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12:15 AM ET, December 5, 2022

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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump's call for suspending the Constitution is too dangerous to ignore  —  There was a time, in the naive spring and summer of 2015, when I deemed Donald Trump beneath my notice and refused to write about him: Why soil myself, I thought, and also: Surely he will fade away.
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Meghan MacPherson / Associated Press:
Trump's call to suspend Constitution not a 2024 deal-breaker, leading House Republican says  —  Still, Rep. Dave Joyce said on “This Week” that Trump's idea was “fantasy.”  —  In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo, Rep. Dave Joyce speaks at a GOP Get Out the Vote rally in Independence, Ohio.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers largely silent after Trump suggests ‘termination’ of Constitution  —  Donald Trump's suggestion this weekend that the U.S. Constitution should be terminated in response to his baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen drew a largely muted response from Republicans …
NBC News:
Top Republicans stay silent on Trump's call to terminate the Constitution
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
House Republican won't denounce Trump over call to terminate Constitution's election rules
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:   Some Trump Jewish Allies at Breaking Point After Kanye West, Nick Fuentes Meeting
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WRAL-TV:
Moore County authorities investigate social posts claiming knowledge of Moore County blackout … Emily Grace Rainey, a former U.S. Army psychological operations officer, made several posts about it on social media, even saying in one post: “The power is out in Moore County and I know why.”
Pilot:
Emergency Declared, Curfew Ordered Following Moore Power Grid Attack  —  Much of Moore County — more than 40,000 homes and businesses — remain without power following an attack to electrical substations.  Authorities have confirmed that at least two substations were damaged by gunfire on Saturday night.
CNN:
NC county announces curfew as nearly 40,000 customers remain without power after 2 substations damaged by gunfire
Nicholas Grossman:
Another Hyped “Hunter Biden Laptop” Reveal Flops  —  Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi said the “Twitter Files” would show a political scandal, but the information itself did the opposite  —  It was hyped as a big revelation, proof of a political conspiracy.  Twitter's new owner Elon Musk gave …
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Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Elon Musk says ‘more smoking guns’ are on the way from Twitter after Hunter Biden laptop exposé
Washington Post:
Elon Musk's ‘Twitter Files’ ignite divisions, but haven't changed minds
New York Times:
Iran Has Abolished Morality Police, an Official Suggests, After Months of Protests  —  The move, which the government did not confirm, appeared to be a concession to the protest movement that erupted after the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police.
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David S. Cloud / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Abolishes Morality Police, Considers Changing Hijab Laws, Official Says
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Owed Hidden Debt While In Office  —  Donald Trump's business attracted so much scrutiny during his time in office that it would be easy to conclude that all information about its foreign entanglements must be out by now.  It is not.  Buried in a heap of recently released financial paperwork sits …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ronna McDaniel set to get new opponent for RNC post  —  Ronna McDaniel is about to draw a challenge to her post as Republican National Committee chair.  —  Harmeet Dhillon, a RNC committeewoman whose firm represents Donald Trump, is prepping a bid for party chair, according to two people familiar with her planning.
Sky Palma / DeadState:
James Woods says he plans to sue Democrats: ‘They ruined my career’  —  During an appearance on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show this Friday, actor James Woods promised to sue the Democratic National Committee over a Twitter thread posted by journalist Matt Taibbi about the Twitter's handling of the Hunter Biden story.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Councilman Ari Kagan expected to switch parties from Democrat to GOP  —  Brooklyn Councilman Ari Kagan is expected to switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican on Monday — and announce a general election challenge against one of his Democratic colleagues next year …
Zack Fink / Spectrum News NY1:
New York attorney general's office faces questions over investigation that led to resignation of top aide  —  The office of State Attorney General Letitia James is facing calls to provide more details about an internal sexual harassment investigation that led to the resignation of Chief of Staff Ibrahim Khan.
Discussion: Mid Hudson News
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court weighs ‘most important case’ on democracy  —  The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency.
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
Democrats try to salvage Manchin's side deal on energy projects  —  The House may include a permitting overhaul bill from Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) in an annual defense policy measure, but challenges persist in the Senate  —  The push by Sen. Joe Manchin III to overhaul …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
CNN:
Exclusive: China operating over 100 police stations across the world with the help of some host nations, report claims  —  Beijing has set up more than 100 so-called overseas police stations across the globe to monitor, harass and in some cases repatriate Chinese citizens living in exile …
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Guardian
Max Tani / Semafor:
Ron DeSantis is building his own media  —  In August, a producer for “The View” emailed Ron DeSantis' team hoping to book the Florida governor on the daytime talk show in the days before the midterm elections.  —  DeSantis declined the offer to chat with Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain.
 
 
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Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
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