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7:45 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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on Release of Trump's Financial Records  —  The court's ruling, expected by June, could release information the president has tried to protect.  Or the justices could rule that his financial affairs are not legitimate subjects of inquiry so long as he remains in office.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will take up Trump's broad claims of protection from investigation  —  The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will take up President Trump's broad claims of protection from investigation, raising the prospect of a landmark election-year ruling on the limits of presidential power.
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
Noah Rothman / Commentary:
Bernie Sanders Has a Big Jeremy Corbyn Problem  —  Nobody forced Bernie Sanders's campaign to endorse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.  By the time the Sanders camp's national organizing director, Clair Sandberg, announced that the Vermont senator's team stood in solidarity with the far-left British candidate …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
How Labour Lost the Culture War
Discussion: Washington Post, DNyuz and CNN
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
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Vox
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
If Britain had Germany's electoral system, Boris Johnson may have lost the election
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 …
Tampa Bay Times:
The case for impeachment  —  The House has enough reason to justify the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  —  With reluctance, we conclude the U.S. House of Representatives has enough reason to justify the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  We harbor no illusions …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Michael Wilner / Wichita Eagle:
State Department limited release of Pompeo contacts with Giuliani.  A judge wants more  —  A federal judge ordered the State Department on Friday to expand its search for records of communication between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, regarding Ukraine policy.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Trump tears up the Clinton impeachment playbook
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
Here's what's in, what's out of U.S.-China trade deal
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Kentucky's defeated Gov. Bevin pardoned 428 since election day, prompting harsh criticism: report  —  After conceding to Democrat Andy Beshear — but before giving up his governorship — Kentucky's now-former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned 428 people between election day through the end …
Discussion: NPR, NBC News and New York Times
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
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Vox, NBC News and UPI
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
All 7 presidential contenders might skip December debate over labor dispute, throwing matchup into turmoil
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge orders state to purge more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters from the rolls … (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  PORT WASHINGTON - An Ozaukee County judge on Friday ordered the state to remove hundreds of thousands of people from Wisconsin's voter rolls because they may have moved.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment
Matt Cohen / Mother Jones:
Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab—And Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Swarovski crystals, $900 cabernet and a Buttigieg fundraiser
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘The story stands’: McClatchy won't back off its Michael Cohen-Prague reporting
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Exclusive: documents show Foxconn refuses to renegotiate Wisconsin deal
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Scoop: The World Bank told Taiwanese staff to get Chinese passports
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Federal Government That's Not Good at Its Job Can't Effectively Serve the ‘Common Good’
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Warren's Drop In the Polls Is Good News for Her
New York Times:
‘Bombshell’ Raises a Question: What's Megyn Kelly Up to Anyway?
Wall Street Journal:
FBI's Wray Acts Fast to Make Changes After Scathing Report
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas Rep. Colin Allred, a Democrat facing tough 2020 race, will vote to impeach Trump
Discussion: Politico
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a moderate Arizona Democrat, says he will vote to impeach Trump
Discussion: HotAir and WTAE