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^Trump heads to NATO summit as impeachment looms<

TRUMP-NATO:LA — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump's meetings with Western allies since he was elected three years ago on a platform that bashed existing treaties, trade deals and alliances.

He leaves Monday for a two-day summit at a resort in Hertfordshire, 18 miles outside London, with leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the 29-nation military alliance that has been one of his most frequent targets.

He is scheduled to return Wednesday night, hours after the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee holds its first public hearing, the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. Trump's legal team was invited to attend but declined.

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^Congress seeks to avoid an appropriations nightmare before Christmas<

CONGRESS-SPENDING:CON — Congress returns to Washington this week with a challenging to-do list for December that not only includes drafting articles of impeachment and finalizing a massive trade deal, but also funding the government.

Appropriators and congressional leadership have just three weeks to resolve dozens of policy disputes between House and Senate spending bills — a daunting but routine exercise that will determine whether there's a partial government shutdown right as lawmakers are set to leave for their winter break.

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^Democrat Steve Bullock ends struggling presidential campaign<

^BULLOCK:LA—<Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who brought a unique perspective to the presidential race as a red-state Democrat from the Rocky Mountain West but never emerged as a serious contender, abruptly ended on Monday his quest for the White House.

"Today, I am suspending my campaign to become the Democratic Party's nominee for President," Bullock said in a written statement. "While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates."

He once again ruled out a run for U.S. Senate.

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^Why Buttigieg's UC San Diego climate adviser is taking fire from the left<

BUTTIGIEG-CLIMATE-ADVISER:SD — A climate policy adviser for presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has recently come under attack for criticizing an ambitious vision of the Green New Deal aimed at dismantling the fossil fuel industry.

David Victor, professor of international relations at the University of California at San Diego, caused an uproar among environmental activists this month after saying in a New York Times article that Sen. Bernie Sanders' proposed climate plan "can't work in the real world."

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^More than 400 UCLA medical school students get a free education thanks to major donation from David Geffen<

CMP-MEDSCHOOL-FREE:LA — Medical school had put Allen Rodriguez in debt before he was even accepted.

The testing, applications and interviews alone cost Rodriguez thousands that he's still paying off on his credit cards. So it was a relief — and a deciding factor — when his 2014 UCLA medical school acceptance came with more good news: a full scholarship, funded by a $100 million gift from billionaire David Geffen.

The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine announced Monday that the DreamWorks co-founder, who gave the school $100 million in 2012, has donated an additional $46 million to continue to fund merit-based scholarships so medical students do not have to take on weighty loads of debt.

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^Detective Trapp, Part 2: A mangled body is discovered and a grim search begins<

DETECTIVE-TRAPP-2:LA — When Detective Julissa Trapp arrived, her partner was already knee-deep in the trash surrounding the young woman's body in the cavernous, ear-splitting warehouse.

For Trapp, it was hard to imagine a more chaotic crime scene than Republic Waste Services in north-central Anaheim, where tons of trash surged across a series of elevated conveyor belts, fed by an endless procession of garbage trucks.

Machines echoed off the walls and high ceiling. The belts kept rolling, except for the one on which Detective Bruce Linn was currently standing, the one where a worker had spotted what looked like a protruding human foot.

The victim was a blondish young woman, unclothed, her jaw broken, her leg snapped, her skull crushed, her body wrapped in a shredded blue tarp amid what looked like debris from a residential remodeling job.

Who was she? How did she get here?

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^As Supreme Court decision looms, undocumented Asians say they must speak up or risk losing DACA<

SCOTUS-DACA-ASIANS:LA — Dean Santos arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 and quickly took to American culture. In his teenage years in San Bruno, he played sword and fantasy card games with other kids, watched "South Park" and joined the high school wrestling team.

When he got to college, he became a member of the student government. By the time he was 20, he had begun to help organize young people in the country illegally.

For Santos, who is now 29, it was personal: He has been in the U.S. without legal status since shortly after he arrived as a boy.

As the Supreme Court weighs the future of so-called "Dreamers" and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, he said he thinks more Asian and Pacific Islanders need to come out of the shadows.

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