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11:35 AM ET, December 28, 2019


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Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Biden says he would not comply with a Senate subpoena in the impeachment trial of President Trump  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed Friday he would not comply with a subpoena to testify in a Senate trial of President Donald Trump.  —  The Democratically controlled U.S. House …
Greg Robb / MarketWatch:
Fed study finds Trump tariffs backfired  —  President Donald Trump's strategy to use import tariffs to protect and boost U.S. manufacturers backfired and led to job losses and higher prices, according to a Federal Reserve study released this week.  —  “We find that the 2018 tariffs …
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Secrets of Jewish Genius  —  It's not about having higher I.Q.s.  —  An eminent Lithuanian rabbi is annoyed that his yeshiva students devote their lunch breaks to playing soccer instead of discussing Torah.  The students, intent on convincing their rav of the game's beauty, invite him to watch a professional match.
Discussion: Althouse
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump's stock market rally is very good, but still lags Obama and Clinton  —  U.S. stocks are closing out a terrific year and President Trump loves it.  He's bragged about the stock market hitting record highs six times this week alone on Twitter.  —  On Friday, be boasted …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump's quest to shatter GOP economics reached its culmination in 2019  —  President Trump shattered Republican orthodoxy on an extraordinary range of economic policies in 2019, setting up a more populist record for him to tout during a 2020 campaign in which Democrats already are accusing him of abandoning working people.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Agence France-Presse:
UN approves Russian-sponsored, China-backed bid on new cybercrime convention  —  The resolution was approved on Friday by the general assembly by a vote of 79-60, with 33 abstentions The US, European powers and rights groups fear that the resolution would legitimise crackdowns on expression …
Yahoo News:
UN backs Russia on internet convention, alarming rights advocates  —  United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.
James Arkin / Politico:
Impeachment trial will supercharge battle for Senate  —  The battle for the Senate majority in 2020 was always going to be heated.  And now here comes impeachment.  —  The Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is still stuck in limbo, but the looming verdict represents …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McGrath files to challenge McConnell in Senate race
Discussion: The Hill
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Don Imus, Racist Radio Show Host, Dead At 79  —  Imus was fired from CBS in 2007 after he referred to members of the Rutgers women's basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.”  —  Veteran radio broadcaster and known racist Don Imus died Friday.  He was 79.  —  Imus died in the morning …
Associated Press:
DJ Don Imus dead at 79
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Don Imus, Radio Host Who Pushed Boundaries, Dies at 79
Discussion: The Desk and Althouse
CBS New York:
NYPD Investigating 9th Anti-Semitic Attack Reported This Week  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New information was released Saturday morning about another anti-Semitic incident in Brooklyn.  —  It follows a series of anti-Semitic attacks this week and an increase in overall hate crimes around the city.
Evan Kruegel / FOX31 Denver:
Mysterious drones spotted in 4 Colorado counties  —  WASHINGTON COUNTY, Colo. —Law enforcement officials in at least 4 Colorado counties are looking for the source of some mysterious drone sightings.  —  Sheriffs in Phillips, Lincoln, Yuma, and Washington Counties all confirm unusual sightings over the past week.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Public Option Is Politically Superior to M4A — But Only As a Sound Bite  —  The vast majority of Americans believe that every U.S. citizen has a right to quality, affordable health care, and that it is the federal government's job to uphold that right.  —  But roughly 70 percent …
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills U.S. Contractor, Wounds Four U.S. Troops  —  U.S. hasn't assigned blame but is focusing on militia backed by Iran  —  A U.S. contractor was killed and four U.S. troops were wounded when more than 30 rockets were fired Friday at an Iraqi military base, a U.S. defense official said.
Deborah Pearlstein / The Atlantic:
How the Military Lost Its Proper Place in the Constitutional Order  —  Looking to the country's generals to be a steadying force on a presidential administration is a sign that things have gone very wrong in the system the Framers devised.  —  Professor of law at Yeshiva University
Bob Fredericks / Page Six:
Hunter Biden and pregnant wife spotted in LA amid paternity battle with former stripper  —  Here are the two people Joe Biden doesn't want you to see.  —  A bloated Hunter Biden — who along with his pregnant newlywed wife was left off dad Joe's family Christmas card this year …
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Russia Deploys Hypersonic Weapon, Potentially Renewing Arms Race  —  The new Russian weapon system flies at superfast speeds and can evade traditional missile defense systems.  The United States is trying to catch up.  —  WASHINGTON — The Russian military on Friday said it had deployed …
CBS News:
Federal judge to halt latest North Carolina voter ID law  —  Raleigh, North Carolina — Republican attempts to require photo identification to vote in North Carolina are being thwarted again by judges hearing arguments that the mandate is tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents.
Discussion: The Root and Axios
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
The 2010s Were the End of Normal  —  TWO OF THE MOST WIDELY QUOTED and shared poems in the closing years of this decade were William Butler Yeats's “The Second Coming” ("Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold"), and W.H. Auden's “September 1, 1939” ("Waves of anger and fear / Circulate …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Apologizes for Calling CBC's ‘Home Alone 2’ Edit ‘Censorship’  —  Katie Pavlich, after helping to jump-start this ridiculous controversy, insisted that the years-old edits were “still stupid.”  —  Fox News host Katie Pavlich on Friday walked back her assertion …
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
On land, Australia's rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it's worse.  —  BRUNY ISLAND, Tasmania — Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia's ancient giant kelp was cooked.  —  Rodney Dillon noticed the day he squeezed …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
How Ralph Northam came back from the political dead  —  THE HISTORY of U.S. politics is full of second chances — of scandal-scarred, disgraced and irredeemable public figures staging improbable comebacks — but few back-from-the-dead narratives have been as swift and sure-footed as the one Virginia …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
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Discussion: The Hill
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Globe and Mail:
Activist who raised awareness about transphobia murdered in Toronto
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