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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.
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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.
Washington Post:
Trump Mar-a-Lago special master struck down by appeals court  —  The three-judge panel said Judge Aileen Cannon erred in appointing a special master to review documents seized by the FBI  —  A federal appeals court panel on Thursday halted an outside review of thousands of documents seized …
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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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 …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Minnesota Dems ding Michigan as race for early-state presidential primary heats up
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’
Forbes:
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.
Discussion: HotAir, RedState and Fox News
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.
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Arizona Republic:
Cochise vote totals OK'd; reluctant supervisor joins colleague to certify results
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.
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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.
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.
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Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court to hear arguments on Biden's student loan forgiveness plan
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Ellie Geranmayeh / Washington Post:
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Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
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Associated Press:
Widespread outage shuts down 988 mental health hotline
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Jason Willick / Washington Post:
The midterms have busted the myth of conservative ‘minority rule’
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Laura Kelly / The Hill:
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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
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Trump company tax fraud trial nears end in battle over who to blame
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico owes its young democracy to its elections institute. The president wants to dismantle it
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FTX's Collapse Was a Crime, Not an Accident
Alexandra Fouché / BBC:
Russian mercenary videos ‘top 1bn views’ on TikTok
Cory Turner / NPR:
School principals say culture wars made last year ‘rough as hell’
Discussion: Raw Story