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2:05 PM ET, December 24, 2019


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The Christian Post:
Christianity Today and the problem with ‘Christian Elitism’  —  Christianity Today editor Mark Galli's “lofty” op-ed last week calling for President Trump's removal from office touched off a firestorm of criticism and dissent from scores of evangelical leaders, and the backlash and debate have reached …
Tom Sykes / The Daily Beast:
Editor Quits Amid Evangelical Newspaper Civil War Over Trump  —  SPLITTERS  —  An editor at The Christian Post has abruptly quit the publication after it aligned itself with Donald Trump as part of a spiraling evangelical Christian civil war.  Another evangelical newspaper, Christianity Today …
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
The cost of criticizing Trump: Journalist leaves Christian Post amid its plans to attack Christianity Today
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Evangelicals need to follow Christianity's morals, not Trump's
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
New evidence for impeachment keeps turning up. That's why we need witnesses.
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
John Washington / The Intercept:
Mike Bloomberg Exploited Prison Labor to Make 2020 Presidential Campaign Phone Calls  —  Former New York City mayor and multibillionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg used prison labor to make campaign calls.  Through a third-party vendor, the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign contracted …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump says Pelosi ‘desperate’ and ‘hates all of the people that voted for me’  —  The president spoke to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in southern Florida where he's spending the holidays.  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday railed against the impeachment case against him, complaining that he'd been treated “very unfairly.”
Discussion: Raw Story and MSNBC
Washington Post:
Impasse over Senate impeachment trial likely to last weeks as both sides dig in
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:   Can House Democrats move past impeachment?
The FBI is asking questions about former Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons  —  The FBI is asking questions about the pardons Matt Bevin issued during his last weeks as Kentucky governor, The Courier Journal has learned.  —  State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, told reporters …
New York Times:
Chinese Restaurants Are Closing.  That's a Good Thing, the Owners Say.  —  The share of Chinese restaurants has fallen in metro areas across the country in the last five years.  Many owners are glad their children won't be taking over.  —  KINGSTON, N.Y. — More than 40 years after buying Eng's …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump says US will ‘deal with’ North Korea Christmas gift  —  President Trump on Tuesday said that the United States would “deal with” whatever North Korea has planned, quipping that Kim Jong Un may send him a “nice present” and not actually be planning a missile test.
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
North Korea never halted efforts to build powerful new weapons, experts say
Discussion: The Week
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Trump calls troops ahead of Christmas holiday
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and IJR
New York Post:
Hunter Biden owns massive home in swanky Hollywood Hills, court docs reveal  —  Recovering crack addict Hunter Biden owns a home in one of the swankiest neighborhoods in America, it was revealed Monday.  —  The son of former Vice President Joe Biden shares a ZIP code in the Hollywood Hills …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
How to understand Trump now: Wounded child, drug addict or delusional gaslighter?  —  Psychiatrist Justin Frank says Trump is terrified, angry and extremely dangerous — “conflict ... gives him life”  —  Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives last week.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Buttigieg Blames Private Equity Firms for Surprise Billing.  One of His Bundlers, a Blackstone Exec, Is Linked to the Problem.  —  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's health care plan takes on the predatory practice of surprise medical billing, which occurs when patients receive astronomical medical bills …
Mike Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Lawmaker Had Visions of a Christian Alternative Government  —  A Washington State legislator was accused of participating in the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge.  Behind the scenes, he and right-wing activists were preparing for civil strife.
David Siders / Politico:
‘The surge is real’: Klobuchar makes late push in Iowa  —  SHELDON, Iowa — Amy Klobuchar keeps telling Iowans about the text she got from a friend cheering her “insurgency” after last week's debate.  The friend meant to say “surge,” but Klobuchar found the auto-correct error funny …
Discussion: MinnPost
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Melania Trump silently forges path through impeachment  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton spent the morning of her husband's impeachment visiting Capitol Hill to rally Democrats to his side.  Pat Nixon kept assuring reporters her husband wouldn't quit — right up until he did.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Vicky Ward / CNN:
The invisible man: Text messages reveal former golfer's role in Ukraine scandal  —  New York (CNN)When Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman traveled to Ukraine last winter to help Rudy Giuliani dig up dirt on President Donald Trump's political opponents, they were accompanied by a 44 year-old American named David Correia.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Former Hawaii governor calls on Tulsi Gabbard to resign  —  Running for president she is “not able to do the job for the 2nd District,” says Neil Abercrombie.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she will not resign.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Arizona DHS Agents Paid to Have Sex With Alleged Sex Trafficking Victims They ‘Rescued’  —  Law enforcement said they saved women from a transnational sex trafficking operation.  They didn't disclose that they'd also had sex with them.  —  At a press conference in September 2018 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ex-Trump staffer suing over pregnancy discrimination  —  A.J. Delgado is claiming she “inexplicably stopped receiving emails and other communications” after disclosing her pregnancy.  —  Former Trump aides Reince Priebus (left) and Sean Spicer, seen here during the transition in January 2017, were among those named in the lawsuit.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Comey or ‘Corney’?  Stalking a Half-Popped Kernel of a Deep-State Kerning Conspiracy  —  We know a few things for sure, beginning with the fact that quiet changes have been made in the blockbuster report on FBI spying abuse released two weeks ago by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.
Washington Post:
Warren embraced the high-dollar fundraiser circuit for years — until just before her presidential campaign  —  Chase Williams grinned broadly as he stood for a photo next to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, chatting briefly with the senator from Massachusetts before moving on so someone else could have their turn.
Discussion: The Week and JustOneMinute
Lisa Wolfson / Bloomberg:
Saturday Shopping Sets U.S. One-Day Sales Record, Analyst Says  —  Holiday shopping set records over the weekend, with Super Saturday sales reaching $34.4 billion, the biggest single day in U.S. retail history, according to Customer Growth Partners.  —  “Paced by the ‘Big Four’ mega-retailers …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Baltimore Delegate Facing Federal Honest Services Wire Fraud and Bribery Charges for Official Actions Allegedly Taken on Legislation Related to Medical Marijuana, Opioid Therapy Clinics, and Liquor Licenses  —  Allegedly Solicited and Accepted More Than $33,000 in Bribes in Less Than a Year
Discussion: CNN, American Greatness and The Hill
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NBC News:
Pentagon tells military personnel not to use at-home DNA kits
Discussion: UPI
New York Times:
Pentagon Eyes Africa Drawdown as First Step in Global Troop Shift
Discussion: The Week
Special Report: Iran's leader ordered crackdown on unrest - ‘Do whatever it takes to end it’
Discussion: Al Jazeera
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
We still don't have answers on Khashoggi's murder
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Trump May Be Acquitted in a Senate Impeachment Trial. That's Not the Same as Being Exonerated
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Two Virginia Democrats want to replace Lee statue in U.S. Capitol
Discussion: Axios and UPI
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Discussion: Axios, Althouse and Vox
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Democrats Seek To Outlaw Suburban, Single-Family House Zoning, Calling It Racist And Bad For The Environment
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tulsi Gabbard and the Return of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
Monica Lewinsky / Vanity Fair:
Monica Lewinsky on the Decade We Reclaimed Our Stories—and Ourselves
Discussion: Althouse
Constance Grady / Vox:
The 2010s were supposed to bring the ebook revolution. It never quite came.
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Why New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew Ditched the Democrats and Sided With Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo