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7:35 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.”
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 …
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.
Newt Gingrich / Gingrich 360:
Quit Underestimating President Biden
Discussion: Politico and Wide World of News
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.
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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.
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 …
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
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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 …
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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Jason Willick / Washington Post:
The midterms have busted the myth of conservative ‘minority rule’
NBC News:
Senate reaches deal to vote quickly on averting a rail strike
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Alexandra Fouché / BBC:
Russian mercenary videos ‘top 1bn views’ on TikTok  —  TikTok is hosting dozens of videos that glorify violence by Russia's Wagner Group of mercenaries and they have been viewed more than a billion times, according to a new report.  —  Wagner has sent mercenaries into Ukraine in big numbers.
 
 
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Derek Brower / Financial Times:
Shale pioneer Harold Hamm attacks US-Venezuela oil deal as ‘desperation’
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Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden, Speaking With Macron, Says He's Open to Meeting With Putin
Associated Press:
Widespread outage shuts down 988 mental health hotline
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Cotton blocking quick passage of bill compensating 9/11 victims
Discussion: Fox News
U.S. Department of Defense:
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Trump was unaware of tax fraud, defense lawyer says as trial nears end
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Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico owes its young democracy to its elections institute. The president wants to dismantle it
Reuters:
U.S. Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
FBI denies purging conservative employees in letter to Jim Jordan
Discussion: CNN and Frontpage Mag
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trumpists are vowing to sabotage Biden. Act on this now, Democrats.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Right-Wing Zionist Digests Trump's Anti-Semite Dinner Party
Discussion: Althouse
 

 
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Nic Newman / Reuters Institute:
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