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1:00 PM ET, November 30, 2022


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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
If Only Someone Could Have Warned Them  —  Why Republicans refused to see the truth about Trump until it was too late.  —  If you were a Republican hoping that Donald Trump would either quietly fade away or become muted and “presidential” in the run-up to 2024, you didn't have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
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 …
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Never Trump Means Never
Discussion: Washington Times, HotAir and RedState
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:
Just Wait Until You Get to Know Ron DeSantis  —  Governor Ron DeSantis has a growing store of admirers.  This includes many who have watched the cantankerous Floridian only from afar.  They have heard glowing things.  He was the biggest winner of an otherwise dark election cycle for Republicans.
Fox News:
‘Blueprint’ for 2024?  DeSantis pens book on going after ‘entrenched elites’ as presidential speculation swirls  —  The memoir, 'The Courage to Be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival,' is the second book authored by DeSantis  —  DeSantis responds to question about ‘GOP civil war’: ‘People just need to chill out’
Burgess Everett / Politico:
The GOP's same-sex marriage evolution: A slow, choppy tidal shift  —  Thom Tillis has helped ink plenty of bipartisan deals over the past two years.  His advocacy for protecting same-sex marriage rights still surprised some of his fellow senators.  —  “When people first saw me get involved …
Washington Post:
Senate passes bill to protect same-sex, interracial marriages
Benjy Sarlin / Semafor:
Why the Senate's marriage bill is splitting Republicans and the religious right
Annie Grayer / CNN:
House January 6 committee chairman says panel ‘close to putting pens down’ on final report  —  The chairman of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol said Tuesday that the panel is “close to putting pens down” on its final report, which is slated for release by the end of this Congress.
NBC News:
House Democrats will elect a new generation of leaders Wednesday  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats will elect their new leadership team Wednesday morning, ushering in a younger generation of leaders after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer decided to step aside after Democrats narrowly lost the majority this month.
The Hill:
Cicilline to challenge Clyburn for leadership spot
Discussion: NBC News and Roll Call
Lucinda Shen / Axios:
Exclusive: Sam Bankman-Fried says he's down to $100,000 … In an interview, the former FTX CEO pointed to both personal failures and regulatory gaps to help explain the implosion of his company. … “I mean, I have no idea.  I don't know.  I had $100,000 in my bank account last I checked,” he said.
Washington Post:
Biden drives railway deal over some labor rank-and-file allies  —  Welcome to The Daily 202!  Tell your friends to sign up here.  Big day for English-language comedic literature.  Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, was born on this day in 1835.  And Oscar Wilde, one of the funniest writers of all time, died in 1900.
Punchbowl News:
11/30/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rail unions decry Biden's call for Congress to block strike. Businesses praise the plan
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Twitter ends its ban on covid misinformation  —  Doctors and public health officials say Musk's decision is a ‘huge step backwards’ and will lead to more deaths  —  Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against coronavirus misinformation, worrying experts who say the move …
New York Times:
Jiang Zemin, Leader Who Guided China Into Global Market, Dies at 96  —  Mr. Jiang, a wily and garrulous politician, presided over a decade of meteoric economic growth in the post-Tiananmen era.  —  Jiang Zemin, the Shanghai Communist kingpin who was handpicked to lead China …
Discussion: Associated Press, UPI and NPR
Jiang Zemin: Former Chinese leader dies aged 96
Robin Keller / Wall Street Journal:
No Dissent on Abortion Allowed at Hogan Lovells  —  The global law firm fired me for defending the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision.  —  After the Supreme Court issued its Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade in June, global law firm Hogan Lovells organized an online conference call for female employees.
Phil Mayer / KRON4:
SF police ‘killer robots’ motion passes  —  Police in San Francisco will have the ability to deploy potentially lethal, remote-controlled robots in emergency situations after supervisors of the politically Democratic city granted permission Tuesday in a board vote.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Herschel Walker's stumbles complicate final stretch of his runoff bid  —  As a surge of Georgia voters streamed to the polls this weekend, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock headlined a half-dozen rallies across metro Atlanta.  Herschel Walker, his Republican opponent, was nearly invisible, without a public event for five days.
Annabelle Timsit / Washington Post:
BAKING NEWS: U.N. deems French baguettes essential to humanity's culture  —  Lovers of France's iconic, long bread loaf: Rejoice!  The baguette has now earned special recognition by the United Nations as an integral part of humanity's cultural heritage.  —  That is to say …
Adam Wren / Politico:
Braun to run for Indiana governor, opening Senate seat in 2024  —  Indiana Sen. Mike Braun is running for governor, according to paperwork filed with the secretary of state's office Tuesday.  —  POLITICO reported in September that Braun, elected to the Senate in 2018 after defeating former Sen. Joe Donnelly …
Dan Michalski / Washington Post:
Biden to honor tribes with Nevada national monument, his biggest yet  —  Tribes, environmentalists and many local officials support protecting nearly 450,000 acres around Spirit Mountain, but some developers warn it could hamper renewable energy projects  —  SEARCHLIGHT, Nevada …
Bari Weiss / Common Sense:
Bibi's Back: A Conversation With Israel's New Prime Minister  —  'How many leaders have come back from political death, not once, but twice?  I've come back.  The question is: what am I coming back for?' … Bari Weiss: Prime Minister Netanyahu, thank you so much for being here.
Washington Post:
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy  —  A federal jury on Tuesday convicted Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes of seditious conspiracy for leading a months-long plot to unleash political violence to prevent the inauguration of President Biden, culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Andrea Cavallier / Daily Mail:
NYC mother-of-three refuses to take plea deal and now faces seven years in prison after slamming into group of BLM protesters in 2020 - sending 50 flying across Third Ave - when they attacked her BMW  — Kathleen Casillo, 54, rejected a plea deal for a second time on Tuesday
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
US economy grew faster in third quarter than first estimated  —  The U.S. economy grew at a faster rate between July and September than federal officials first estimated, according to federal data released Wednesday.  —  U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate …
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
FTX's Collapse Validates Gary Gensler's Crypto Skepticism  —  If you're looking to apportion blame for the collapse of FTX, there are quite a few worthy candidates.  Start with founder Sam Bankman-Fried, who under the banner of “effective altruism”—a 4chan thread of a moral philosophy …
Mike Wendling / BBC:
Oath Keepers: 'How I escaped my father's militia'  —  The son of militia leader Stewart Rhodes spent years plotting to help his family escape from his father's control.  Now that the elder Rhodes faces decades in prison, the rest of the family is rebuilding their lives.  —  The time had come.
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
US considering designating Russian mercenary group as a foreign terrorist organization
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge says Georgia GOP chair may not share a lawyer with other ‘alternate electors’
Wall Street Journal:
Midterm Elections Produce More States Controlled by One Party
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bolts
Tara Kavaler / Arizona Republic:
Judge dismisses Hamadeh effort to delay certifying results in attorney general race
Discussion: Raw Story
The Bulwark:
The (Nonpartisan) Polls Were Fine, Actually
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Alia Wong / USA Today:
Schools are becoming hotbeds of political conflict - especially in purple districts
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Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
On City Streets, Fear and Hope as Mayor Pushes to Remove Mentally Ill
Wall Street Journal:
FDA Plans to Allow More Gay, Bisexual Men to Donate Blood
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
University of Florida Medical School Scrubs Web Pages of Woke Content in Wake of Exposé
Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
The powerful gay man behind Tucker Carlson's bloodcurdling hate
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
Whip count: Here's how much trouble Kevin McCarthy is in