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8:45 AM ET, December 2, 2022


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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
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.
Washington Post:
Trump Mar-a-Lago special master struck down by appeals court
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kanye West's Deal to Buy Parler Has Been Terminated … Kanye “Ye” West is no longer acquiring Parler, the right-wing-friendly “free speech social media” platform.  —  The announcement of the termination of West's deal to buy Parler, a copycat of Twitter, came shortly after West appeared on Infowars …
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Kanye West Tells Alex Jones: ‘I Like Hitler’
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 …
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 …
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.
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
The midterms have busted the myth of conservative ‘minority rule’
On TikTok, Chinese State Media Pushes Divisive Videos About U.S. Politicians  —  Many of the videos attacked specific U.S. politicians before the midterm elections and pushed divisive social issues, without clear labels disclosing they were coming from state-controlled media.
Arjun Singh / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Katie Hobbs' Office Threatened County Board With Arrest, Indictment If They Didn't Certify Results  — Katie Hobbs' office threatened Mohave County Supervisors with arrest and prosecution if they failed to certify the results of their elections before the state deadline.
Arizona Republic:
Cochise vote totals OK'd; reluctant supervisor joins colleague to certify results
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 …
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.
The White House:
Joint Statement Following the Meeting Between President Biden and President Macron
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Daily Caller
Kate Bennett / CNN:
The Bidens' first state dinner features butter-poached lobster with a side of hospitality
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
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
EU Asks Members to Set Russia Oil-Price Cap at $60  —  Move is an attempt to squeeze the Kremlin's oil revenues while keeping global supplies steady  —  The European Commission has asked the bloc's 27 member states to approve a price cap on Russian oil of $60 a barrel, according to people familiar with the matter.
Iranian security forces kill anti-government protester celebrating World Cup defeat, rights group says  —  A man is reported to have been killed by security forces in northern Iran during public celebrations by anti-government protesters following the national football team's defeat against the United States on Tuesday.
Discussion: and The Hill
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
HLN Gutted by CNN Layoffs … CNN is breaking news — but not in the way it usually does. … Some of the moves include ending one of the nation's longest-running morning programs and paring back on the number of non-staff contributors utilized on air.  —  HLN, the cable network once known …
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Kendall Coughlin / ABC News:
Carnival cruise passenger who went overboard was ‘dead set’ on surviving
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Syracuse Post-Standard:
Smoke and mirrors: Inside the murky $200M effort to kickstart NY's marijuana industry
Discussion: New York Post
Ellie Geranmayeh / Washington Post:
We still need a nuclear deal with Tehran. Protests don't change that.
Discussion: CNN
Rolling Stone:
Musk's Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say
Maya Kaufman / Crain's New York Business:
New Yorkers face long wait for mental health programs
Derek Brower / Financial Times:
Shale pioneer Harold Hamm attacks US-Venezuela oil deal as ‘desperation’
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
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 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
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Biden Administration Can Provide Mass Student-Loan Forgiveness
Alexandra Fouché / BBC:
Russian mercenary videos ‘top 1bn views’ on TikTok
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg gets 11 years as probe into congressman stalls, sources say