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10:05 AM ET, December 13, 2019

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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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden fever  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE 14-HOUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING Thursday taught us precious little new about the substance of the impeachment of President DONALD TRUMP.  But it put on vivid display the Republicans' blood lust for JOE BIDEN and his son HUNTER …
Discussion: DNyuz
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 …
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
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Judiciary Committee nears vote on impeachment articles against Trump
Discussion: IJR, Washington Post, MSNBC and HuffPost
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans try to avoid an impeachment trial civil war
Discussion: NBC News
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
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
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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.
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
BBC:
Election results 2019: Boris Johnson hails ‘new dawn’ after historic victory
Discussion: BBC and UPI
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Life becoming a landslide — Boris' Britain — Exit stage left
Discussion: Fortune and New York Times
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: IJR, CANNONFIRE, PJ Media Home and Althouse
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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
Discussion: The Sun
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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Los Angeles Times:
Millions in military aid at center of impeachment hasn't reached Ukraine  —  More than $20 million of the Pentagon aid at the center of the impeachment fight still hasn't reached Ukraine.  —  The continued delay undermines a key argument against impeachment from President Trump's Republican allies …
ABC News:
Heavily redacted communications on withholding of Ukraine aid released by Trump administration
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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, Fortune and National Review
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
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.”
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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Jacob Bacharach / New Republic:
Trump's Loyal Apprentice in Congress  —  On October 23, a gaggle of House Republicans, led by Matt Gaetz of Florida, stormed the Capitol's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.  Gaetz had hoped to expose the supposedly secretive nature of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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?
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?  —  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
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” …
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer  —  In the middle of Russia fever, the liberal press took a hectoring tone to any outlet that showed a glimmer of doubt.  How dare any journalist not believe that President Trump is an agent of Vladimir Putin!
Discussion: American Greatness
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
 
 
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Ryan Crocker / Washington Post:
I served in Afghanistan. No, it's not another Vietnam.
Discussion: New Republic, Common Dreams and Lawfare
The Economist:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Poll: Biden continues to dominate among black voters
Discussion: Fox News
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Trump's slurs against the FBI endanger agents, former employee says
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Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Divided Court Hears Trump Emoluments Case: ‘We Are Up Here Winging It’
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Anything new? McClintock says what many are thinking
Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
Paul Van Osdol / WTAE:
Rep. Conor Lamb says he plans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and The Hill
CNN:
US prosecutors turn to possible bribery charges in investigation over Ukrainian natural gas company
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Man Who Stopped Obama From Filling Many Judicial Vacancies in Exchange For Nothing
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: IJR, Contemptor and HuffPost
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
A Child's Forehead Partially Removed, Four Deaths, The Wrong Medicine: A Secret Report Exposes …