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8:40 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 …
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 …
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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.
Jordan Dixon-Hamilton / Breitbart:
Report: Colorado Gay Nightclub Shooting Suspect Identifies as Non-Binary, Uses ‘They/Them’ Pronouns
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
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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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 …
European Parliament:
European Parliament declares Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism  — Russia is committing war crimes and uses “means of terrorism”  — MEPs call for the further international isolation of Russia  — Close and ban Russian state-affiliated institutions in the EU spreading propaganda
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New York Times:
Russia unleashes a missile barrage, knocking out power and killing at least 10.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Congressmembers Tried to Stop the SEC's Inquiry Into FTX  —  The ‘Blockchain Eight’ wrote a bipartisan letter in March attempting to chill the SEC's information requests to crypto firms.  FTX was one of those firms.  —  Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee …
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
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  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) likely will not testify at a trial over his decision to oust a Democratic local prosecutor who refused to prosecute abortion cases.
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
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Politico:
Schumer proposes Dem leadership shake-up  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is proposing a change to his leadership team's structure next Congress that appears likely to promote Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Amy Klobuchar, according to two Democratic aides familiar with the matter and a copy …
Discussion: Political Wire
McKenzie Beard / Washington Post:
Covid is no longer mainly a pandemic of the unvaccinated.  Here's why.  —  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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Ian James / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: news.ucmerced.edu and The Hill
ESPN:
Ohio St. apologizes to Michigan St. hockey player after racial slur
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CNN:
6 victims shot and killed in a Virginia Walmart include a 16-year-old boy, authorities say
Washington Post:
GOP candidate for Arizona attorney general sues to reverse results
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