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2:00 AM ET, December 2, 2022

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Politico:
Biden urges Dems to scrap Iowa, elevate South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan in early presidential primaries  —  President Joe Biden has proposed sweeping changes to the Democratic presidential nominating calendar, upending the current primary lineup to include several states that were key to his 2020 win …
NBC News:
White House sparks primary firestorm by pushing South Carolina for top spot  —  After it botched the 2020 caucuses, Iowa is set to lose its coveted first-in-the-nation status.  But Biden's recommendation that South Carolina go first quickly led to internal divisions.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Minnesota Dems ding Michigan as race for early-state presidential primary heats up
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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.
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 …
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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’  —  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 …
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Arizona Republic:
Cochise vote totals OK'd; reluctant supervisor joins colleague to certify results
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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myfloridacfo.com:
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.
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 …
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Audits That Included Comey, McCabe Were Random Selections, Report Finds
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Rolling Stone:
Musk's Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say  —  “Polls are more prone to manipulation than almost anything else [on Twitter].  It's interesting, given his [Musk's] use of polls,” Yoel Roth, the company's former Head of Trust and Safety says
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 …
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
The midterms have busted the myth of conservative ‘minority rule’  —  The 2022 midterms dealt a political blow to Republicans who claimed the previous election was rigged.  But they also struck a blow against a subtler self-serving theory undermining faith in democracy from the left …
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.
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Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts
Kate Bennett / CNN:
The Bidens' first state dinner features butter-poached lobster with a side of hospitality  —  President Joe Biden is hosting French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on Thursday, using the very first state dinner of his presidency to shore up relations with a key American ally whose friendship …
CNN:
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: middleeastmonitor.com and The Hill
Maya Kaufman / Crain's New York Business:
New Yorkers face long wait for mental health programs  —  More than 1,000 New Yorkers living with a serious mental illness are on waiting lists for government-funded community programs designed to help people who need comprehensive and frequent mental health and social services, according to recent data obtained by Crain's.
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: UPI, Forbes and Raw Story
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 …
Derek Brower / Financial Times:
Shale pioneer Harold Hamm attacks US-Venezuela oil deal as ‘desperation’  —  Founder of Continental Resources says Biden administration wants to put American industry ‘out of business’  —  Shale pioneer Harold Hamm has hit out at the US's oil deal with Venezuela, saying it marked a new sign of …
Discussion: National Review
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court to hear arguments on Biden's student loan forgiveness plan  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to grant President Joe Biden's bid to implement his student loan forgiveness plan, announcing instead that it will hear full oral arguments on an expedited basis.
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Associated Press:
Widespread outage shuts down 988 mental health hotline  —  The nation's new 988 hotline, intended to help anyone experiencing a mental health emergency, has been out of service for several hours Thursday.  Those trying to reach the line for help with suicide, depression or other mental health crises …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
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
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Britain Opened the Door to Online Gambling. Now It's Living With the Consequences
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
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
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico owes its young democracy to its elections institute. The president wants to dismantle it
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Joint Statement Following the Meeting Between President Biden and President Macron
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Al Jazeera
Alexandra Fouché / BBC:
Russian mercenary videos ‘top 1bn views’ on TikTok
Wall Street Journal:
Americans Are Losing Trust in the Military
Cory Turner / NPR:
School principals say culture wars made last year ‘rough as hell’
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Rise in Iranian assassination, kidnapping plots alarms Western officials