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11:25 AM ET, November 28, 2022

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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Donald Trump ‘shied away from criticising Nick Fuentes’  —  Advisers wanted ex-president to distance himself from white supremacist with whom he dined but Trump feared alienating supporters - insiders  —  Donald Trump repeatedly refused to disavow the outspoken antisemite …
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Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Key Trump 2024 Rivals Silent After His White Supremacist Meeting  —  Many of Donald Trump's potential 2024 rivals and some top Republicans have fallen silent on the former president's dinner with a notorious white supremacist, illustrating the party's continuing struggle to escape his grasp.
Rebecca Morin / USA Today:
‘Not an accidental meeting.’ GOP Arkansas governor blasts Trump for hosting white supremacist
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Dems on GOP's thin majority: Welcome to hell  —  Democrats just spent two harrowing years navigating one of the tiniest majorities in House history.  Now it's the GOP's turn — and things could get even worse.  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team are set …
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Helped Democrats Avert a '22 Disaster.  What About '24?  —  A stronger-than-expected midterm showing has quieted the party's public hand-wringing about a re-election campaign for President Biden.  But it hasn't put those worries to rest.  —  Expecting a cataclysmic midterm election …
Rich Lowry / National Review:   The Extreme Recklessness of Biden 2.0
Associated Press:
Crowd angered by lockdowns calls for China's Xi to step down  —  Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for China's powerful leader to resign, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to suppress demonstrations Sunday that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party.
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Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:
China eases COVID rules after wide protests of lockdowns
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
China's zero-Covid protests create a rare nationwide coalition of interests
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: We run down the year-end sprint  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN and lawmakers return to Washington this week facing a lengthy lame-duck to-do list with only three weeks scheduled to resolve it …
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Politico:   A five-week framework for shaking McCarthy
Punchbowl News:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Major News Outlets Urge U.S. to Drop Its Charges Against Assange  —  In a joint letter, news organizations warned that the indictment of Julian Assange “sets a dangerous precedent” that could chill reporting about matters of national security.  —  WASHINGTON — The New York Times …
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The New York Times Company:
An Open Letter from Editors and Publishers: Publishing is Not a Crime
Discussion: The Hill and Just The News
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Twitter grapples with Chinese spam obscuring news of protests  —  For hours, links to adult content overwhelmed other posts from cities where dramatic rallies escalated  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter's radically reduced anti-propaganda team grappled on Sunday with a flood of nuisance content …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Billionaire-Backed ‘Hub for Election Denial’  —  Dick Uihlein has been awfully busy backing election deniers.  A new IRS filing shows he also teamed up with one.  —  Right-wing megadonor Dick Uihlein has been funneling tens of millions of dollars to election deniers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
High-profile Republicans gain followers in first weeks of Musk's reign  —  Shift in follower counts for Elizabeth Warren, Ted Cruz show how the platform is beginning to change under Musk  —  High-profile Republican members of Congress gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers …
Merriam-Webster:
Word of the Year 2022  —  ‘Gaslighting,’ plus ‘sentient,’ ‘omicron,’ ‘queen consort,’ and other top lookups of 2022  —  In this age of misinformation—of “fake news,” conspiracy theories, Twitter trolls,and deepfakes—gaslighting has emerged as a word for our time.
Discussion: The Hill and MLive.com
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Politico:
The GOP's great Trump reckoning begins at the state party level  —  For years, Lou Barletta counted himself among Donald Trump's most diehard allies.  The former Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate and congressman endorsed him at a time in 2016 when many GOP elected officials saw Trump as radioactive.
New York Times:
Russia-Ukraine War  —  Russia Denies Reports That It Will Withdraw from Embattled Nuclear Plant … The Kremlin tries to tamp down speculation that its forces will leave the Zaporizhzhia plant.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — Following a string of Ukrainian military successes in the south …
Discussion: Reuters, Bloomberg and The Hill
Associated Press:
WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism concerns  —  The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as mpox, citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist.  The U.N. health agency said in a statement Monday …
Mitchell Epner / The Daily Beast:
Trump Might Have to Face His Worst Nightmare—a D.C. Jury  —  The 11th Circuit's upcoming ruling likely means the end of the special master in the investigation over classified documents.  That means a District jury, not a Florida one. … Federal prosecutors on Tuesday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Warnock rallies weekend voters, but Walker is out of sight  —  U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock hardly took any time off for Thanksgiving break, headlining six separate events scattered across metro Atlanta this weekend to pump up weekend voting.  Meanwhile, Herschel Walker …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Emma Hurt / Axios:
Scoop: Brian Kemp launches federal PAC
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Jennifer Rankin / The Guardian:
‘Russia wins by losing’: Timothy Snyder on raising funds for Ukrainian drone defence
Discussion: The Hill
Sun-Sentinel:
Innocence Sold: Florida's foster system provides dangerous sex traffickers with easy access to vulnerable children
Christopher Robbins / Hell Gate:
A Very Moynihan Train Hall Thanksgiving: 'Wow, I Can't Even Sit Down?'
Eva Corlett / The Guardian:
Twitter failed to detect upload of Christchurch mosque terror attack videos
Christine Mai-Duc / Wall Street Journal:
California's Homelessness Problem Pits Gov. Gavin Newsom Against Mayors
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Shamir / Haaretz:
New Powers in Far-right Hands: Israel's National Security Ministry, Explained
Discussion: Al-Monitor
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum to Promote Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
Discussion: Associated Press
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Junot Díaz in limbo  —  Your Email addressSign Up  —  It took a bit of persuading …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The far right is losing. That's why America has never been so dangerous.
Deepa Bharath / Associated Press:
Asian faiths try to save swastika symbol corrupted by Hitler
Sean Ingle / The Guardian:
Iran want USA banned for 'offending country's dignity' over World Cup flag