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2:50 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 …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
How Labour Lost the Culture War  —  Yesterday's general election in the United Kingdom was a triumph for Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson—and an unmitigated disaster for the Labour Party and its far-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn.  —  On paper, the conditions were ripe for a Labour victory.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Sadiq Khan / Sadiq Khan:
This general election result is nothing short of a catastrophe for the Labour Party, for London and for the United Kingdom.  —  For the fourth general election in a row the Labour Party has failed to put forward a compelling case to the British people.  It is no consolation that we performed so much better here in London.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
All Shall Gaze Upon the Future—and Despair  —  The warning from Britain.  —  Amazingly, the coveted AOC endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party failed to flip the British election.  Who knew that a passionate and aggressive leftward turn would prove to be political poison?
Jonathan Freedland / The Guardian:   This is a repudiation of Corbynism. Labour needs to ditch the politics of the sect
General election 2019: Let the healing begin, urges PM after poll win
Discussion: BBC and National Review
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
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump keeps making history — but not how he wants to
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and
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 …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
McConnell indicates he'll let Trump's lawyers dictate Trump's impeachment trial
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden fever
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Associated Press and HotAir
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.”
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: The Hill
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
DOJ quietly posts internal legal opinions about immunity from congressional testimony
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
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.
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Trump has described the same conversation with a Jewish friend four times.  Each time, the name of the 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: Raw Story
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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: Common Dreams and Politico
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The biggest Pinocchios of 2019  —  It's time for our annual roundup of the biggest Pinocchios of the year.  —  Once again, we face the challenge posed by President Trump, who could easily dominate this list if we're not careful.  The president is a serial exaggerator without parallel in U.S. politics.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
5 Unsettling California Tax Rules  —  I focus on taxes and litigation.  —  If you live in California—or even if you don't—you probably know something about California taxes.  They are high, the highest in the nation.  And the state's tax man is aggressive too, way more aggressive than you might think.
Irina Ivanova / CBS News:
World must hit “peak meat” by 2030 to avoid climate crisis, scientists say  —  With livestock production contributing to climate change, people need to drastically reduce how much meat they eat to help stave off ecological disaster, a group of scientists warn.
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Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a moderate Arizona Democrat, says he will vote to impeach Trump
Discussion: HotAir
Jeff Goldman / New Jersey Online:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard makes fans of Trump supporters in New Hampshire
Discussion: Raw Story
Sean Illing / Vox:
Is Trumpism a cult?  —  President Donald Trump tosses a hat …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Bacharach / New Republic:
Trump's Loyal Apprentice in Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer
Discussion: Breitbart and American Greatness
Center for Public Integrity:
Trump administration resists Ukraine disclosures ordered by court
Discussion: ABC News