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11:40 AM ET, December 13, 2019


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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.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
All Shall Gaze Upon the Future—and Despair  —  The warning from Britain.  —  Amazingly, the coveted AOC endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party failed to flip the British election.  Who knew that a passionate and aggressive leftward turn would prove to be political poison?
Sadiq Khan /   Sadiq Khan  —  This general election result is nothing short …
The Economist:   Jeremy Corbyn's crushing defeat
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
Tom McTague / The Atlantic:
It's Boris Johnson's Britain Now  —  The Britain that has emerged today is different from the one that came before, its old political map erased, its economic model upended, its prospects uncertain—even its very unity in doubt.  The Britain built by Tony Blair is gone …
Discussion: Vox and BBC
Robert Shrimsley / Financial Times:
Brexit will now happen but Boris Johnson's win puts future of the UK in doubt
Discussion: New York Times and The Guardian
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Life becoming a landslide — Boris' Britain — Exit stage left
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
In unrelenting tweetstorm, Trump praises GOP anti-impeachment ‘warriors,’ hits Pelosi  —  The president tweeted or retweeted more than 115 times on Thursday.  On Friday, he picked up right where he left off.  —  President Donald Trump resumed his impeachment-fueled tweetstorm on Friday morning …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Articles of Impeachment
Discussion: DNyuz
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   In a Polarized Era, Will Impeachment Become a ‘New Normal’?
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:   The Man Who Stopped Obama From Filling Many Judicial Vacancies in Exchange For Nothing
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 …
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.
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden fever
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and HuffPost
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
McConnell: 'There's no chance' Trump is removed from office
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fortune
NBC News:
Corbyn's UK defeat was bad news for Sanders, Warren and America's left  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Always beware of drawing conclusions from one country's election to another.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Trump considering skipping general election debates in 2020: report
Discussion: Disrn and 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 …
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
U.S., China strike partial trade deal that cuts tariffs  —  President Donald Trump has signed off on a mini-trade deal with China, four people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday, marking another trade victory he can tout as he faces impeachment led by House Democrats.
Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
What's Next for Trump's Phase-One Trade Deal With China
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Democracy Grief Is Real  —  Seeing what Trump is doing to America, many find it hard to fight off despair.  —  The despair felt by climate scientists and environmentalists watching helplessly as something precious and irreplaceable is destroyed is sometimes described as “climate grief.”
Dan Merica / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard makes fans of Trump supporters in New Hampshire  —  Buttigieg and Gabbard spar over experience, foreign policy  —  Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN)Voters asking questions at Democratic presidential campaign events don't often profess their love for Donald Trump or privately weigh whether …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sean Illing / Vox:
Is Trumpism a cult?  —  President Donald Trump tosses a hat into the crowd during a homecoming campaign rally at the BB&T Center on November 26, 2019, in Sunrise, Florida.  Joe Raedle/Getty Images  —  A new book from a former cult member makes the case.  —  Has Trumpism become a cult?
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Goldman / New Jersey Online:
Shooters may have been targeting 50 children in yeshiva, Jersey City mayor suggests  —  Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said Friday it's his opinion that the shooters who killed a police officer and three civilians on Tuesday afternoon had an even more sinister objective - killing students at a religious school next door.
Discussion: New York Post
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The FBI's Fusion Fiasco  —  Christopher Steele has little credibility left after the inspector general's report.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had its worst week in modern history.  The Justice Department's inspector general found that the bureau had deceived a federal court and abused Americans' civil liberties.
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Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
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Ryan Crocker / Washington Post:
I served in Afghanistan. No, it's not another Vietnam.
Discussion: The Nation, Common Dreams and Lawfare
Jacob Bacharach / New Republic:
Trump's Loyal Apprentice in Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Trump's slurs against the FBI endanger agents, former employee says
Discussion: Raw Story
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Bloomberg's bottomless wallet funds hiring frenzy
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer
Discussion: American Greatness
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony
Discussion: New York Times
Paul Van Osdol / WTAE:
Rep. Conor Lamb says he plans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and The Hill
US prosecutors turn to possible bribery charges in investigation over Ukrainian natural gas company
The Hill:
Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost and Contemptor
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Child's Forehead Partially Removed, Four Deaths, The Wrong Medicine: A Secret Report Exposes …