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Drudge ReportDec 12, 2019
YORK: Of course FBI spied on Trump campaign...




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The Daily BeastDec 12, 2019
Samantha Bee Tears Into GOP's ‘Shrill' Impeachment Defense
Samantha Bee got chills when she heard House Democrats finally announce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week. "And not like the bad chills when I saw Taylor Swift's creepy smooth cat body," she explained. "The good chills like when I see Idris Elba's creepy smooth cat body." 

"Congressional Republicans have decided that the best defense is a loud offense," the Full Frontal host said, cutting to clips of GOP Congressmen Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Kevin McCarthy screaming about how unfair the whole thing is. Bee named this strategy "Kava-noise" after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, explaining, "That's when white men who've done something awful shout into a camera at us until it goes away." 

"My god, can you imagine if a woman tried that strategy?" she asked. "I get accused of being shrill even when I'm sleeping. And it wouldn't work for people of color either. If any of them tried to pull a Louie Gohmert, they'd get swatted by the white ladies filming them at all times." 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Washington Post PoliticsDec 11, 2019
Senate Republicans look to hold short impeachment trial despite Trump's desire for an aggressive defense
Several GOP senators on Wednesday said it would be better to limit the trial and quickly vote to dismiss the House charges against Trump than engage in what could become a political circus.

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New York Times PoliticsDec 11, 2019
Horowitz Hearing Highlights: Watchdog Warns Against Exonerating F.B.I. in Russia Inquiry, Pointing to Flaws
Senators and the inspector general painted a scathing portrait of the F.B.I., with Republicans accusing agents of exploiting rules and joining Democrats in demanding a surveillance overhaul.

Reuters PoliticsDec 11, 2019
U.S. House Democrats prepare for impeachment vote as Trump said to embrace short trial
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved closer on Wednesday to impeaching Donald Trump, as the president and senior Republicans appeared to converge on the idea of a shorter trial once the charges come to the Senate in the new year.

CNN PoliticsDec 11, 2019
2 GOP senators say McConnell will move to acquit Trump, not merely dismiss charges
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote to acquit President Donald Trump should he be impeached, when a majority of senators believe his trial has run its course instead of holding a vote on dismissing the articles of impeachment, two Republican senators told CNN on Wednesday.

PoliticoDec 11, 2019
Partisan battles erupt as Judiciary begins final phase of impeachment
Jerry Nadler told Republicans to "please keep in mind that — one way or the other — President Trump will not be president forever."
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