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1:50 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 …
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.
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?
Tom McTague / The Atlantic:
It's Boris Johnson's Britain Now  —  The Britain that has emerged today is different from the one that came before, its old political map erased, its economic model upended, its prospects uncertain—even its very unity in doubt.  The Britain built by Tony Blair is gone …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vox, Politico, BBC and Financial Times
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
How Labour Lost the Culture War
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:   Biden warns that Boris Johnson's victory shows dangers of parties leaning too far left
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.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Panel Approves Impeachment Articles and Sends Charges for a House Vote  —  The House Judiciary Committee voted over Republican objections to advance two articles of impeachment accusing President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  —  WASHINGTON — A fiercely divided House …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Articles of Impeachment
Discussion: DNyuz
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Corbyn's UK defeat was bad news for Sanders, Warren and America's left  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Always beware of drawing conclusions from one country's election to another.
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Businessman Tom Steyer defends status in 2020 race, drawing contrast with Bloomberg on wealth tax
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.
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:   GOP Tries to Balance What Trump Wants With Limited Impeachment Trial
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
McConnell indicates he'll let Trump's lawyers dictate Trump's impeachment trial
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.”
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.
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden fever
Discussion: Hullabaloo, HotAir and Associated Press
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
U.S., China strike partial trade deal that cuts tariffs  —  President Donald Trump has signed off on a mini-trade deal with China, four people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday, marking another trade victory he can tout as he faces impeachment led by House Democrats.
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Kentucky Restores Voting Rights To Nonviolent Felons  —  New Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear was surrounded by voting-rights supporters as he signed the order on his third day in office, fulfilling a campaign pledge.  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Professing his belief in redemption …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Root
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Ivanka Trump expected to speak at CES 2020  —  The talk hasn't been announced by the CTA, which puts on the tech trade show, but is scheduled to happen on Jan. 8.  —  Ivanka Trump is set to appear at CES 2020 in January as a headline speaker in a panel with Consumer Technology Association …
Discussion: Mashable
Kelsey Tamborrino / Politico:
Where we are on the last day of COP25  —  Presented by the American Gas Association  —  With help from Matt Daily, Zack Colman, Gavin Bade, Annie Snider and Anthony Adragna  —  Editor's Note: This edition of Morning Energy is published weekdays at 10 a.m. POLITICO Pro Energy subscribers …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The biggest Pinocchios of 2019  —  It's time for our annual roundup …
Discussion: National Review
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Crossfire Hurricane Team Didn't Know About Steele's Work For A Russian Oligarch, DOJ Report Says
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Another Republican drops out of Georgia 6th, setting up Handel rematch with McBath
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread owner to give $5M to Holocaust survivors over family's Nazi ties
New York Daily News:
Jersey City supermarket worker gave life to spare wounded customer from anti-Semitic rampage
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:
Shooters may have been targeting 50 children in yeshiva, Jersey City mayor suggests
The Smoking Gun:
Meth OD Killed Florida Man, Not Alligator
 Earlier Items: 
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
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
The Carter Page/Ukraine Lie That Kept On Lying for Mueller and the FBI
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: American Greatness
Paul Van Osdol / WTAE:
Rep. Conor Lamb says he plans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, Vox and The Hill
Center for Public Integrity:
Trump administration resists Ukraine disclosures ordered by court
Discussion: ABC News