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5:35 PM ET, December 14, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham is inviting Rudy Giuliani to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his recent trip to Ukraine.  —  In an interview airing on Face the Nation Sunday …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Sen. Graham: ‘Not trying to pretend to be a fair juror’  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Saturday that he's made up his mind that President Trump should be acquitted, dismissed the notion that he has to be a “fair juror” …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Poll finds Graham with just 2-point lead on Democratic challenger
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Democratic impeachment holdout Jeff Van Drew planning to switch parties  —  Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a moderate Democrat who is strongly opposed to impeaching President Donald Trump, is expected to switch parties and become a Republican, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
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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 …
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and NBC News
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
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
How is Devin Nunes paying for his many lawsuits?  —  Rep. Devin Nunes' critics have obsessed over how he is paying for the six lawsuits he filed this year, but there are no public records showing how he has paid his Virginia lawyer.  —  That means Nunes is either paying for the lawsuits …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
What the U.K. Election Does (and Doesn't) Teach Democrats  —  A small island nation governed by a constitutional monarchy — where voters consider the concept of government mail delivery borderline communistic, and socialized medicine common sense — held an election on Thursday.
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:   Et Tu, U.K.?
New York Times:
Labour's Crushing Loss in Britain Adds to ‘Too Far Left?’ Debate in U.S.
Discussion: CNN, Politico, NBC News and DNyuz
Elena Schneider / Politico:
DNC balks at effort to alter debate qualifications  —  The Democratic National Committee is pushing back against a request from the party's presidential candidates to change debate requirements to allow Cory Booker and Julián Castro to appear on the January stage.
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
The Top Democratic Candidates Are Urging The DNC To Change Its Debate Rules
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's indefensible defense of her bully husband  —  There is a classic dodge that bullies can be relied to fall back on when they abuse someone who is smaller and weaker than they are.  —  He (or she) asked for it.  —  First lady Melania Trump, it appears, subscribes to that defense of the indefensible as well.
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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.
David Rogers / Politico:
Judge stymies Trump's border wall by invoking GOP law targeting Obama  —  What goes around, Republicans are learning, comes around.  —  President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes stand near the U.S.-Mexico border on July 2018 in San Diego, California.  Mario Tama/Getty Images
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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Biden confronted on Ukraine but doesn't answer, later links Trump to El Paso massacre
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
The Breach Widens as Congress Nears a Partisan Impeachment  —  Fleeting efforts at persuasion by members of the Judiciary Committee gave way to disputes over basic facts during a marathon debate over articles of impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — It was the rarest of moments in the nation's capital …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Washington Post:
‘The grand finale’: Inside Trump's push to rack up political victories as impeachment looms
Discussion: Raw Story
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?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn  —  President Trump's race to rack up accomplishments heading into an election year is giving conservatives heartburn, with some worried he is striking deals that include giveaways to Democrats.
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Democrats plan ‘unprecedented’ effort to flip state legislative chambers in 2020 state races  —  National Democratic leaders, backed by activist groups formed in response to President Trump's election, are planning an unprecedented push to flip legislative chambers in at least seven states next year …
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
CNN:
100 Jewish graves were desecrated in France.  A search for the websites that fueled the hate led to the US  —  Westhoffen, France (CNN)Guillaume Debré didn't know how to break it to his young daughters and has yet to show them a photograph of the swastika.
William Saletan / Slate:
Barr Is Trying to Erase the Truth  —  In December 2018, President Donald Trump nominated William Barr to be his attorney general.  Trump wanted Barr to bury the Russia investigation, and in April, Barr did just that.  Brushing aside the evidence compiled by special counsel Robert Mueller …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Agence France-Presse:
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
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