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5:00 PM ET, November 29, 2022


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Marc Caputo / NBC News:
The inside story of Trump's explosive dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes  —  Just two days before Thanksgiving, Donald Trump was planning to have a private, uneventful dinner with an old friend: Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.  —  The two had arranged to break bread Tuesday night …
John L. Dorman / Insider:
McConnell says Trump is ‘highly unlikely to ever be elected president’ amid furor over dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes  — McConnell on Tuesday blasted former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West.  — “There is no room …
‘Immoral,’ ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Ass Clown’: Republicans rage against Trump's antisemitic dinner party
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
McCarthy Condemns White Supremacist, Stopping Short of Faulting Trump
Jason D. Greenblatt / CNN:
Former Trump White House envoy: Dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes should not have happened
Philip Klein / National Review:
Trump's Reckless Dinner with Kanye Is a Window into a Second Term
Discussion: NPR
Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker described himself as living in Texas during 2022 campaign speech  —  Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, facing renewed and growing questions about his residency in the final week of the runoff campaign, described himself during …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
‘Is He for Real?’: Warnock Hits Walker in New Ad, but Lets Others Do the Talking
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC commissions ‘review’ of party tactics after disappointing midterm  —  The Republican National Committee is launching a review of the party's performance in the midterm election and bringing on a team of outside advisers to help guide strategy, as the GOP reckons with its disappointing performance in the election.
Cami Mondeaux / Washington Examiner:
Rick Scott slams McConnell and GOP leadership for ‘compromising our principles’
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Sen. Rick Scott / Washington Examiner:
Washington liars will not stop us from rescuing America
Discussion: The Hill
Zachary Donnini / Decision Desk HQ:
The US House Was Biased Toward Democrats in 2022: Why Republicans Are Developing a Geography Problem  —  In the 2012 Presidential Election, Democrat Barack Obama decisively defeated Republican Mitt Romney.  Obama won 332 electoral votes and the national Presidential popular vote by nearly 4%.
Daniel Nichanian / Bolts:
In Legislative Elections, Democrats Defied Recent History
Discussion: PennLive and Inside Elections
David Gilbert / VICE:
Elon Musk Is Turning Twitter Into a Haven for Nazis  —  Musk has welcomed neo-Nazis back onto the platform, engaged with them on his timeline, and posted multiple tweets that appeal directly to them.  —  David Gilbert  —  Twitter has a problem with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content proliferating …
Washington Post:
Elon Musk is harming free expression on Twitter, not protecting it
Carlos Lozada / New York Times:
Mike Pence Is Having a Moment He Doesn't Deserve  —  Mike Pence had a go-to line during his time as vice president of the United States.  When his boss would ask him to carry out some task or duty — say, take an overseas trip or run the response to a pandemic — Pence would look President Trump in the eye …
Mark Meadows ordered to testify in Trump investigation  —  South Carolina's Supreme Court has unanimously ordered former White House Chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify to an Atlanta-area grand jury investigating Donald Trump's effort to overturn the election in Georgia.
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
US courts ruling in favor of justice department turns legal tide on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and New York Times
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
A Letter to the DeSantis Fan-Boys From a Real Never Trumper  —  Level-setting on the New Precious.  —  In 2024, the chosen one will be Gov. Ron DeSantis.  It has thus been decreed by the old-guard members of Conservative Inc. Or at least the ones calculating enough to have survived the MAGA takeover.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Catoggio / The Dispatch:
Aren't You Embarrassed? … It's become immensely embarrassing to be a conservative in the United States.  —  Many of us have coped with that embarrassment by reregistering as independents.  A few found it so intolerable that they changed their views on policy altogether.
Associated Press:
Students sent home, police on patrol as China curbs protests  —  Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades.
Susan Samples / WOOD-TV:
Testimony: Poll worker admitted to using USB drive  —  GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A poll worker charged with violating election law admitted he used a personal flash drive to export the electronic poll book at a Gaines Township precinct, according to testimony Monday.
New York Times:
New York City Will Hospitalize More Mentally Ill People Involuntarily  —  Mayor Eric Adams directed city agencies, including the Police Department, to take people who appear mentally ill and seem likely to harm others to hospitals for psychiatric care.  —  Mayor Eric Adams announced …
Elon Musk's Job Cuts Decimated Twitter Team Tackling Child Sexual Abuse  —  Elon Musk has dramatically reduced the size of the Twitter Inc. team devoted to tackling child sexual exploitation on the platform, cutting the global team of experts in half and leaving behind an overwhelmed skeleton crew, people familiar with the matter said.
Morgan Meaker / Wired:
Layoffs Have Gutted Twitter's Child Safety Team
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Democrats prepare to upend presidential primary calendar  —  The list of states with the biggest say in Democratic presidential contests could get a big shake-up this week.  —  A flurry of public and private lobbying to reformat the longtime early-state lineup of Iowa, New Hampshire …
Anuj Chopra / The Guardian:
‘The Godfather, Saudi-style’: inside the palace coup that brought MBS to power  —  Not long ago, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, was all set to assume power.  But his ambitious young cousin had a ruthless plan to seize control for himself  —  he Saudi prince was detained all night.
POLITICO Playbook: Why ‘Union Joe’ put the screws to rail workers  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  In 1992, two days into a crippling railroad strike, then-Sen. JOE BIDEN came to the Senate floor and decried the lopsided nature …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Congressional Leaders Say They Will Act to Prevent Rail Strike
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Record 301K early votes cast in one day in Georgia runoff for US Senate  —  Voting on Monday shatters previous high set in 2016 presidential election  —  Georgia voters set a single-day early turnout record Monday as over 301,500 people stormed to the polls on the first day they were open …
Associated Press:
US OKs $1B arms sale to Qatar during key World Cup match  —  The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a $1 billion arms sale to Qatar in a transaction unveiled during halftime of the key World Cup 2022 match in Doha between Iran and the United States.  The State Department announced …
Lizzie Presser / New York Times:
She Wasn't Ready for Children.  A Judge Wouldn't Let Her Have an Abortion.  —  As abortion access dwindles, America's ‘parental involvement’ laws weigh even more heavily on teenagers — who may need a court's permission to end their pregnancies.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New Trumpist threats in Arizona make electoral college reform urgent
Discussion: Slate and New York Times
Sports Illustrated:
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NBC News:
Biden cranks up his courtship of top donors ahead of the 2024 presidential election
Olivier Blanchard / Financial Times:
It is time to revisit the 2% inflation target
Discussion: New York Times and BasedMoney
Washington Post:
Three weeks after election, Arizona remains in turmoil over results
Sarah Krajewski / CEPA:
Light Flares in Ukraine's Darkness
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter is no longer enforcing its Covid misinformation policy
Sam Kiley / CNN:
Iran threatened families of national soccer team, according to security source
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
NBC's Mystery of the Week: Where in the world is Miguel Almaguer after Pelosi-report retraction?
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Even Pat Boone Is Praying Trump Doesn't Run Again
Discussion: Raw Story
The yuan's the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback
Discussion: Insider and TrackRecord Daily