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5:50 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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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’
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts  —  A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal probe into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and other offenses.  Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole County …
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Will Steakin / ABC News:
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg gets 11 years as probe into congressman stalls, sources say
Discussion: Jezebel and Forbes
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Agrees to Decide if Biden Administration Can Provide Mass Student-Loan Forgiveness  —  Justices set arguments for winter, putting matter on track to be decided in current court session  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide whether the Biden administration …
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court to hear arguments on Biden's student loan forgiveness plan
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.
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 …
Reuters:
U.S. Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers  —  French President Emmanuel Macron addressed U.S. lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back over new American subsidies that are riling European leaders, according to a participant in a closed-door meeting.
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Washington Post:
Biden says he might meet with Putin—but not now
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 …
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 …
CNN:
First on CNN: Federal judge orders former top lawyers in Trump's White House to testify in criminal grand jury probe  —  A federal judge has ordered former top Trump White House lawyers to provide additional grand jury testimony, rejecting former President Donald Trump's privilege claims …
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 …
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Trump was unaware of tax fraud, defense lawyer says as trial nears end  —  A defense lawyer on Thursday tried to assure jurors near the end of a criminal trial of Donald Trump's real estate company that the former U.S. president knew nothing about a greedy former senior executive's years-long tax fraud.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Widespread outage shuts down 988 mental health hotline
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
The Abortion Diaries  —  Pregnant and desperate in post-Roe America
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Cotton blocking quick passage of bill compensating 9/11 victims
Discussion: Fox News
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico owes its young democracy to its elections institute. The president wants to dismantle it
Alexandra Fouché / BBC:
Russian mercenary videos ‘top 1bn views’ on TikTok
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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
Evan Halper / Washington Post:
U.S. gas prices plunge toward $3 a gallon as demand drops worldwide
 

 
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