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2:55 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.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Support for impeachment climbs to 54 percent in Fox News poll after Trump pitches fit over previous poll  —  Support for impeaching President Donald Trump hit a record high of 54% in a Fox News poll that was released on Sunday.  —  Half of those surveyed told Fox News that the president should be impeached and removed.
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Fox News Poll: 54 Percent of Americans Say Trump Should Be Impeached
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Justine Coleman / The Hill:   Fox News poll: 50 percent of Americans say Trump should be impeached and removed
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Americans remain divided on impeachment
Discussion: The Hill
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden still leads Democratic race as Warren drops
Discussion: CNN
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Freshman Democrats push for Amash as impeachment manager  —  A private campaign is underway to draft Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) as an impeachment manager in the Senate trial of President Trump, a bid to diversify House Democrats' appeal to voters with a rare conservative voice.
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
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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 …
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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 …
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.
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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 …
JONATHAN TURLEY:   “The First Time In History”: Gerhardt Claims McConnell Is The First Senate Leader To Coordinate …
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: Reuters, New York Post and CNN
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
GOP's Toomey says USMCA agreement diminishes free trade  —  The Republican calls deal with Congressional Democrats a “complete capitulation.”  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., warned his fellow Republicans Sunday that the bipartisan replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement represents …
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Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:   Mexico fumes over labor enforcement details in trade bill
Peter Orsi / Associated Press:   Mexico objects over US bill on ratifying trade pact
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
The D.N.C. Chairman Knows No One Is Happy.  Neither Is He.  —  Tom Perez said he wouldn't loosen debate qualifications in January, despite pressure.  He discussed having one of the worst jobs in politics.  —  Staring down a risky vote, one freshman Democrat is trying to show voters …
Discussion: Fox News, Vox, DNyuz and Politico
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: The Hill and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Fed's Control Over Rates Tested by Growing U.S. Budget Deficits  —  Treasury Department's debt issuance is expected to fuel money-market volatility  —  Budget deficits that are projected to rise for years are straining the plumbing of the U.S. financial system, making it harder …
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Jeff Van Drew party switch came as Democrats abandoned him  —  PHILADELPHIA — Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the conservative New Jersey Democrat who is expected to soon become a Republican, found himself in an unfamiliar and troubling position in recent weeks: Watching support drop off from Democratic leaders …
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
South Jersey Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew, impeachment foe, expected to become a Republican
Bangkok Post Website:
Singapore invokes fake-news law again  —  Opposition political party ordered to correct ‘misleading’ claims about job market  —  SINGAPORE: The Singapore government invoked its fake news law on Saturday to order an opposition party to publish corrections on two social media posts and an article on its website about local employment.
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.
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
In Iowa, Bernie Sanders calls Pete Buttigieg's health care plan ‘a failed idea’  —  BURLINGTON, Ia.  — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Saturday that South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's “Medicare for all who want it” health care hybrid would be “unfair” to working families.
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Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:   Sanders Asks Young Supporters to Help Him Win Over Their Parents
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
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Washington Post:   U.N. climate talks end with hard feelings, few results and new doubts about global unity
 
 
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Discussion: Redstate, DNyuz and Slate