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12:00 PM ET, December 3, 2022


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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
No, You Do Not Have a Constitutional Right to Post Hunter Biden's Dick Pic on Twitter  —  Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi's First Amendment follies.  —  While normal humans who denied Republicans their red wave were enjoying an epic sports weekend, an insular community of MAGA activists …
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Note to Readers  —  It's about to get weird in here.  An appeal for your patience  —  Dear TK Readers:  —  Very shortly, I'm going to begin posting a long thread of information on Twitter, at my account, @mtaibbi.  This material is likely to get a lot of attention.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
‘Deeply Underwhelmed’: Right-Wingers on Musk's Overhyped ‘Twitter Files’  —  “Elon dropped this total nothingburger Hunter Biden story,” the far-right Twitter rival Gab wrote.  —  Elon Musk hyped the release of bombshell revelations Friday about Twitter's controversial decision to restrict stories …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Rolling Stone
Todd Spangler / Variety:
‘Twitter Files’ Touted by Musk Reveal How Execs Debated Decision to Block NY Post Account Over Hunter Biden Articles … The new disclosures, touted as “The Twitter Files,” were posted in a lengthy Twitter thread by investigative reporter and author Matt Taibbi (and retweeted by Musk).
Victor Nava / New York Post:
Who is Vijaya Gadde, the Twitter exec involved in censoring Post's Hunter Biden laptop bombshell?  —  One of the high-level Twitter executives who reportedly played “a key role” in the company's decision to censor The Post's bombshell story on Hunter Biden's laptop has a long history of being accused of suppressing conservative voices.
New York Post:
Hunter Biden laptop bombshell: Twitter invented reason to censor Post's reporting  —  Twitter “just freelanced” its baseless decision to censor The Post's bombshell Hunter Biden laptop scoop in the run up to the 2020 election — with top-level workers at the social media giant agreeing …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Released Twitter emails show how employees debated how to handle 2020 New York Post Hunter Biden story
New York Times:
Twitter Keeps Missing Its Advertising Targets as Woes Mount  —  Under Elon Musk, the company has cut its financial expectations as some advertisers request discounts and are offered incentives.  —  The World Cup has historically been a boon for Twitter, bringing in record traffic and an influx of advertising dollars.
New York Times:
Two Trump-Appointed Judges Rebuke a Third for Bending the Law in His Favor  —  The reversal of a district judge's intervention in the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation shows the complexity of former President Donald J. Trump's judicial legacy.  —  WASHINGTON — A scathing decision on Thursday …
Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: A good turn of events, made possible by a still sturdy judicial branch  —  This has been a good week for the rule of law, the courts and the Constitution.  —  On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed a resounding victory to Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland against former President Trump.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Makes Plans to Move Production Out of China  —  Burned by Covid lockdowns and worker protests at Foxconn plants, the iPhone maker is looking to diversify the supply chain that has powered its growth  —  In recent weeks, Apple Inc. AAPL -.34%decrease; red down pointing triangle …
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Mike Pence said he told Trump he was angry the first time they spoke after the Capitol riot  — Mike Pence recounted the first time he spoke to Donald Trump after the Capitol riot on PBS Newshour.  — Pence reportedly told Trump he was “angry” about the pair's differences and the actions of the rioters.
Alys Davies / BBC:
Finland's Sanna Marin says Europe would be in trouble without US  —  Finnish PM Sanna Marin has said Europe is “not strong enough” to stand up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine on its own, and has had to rely on US support.  —  During a visit to Australia, the leader of the pending Nato member …
Deidre McPhillips / CNN:
As respiratory viruses strain US health care systems, Biden administration tells states how it's ready to help  —  Nearly 20,000 people in the United States were admitted to the hospital for flu last week, almost double the number of admissions from the week before, according to data updated Friday …
Richard Eden / Daily Mail:
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Did deafness play a part in Lady Susan's palace race gaffe?  —  Buckingham Palace guest Ngozi Fulani said she was left feeling ‘violated’ after Prince William's godmother ‘interrogated’ her about where she was from at a reception on Tuesday, despite her making clear she was British.
Washington Post:
In Georgia runoff, GOP worries about Walker, Trump and party's future  —  Republicans have grown increasingly nervous about an election that reflects larger concerns  —  ATLANTA — Republicans have grown increasingly nervous about the final U.S. Senate election of the midterms …
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F.'s McConnell Money Tickle  —  In his previous life as crypto boy king, S.B.F. was fetishized as a modern Soros.  But he cared about power and relevance, which is why, yes, he gave some dark-money to Republicans, too.  —  In the final months of this year's midterms cycle …
Tom Howell Jr / Washington Times:
WH under pressure to deal with fentanyl, overdose crisis as GOP takes over House  —  The Biden administration and its allies said Friday they want to make overdose-reversing drugs a ubiquitous part of American life, highlighting a plan to make naloxone available over the counter …
Washington Post:   Drugs killed 8 friends, one by one, in a tragedy seen across the U.S.
New York Times:
N.Y. Attorney General's Top Aide Resigns After Sexual Harassment Claims  —  Ibrahim Khan had been Letitia James's chief of staff for close to a decade.  —  The longtime chief of staff to Letitia James, the New York attorney general, has resigned amid an investigation into misconduct …
Matt Shuham / HuffPost:
The Mysterious Fourth Man At The Trump-Ye Dinner Tells His Story  —  “I was there as a spectator.  I was just along for the ride,” said Jamar Montgomery, who told HuffPost he met Ye just a few days before joining him, Nick Fuentes and Donald Trump for dinner.
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Jennifer Calfas / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Urges Politicians to Call Out and Reject Anti-Semitism
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy reveals exactly how the GOP House will protect Trump
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Gun-Toting WV Judge Was an Even Bigger Asshole Than We Knew
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The GOP Can't Hide From Extremism
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
Alicia Roberts / CBS News:
Philadelphia City Council approves permanent 10 p.m. curfew
 Earlier Items: 
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Oligarch's $200m superyacht to be sold at auction to benefit Ukraine
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Dems move to make South Carolina, not Iowa, 1st voting state
Joseph De Avila / Wall Street Journal:
Gas Prices Are Dropping: Here's How Much Lower They Might Go
Discussion: Political Wire