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12:25 PM ET, December 15, 2019


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump job approval ticks up, views on impeachment steady  —  Weeks of congressional hearings and debate have failed to move the electorate on impeachment, according to the latest Fox News Poll.  At the same time, approval of President Trump's job performance has climbed three points.
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
Trump a ‘threat’ to national security, House Judiciary Committee chairman says  —  The full House is expected to vote on articles of impeachment Wednesday.  —  Two leading Democrats on Sunday defended the impeachment proceedings against President Trump, arguing that the action was necessary for future elections and national security.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Times
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The get-it-over-with impeachment
Discussion: Twitchy
Stephanie Farr / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
West Point investigating hand symbol with possible links to white power used by cadets during Army-Navy game  —  West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral …
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
West Point, Annapolis Officials Investigating Possible ‘White Power’ Hand Sign  —  Army and Navy officials try to determine meaning of hand signs that service academy personnel appeared to use on national TV during Army-Navy football game  —  West Point and Annapolis officials are trying …
Discussion: Redstate, Axios, Slate, Disrn and DNyuz
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Military investigates possible white power signs flashed by students during Army-Navy telecast  —  “West Point is looking into it and we do not know the intent of the cadets,” a spokesman said.  —  Military officials said they are looking into what appeared to be white supremacist hand signs …
New York Times:
U.S. Secretly Expelled Chinese Officials Suspected of Spying After Breach of Military Base  —  Chinese Embassy officials trespassed onto a Virginia base that is home to Special Operations forces.  Their expulsions added to tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Discussion: CNN
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
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Democratic impeachment holdout Jeff Van Drew planning to switch parties
Washington Post:
Trump urges Rep. Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, to switch parties
The Bulwark:
How A Small Group of Senators Can Shape the Impeachment Trial and Vindicate the Constitutional Order  —  Should President Donald J. Trump be impeached by the House of Representatives?  If he is, should he then be removed from office by the Senate?  There's room for disagreement on both of these questions.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Republicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy  —  Senate Republicans are trying to avoid a high-profile fight with the White House as they plot their impeachment trial strategy.  —  Divisions have erupted between President Trump and the GOP Senate on everything from witnesses …
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Sanders Asks Young Supporters to Help Him Win Over Their Parents  —  Vermont senator's campaign says he needs to do better with older voters  —  DES MOINES, Iowa— Bernie Sanders is struggling to gain traction with Democratic voters over age 50, so his campaign is coaching thousands …
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:   In Iowa, Bernie Sanders calls Pete Buttigieg's health care plan ‘a failed idea’
Dan Balz / Greenwich Time:   Amid adversity and missteps, Joe Biden's resilience has been one theme of 2019
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Comey admits ‘I was wrong’ on FISA conduct, remains defiant on dossier in tense interview  —  Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on “Fox News Sunday” that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General's report on the launch of the FBI's Russia investigation and their use …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page notches victory after inspector general hammers FBI for surveillance missteps
Associated Press:
Longest UN climate talks end with no deal on carbon markets  —  MADRID (AP) — Marathon international climate talks ended Sunday with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on how to regulate global carbon markets.  —  After two weeks of negotiations in Madrid on tackling global warming …
Discussion: DNyuz
Washington Post:   U.N. climate talks end with hard feelings, few results and new doubts about global unity
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:   US finally giving boot to official foot measurement
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Her death, our fears and our city: How reactions to the killing of Tessa Majors echo 30 years ago, even as the times do not  —  What has happened to our City over the past ten years?  What has happened to law and order, to the neighborhood cop who we all trusted to safeguard our homes and families …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
What Does Tucker Carlson Believe?  —  Tucker Carlson does not think he is an “especially” good person.  He knows he can “get mad” and “make a mistake,” that he can “overstate” things as a result of getting “caught up” in his own rhetoric.  He also knows he can sometimes get “self-righteous …
Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The election in the media: against evasion and lies, good journalism is all we have  —  Political manipulators in the UK proved they have learnt from the US how to blur truth, but one local paper points to the antidote  —  In his first 1,000 days in office Donald Trump made 13,435 false …
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.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Cory Booker Leads the Charge to Change Debate Rules That Excluded Him
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
Los Angeles Times:
Scuffles break out in Glendale as Rep. Adam Schiff speaks at Armenian genocide event  —  Scuffles broke out Saturday during a Glendale town hall event on Armenian genocide that was attended by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), who is at the center of the effort to impeach President Trump.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Why White Iowans Want a Nominee Who Can Appeal to Nonwhite Voters  —  In the first nominating state, many Democrats feel a responsibility to identify a candidate who can win in states more diverse than their own.  —  WASHINGTON, Iowa — They share awkward glances at events where nearly everyone looks like them.
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
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World  —  Software start-ups have a phrase for what Amazon is doing to them: ‘strip-mining’ them of their innovations.  —  SEATTLE — Elastic, a software start-up in Amsterdam, was rapidly building its business and had grown to 100 employees.
Discussion: Scripting News
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Conservative groups target their impeachment ‘Dirty 30’  —  Residents in 31 congressional districts are about to be inundated with millions of dollars' worth of TV spots, Facebook ads, texts and tweets blaring that the “radical left” is trying to remove the president after a “witch hunt” …
Discussion: DNyuz and Redstate
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David Crary / Associated Press:
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Tracie Egan Morrissey / New York Times:
The Year Women Got ‘Horny’
Discussion: Althouse
MJ Lee / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren is now the lone female candidate at the top of the 2020 field, and she wants you to know it
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
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Paula Hancocks / CNN:
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
What's Different About This Impeachment
Discussion: NBC News
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 Earlier Items: 
Carolyn Lange /
Barring new information, Peterson will not vote for impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart and Redstate
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
GOP sees a political edge in talking about impeachment. Democrats want to discuss anything else.
Jeremy Corbyn / The Guardian:
We won the argument, but I regret we didn't convert that into a majority for change
Harry Reid / Salt Lake Tribune:
Democrats running for president need a plan for the Supreme Court