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5:40 PM ET, December 13, 2019


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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court agrees to consider whether Trump's tax records should be released  —  By granting review of these cases now, the justices made it possible for them to be heard during the current court term.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear President Donald Trump's appeal …
Discussion: Vox, Politico and Disrn
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Supreme Court will hear three cases over Trump's financial records  — The Supreme Court said on Friday that it will hear three cases over President Donald Trump's financial records next year.  — Trump asked the justices to reverse three lower court rulings that would require …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will take up Trump's broad claims of protection from investigation  —  The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will take up President Trump's broad claims of protection from investigation, raising the prospect of a landmark election-year ruling on the limits of presidential power.
Discussion: Sputnik News and Mediaite
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on Release of Trump's Financial Records  —  The court's ruling, expected by June, could release information the president has tried to protect.  Or the justices could rule that his financial affairs are not legitimate subjects of inquiry so long as he remains in office.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:   Supreme Court to hear Trump pleas to block subpoenas for financial records
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Michael Wilner / Wichita Eagle:
State Department limited release of Pompeo contacts with Giuliani.  A judge wants more  —  A federal judge ordered the State Department on Friday to expand its search for records of communication between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, regarding Ukraine policy.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Trump tears up the Clinton impeachment playbook
Tampa Bay Times:   The case for impeachment  —  The House has enough reason …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Corbynism Can't Happen Here  —  Even though the polls always suggested the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn's defeat in yesterday's British elections, his continued presence as the head of the Labour Party filled me with a great sense of foreboding.  The local press excavated from Corbyn's …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
How Labour Lost the Culture War
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and DNyuz
Noah Rothman / Commentary:
Bernie Sanders Has a Big Jeremy Corbyn Problem
Sadiq Khan / Sadiq Khan:   This general election result is nothing short of a catastrophe …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Populist nationalism is on the march.  No one seems to know how to stop it.  —  Once upon a time — in the days of Margaret Thatcher and John Major — I would have rejoiced in a Conservative Party landslide in Britain.  But now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's victory fills me with fear and foreboding.
Jonathan Freedland / The Guardian:
This is a repudiation of Corbynism. Labour needs to ditch the politics of the sect
Discussion: Vox
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
If Britain had Germany's electoral system, Boris Johnson may have lost the election
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Talking Impeachment to Death  —  A report from the House Judiciary Committee's epic markup.  —  The House Judiciary Committee approved House Resolution 755, a measure “impeaching Donald John Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors,” on Friday morning.  After a long, acrimonious Republican defense …
Ryan Parry West / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden to be a daddy for the FIFTH time!  New South African wife of VP's son is seen with a baby bump amid his messy paternity case and concerns over barrage of attacks from Trump loyalists  — Hunter Biden's new wife Melissa Cohen Biden, 32, is pregnant and in her second trimester, DailyMailTV can reveal
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Dan Cobb / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Precinct closures harm voter turnout in Georgia, AJC analysis finds  —  Closures accelerated after Supreme Court invalidated Voting Rights Act provision, putting thousands farther from the polls.  —  Until her old concrete-block precinct shut down, Maggie Coleman lived about a mile from a place to cast her ballot in rural Georgia.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Swarovski crystals, $900 cabernet and a Buttigieg fundraiser  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hall Rutherford wine caves in the hills of California's Napa Valley boast a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals, an onyx banquet table to reflect its luminescence and bottles of cabernet sauvignon that sell for as much as $900.
Discussion: Politico
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Buttigieg knocks Warren for trying to impose a donor ‘purity test’
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
A Great Big Gift Not on Trump's Disclosure Form: Giuliani's Legal Advice  —  For the past 20 months, President Trump has received free personal legal services from one of America's highest-paid lawyers, who has traveled around the country and across the ocean to defend him in the special counsel's inquiry …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
McConnell's awful Hannity interview shows power of Fox News's disinformation  —  It has often been observed that one of President Trump's biggest allies in the impeachment battle is Fox News — that if Richard Nixon had enjoyed the benefit of such a powerful purveyor of propaganda, he wouldn't have been driven from office.
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Trump has described the same conversation about Israel four times.  Each time, the name of his Jewish friend changed.  —  Touting his accomplishments during a second Hanukkah reception at the White House on Wednesday, President Trump recalled a conversation he said he had with real estate developer Charles Kushner.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Democratic candidates threaten to skip debate amid labor fight  —  All seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for the PBS NewsHour/POLITICO Debate at Loyola Marymount University next week threatened on Friday to skip the event, asserting they would not cross the picket line of campus workers locked in a labor dispute.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Vox, NBC News and UPI
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
All 7 presidential contenders might skip December debate over labor dispute, throwing matchup into turmoil
Scoop: House Dems attend Trump's holiday party amid impeachment  —  Half a dozen House Democrats attended the White House Congressional Ball last night while their colleagues on the Judiciary Committee worked late into the night on articles of impeachment, according to two sources familiar with the event.
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.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and DemCast
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Michelle Obama tells Greta Thunberg to ‘ignore the doubters’ after Trump insult  —  The teen climate change activist was named Time's Person of the Year on Thursday.  —  Former first lady Michelle Obama wrote a public note of support to Greta Thunberg overnight, following President Donald Trump's dismissal …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘The story stands’: McClatchy won't back off its Michael Cohen-Prague reporting  —  McClatchy isn't relenting on Cohen-Prague.  “Until we have new reporting that tells us our old reporting is wrong, the story stands,” notes Jeanne Segal, a spokeswoman for the newspaper chain, in an email to the Erik Wemple Blog.
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 …
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Judge's decision may shine light on secret Trump-Putin meeting notes  —  WASHINGTON — A district court judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered administration lawyers to explain why, for more than two years, the White House has refused to turn over to the State Department an interpreter's notes …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Warren's Drop In the Polls Is Good News for Her  —  As Elizabeth Warren lately has been going down in the polls, if history is a guide, her chances of becoming the next president are going up.  —  Those chances probably were not as great as they seemed even when she was enjoying a wave of support last summer.
Discussion: Twitchy
New York Times:
‘Bombshell’ Raises a Question: What's Megyn Kelly Up to Anyway?  —  A year after the anchor was ousted from NBC, Charlize Theron brings her back as someone who helped take on Fox News from the inside.  —  Megyn Kelly last appeared on NBC more than a year ago, trying to contain an uproar …
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas Rep. Colin Allred, a Democrat facing tough 2020 race, will vote to impeach Trump  —  The freshman Democrat had been one of the few Texas Democrats to not yet announce their position on impeachment  —  WASHINGTON - Dallas Rep. Colin Allred on Friday announced that he will vote …
Discussion: Politico
White House further limits officials on Trump's foreign leader calls in wake of Ukraine scandal  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's senior aides have further restricted the number of administration officials allowed to listen to the President's phone calls with foreign leaders since …
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a moderate Arizona Democrat, says he will vote to impeach Trump  —  Rep. Tom O'Halleran said Friday he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump next week, keeping intact support from all five of Arizona's Democratic House members.  —  O'Halleran, a political moderate …
Discussion: HotAir and WTAE
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Matt Cohen / Mother Jones:
Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab—And Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job
Alisyn Camerota / Vanity Fair:
Discussion: Glamour and Raw Story
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Exclusive: documents show Foxconn refuses to renegotiate Wisconsin deal
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Scoop: The World Bank told Taiwanese staff to get Chinese passports
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Federal Government That's Not Good at Its Job Can't Effectively Serve the ‘Common Good’
Wall Street Journal:
FBI's Wray Acts Fast to Make Changes After Scathing Report
Erik Prince Held Secret Talks in Caracas With Maduro's No. 2
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Facing catastrophic climate change, they still can't quit Big Oil
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The biggest Pinocchios of 2019  —  It's time for our annual roundup …
Discussion: National Review
Kelsey Tamborrino / Politico:
Where we are on the last day of COP25  —  Presented by the American Gas Association
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge hits Trump administration over census docs fight
Discussion: Law & Crime, UPI and The Hill
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
5 Unsettling California Tax Rules
Severin Carrell / The Guardian:
Sturgeon demands Scottish independence referendum powers after SNP landslide
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer
Discussion: Breitbart and American Greatness