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4:00 PM ET, December 13, 2019


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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 …
Jonathan Freedland / The Guardian:
This is a repudiation of Corbynism.  Labour needs to ditch the politics of the sect  —  A 1970s hard-left clique led the party into a dead end - and it's the poor and vulnerable who will pay the price  —  We can skip the first stage of grief.  A result like this leaves no room for denial.
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
How Labour Lost the Culture War
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and DNyuz
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   All Shall Gaze Upon the Future—and Despair
Sadiq Khan / Sadiq Khan:   This general election result is nothing short of a catastrophe …
Noah Rothman / Commentary:
Bernie Sanders Has a Big Jeremy Corbyn Problem
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
‘I really like you’: Iowa voters give Amy Klobuchar another look
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.
Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returns to power with big majority
Severin Carrell / The Guardian:
Sturgeon demands Scottish independence referendum powers after SNP landslide
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
BBC:   General election 2019: Let the healing begin, urges PM after poll win
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Matt Gaetz proves there is no bottom  —  House Judiciary Committee members, before approving impeachment articles, debated points profound and trivial, relevant and extraneous, fair and phony.  And then there was Matt Gaetz.  —  The Florida Republican thought he'd have some fun with Hunter Biden's drug and alcohol addiction.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump keeps making history — but not how he wants to
Discussion: NBC News, FOX31 Denver and Raw Story
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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell's vow of ‘total coordination’ with White House on Senate impeachment trial angers Democrats
Discussion: HuffPost and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Law & Crime and Raw Story
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.”
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
FBI's Wray Acts Fast to Make Changes After Scathing Report  —  Move comes in response to Justice Department inspector general's criticism of how surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser was handled  —  WASHINGTON—FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered more than 40 changes …
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:   The Carter Page/Ukraine Lie That Kept On Lying for Mueller and the FBI
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge hits Trump administration over census docs fight  —  The House Oversight Committee filed suit last month to try to force the administration to turn over the subpoenaed records.  —  President Donald Trump.  Tasos Katopodis-Pool via Getty Images  —  A federal judge slammed …
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
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 …
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 …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Facing catastrophic climate change, they still can't quit Big Oil  —  NUIQSUT, Alaska — The varnished wooden cross stands amid a cluster of grave markers tilted at odd angles in the cemetery, because the ground beneath them is sinking.  Rising temperatures are thawing the once-frozen earth …
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 …
New York Times:
Ukraine's Leader, Wiser to Washington, Seeks New Outreach to Trump  —  President Volodymyr Zelensky still needs backing from the administration.  He is proposing a new ambassador and weighing hiring lobbyists to build better ties.  —  WASHINGTON — Eager to repair their country's fraught relationship …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
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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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Crossfire Hurricane Team Didn't Know About Steele's Work For A Russian Oligarch, DOJ Report Says
Associated Press:
Kentucky Restores Voting Rights To Nonviolent Felons
Discussion: Washington Post and The Root
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Alfred Ng / CNET:
Ivanka Trump expected to speak at CES 2020
Discussion: Mashable
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread owner to give $5M to Holocaust survivors over family's Nazi ties
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a moderate Arizona Democrat, says he will vote to impeach Trump
Discussion: HotAir and WTAE
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
5 Unsettling California Tax Rules
Dan Merica / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard makes fans of Trump supporters in New Hampshire
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer
Discussion: Breitbart and American Greatness