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5:15 PM ET, December 13, 2019


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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court agrees to consider whether Trump's tax records should be released  —  By granting review of these cases now, the justices made it possible for them to be heard during the current court term.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear President Donald Trump's appeal …
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Supreme Court will hear three cases over Trump's financial records  — The Supreme Court said on Friday that it will hear three cases over President Donald Trump's financial records next year.  — Trump asked the justices to reverse three lower court rulings that would require …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:   Supreme Court to hear Trump pleas to block subpoenas for financial records
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will take up Trump's broad claims of protection from investigation
Discussion: Sputnik News
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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
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
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   All Shall Gaze Upon the Future—and Despair
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.
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.
Discussion: Vox
Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returns to power with big majority
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 …
Ryan Parry West / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden to be a daddy for the FIFTH time!  New South African wife of VP's son is seen with a baby bump amid his messy paternity case and concerns over barrage of attacks from Trump loyalists  — Hunter Biden's new wife Melissa Cohen Biden, 32, is pregnant and in her second trimester, DailyMailTV can reveal
Discussion: New York Post
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
In unrelenting tweetstorm, Trump praises GOP anti-impeachment ‘warriors,’ hits Pelosi
Discussion: CNN, USA Today, The Sun and MSNBC
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.
Michael Wilner / Wichita Eagle:   State Department limited release of Pompeo contacts with Giuliani. A judge wants more
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Trump tears up the Clinton impeachment playbook
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 …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Democratic candidates threaten to skip debate amid labor fight  —  All seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for the PBS NewsHour/POLITICO Debate at Loyola Marymount University next week threatened on Friday to skip the event, asserting they would not cross the picket line of campus workers locked in a labor dispute.
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
All 7 presidential contenders might skip December debate over labor dispute, throwing matchup into turmoil
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.
Washington Post:
Facing blowback, Bernie Sanders retracts endorsement of controversial candidate
Discussion: DNyuz, Mediaite, The Daily Beast and CNN
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.
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 …
Alisyn Camerota / Vanity Fair:
Discussion: Glamour and Raw Story
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
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.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and DemCast
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story and Law & Crime
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Warren's Drop In the Polls Is Good News for Her  —  As Elizabeth Warren lately has been going down in the polls, if history is a guide, her chances of becoming the next president are going up.  —  Those chances probably were not as great as they seemed even when she was enjoying a wave of support last summer.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
A Great Big Gift Not on Trump's Disclosure Form: Giuliani's Legal Advice  —  For the past 20 months, President Trump has received free personal legal services from one of America's highest-paid lawyers, who has traveled around the country and across the ocean to defend him in the special counsel's inquiry …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Exclusive: documents show Foxconn refuses to renegotiate Wisconsin deal  —  Why won't Foxconn tell Wisconsin what it's building?  —  Whatever Foxconn is building in Wisconsin, it's not the $10 billion, 22 million-square-foot Generation 10.5 LCD factory that President Trump once promised would be the “eighth wonder of the world.”
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘The story stands’: McClatchy won't back off its Michael Cohen-Prague reporting  —  McClatchy isn't relenting on Cohen-Prague.  “Until we have new reporting that tells us our old reporting is wrong, the story stands,” notes Jeanne Segal, a spokeswoman for the newspaper chain, in an email to the Erik Wemple Blog.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Scoop: The World Bank told Taiwanese staff to get Chinese passports  —  This year, the World Bank told current and prospective employees of Taiwanese nationality they must present Chinese travel documents in order to maintain or pursue employment.  —  Why it matters: China has recently ramped …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Buttigieg knocks Warren for trying to impose a donor ‘purity test’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Michelle Obama tells Greta Thunberg to ‘ignore the doubters’ after Trump insult
Discussion: Townhall, Vanity Fair and The Root
Wall Street Journal:
FBI's Wray Acts Fast to Make Changes After Scathing Report
Erik Prince Held Secret Talks in Caracas With Maduro's No. 2
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Facing catastrophic climate change, they still can't quit Big Oil
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
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge hits Trump administration over census docs fight
Discussion: Law & Crime, UPI and The Hill
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 and WTAE
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
5 Unsettling California Tax Rules
Severin Carrell / The Guardian:
Sturgeon demands Scottish independence referendum powers after SNP landslide
New York Post:
Here's the likely whistleblower — and the questions he should answer
Discussion: Breitbart and American Greatness