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3:17 AM ET, December 15, 2019

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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
'I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here': Graham predicts Trump impeachment will ‘die quickly’ in Senate  —  Graham: I'll do all I can to make impeachment die quickly  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a close ally of President Donald Trump …
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New York Times:
Impeach.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists  —  whose views are informed by expertise, It is separate from the newsroom.  —  In the end, the story told by the two articles of impeachment approved on Friday morning by the House Judiciary Committee is short …
Douglas MacKinnon / The Hill:
Is a trap being set for Trump in the Senate trial?  —  Can 20 U.S. Senators withstand the potentially irresistible temptation to reverse the results of the 2016 election and remove a president a number of them openly or privately dislike?  —  Since Donald Trump announced his intention to run …
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Lindsey Graham invites Rudy Giuliani to Judiciary panel to discuss recent Ukraine visit
John Fritze / USA Today:
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani spotted at White House amid House Judiciary impeachment vote
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Sen. Graham: ‘Not trying to pretend to be a fair juror’
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
South Jersey Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew, impeachment foe, expected to become a Republican  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the conservative South Jersey Democrat who has vocally opposed impeaching President Donald Trump, is expected to switch parties in the coming days …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Washington Post:
Trump urges Rep. Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, to switch parties  —  President Trump on Friday personally urged a vocally anti-impeachment Democrat, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, to switch parties — a request he is now believed to be strongly considering.
New York Times:
Representative Jeff Van Drew, Anti-Impeachment Democrat, Plans to Switch Parties  —  The freshman Democrat, who represents a New Jersey district where President Trump is popular, told aides he would announce his switch next week.  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey …
Nikita Biryukov / New Jersey Globe:
Van Drew party switch imminent  —  Pro-Trump Democrat's staff told about the move … A party switch by Rep. Jeff Van Drew is imminent.  —  According to several high-level sources with ties to Van Drew who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Van Drew's chief of staff has begun notifying …
Discussion: Breitbart and NBC News
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led several of his fellow 2020 contenders in sending a petition asking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to change its debate qualifications.
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Cory Booker Leads the Charge to Change Debate Rules That Excluded Him
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
The Top Democratic Candidates Are Urging The DNC To Change Its Debate Rules
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Elena Schneider / Politico:   DNC balks at effort to alter debate qualifications
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Ex-Trump Aide Is Expected to Return to White House  —  The aide, John McEntee, had been dismissed in 2018 on the orders of the chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly.  —  A close aide to President Trump who was dismissed last year by the White House chief of staff at the time is expected …
Discussion: The Hill
Jeremy Corbyn / The Guardian:
We won the argument, but I regret we didn't convert that into a majority for change  —  We must now ensure that the working class, in all its diversity, is the driving force within our party  —  We are living in highly volatile times.  Two-and-a-half years ago, in the first general election …
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Boris Johnson's Brexit Won
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
What the U.K. Election Does (and Doesn't) Teach Democrats
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Is Pete Buttigieg Just Too Young to Be President?  —  The Constitution says no. Democrats are still deciding.  —  Finland just elected the world's youngest prime minister, Sanna Marin, who's 34.  Time magazine named Greta Thunberg, 16, its youngest-ever “Person of the Year.”
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
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Dan Balz / Greenwich Time:   Amid adversity and missteps, Joe Biden's resilience has been one theme of 2019
David K. Li / NBC News:
Jill Biden says Trump is a bully and ‘afraid’ to run against her husband
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, Twitchy and MSNBC
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page notches victory after inspector general hammers FBI for surveillance missteps  —  Carter Page fought the law, and the law lost.  —  The former Trump campaign adviser was one of the first four suspects identified by the FBI in the early days of its investigation …
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
An apology to Carter Page
Discussion: Twitchy
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News:
Ivanka Trump Answered Questions From Her Own Spokesperson In An Interview In The Middle East  —  The announcement that Ivanka Trump would speak at the Doha Forum in Qatar prompted a wave of speculation from the foreign policy community about what the US President's daughter might be doing in the Gulf state.
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
US finally giving boot to official foot measurement  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Change is afoot for the official measuring stick used to size up big places in America.  —  The reason?  There are actually two different definitions of the 12-inch measurement known as a foot.
Nancy Jo Sales / The Guardian:
Why is the president of the United States cyberbullying a 16-year-old girl?  —  What it says to girls is: no matter what you do, no matter how much you achieve, powerful men will try to cut you down  —  The morning after election day 2016, I got a call from a girls' school in New York where I was scheduled to speak.
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Lydia X. Z. Brown / Washington Post:
Autistic young people deserve serious respect and attention — not dismissal as the pawns of others.
Discussion: Twitchy
NBC News:
Trump admin intends to announce withdrawal of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan  —  Trump had made clear to his advisers earlier this year that he wanted to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the November 2020 election.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration intends to announce …
Harry Reid / Salt Lake Tribune:
Democrats running for president need a plan for the Supreme Court  —  When I hear Democrats running for president talk about their ideas to address our country's urgent problems, I always find myself returning to the same question: What will you do to protect the Supreme Court of the United States?
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
GOP sees a political edge in talking about impeachment.  Democrats want to discuss anything else.  —  Ahead of the House's historic impeachment vote, one party very much wants to talk about the constitutional clash and the other wants to discuss almost anything else.  —  And it's not who you would expect.
 
 
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Carolyn Lange / dglobe.com:
Barring new information, Peterson will not vote for impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart and Redstate
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
West Point, Annapolis Officials Investigating Possible ‘White Power’ Hand Sign
Discussion: Associated Press and DNyuz
Reed Galen / NBC News:
Trump's impeachment vote will be depressingly partisan. But his removal shouldn't be.
Thomas Curwen / Los Angeles Times:
Beverly Hills police investigate vandalism at Nessah Synagogue as a hate crime
Heather Murphy / New York Times:
Hallmark Channel Pulls Zola Ads Featuring Brides Kissing
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn
Zoe Todd / FRONTLINE:
‘Cull Her Out’: How Megyn Kelly went from Fox News Star to Alt-Right Target
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, not Martha McSally, is the one to watch on impeachment vote
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Kansas City Star:
Mike Pompeo launches personal Twitter account ‘for future plans,’ sources say
Discussion: The Guardian
David Rogers / Politico:
Judge stymies Trump's border wall by invoking GOP law targeting Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
CNN:
100 Jewish graves were desecrated in France.  A search for the websites that fueled the hate led to the US
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
How Biden Kept Screwing Up Iraq—Over and Over and Over Again
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
How is Devin Nunes paying for his many lawsuits?
Discussion: Raw Story