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9:20 AM ET, December 13, 2019

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BBC:
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.
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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.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, PJ Media Home and Althouse
Mikey Smith / Mirror.co.uk:
Ken Livingstone says it's ‘the end’ for Jeremy Corbyn and blames ‘Jewish vote’  —  The former London mayor said Jeremy Corbyn would “have to resign tomorrow” - adding the “Jewish vote wasn't very helpful”  —  Ken Livingstone said tonight's brutal election result is “the end” for Jeremy Corbyn …
Discussion: The Dispatch and Breitbart
Patrick Smith / NBC News:   Socialist Jeremy Corbyn to step down as leader of Labour Party after defeat in U.K. election
Tom McTague / The Atlantic:   It's Boris Johnson's Britain, Now
New York Times:   U.K. General Election 2019: Conservatives Secure Majority in Parliament
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Life becoming a landslide — Boris' Britain — Exit stage left
Discussion: Fortune and New York Post
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans try to avoid an impeachment trial civil war
Discussion: NBC News
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   In a Polarized Era, Will Impeachment Become a ‘New Normal’?
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
McConnell: 'There's no chance' Trump is removed from office
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden fever
Discussion: DNyuz
Alex Moe / NBC News:
Live Blog / Live updates: Judiciary Committee to vote on articles of impeachment
Discussion: The Hill, UPI, Breitbart and Washington Post
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Judiciary Committee nears vote on impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, MSNBC and HuffPost
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
We Asked The 31 House Democrats From Trump Districts How They Would Vote On Impeachment — Not One Was Fully Committed
Discussion: The National Interest
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 …
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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 …
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ABC News:
Heavily redacted communications on withholding of Ukraine aid released by Trump administration  —  The holdup on the Ukraine aid has been at the center of the impeachment inquiry.  —  The Trump administration released heavily redacted documents Thursday evening that, without the redactions …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump is getting played by China on trade  —  The Trump administration seems to have reached terms with Beijing over a “Phase One” China trade deal, which President Trump will surely tout as a victory for himself and the United States.  But if the president strikes the deal on the terms being reported …
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Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
What's Next for Trump's Phase-One Trade Deal With China
Discussion: NBC News, National Review and Fortune
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
The Carter Page/Ukraine Lie That Kept On Lying for Mueller and the FBI  —  The FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller repeatedly kept alive a damning narrative that investigators knew to be false: namely, that a junior Trump campaign aide as a favor to the Kremlin had “gutted” …
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Inspector General's Report on 2016 FBI Spying Reveals a Scandal of Historic Magnitude …
Discussion: Bookworm Room, Reason and Lawfare
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   The FBI's Fusion Fiasco
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 …
CNN:
US prosecutors turn to possible bribery charges in investigation over Ukrainian natural gas company  —  New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors investigating associates of Rudy Giuliani have focused on a Ukrainian state-owned natural gas company, a move that suggests authorities are exploring whether …
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: Fortune and The Gateway Pundit
Paul Van Osdol / WTAE:
Rep. Conor Lamb says he plans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump  —  Democratic congressman from western Pennsylvania says he will vote for both articles of impeachment against Trump  —  U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb will vote for both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and The Hill
VICE:
Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air  —  A blaring siren suddenly rips through the Ring camera, startling the Florida family inside their own home.  —  “It's your boy Chance on Nulled,” a voice says from the Ring camera, which a hacker has taken over.  “How you doing?
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
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Child's Forehead Partially Removed, Four Deaths, The Wrong Medicine: A Secret Report Exposes Health Care For Jailed Immigrants  —  BuzzFeed News has obtained a memo in which an ICE whistleblower says two immigrants got preventable surgeries and two were given the wrong drugs.
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 …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Man Who Stopped Obama From Filling Many Judicial Vacancies in Exchange For Nothing  —  I think you can make a case that Pat Leahy did more damage to liberal interests than any individual Democratic senator of the Obama era, including the red state moderates:
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony  —  How much will the House debate influence voters?  —  (CNN)The Justice Department on Thursday quietly published on its website some never-before-seen internal legal opinions that could help President …
Discussion: New York Times
Sean Illing / Vox:
Is Trumpism a cult?  —  A new book from a former cult member makes the case.  —  Has Trumpism become a cult?  —  The question almost feels like a provocation.  And yet more and more people, like veteran Republican strategist John Weaver, are comfortable saying, “Yes.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Bacharach / New Republic:
Trump's Loyal Apprentice in Congress  —  Matt Gaetz has all the cocksure swagger of a reality television contestant.  —  Add to Pocket  —  On October 23, a gaggle of House Republicans, led by Matt Gaetz of Florida, stormed the Capitol's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Ryan Crocker / Washington Post:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Discussion: Fox News
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Trump's slurs against the FBI endanger agents, former employee says
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New York Post:
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The Guardian:
Britain needs its own Mueller report on Russian ‘interference’
Discussion: The Federalist and Instapundit
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
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Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN Politics Producer Steve Brusk Resigns Weeks After Project Veritas Video Accuses Him of Misconduct (Exclusive)
Discussion: Fox News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Every Democrat is tied with Trump in the state he must win
The Hill:
Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump
Discussion: Contemptor and HuffPost