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9:45 PM ET, November 30, 2022


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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
House committee receives Donald Trump's federal tax returns from IRS  —  The House Ways and Means Committee now has six years of Donald Trump's federal tax returns, ending a yearslong pursuit by Democrats to dig into one of the former president's most closely guarded personal details.
NBC News:
Trump's tax returns now in the hands of House Democrats after lengthy court battle  —  WASHINGTON — A Democratic-led House committee is now in possession of six years of former President Donald Trump's tax returns after a multiyear court fight.  —  The Treasury Department said Wednesday …
Financial Times:
EU and US turn up the heat on Elon Musk over Twitter  —  EU commissioner warns billionaire he must adhere to the rules as Janet Yellen indicates Washington could review purchase  —  Elon Musk is under renewed pressure from the US and EU over his ownership of Twitter, as regulators clamp …
Sarah Kessler / New York Times:
Watch a Live Interview With Sam Bankman-Fried … Mark Zuckerberg says that the App Store's market dominance is ‘not good.’  —  Speaking at the DealBook Summit on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg, C.E.O. of Meta, said he believes that Apple's power as a gatekeeper for the apps marketplace was problematic.
Twitter not safer under Elon Musk, says former head of trust and safety
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lawyers told to choose between GOP chair and 10 other fake electors  —  Either state GOP chairman David Shafer or 10 other Republicans who falsely purported to be Georgia's presidential electors must find new lawyers to represent them in the ongoing criminal investigation of what happened …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Georgia Republican chair had ‘substantively’ large role in trying to throw out election results: judge  —  On Wednesday, The Hill reported that a state judge in Georgia has singled out David Shafer, the chair of the Georgia Republican Party, as having a singularly significant role in the plot …
Georgia GOP chairman singled out by judge for central role in fake elector plot
Discussion: The Hill
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge says Georgia GOP chair may not share a lawyer with other ‘alternate electors’
Discussion: Associated Press
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR to impose near-freeze on hiring but avoids layoffs as budget cuts loom  —  NPR will need to cut at least $10 million from the current fiscal year ending next September 30, the network's chief executive, John Lansing, announced Wednesday, due to a sharp drop in revenue from sponsors.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will end its Sunday magazine, eliminate positions  —  Executive editor Sally Buzbee said the magazine would end ‘in its current form’ after printing its final issue on Dec. 25.  —  The Washington Post will stop publishing its stand-alone print magazine …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
It Was Sedition  —  It's fitting that Merriam-Webster's word of the year is gaslighting.  Since a violent mob assaulted the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, apologists have tried to argue that the thing everyone saw with their own eyes, captured in videos and photographs, simply wasn't what it appeared to be.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Meet the legal nerd who MAGA bigwigs are turning to for help
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix's Reed Hastings Admits He Was Wrong About Advertising, Says ‘Glass Onion’ Theatrical Release Was Promotional Tactic … Netflix co-CEO and chairman Reed Hastings conceded that he wished the streamer had introduced an ad-supported plan years ago.  —  Netflix's reluctance to adopt advertising was …
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.
“Welcome Consequences”: Hogan Lovells Fires Partner for Voicing Her Views on the Dobbs Decision
Paul Farrell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden's married, non-binary nuclear waste guru who stole woman's $2,325 bag from airport hosted SPANKING seminar at kink conference just weeks later - under ‘NuclearNerd’ nickname that's still in use on fetish hookup website  — Sam Brinton, a high ranking official in Biden's DoE …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Why America's Railroads Refuse to Give Their Workers Paid Leave  —  For months, the world's largest economy has been teetering on the brink of collapse because America's latter-day robber barons can't comprehend that workers sometimes get sick.  —  Or so the behavior of major U.S. rail companies seems to suggest.
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.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Hakeem Jeffries elected House Democratic leader
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.
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.
David Corn / Mother Jones:   Herschel Walker Once Said He Was the Target of Racism. Now He Claims It Doesn't Exist.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Judge scolds Justice Department for its slow investigations at hearing for Rep. Matt Gaetz's convicted associate  —  A federal judge scolded the Justice Department on Wednesday over what he characterized as slow-moving investigations during a hearing for one of GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz's former associates …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Buckingham Palace Staff Member Resigns Over Remarks to Black Guest  —  The founder of an antiviolence support group said an aide pressed her on where she was from, dismissing Britain as an answer.  The palace called the questioning “unacceptable and deeply regrettable.”
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
Epstein Estate Agrees to Pay More Than $105 Million to U.S. Virgin Islands  —  The estate of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein will repay tax benefits and half the proceeds from the sale of an island he owned.  —  Matthew Goldstein, who covers white-collar crimes, has been following the Jeffrey Epstein case since 2019.
Preliminary Lessons in Conventional Warfighting from Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: February-July 2022  —  This study of the early phases of the 2022 war sheds light on Ukraine's strengths and vulnerabilities, and the need for further Western support.  —  Executive Summary
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
AG: Penalize doctor who spoke of Ohio 10-year-old's abortion  —  Indiana's Republican attorney general on Wednesday asked the state medical licensing board to discipline an Indianapolis doctor who has spoken publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled from Ohio …
Al Weaver / The Hill:
Rubio stokes 2024 chatter with planned book release  —  There's a possible new entrant in the 2024 GOP book primary: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).  —  Rubio, who finished third in the 2016 GOP primary race, is set to release a new book, titled “Decades of Decadence,” on June 13 with jockeying underway for the 2024 presidential primary.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Daily Wire and New York Post
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 …
David Moye / HuffPost:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn Uses Final House Speech To Rail Against ‘Soft Metrosexuals’  —  “Our young men are taught that ... being a soft metrosexual is more valuable than training the mind, body, and soul,” the soon-to-be-former congressman claimed.  —  Far-right congressman Madison Cawthorn …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and Mediaite
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How a ‘Golden Era for Large Cities’ Might Be Turning Into an ‘Urban Doom Loop’  —  The last thirty years “were a golden era for large cities,” Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, a professor of real estate and finance at Columbia Business School, wrote in November 2022: “A virtuous cycle of improving amenities …
Discussion: Metro
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Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
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Elon Musk's Twitter Politics Add to Pressure on Tesla's Brand Image
Knight First Amendment Institute:
El Faro Journalists, Knight Institute Sue NSO Group Over Spyware
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Teen Mississippi Rape Victim Forced to Travel 500 Miles For Abortion, Report Says
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Times
House, Senate negotiators agree to add $45B to Biden's defense budget
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS warns of domestic terror threats to LGBTQ, Jewish and migrant communities
Stephen Engelberg / ProPublica:
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Tara Kavaler / Arizona Republic:
Judge dismisses Hamadeh effort to delay certifying results in attorney general race
Discussion: Raw Story