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4:35 PM ET, November 28, 2022

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Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk's Boring Company Ghosts Cities Across America  —  The tunnel venture has repeatedly teased local officials with a pledge to ‘solve soul-destroying traffic,’ only to back out  —  ONTARIO, Calif.—The unsolicited proposal from Elon Musk's tunnel-building venture arrived in January 2020.
Discussion: TESMANIAN
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 …
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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Trump Plans Limited Role in Georgia Senate Runoff  —  The former president, who held two big rallies before the state's two runoff elections two years ago — both of which Democrats won — will steer clear of Georgia before next week's Senate election.  —  Donald J. Trump will not cross …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp slams Trump's ‘un-American’ white supremacist dinner guest; Walker is silent  —  Gov. Brian Kemp criticized former President Donald Trump for his dinner with Nick Fuentes, whose unabashed racism and antisemitism has made him the nation's most prominent white nationalist figure.
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 …
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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
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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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
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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 …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Kellyanne Conway appears before Jan. 6 committee  —  Kellyanne Conway sits for deposition with Jan. 6 committee  —  WASHINGTON — Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared Monday before investigators of the House select committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Jan. 6 committee is questioning ex-Trump aide Kellyanne Conway
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Harris / Wired UK:
A Peek Inside the FBI's Unprecedented January 6 Geofence Dragnet  —  Google provided investigators with location data for more than 5,000 devices as part of the federal investigation into the attack on the US Capitol.  —  The FBI's biggest-ever investigation included the biggest-ever haul …
Discussion: Big League Politics and Twitchy
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Benjamin Wilson / Washington Free Beacon:   Google Gave FBI Location Data for Thousands of Cell Phones Near Jan. 6 Riots, Court Records Show
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Suggests It Will Limit Corruption Prosecutions  —  US Supreme Court justices signaled they will put new limits on public-corruption prosecutions as they considered overturning the conviction of a onetime top aide to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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 …
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 …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Judge reprimands Trump Corp. lawyers for late night filings  —  New York CNN —  Judge Juan Merchan reprimanded lawyers for the Trump Corporation for filing motions and new exhibits late Sunday night that they want to introduce Monday morning when they question Mazars accountant Donald Bender …
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
Gary Craig / USA Today:
Buffalo Tops shooter pleads guilty to murder, hate crime charges in mass killing  —  The 19-year-old white man accused of fatally shooting 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty Monday morning to more than two dozen related state charges.
Wall Street Journal:
Leon Black Is Accused in Lawsuit of Rape at Home of Jeffrey Epstein  —  An attorney for the former Apollo CEO calls the claims ‘categorically false’  —  A woman sued Leon Black, alleging the billionaire co-founder of Apollo Global Management Inc. attacked and raped her in 2002 at the home of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Law & Crime
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 …
Catherine Pearson / New York Times:
Why Is It So Hard for Men to Make Close Friends?  —  American men are stuck in a “friendship recession.”  Here's how to climb out.  —  The Tuesday before every Thanksgiving, Aaron Karo and Matt Ritter, both 43, go out to dinner with a group of seven men whom they befriended as second graders in Plainview, N.Y.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Turning Point for Garland as Justice Dept. Grapples With Trump Inquiries  —  After months of an already hyperpartisan political environment, the attorney general appears to be acknowledging that his approach has to be recalibrated.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick B. Garland …
Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Principals  —  with Steve Clemons  —  Donald Trump says he didn't know that Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, brought a guest who was a well-known antisemite and white nationalist to dinner last week.  But it's also been days and he's yet to denounce him.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story, CNN, The Hill and HuffPost
Washington Post:
Covid deaths skew older, reviving questions about ‘acceptable loss’  —  The pandemic has become a plague of the elderly, with nearly 9 out of 10 deaths in people 65 or older  —  President Biden may have declared the coronavirus pandemic “over,” but from John Felton's view …
Washington Post:
These are nine stories from America's homicide crisis.  —  Jaylon was on his front porch.  —  SCROLL TO CONTINUE  —  Violence found them all.  —  During the last three years, homicides nationwide have reached their highest levels in decades.  —  The deadly spike coincided with the onset …
Ava Kofman / New Yorker:
How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle  —  It began as a visionary notion—that patients could die with dignity at home.  Now it's a twenty-two-billion-dollar industry plagued by exploitation. … Over the years, Marsha Farmer had learned what to look for.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
 
 
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Arizona Republic:
Democrats could win more seats if Cochise County refuses to certify election
Discussion: NPR and Associated Press
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Uvalde mom sues police, gunmaker in school massacre
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania campaign wildcard Fetterman turns to governing
Mike Stone / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine
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Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Oxford school district officials lying to victims' families, 2 ex-board members say
Discussion: Raw Story
The City:
Brooklyn Democratic Machine Appoints Little Pakistan Residents to Party Posts Without Their Knowledge
CNN:
CNN ANNOUNCES PHIL MATTINGLY AS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT AND MJ LEE AS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
Jennifer Rankin / The Guardian:
‘Russia wins by losing’: Timothy Snyder on raising funds for Ukrainian drone defence
Discussion: The Hill and The Intercept
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?'