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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 …
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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.
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.
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
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:   Supreme Court to hear Trump pleas to block subpoenas for financial records
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden warns that Boris Johnson's victory shows dangers of parties leaning too far left  —  The leading 2020 contender told donors that the UK election holds lessons for the White House race.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden.  Win McNamee/Getty Images  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden …
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Populist nationalism is on the march. No one seems to know how to stop it.
Jonathan Freedland / The Guardian:
This is a repudiation of Corbynism. Labour needs to ditch the politics of the sect
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Vox
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
If Britain had Germany's electoral system, Boris Johnson may have lost the election
Noah Rothman / Commentary:
Bernie Sanders Has a Big Jeremy Corbyn Problem  —  Nobody forced Bernie Sanders's campaign to endorse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.  By the time the Sanders camp's national organizing director, Clair Sandberg, announced that the Vermont senator's team stood in solidarity with the far-left British candidate …
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Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
How Labour Lost the Culture War
Discussion: Washington Post, DNyuz and CNN
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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.
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Mitch McConnell Brags About Blocking Obama For 2 Years, Then Laughs About It
Discussion: The Root and Daily Kos
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Icy silence, frayed connections: Impeachment takes a toll  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking.  —  One by one, the members around the Judiciary Committee dais voted on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Hill
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Tampa Bay Times:
The case for impeachment  —  The House has enough reason to justify the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  —  With reluctance, we conclude the U.S. House of Representatives has enough reason to justify the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  We harbor no illusions …
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge orders state to purge more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters from the rolls … (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  PORT WASHINGTON - An Ozaukee County judge on Friday ordered the state to remove hundreds of thousands of people from Wisconsin's voter rolls because they may have moved.
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin judge: 234K voter registrations should be tossed
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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
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.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Trump tears up the Clinton impeachment playbook
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
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment  —  Eight other lawmakers in competitive districts are currently on the fence ahead of the full House vote, according to an NBC News tally.  —  House Democrats hailing from conservative swing districts are all lining up to vote …
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Doug Palmer / Politico:
Here's what's in, what's out of U.S.-China trade deal
Discussion: Breitbart
Axios:
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.
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.
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
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: NBC News, Los Angeles Times, Vox and UPI
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Kendall Karson / ABC News:
All 7 presidential contenders might skip December debate over labor dispute, throwing matchup into turmoil
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
 
 
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Dana R. Fisher / TIME:
Protests in the Trump Era Have Been Mostly Peaceful. Here's How the 2020 Election Could Change That
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
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Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
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Matt Cohen / Mother Jones:
Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab—And Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Politico and Vox
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
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John F. Harris / Politico:
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New York Times:
‘Bombshell’ Raises a Question: What's Megyn Kelly Up to Anyway?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The biggest Pinocchios of 2019  —  It's time for our annual roundup …
Discussion: National Review
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas Rep. Colin Allred, a Democrat facing tough 2020 race, will vote to impeach Trump
Discussion: Politico
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a moderate Arizona Democrat, says he will vote to impeach Trump
Discussion: HotAir and WTAE