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Pete Williams / NBC News:
‘Faithless elector’: Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen  —  A ruling could come in the spring — just as the 2020 presidential race is heating up.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up an issue that could change a key element …
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
Hillary Clinton Urges Dems to ‘Vote for the Person Most Likely to Win’ in 2020  —  Hillary Clinton called for Americans to come to grips with “basic facts” of reality in an appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday.  —  “We've got to somehow understand …
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Supreme Court will again review Obamacare birth control mandate
Discussion: NBC News, Axios and Associated Press
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will hear cases on electoral college, birth control mandate
Discussion: Axios
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:   Supreme Court to Look at Electoral College Rules
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:   Justices to consider faithless electors, ahead of 2020 vote
Washington Post:
'You're a bunch of dopes and babies': Inside Trump's stunning tirade against generals  —  There is no more sacred room for military officers than 2E924 of the Pentagon, a windowless and secure vault where the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet regularly to wrestle with classified matters.
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
USDA proposes changing school menus to allow more fries and fewer vegetables, reversing a Michelle Obama effort  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken another whack at former first lady Michelle Obama's signature achievement: Establishing stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches.
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and POLITICUSUSA
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Axios:
Trump tells HHS secretary he regrets wading into “that f***ing vaping thing”  —  President Trump told his health secretary yesterday that he regrets getting involved in the administration's policy on vaping, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Politico:   Trump berates Azar over bad health care polling
Washington Post:   Trump lashes out at HHS secretary after briefing shows Democrats leading on health care
New York Times:
Joe Biden: Former vice president of the United States  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  —  This interview was conducted by the editorial board of The New York Times …
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Mike Bloomberg throws shade at Joe Biden as a looming “lame duck”
Makena Kelly / The Verge:   Joe Biden wants to revoke Section 230
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Chris Collins, First U.S. Lawmaker To Endorse Trump, Gets 26-Month Prison Sentence  —  The ex-House member from western New York pleaded guilty to illegal insider trading in September.  —  A judge on Friday sentenced former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), an early and staunch ally of President Donald Trump …
Discussion: CNBC
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Variety:
Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures  —  The mouse has officially killed the fox.  —  In a move at once unsurprising and highly symbolic, the Walt Disney Company is dropping the “Fox” brand from the 21st Century Fox assets it acquired last March, Variety has learned.
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Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week:   Lara Trump is making fun of Joe Biden's stutter
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:   Disney Drops Fox From Names of Studios It Bought From Rupert Murdoch
KUSA-TV:
We caught up with Sen. Gardner at the airport to ask if he supports new witnesses in impeachment trial  —  Some Senate Republicans may break ranks to add witness testimony in President Trump's impeachment trial.  —  DENVER — Colorado's U.S. Senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner …
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
Barr dropped into Giuliani meeting at Justice Department in previously undisclosed encounter  —  Lev Parnas describes multiple quid pro quos with Ukraine  —  (CNN)Attorney General William Barr briefly attended a meeting at the Justice Department last fall between top criminal prosecutors …
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Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:   Trump associates who have been sent to prison or faced criminal charges
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: McSally 'Didn't Earn' the Senate Seat She Inherited From My Dad  —  “She didn't win that seat.  I think that's important.”  —  The View's Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Martha McSally's staggering cynicism
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
White House Considers Changes to Law Banning Overseas Bribes  — Kudlow says administration has heard complaints from companies  — Book says Trump clashed with Tillerson over bribery law  —  President Donald Trump's administration is weighing whether to seek changes to a 1977 law …
Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story
Kansas City Star:
Trump tried to call Kris Kobach during his meeting with Roger Marshall, sources say  —  President Donald Trump initially tried to call Kansas Republican Kris Kobach while he was meeting in the Oval Office with Kobach's GOP rival Rep. Roger Marshall, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
ISIS leader dubbed ‘Jabba the Jihadi’ captured in Iraq  —  He put the fat in fatwa.  —  A morbidly obese ISIS fanatic dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been captured by Iraqi forces — who loaded him onto a flatbed truck because he couldn't fit in a police car.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Martin Indyk / Wall Street Journal:
The Middle East Isn't Worth It Anymore  —  With few vital American interests still at stake there, the U.S. should finally set aside its grandiose ambitions for the chaotic region  —  Last week, despite Donald Trump's repeated pledge to end American involvement in the Middle East's conflicts …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Men Discussed Opening Fire at Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Officials Say  —  Other suspected members of white-supremacist group the Base arrested in Georgia  —  Three suspected white supremacists arrested in Maryland and Delaware this week had discussed opening fire from different positions …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Grisham Watch: What's the White House press secretary up to?  —  First in a regular series on the activities of White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  —  Everyone knows what White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham isn't doing.  Since assuming her post last summer …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
Mueller Memos Part 4: FBI Documents That Congress Had To Fight To Get  —  BuzzFeed News sued the US government under the Freedom of Information Act for the right to see all the work that Robert Mueller's team kept secret.  Today we are publishing the fourth installment of the FBI's summaries of interviews with key witnesses.
Noah Berlatsky / NBC News:
Trump voters motivated by racism may be violating the Constitution.  Can they be stopped?  —  Republicans and Democrats alike have been unwilling to reprimand voters or to hold them accountable.  But racist voting isn't an accident.  —  If the Trump era has taught us anything …
Discussion: Twitchy and CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Hannity previews Trump's final defense: So what if he's guilty?  —  It has long been obvious that Republicans would ultimately converge on this final defense of President Trump: Even if he did everything he's been accused of doing, and perhaps a lot more that we don't know about, it's absolutely fine!
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump  —  The large color photograph that greets visitors to a National Archives exhibit celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage shows a massive crowd filling Pennsylvania Avenue NW for the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump's inauguration.
 
 
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Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
Man found guilty of aggravated assault against Owen Jones
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Cambridge Analytica email chain with Facebook sheds new light on data misuse scandal
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Bloomberg is assembling a team of fundraising experts to recruit wealthy donors - but not to take their money
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
DNC outlines qualifying criteria for ABC News debate, adds new delegate threshold
Discussion: Axios
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren Takes Credit for Sponsoring Bills She Voted Against
Discussion: TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Chatterton Williams / Harper's:
An Incoherent Truth  —  Last fall, Tobi Haslett, a young writer …
The Panama News:
Rude questions: money laundering for slavery probably trumps lurid sex tales
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump May Be Even More Unpopular Than His Approval Rating Shows
Discussion: The Banter
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Bernie Sanders Fallacy
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Checking in on Wisconsin
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Black Americans deeply pessimistic about country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe …