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8:10 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 …
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 …
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’
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.
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: Vox, Townhall, Raw Story, Mediaite and NBC News
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 …
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.
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: NBC News and Breitbart
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.
Jeremy Corbyn / The Guardian:   We won the argument, but I regret we didn't convert that into a majority for change
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Boris Johnson's Brexit Won
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.
Nancy Jo Sales / The Guardian:
Why is the president of the United States cyberbullying a 16-year-old girl?
Lydia X. Z. Brown / Washington Post:
Autistic young people deserve serious respect and attention — not dismissal as the pawns of others.
Discussion: Twitchy
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
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 …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
An apology to Carter Page
Discussion: Twitchy
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   GOP sees a political edge in talking about impeachment. Democrats want to discuss anything else.
Washington Post:
‘The grand finale’: Inside Trump's push to rack up political victories as impeachment looms
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
The Top Democratic Candidates Are Urging The DNC To Change Its Debate Rules  —  Cory Booker has asked his fellow presidential candidates to sign a letter petitioning the Democratic National Committee to make its debate qualification rules less exclusionary.  —  All seven participants …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Elena Schneider / Politico:   DNC balks at effort to alter debate qualifications
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.
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?
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Amid adversity and missteps, Biden's resilience has been one theme of 2019  —  For most of the year, former vice president Joe Biden has often been described in negative terms.  It's been said he's not as sharp as he should be or once was, that he's well-liked but can't excite the base …
David K. Li / NBC News:
Jill Biden says Trump is a bully and ‘afraid’ to run against her husband
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, MSNBC and Twitchy
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn
‘Cull Her Out’: How Megyn Kelly went from Fox News Star to Alt-Right Target
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, not Martha McSally, is the one to watch on impeachment vote
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and VICE
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
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William Saletan / Slate:
Barr Is Trying to Erase the Truth
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Democrats plan ‘unprecedented’ effort to flip state legislative chambers in 2020 state races
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: China tightens up on info after Xinjiang leaks
Discussion: New York Post
Former Breitbart Editor: Stephen Miller is a white supremacist. I know, I was one too.
Discussion: Mediaite