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11:30 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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Cory Booker Leads the Charge to Change Debate Rules That Excluded Him
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's indefensible defense of her bully husband
Lydia X. Z. Brown / Washington Post:
Autistic young people deserve serious respect and attention — not dismissal as the pawns of others.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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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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
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.
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?
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
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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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
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
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Kansas City Star:
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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:
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
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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
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
The Breach Widens as Congress Nears a Partisan Impeachment
Discussion: Hullabaloo