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2:20 AM ET, November 24, 2022

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Nathaniel Herz / Washington Post:
Lisa Murkowski and Mary Peltola win Alaska races, defeating Trump-backed opponents  —  Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola on Wednesday became the first Alaska Native to win a full term in Congress, securing reelection along with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who both defeated challengers endorsed …
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Murkowski, Peltola win in Alaska  —  Two Alaska moderates, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, won reelection Wednesday over two challengers backed by former President Donald Trump, thanks to the state's ranked-choice-voting system, which allowed them to prevail without winning a majority of the vote.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Mary Peltola Wins Bid to Serve Full Term in the House for Alaska  —  Ms. Peltola became the first Alaska Native woman elected to Congress earlier this year when she won a special election in the state.  —  Representative Mary Peltola, Democrat of Alaska and the first Alaska Native woman …
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Midterm results: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy secures a second term under state's new voting system
Discussion: Associated Press and KTOO
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeking to Question Pence in Jan. 6 Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to speak with the former vice president as a witness to former President Donald Trump's efforts to remain in power, and he is said to be considering how to respond.  —  The Justice Department is seeking …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump's new nemesis … - Protection: Trump is no longer in office, meaning the Justice Department policy that barred Mueller from indicting a sitting president does not apply. … - Timing: Both Garland and Smith have stressed that the appointment will not slow the pace of either investigation.
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James Risen / The Intercept:
I Experienced Jack Smith's Zeal Firsthand.  Will Trump Get the Same Treatment? … Jack Smith came after me.  If he goes after Donald Trump with the same unrelenting ferocity, Trump will be in trouble.  —  On Friday, Smith was appointed special counsel to handle two ongoing criminal investigations …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel staffers angry at Cheney for focusing so much of report on Trump  —  Fifteen former and current staffers expressed concern that important findings unrelated to Trump will not become available to the American public  —  Since Rep. Liz Cheney accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's offer …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Doug Mastriano supporters are flooding Pa. courts with baseless recount petitions in the governor's race  —  Doug Mastriano lost by a lot.But some of his supporters wrongly believe the results are inaccurate, and they think they've found a way to do something about it.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
What 2022 tells us about the 2024 electoral map  —  THE NARROW PATH — Iowa, Florida, and Ohio are gone.  Minnesota is fool's gold for Republicans.  Texas remains out of reach for Democrats.  —  These are some of the early signs from the midterm election results, which provide some clues …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and CBS News
Washington Post:
GOP candidate for Arizona attorney general sues to reverse results
CNN:
The Walmart manager who killed 6 people ‘just started spraying’ bullets in the break room, employee says  —  The manager of a Virginia Walmart who killed six people and himself in a Tuesday night massacre has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, the city of Chesapeake tweeted.
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New York Times:
6 Killed at Walmart Store in Virginia
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Porn-Star Dad of LGBT Club Massacre Suspect Spews Homophobia in First Interview  —  Aaron Franklin Brink, who has appeared in such films as “I Wanna Get Titty Fucked” and “Latina Slut Academy,” said he was just happy his kid isn't gay.  —  MMA-fighter-turned-porn-actor Aaron Franklin Brink …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Earth Now Has 8 Billion Humans.  This Man Wishes There Were None.  —  For the sake of the planet, Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, has spent decades pushing one message: “May we live long and die out.”  —  Buckley interviewed Mr. Knight in Portland and was surprised to find him curiously uplifting.
Discussion: HotAir, Fox News and Althouse
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Federal judge rejects push for DeSantis testimony  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will not have to testify over his decision to suspend a Hillsborough County prosecutor, although the decision could be revisited during the trial scheduled to start next week.
Discussion: The Hill and WFLA-TV
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Likely Won't Be Forced to Testify at Trial in the First Amendment Case Brought by Prosecutor He Ousted
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Politico
Charles Ashby / Daily Sentinel:
Boebert gets new FEC warning letter  —  U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert has received yet another warning letter from the Federal Election Commission saying her campaign has accepted numerous donations in excess of campaign finance limits.  —  In a letter sent to her campaign this week …
Jesse Singal / Singal-Minded:
Controversial Take: It's Bad To Put Words In The Mouths Of Murder Victims  —  On Ben Collins and the scourge of opportunistic post-tragedy commentary  —  On Tuesday's Morning Joe, Ben Collins, who “covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News,” gave what I found …
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Jordan Dixon-Hamilton / Breitbart:
Report: Colorado Gay Nightclub Shooting Suspect Identifies as Non-Binary, Uses ‘They/Them’ Pronouns
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
How New York City Became a Free-for-All of Unlicensed Weed  —  Shops selling weed have proliferated since the state legalized cannabis last year, thriving in confusion over their legality and a lack of enforcement.  —  On a recent Sunday afternoon, Austin Garza, a tourist from Dallas …
Bill McKibben / New Yorker:
Dimming the Sun to Cool the Planet Is a Desperate Idea, Yet We're Inching Toward It  —  The scientists who study solar geoengineering don't want anyone to try it.  But climate inaction is making it more likely.  —  If we decide to “solar geoengineer” the Earth—to spray highly reflective particles …
NBC News:
Right-wing influencers and media double down on anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the wake of the Colorado shooting  —  Some right-wing media figures and influencers have doubled down on the use of inflammatory rhetoric against the LGBTQ community in the wake of Saturday night's shooting at a Colorado gay club that killed five.
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Almost Safe, She Returned to Munich and Lost Her Painting and Her Life  —  A portrait by Bronzino that Ilse Hesselberger once owned is coming up for sale, a reminder of the brutality, and twists of fate, that Jews confronted in the Nazi era.  —  Late in the summer of 1938 …
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
McCarthy tries to boost his conservative bona fides as pro-Trump lawmakers threaten his speaker bid  —  Three weeks before the midterm elections, Kevin McCarthy enraged the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus after the GOP leader publicly suggested he has yet to see any impeachable offenses committed by the Biden administration.
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
Kansas judge allows telemedicine for abortion pills  —  A Kansas judge on Wednesday blocked a state law that banned doctors from prescribing abortion pills via telemedicine.  —  Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson granted a Wichita reproductive clinic's request for a temporary injunction …
McKenzie Beard / Washington Post:
Vaccinated people now make up a majority of covid deaths  —  Good morning and thanks for reading.  The Health 202 will be off Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, so enjoy your holiday weekend and have a slice of pie on us.  We'll be back in your inbox Monday.
 
 
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