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10:50 AM ET, December 2, 2022


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Ariella Marsden / Jerusalem Post:
‘I like Hitler,’ Kanye West says, denies Holocaust in Alex Jones interview  —  The rapper also asserted that Hitler, who West said had redeeming qualities, “didn't kill 6 million Jews.”  —  American rapper Kanye West praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and denied the Holocaust in a disturbing …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The GOP's bet on Kanye West has gone very bad  —  It's not hard to understand why the rapper Ye — born Kanye West — signaling his support for Donald Trump would be so appealing to Republicans.  For years, the party has struggled to bolster its standing with Black voters and its position in popular culture.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kanye West's Deal to Buy Parler Has Been Terminated
Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
House Judiciary Republicans delete ‘Kanye. Elon. Trump.’ tweet as rapper praises Hitler
New York Times:
Hate Speech's Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find  —  Problematic content and formerly barred accounts have increased sharply in the short time since Elon Musk took over, researchers said.  —  Sheera Frenkel writes about misinformation and social media platforms.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Embraces Extremism as He Seeks to Reclaim Office  —  As he gets his presidential campaign underway, Donald J. Trump has aligned himself with forces that used to be outside the mainstream of American politics.  —  WASHINGTON — The conviction of the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump expresses solidarity with Jan. 6 rioters who stormed the Capitol  —  Former president Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, sending a video of support to a fundraising event Thursday night hosted by a group called the Patriot Freedom Project …
Discussion: Raw Story, Rumble and emptywheel
New York Times:
Appeals Court Scraps Special Master Review in Trump Documents Case  —  The panel's decision removed a major obstacle that for more than two months had hindered the Justice Department's investigation into Mr. Trump's handling of sensitive government documents.
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago in major defeat for Trump
CNN Poll: Warnock holds a narrow edge over Walker in final undecided Senate contest  —  In the final undecided Senate contest of 2022, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia holds a narrow lead over Republican challenger Herschel Walker among those likely to vote in a runoff election Tuesday …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
NBC News:
Amid GOP worries, Herschel Walker's campaign desperately pleads for cash  —  Outgunned financially as Democrats dominate early voting, Herschel Walker's Georgia Senate campaign Thursday begged donors to pony up more money because of Sen. Raphael Warnock's growing sense of momentum.
Ukraine war: Zelensky aide reveals up to 13,000 war dead  —  Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of Russia's invasion, a senior official has said.  —  Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said between 10,000 and 13,000 troops had died.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden says he would talk to Russia's leader but only in consultation with NATO.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden said he would talk with President Vladimir Putin if the Russian leader expresses a desire to end his invasion of Ukraine, but Mr. Biden said he would only do so in consultation with NATO allies.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Payrolls and wages blow past expectations, flying in the face of Fed rate hikes  — Nonfarm payrolls increased 263,000 for the month while the unemployment rate was 3.7%, the Labor Department reported Friday.  — The payrolls number was well above the 200,000 estimate, while the unemployment rate was in line.
Stocks fall on hotter-than-anticipated November jobs report, Dow slides 200 points
Discussion: UPI and The Daily Caller
Alex Jones files for bankruptcy following $1 bln Sandy Hook verdict  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy on Friday, less than two months after a jury ordered him and the parent company of his Infowars website to pay nearly $1 billion for spreading lies about the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania Republicans reconsider their war on mail voting  —  PHILADELPHIA — For the past two years, Republican officials in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania have blasted mail voting, firing off lawsuits and bills aimed at crippling the balloting method that has become increasingly popular post-pandemic.
Syracuse Post-Standard:
Smoke and mirrors: Inside the murky $200M effort to kickstart NY's marijuana industry … New York's equity-focused rollout of its legal marijuana market relies heavily on a $200 million fund to support the state's first retailers.  —  Yet the team picked to raise and manage that money …
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
House Dems pass some more torches  —  With help from Burgess Everett, Kyle Cheney and Katherine Tully-McManus  —  CAUCUS CHANGES — It's not just House Democrats as a whole who are passing the torch this week.  Key groups within the caucus are also holding their own elections …
Washington Post:
Biden pushes South Carolina as first primary state, elevates Georgia and Michigan  —  The tectonic decision to radically remake his party's presidential nominating calendar for 2024 came as a shock to party officials and state leaders who had been lobbying hard to gain a place in the early calendar
Des Moines Register:
Biden wants South Carolina, not Iowa, first in shakeup of presidential selection process
Alejandro Serrano / The Texas Tribune:
Uvalde officials say local prosecutor impeded investigation into police response to shooting  —  In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the city of Uvalde says the district attorney is restricting information needed by its independent investigator.  Uvalde wants a judge to compel the prosecutor to hand …
Discussion: Just The News, UPI, Forbes and Raw Story
CFO JIMMY PATRONIS: FLORIDA TREASURY DIVESTING FROM BLACKROCK  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that the Florida Treasury will begin divesting $2 billion worth of assets currently under management by BlackRock.
Neirin Gray Desai / Daily Mail:
Gavin Newsom's reparations committee will recommend handing out $223,200 per person to all descendants of slaves in California for ‘housing discrimination’ at a cost of $559BN - in nation's biggest restitution effort ever  — A task force was set up in California to make proposals for slavery reparations
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Biden Administration Can Provide Mass Student-Loan Forgiveness  —  Justices set arguments for winter, putting matter on track to be decided in current court session  —  Why Student-Loan Forgiveness Comes With Economic and Political Risks  —  Created with sketchtool.
Jarod Facundo / American Prospect:
Sen. Gillibrand Hires Former Crypto Lawyer  —  Dorothy DeWitt, who was general counsel at Coinbase, is the New York senator's new chief counsel for finance.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks to reporters during the election night party for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, November 8, 2022, in New York.
Discussion: Semafor and CoinDesk
Arizona Republic:
Cochise vote totals OK'd; reluctant supervisor joins colleague to certify results  —  Mary Jo Pitzl Ryan RandazzoArizona Republic  —  Compelled by a court order, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors certified the results of the Nov. 8 election Thursday on a 2-0 vote.
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GOP tension builds over House speaker race as McCarthy and critics prep for floor fight
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Burness / Bolts:
Rhode Island Pair, Once Dogged by Criminal Legal System, Elected to Statehouse
Kendall Coughlin / ABC News:
Carnival cruise passenger who went overboard was ‘dead set’ on surviving
Discussion: The Daily Beast and
Maya Kaufman / Crain's New York Business:
New Yorkers face long wait for mental health programs
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
The midterms have busted the myth of conservative ‘minority rule’
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Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
The Abortion Diaries  —  Pregnant and desperate in post-Roe America
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Cotton blocking quick passage of 9/11 victims bill over Beirut concerns
Discussion: Roll Call, PIX11 and Fox News
The Hill:
Senate votes to avert costly rail strike
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Trump company tax fraud trial nears end in battle over who to blame