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12:20 PM ET, December 23, 2019


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Associated Press:
Saudi sentences 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi's killing  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death on Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents.
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell: Quit the charade, impeachment is a ‘political exercise’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL on “Fox and Friends” this morning: “Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial?  Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial?  Bernie Sanders is impartial?
Eli Clifton / Responsible Statecraft:
Purged Saudi Government-backed Twitter Accounts Urged U.S.-Led Regime Change in Iran …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia says five sentenced to death in killing of Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: VICE, Slate and The Week
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama talks up Warren behind closed doors to wealthy donors  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has spent her campaign railing against the donor class, making it known she doesn't want their help.  —  She has publicly bashed millionaires, has sworn off high dollar fundraisers and has refused large checks from Democratic bundlers.
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Elizabeth Warren releases new anti-corruption campaign ad in Iowa
Discussion: Associated Press
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment live updates: McConnell, Pelosi dig in on impasse over Trump's Senate trial  —  Both sides dug in Monday in the impasse over a Senate trial of President Trump, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chiding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) for the delay …
Patrick Leahy / New York Times:
What the Senate Does Now Will Cast a Long Shadow
McConnell says Senate Republicans have not ruled out witnesses in Trump impeachment trial
Discussion: Breitbart
Conrad Duncan / The Independent:
Trump launches into latest bizarre rant against windmills: ‘I never understood wind’  —  President repeats exaggerated claims about wind turbines threatening bald eagles  —  Donald Trump renewed his long-running attack on wind power during a rambling speech to conservative students over the weekend.
Sarah Westwood / CNN:   Trump again airs dubious claims in latest attacks on windmills
Mike Bloomberg is plowing millions of dollars into a secretive tech firm he founded months ago as he seeks the White House  — A technology company called Hawkfish, with former executives from Facebook and Foursquare, is helping Bloomberg's 2020 presidential bid.
Discussion: New York Post and Joe.My.God.
Timothy Dalrymple / Christianity Today:
The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT's President  —  Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.  —  Reader responses to Mark Galli's recent editorial have spanned the spectrum.  We have received countless notes of encouragement from readers who were profoundly moved.
RELATED:   Forum Editorial: How can Christians be Trump supporters?
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
New Emails Reveal Internal Competition Between Fox News Media Networks  —  “He is doing Maria Bartiromo you know — much lower ratings than us and I say this in an endearing way,” a Lou Dobbs producer told Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin's spokesperson.  —  Cable news booking is a competitive business …
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: John Bolton hits Trump for bluffing on North Korea nukes  —  In his sharpest criticism yet of his old workplace, John Bolton suggested the Trump administration is bluffing about stopping North Korea's nuclear ambitions — and soon might need to admit publicly that its policy failed badly.
Simon Denyer / Washington Post:   How Trump's North Korea nuclear talks gambit came undone
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren  —  The media has a bigger problem than liberal bias.  —  John F. Harris is about as mainstream as the mainstream media gets.  He spent 21 years at The Washington Post, including as its political editor.  Then he became the founding editor of Politico, where he is now a columnist.
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing Names David L. Calhoun to Replace Dennis Muilenburg as CEO  —  *Boeing Names David L. Calhoun as President, CEO  —  *Boeing Names Lawrence W. Kellner as Chairman  —  Boeing Co. BA -1.65% Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has been replaced by David L. Calhoun as the aerospace giant deals …
Discussion: Grabien News
Wall Street Journal:
'We've Been Humbled': Boeing's CEO Struggles to Contain 737 MAX Crisis
Discussion: National Review
Talia Lavin / GQ:
The Anonymous White House Official and the Naïve Republican Fantasy of “A Warning”  —  The author of the viral “resistance inside of the Trump Administration” op-ed is back.  —  One of literature's great joys is that it can transport us to worlds we could never have imagined …
David Uberti / VICE:
How Breitbart Is Crushing Mainstream Media on Facebook  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  Soon after President Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, Breitbart appeared to be on the ropes.  —  BuzzFeed exposed its star writer's ties to white nationalists.
Special Report: Iran's leader ordered crackdown on unrest - ‘Do whatever it takes to end it’  —  (Reuters) - After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient.  Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them.
Richard Harris / NPR:
For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865  —  Toggle more options  —  Alexa Kasdan had a cold and a sore throat.  —  The 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn't want her upcoming vacation trip ruined by strep throat.  So after it had lingered for more than a week, she decided to get it checked out.
Associated Press:
Giuliani pals leveraged GOP access to seek Ukraine gas deal  —  Andrew Favorov, the No. 2 at Ukraine's state-run gas company Naftogaz, says he sat on a red leather bench seat and listened wide-eyed as the men boasted of their connections to President Donald Trump and proposed a deal …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:   How a Putin ally is aiding Giuliani in Ukraine
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Trump campaign plagued by groups raising tens of millions in his name  —  As President Donald Trump raises money for his reelection campaign, he's competing for cash with a growing mass of pro-Trump PACs, dark money groups and off-brand Facebook advertisers neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Trump's campaign.
Jon Lockett / The Sun:
ROID RAGE ISIS is rebuilding ‘like Al-Qaeda on steroids’ as expert warns sleeper cells will unleash ‘decade of terror’ in Europe  —  ISIS is rapidly rebuilding in Iraq after being transformed into “Al-Qaeda on steroids”, warn regional terror experts.  —  The worrying news comes amid fears thousands …
Discussion: BBC
Jamie Micklethwaite /
China orders Christians to rewrite the Bible for the era of President Xi  —  Chinese Communists want all religious texts to fall in with the party line, or they will be rewritten  —  As the world prepares to celebrate Christmas, Chinese Communists have announced plans to rewrite the Bible …
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Senators Must Be Briefed on Russian Disinformation Before the Impeachment Trial  —  Now that the House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump, attention has shifted to the Senate trial.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has put forward a fair, evenhanded proposal to call witnesses …
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Discussion: Vox and New York Post
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Judge changes mind in important First Amendment case
Discussion: Washington Times