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6:30 PM ET, December 1, 2022

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Washington Post:
Trump's dinner with antisemites provides test of GOP response to extremism  —  Republicans are showing increasing boldness in criticizing Trump over his meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West who has issued anti-Jewish diatribes
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A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
Yes, He Will Burn It All Down  —  Nearly two years ago a prediction was published here, a warning to Republicans that “Donald Trump is going to destroy their party.  Not because he wants to or even because he's trying to.  But because the destruction of the GOP will be required in order to fill his psychological needs.”
Politico:
Biden world once ignored Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Now it's making her the face of the GOP.  —  With a fractured Republican party readying to take the reins in the House of Representatives, the White House is doing something it resisted early in office: taking on the more extreme members of the opposition party.
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Stuck With Ronna  —  How does such a loser become the longest-serving RNC chair in modern history?  —  If you want to know how bad things are for the Republican party, consider this: The person most likely to be selected next month to chair the Republican National Committee has already overseen …
Newt Gingrich / Gingrich 360:
Quit Underestimating President Biden  —  If Republicans are going to successfully work through the next two years in Congress - and win the presidency in 2024 - we need to look much more deeply at what worked and what did not work in 2020 and 2022.  —  by Newt Gingrich
Discussion: Wide World of News
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Layoffs Expected to Affect HLN … HLN, the cable network once known as CNN Headline News, is home to a bevy of true-crime series, endless showings of “Forensic Files,” and “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” with a host who has been at the network since 2001.  Now, all of that is under the microscope.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Inside the CNN newsroom cuts  —  CILLIZZA OUT — CNN's mass layoffs have claimed one cornerstone of its Washington coverage: Political analyst CHRIS CILLIZZA is among those who have been laid off from the network this week.  People familiar with the decision confirmed the move …
The Hill:
Senate votes to avert costly rail strike  —  The Senate voted Thursday to avert a costly nationwide rail strike next week that lawmakers in both parties worried would shut down much of the economy and further add to inflation.  —  Senators voted 80 to 15 for a House-passed bill to implement …
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Rachel Premack / FreightWaves:
We've (probably) averted a rail strike. Now what?
NBC News:
Senate reaches deal to vote quickly on averting a rail strike
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
The midterms have busted the myth of conservative ‘minority rule’
Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
House Judiciary Republicans delete ‘Kanye.  Elon.  Trump.’ tweet as rapper praises Hitler  —  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee had tweeted in apparent support of Ye on Oct. 6.  The tweet was removed Thursday.  —  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee deleted …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Kanye West Tells Alex Jones: ‘I Like Hitler’  —  The far-right troll now known as Ye sat down with conspiracy nut Alex Jones for a bonkers chat rife with antisemitism.  —  Ye's appearance on far-right conspiracy-theory outlet InfoWars quickly turned into a chance to preach antisemitic hatred on Thursday …
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg gets 11 years as probe into congressman stalls, sources say  —  Joel Greenberg agreed to cooperate with the probe into Rep. Gaetz, sources said.  —  Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg talks to the Orlando Sentinel during an interview at his office in Lake Mary, Fla., in Sept., 2019.
Discussion: Jezebel and Forbes
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Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts
NBC News:
Democrats poised to ditch Iowa, promote Michigan in 2024 presidential primaries  —  After botching their 2020 caucuses, Iowa is set to lose its coveted first-in-the-nation status.  Newcomer Michigan is likely to round out Democrats' 2024 early states.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are poised …
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Herschel Walker Ex Comes Forward: He Attacked Me in a Rage  —  Cheryl Parsa says she endured cheating, lying, violence, and multiple personalities during her romance with the gridiron great. … A former longtime girlfriend of Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker has come forward …
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Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden, Speaking With Macron, Says He's Open to Meeting With Putin  —  Showing a united front during a state visit, President Biden and President Emmanuel Macron of France expressed support for Ukraine.  Mr. Biden said he would meet with the Russian president if he showed a willingness to end the war.
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Reuters:
U.S. Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers
Washington Post:
Biden says he might meet with Putin—but not now
Washington Post:
Rise in Iranian assassination, kidnapping plots alarms Western officials  —  In the summer of 2021, officers from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service showed up at the Vancouver home of Ramin Seyed Emami, an Iranian Canadian musician and performer who hosts a popular Persian-language podcast.
David Z. Morris / CoinDesk:
FTX's Collapse Was a Crime, Not an Accident  —  Sam Bankman-Fried is a con man and fraudster of historic proportions.  But you might not learn that from the New York Times, CoinDesk's Chief Insights Columnist David Z. Morris writes.  —  In the weeks since Sam Bankman-Fried's cryptocurrency empire …
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago in major defeat for Trump  —  In a major defeat for former President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court on Thursday halted a third-party review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Audits That Included Comey, McCabe Were Random Selections, Report Finds  —  Inspector general's study found no evidence of misconduct by tax agency  —  WASHINGTON—IRS research audits in 2017 and 2019—the years that FBI leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe were selected for those intensive exams …
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court to hear arguments on Biden's student loan forgiveness plan
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
'It's all bullshit': Democrats unload on the crypto industry while hearings loom  —  Sign up for Semafor Principals: An insider's guide to power in D.C.  —  Your Email addressSign Up  —  At a moment when Congress is finally debating whether and how to seriously regulate the cryptocurrency industry …
Cory Turner / NPR:
School principals say culture wars made last year ‘rough as hell’  —  “Rough as hell.”  —  That's how one high school principal in Nevada describes the 2021-'22 school year, when conflicts with parents and community members were all too common.  —  “Something needs to change or else we will all quit …
Politico:
Friends to the left of him, critics to the right: McCarthy's stuck in the chase  —  House Republicans are playing high-stakes tug of war with Kevin McCarthy's speakership dreams.  And now both sides are digging in their heels.  —  On the GOP leader's right, conservatives are meeting …
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Cotton blocking quick passage of bill compensating 9/11 victims  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is blocking the Senate from voting on a bill aimed at providing close to $3 billion to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, calling for victims of the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut …
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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Associated Press:
Widespread outage shuts down 988 mental health hotline
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
CNN:
First on CNN: Federal judge orders former top lawyers in Trump's White House to testify in criminal grand jury probe
Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
The Abortion Diaries  —  Pregnant and desperate in post-Roe America
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Trump was unaware of tax fraud, defense lawyer says as trial nears end
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico owes its young democracy to its elections institute. The president wants to dismantle it
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Alexandra Fouché / BBC:
Russian mercenary videos ‘top 1bn views’ on TikTok
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
FBI denies purging conservative employees in letter to Jim Jordan
Discussion: CNN and Frontpage Mag
Brad Miller / American Prospect:
The Corruption of the Legal Profession
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Right-Wing Zionist Digests Trump's Anti-Semite Dinner Party
Discussion: Althouse