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9:55 AM ET, December 16, 2019

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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Judiciary Committee impeachment report alleges Trump committed ‘multiple federal crimes’  —  President Donald Trump committed criminal bribery and wire fraud, the House Judiciary Committee alleges in a report that will accompany articles of impeachment this week.
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
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NBC News:
House Judiciary Committee publishes full impeachment report  —  In making its case that President Donald Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, the committee concludes, “President Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare.”  —  The House Judiciary Committee released its full report …
Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:
The Impeachment Process Is Barely Functioning  —  Hyperpartisan politics and an implacable president may break Congress's ability to check him.  —  Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington who covered Watergate.  —  When the process of impeachment drove President Richard Nixon from office in 1974 …
Discussion: CNN
Yahoo News:   Trump Braces for Historic Impeachment, Clouding 2020 Election
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The only principle Republicans have left is partisanship
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Schumer's opening pitch for the Senate impeachment trial  —  On Sunday night, Chuck Schumer made his opening bid to Mitch McConnell in the two leaders' negotiations over the Senate impeachment trial.  —  Driving the news: Schumer has sent a letter to McConnell in which he asks the Republican leader …
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's impeachment chaos evolves into a White House strategy
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and HuffPost
Associated Press:
Senate impeachment trial in focus ahead of House vote
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
Democrats box in Republicans on drug pricing
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Dems ask that Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton testify at impeachment trial
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Lauren Fox / CNN:
Schumer requests four witnesses, including Mulvaney and Bolton, in letter to McConnell about Senate impeachment trial
Discussion: HuffPost
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump goes after Pelosi's teeth as the House gears up for impeachment vote  —  President Trump opened a new, dental front Sunday in his periodic feuding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting on Twitter that her teeth were falling out as she answered a reporter's question about why bribery was not made an article of impeachment.
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: These Obama/Trump voters are just Trump voters now  —  SAGINAW, Mich. — Some swing voters here who voted for Barack Obama and then Donald Trump are firmly in Trump's camp now — and they're sick of impeachment.  —  Why it matters: The two-plus hour conversation revealed major warning signs …
Discussion: Breitbart
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Not just impeachment: Democrats plan year-end legislative blitz  —  Wary of polls showing battleground state voters are frowning on the impeachment effort in Congress, House Democrats plan a legislative blitz this week they'll be able to tout when they return home for the holidays.
Discussion: Townhall and American Thinker
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
House Republican Defends Trump Attacking Nancy Pelosi's ‘Teeth’: 'He's Frustrated' About Getting Impeached
Discussion: BizPac Review and Sputnik News
Elissa Slotkin / Detroit Free Press:
Rep. Elissa Slotkin: How I reached my decision on impeachment  —  (Photo: Nick King/Lansing State Journal)  —  On September 23, I wrote in an op-ed column for the Free Press that I believed President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine, by his own admission, warranted the opening of an impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and The Hill
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Biden, Sanders Lead 2020 Democratic Race  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lead the crowded Democratic field, pulling in together about half of the support of Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independents, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.
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Associated Press:   Turbulence shakes Democrats going into final debate of 2019
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field: poll
Discussion: NBC News and Associated Press
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Staff exodus in Van Drew office after party switch  —  Five senior aides to Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey resigned on Sunday as the lawmaker formally prepared to switch parties, stating they were “deeply saddened and disappointed by his decision.”  —  The aides in Van Drew's Washington office wrote …
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Six staffers resign as anti-impeachment Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew plans to join the GOP
Robert Robb / USA Today:
Russia collusion investigation did become a witch hunt, the inspector general report shows  —  The investigation quickly got off track and ran into dead ends.  It should have never led to a special counsel investigation that convulsed the country for two years.
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Will Hurd: ‘Media Was Lied To’ About FISA Abuse, Steele Dossier
Discussion: Redstate
Robby Soave / Reason:
James Comey Asked the American People To Trust the FBI. Why Should They?
Discussion: The Hill, Rolling Stone and Redstate
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Why Trump's path to reelection is totally plausible  —  If President Donald Trump wins reelection in 2020, there will not be lots of people — unlike in 2016 — gasping with surprise at the outcome.  But there are plenty of people who remain utterly bewildered by the prospect.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Rosenberg / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein: I deserve pat on back when it comes to women  —  More than 80 women have accused him of sex assault or harassment — but for Harvey Weinstein, it's still all about himself.  —  The alleged serial sex predator and disgraced Hollywood producer whined to The Post …
Agence France-Presse:
Holocaust architect's grave dug up in Berlin  —  Berlin (AFP) - The grave of a top Nazi who helped plan the Holocaust and was assassinated by British-trained agents during World War II has been dug up in Berlin, German police said on Monday.  —  The grave of Reinhard Heydrich was …
Jeff Stein / Greenwich Time:
2018 corporate tax rate plunged to 11.3% under Trump law; 99% of biggest firms paid no federal tax at all  —  About 400 of America's largest corporations paid an average federal tax rate of about 11 percent on their profits last year, about half the official rate established under President …
Alexander Heffner / USA Today:
Trump impeachment: Pelosi reclaims the Constitution for liberals and today's America  —  The Trump impeachment is spotlighting the Founders' fears of foreign influence on US security and leaders, and turning liberals into originalists.  —  There is one indisputable fact about the impeachment …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Chris Wallace wants journalists to push for the truth.  But Fox News often traffics in propaganda.  —  In the new movie “Bombshell,” Chris Wallace's character has a bit part, striding for a moment alongside Megyn Kelly on their way to a momentous presidential debate in 2015.
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Fox News:
James Comey, Pam Bondi and Rep. Adam Schiff talk FISA report, impeachment on ‘Fox News Sunday’
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
 
 
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Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
George P. Bush failed to disclose financial interests in nearly a dozen companies
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Federal Criminal Offenses and the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump
David Siders / Politico:
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Saira Asher / BBC:
Barack Obama: Women are better leaders than men
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
Brittany Shepherd / Yahoo News:
Andrew Yang says he would consider a vice presidential slot
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Tesler / Washington Post:
The impeachment hearings haven't changed public opinion. This explains why.
Discussion: National Journal
Paul Walsh / Star Tribune:
Minnesota's Angie Craig decides she'll vote to impeach
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
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Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Althouse
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ABC News:
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Discussion: Eschaton
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Discussion: KTLA and Bloomberg