Donald Trump and national news organizations …
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) …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA  —  The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Trump's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a 72-18 vote.  —  Stephen Hahn, a cancer doctor from Texas, joins the agency at a challenging time as it tries to find a solution to rising youth vaping rates.
Discussion: Associated Press, ABC News and UPI
 
 
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump just claimed Ivanka created 14 million jobs. The entire economy added 6 million.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Hawaii GOP cancels presidential preference poll, commits delegates to Trump
Steve Riley / Houston Chronicle:
Editor: Why the Houston Chronicle stopped using Bloomberg News for coverage of presidential campaign
Discussion: The Hill
YouTube:
Graham Joins Bill Hemmer to Discuss Senate Hearing on FISA Abuse and More
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
 Earlier Items: 
Maryan Abdulkarim / Politico:
Finland is no feminist utopia
Amanda Connolly / globalnews.ca:
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is resigning
Associated Press:
UK voters choose a new government to resolve Brexit impasse
NBC News:
Pentagon watchdog plans to review award of $400M border wall contract to firm touted by Trump