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10:35 AM ET, December 2, 2022


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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 …
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 …
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.
Rolling Stone:
Musk's Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say
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.
Stocks fall on hotter-than-anticipated November jobs report, Dow slides 200 points
Discussion: Forbes 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.
Washington Post:
Trump Mar-a-Lago special master struck down by appeals court
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago in major defeat for Trump
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.
Des Moines Register:
Biden wants South Carolina, not Iowa, first in shakeup of presidential selection process  —  Brianne Pfannenstiel Francesca Chambers Todd Spangler Joey GarrisonDes Moines Register  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden is recommending a massive overhaul of the presidential nominating calendar …
Washington Post:
Biden pushes South Carolina as first primary state, elevates Georgia and Michigan
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Hill:
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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

Wes Davis / The Verge:
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