US-born 'ISIS bride' isn't an American citizen and can't come back, judge rules

A woman born in New Jersey, who fled the United States to join the Islamic State five years ago, isn't an American citizen won't be leaving the Syrian refugee camp where she resides, a federal judge ruled. Washington Examiner

2020 contender Pete Buttigieg to spend $2M on new ads in SC

Pete Buttigieg's campaign is among the first to air ads in South Carolina, and he hopes to remain on the air throughout the next few months in the lead-up to Post and Courier

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting... AP NEWS

Trump took "a wrecking ball to American national security" with Ukraine scandal, ex-National Security Council official warns

"This is not how you secure a nation and its people," Tara Sonenshine said. Newsweek

FEMA nominee says he does not know the causes of climate change

The Trump administration's nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency repeatedly said Thursday he doesn't know the reasons behind climate change, despite his agency often being in the position of responding to the crisis' impacts. CNN

The cost of not expanding Medicaid in Fla.? Nearly 2,800 deaths, a new report estimates

Florida has the second-highest total of preventable deaths due to not expanding Medicaid, according to a data analysis by the National Bureau of Economic Research. miamiherald

Elizabeth Warren’s Real Personality Flaw

It’s not that she’s angry or unlikeable. It’s her attitude toward her opponents. Washington Monthly

Robert Reich: Billionaires Don't Actually Like Capitalism

Billionaires are wailing that Elizabeth Warren’s and Bernie Sanders’s wealth tax proposals are attacks on free market capitalism. Warren “vilifies su Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

Perspective | In Russia, Putin’s state TV apparatus is busy defending Trump

How impeachment and Ukraine are being covered in Moscow. Washington Post

How 65 diamonds and a shady chauffeur spawned the Trump-Biden impeachment fight

A cache of diamonds and a shady chauffeur underpin the investigation that doomed a ex-Ukrainian prosecutor and became an impeachment probe of Trump. Business Insider

Kentucky governor recanvass: Vote totals virtually unchanged near the finish mark

The recanvass in Kentucky’s governor race took place Thursday as Gov. Matt Bevin has refused to concede the race. The results in Fayette and Jefferson County remained the same and other counties are trickling in. kentucky

Gov. Bevin concedes election following recanvass

At a podium inside his office, Governor Matt Bevin conceded the election nine days after losing to Gov.-elect Andy Beshear. WLEX

Stop Comparing the Trump Impeachment Probe to Watergate

Our obsession with looking backward makes it seem we’re afraid to look forward. The Nation

2020 presidential candidates top $100M in digital ad spending as Twitter goes dark

Digital ad spending is becoming more popular for presidential candidates, even as social media platforms grapple with how best to regulate political ads. OpenSecrets News

Warren Suggests Corporate Media Ask Working People, Not Just the Very Rich, About Her Wealth Tax

"Okay, I get it, we have now done the billionaires. How many of the 43 million Americans who are struggling with student loan debt have you seen interviewed?" Common Dreams

Bloomberg Responded ‘Kill It’ after Employee Disclosed Her Pregnancy, 1997 Lawsuit Alleges | National Review

The lawsuit filed in New York by Sekiko Sakai Garrison alleges Bloomberg followed up his first remark with another offensive comment. National Review

Democrats schedule two additional closed-door witness depositions

 Democrats on Wednesday announced two more planned closed-door depositions amid their first public impeachment hearing, in a sign investigators are intent on conducting further private interviews even as the probe en TheHill

House Republicans Lash Out Because They Can’t Defend Trump’s Conduct

What Devin Nunes’s crazy rant reveals. Intelligencer

'Trump cares about Biden more than anything else': President overheard asking about 'investigations' in Ukraine, impeachment hearing told

New testimony during first public impeachment hearing appears to confirm Trump's intense focus on pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals The Independent

The most important moments of the first day of public impeachment hearings

The House Intelligence Committee opened historic impeachment hearings Wednesday to investigate whether President Donald Trump (and his allies) abused his office in an attempt to strong-arm Ukraine into opening an inquiry into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. CNN