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5:10 PM ET, November 26, 2022

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David Smith / The Guardian:
Trump's act is ‘old and tired’, says his own former national security adviser  —  John Bolton is latest ex-White House official to condemn former boss and says Republicans are ready for a ‘fresh face’  —  John Bolton, former national security adviser to Donald Trump, has described …
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Ruby Cramer / Washington Post:
Elon Musk says he would support Ron DeSantis in 2024  —  His comments come after he urged his Twitter followers to back Republicans in the midterms  —  Billionaire Twitter owner Elon Musk said he would back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) if he runs for president in 2024.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Democrats pine for Trump as GOP nominee  —  Former President Trump met a muted response from many Republicans when he launched his 2024 White House bid at Mar-A-Lago this month.  —  But his campaign is stirring excitement, and even some glee, from Democrats.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
One Worrying Sign for Democrats in the Midterm Results  —  This month's midterm results gave Democrats plenty of reasons for optimism about their prospects for keeping the White House in 2024.  —  Despite presiding over 8 percent inflation, the party managed to muster one of the best midterm performances …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Newsom Told the White House He Won't Challenge Biden  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom has won three elections in five years in America's largest state, is apoplectic about his party's messaging defects and follows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the right-wing media ecosystem with a zeal …
Joyu Wang / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan's President Steps Down as Leader of Ruling Party After Drubbing in Local Elections  —  Opposition Kuomintang wins several key mayoral races in results that add to political uncertainty as China looms  —  TAIPEI—Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen relinquished her seat as head …
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Iris Samuels / Anchorage Daily News:
9 Democrats and 8 Republicans form bipartisan majority in Alaska Senate  —  All nine Democrats and eight of the 11 Republicans elected to the Alaska Senate are forming a bipartisan majority coalition, they said Friday, just two days after the deadline for Alaska election officials to receive ballots …
Discussion: Alaska Beacon
Tokyo Sand / Political⚡Charge:
The Week's Best Cartoons 11/26  —  As a heavy Twitter user for the past 6+ years, forgive me for all the cartoons about Twitter.  It has been an important place to share news and opinions, and it's hard to watch it overrun with trolls, especially its CEO.  But there was other political news, which you'll find covered below.
Discussion: CBS News and New Jersey Online
Washington Post:
Deadly Xinjiang fire stokes discontent over China's covid restrictions  —  The delayed emergency response to a deadly fire has sparked protests calling for an end to months of lockdowns in Xinjiang, the tightly controlled region of northwestern China, and fueled a nationwide outcry …
NBC News:
Kevin McCarthy could face a floor fight for speaker.  That hasn't happened in a century.  —  The last time a vote for speaker went to multiple ballots on the House floor was in 1923.  The longest was 133 ballots over two months.  —  Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is struggling to secure …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
At Protests, Guns Are Doing the Talking  —  Armed Americans, often pushing a right-wing agenda, are increasingly using open-carry laws to intimidate opponents and shut down debate.  —  Across the country, openly carrying a gun in public is no longer just an exercise in self-defense …
Discussion: Breitbart, Newsbusters and Gothamist
Washington Post:
Western sanctions catch up with Russia's wartime economy  —  When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched last month a new council for coordinating supplies for the Russian army, he seemed to recognize the scale of the economic problems facing the country, and his sense of urgency was palpable.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
New York Times:
They Were Surrogates.  Now They Must Raise the Children.  —  In Cambodia's weak legal system, surrogacy exists in a gray market, endangering all involved when political conditions suddenly shift and criminal charges follow.  —  Hannah Beech, who has covered Southeast Asia for more than 20 years …
Discussion: Althouse
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
A Rising Star in the Biden Administration Faces a $100 Billion Test  —  Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, has made a career of tackling increasingly larger challenges.  Could the next one be too big?  —  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary …
Discussion: The Hub
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Steny Hoyer sought ‘consensus.’ The next Democratic leaders may find that hard.
Discussion: Insider
Tom Matthews / Union-News:
Army veteran threatened to shoot Moms Demand Action members if he didn't get his pension
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
The short life of baby Serhii, killed in a Ukraine maternity ward
New York Times:
Artillery Is Breaking in Ukraine. It's Becoming a Problem for the Pentagon.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Joseph Tunney / CBC News:
Shopify won't cut ties with controversial Libs of TikTok
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Bipartisan band of brothers: The West Point grads coming to Congress
Albany Times Union:
GOP voter turnout at presidential levels, outpaces Democrats in N.Y. governor's race
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Hope Smith / Daily Mail:
‘Is Washington still our ally?’:  EU accuses US of PROFITEERING from Ukraine war through sales of guns and gas and threatens trade war …
Discussion: Carrie's Gazebo and Politico
Abdujalil Abdurasulov / BBC:
Ukraine war: Facing a harsh winter on the front line
Daily Mail:
Trump was ‘very taken’ with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes' and they fawned over each other during Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West …