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‘A Simple Private Transaction’: Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:48
After prosecutors essentially named President Trump an unindicted co-conspirator with Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump insisted that payments to two women were not election-related spending.

Man gives town 7-foot middle finger, and they can't remove it

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:40
A man in Westford, Vermont, pokes his town with a 7-foot upraised middle finger. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports that it has become a selfie magnet.

Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:29
The proposed new rule would chip away at wetlands safeguards put in place during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Senators to try formally condemning Saudi crown prince for journalist’s killing

Washington Post - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:25
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the measure, while nonbinding, would still send a strong statement — especially for Republicans — that despite Trump’s denials, they hold Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

Mr. Mayor, Why No Outrage Over a Mother’s Brutal Arrest?

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:21
Days after the police yanked a baby from a woman in a welfare office, no clear word on why.

Source: Trump is 'super pissed'

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:19
President Donald Trump will be without a chief of staff following John Kelly's departure, and with the surprise decision by Nick Ayers to turn the job down, Trump scrambles to find a replacement. CNN's Jim Acosta has the details.

Pelosi in advanced negotiations with critics about term-limits deal

Washington Post - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:18
An agreement could clear the way for her to be elected speaker next month.

House Democrats may probe Kushner ties to Saudi crown prince

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:09
Rep. Eliot Engel, who is poised to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee, plans to conduct a thorough review of US policy towards Saudi Arabia -- and that could include Jared Kushner's ties to the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, according to a Democratic aide.

Trump says Cohen's guilty plea is like the Obama campaign's civil fine. There's no comparison, experts say.

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:08
President Donald Trump on Monday sought to downplay the campaign-finance crimes of his former attorney Michael Cohen by returning to a theme he's sounded before: Comparing Cohen's actions to a civil violation of federal election law by President Barack Obama's first campaign.

On Baseball: Harold Baines and the Election That Could Change Cooperstown

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:01
Baines was elected by a committee designed to take another look at modern players. His election could be good for other former stars on the outside looking in.

Former prosecutor: This is unusual

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 20:00
Maria Butina, an accused Russian spy who nuzzled up to the National Rifle Association before the 2016 election, has begun cooperating with federal prosecutors after agreeing to a plea deal in recent days, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Trump Is Unwilling to Tackle Climate Change. China Must Step Up.

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 19:47
China can do more. The planet depends on it.

Newly Released Documents Detail Sandy Hook Shooter’s Troubled State of Mind

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 19:45
The gunman’s writings, school work and psychiatric records were among the documents detailed in stories published by The Hartford Courant.

Even James Comey is numb to all of this

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 19:41
President Donald Trump fired James Comey as the head of the FBI. He has described Comey as a liar and a leaker. He has said he did the country a favor by firing Comey.

Album Review: XXXTentacion Left Splinters Amid the Wreckage on ‘Skins’

NY Times - Mon, 2018-12-10 19:39
The singer and rapper was known for blending genres and channeling disaffection. His first posthumous album is a threadbare version of the work that made him famous.

Sen. Orrin Hatch on Trump allegations: I don't care

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 19:32
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) shrugs off news that federal prosecutors implicate President Trump in two crimes committed by his former attorney Michael Cohen.

Nancy Pelosi is discussing term limits for party leaders with her Democratic critics

CNN - Mon, 2018-12-10 19:12
As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seeks to win support from a small group of detractors in her bid for speaker, she's been discussing the idea of term limits for party leaders in the House -- a compromise that could placate critics eager to see a new generation of leadership.
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