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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 …
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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.
NBC News:
Top Republicans stay silent on Trump's call to terminate the Constitution  —  Top Republicans have stayed silent as the White House strongly criticized former President Donald Trump for suggesting that the Constitution be terminated in his ongoing efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Meghan MacPherson / ABC News:
Trump's call to suspend Constitution not a 2024 deal-breaker, leading House Republican says
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CNN:
NC county announces curfew as nearly 40,000 customers remain without power after 2 substations damaged by gunfire  —  Authorities have announced a mandatory curfew in a North Carolina county where around 40,000 customers lost power after two power substations were damaged by gunfire Saturday night.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi Set Off Debate Over Release of Twitter Files  —  A release of internal documents from Twitter set off intense debates in the intersecting worlds of media, politics and tech.  —  It was, on the surface, a typical example of reporting the news: a journalist obtains internal documents …
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JONATHAN TURLEY:
Six Degrees from James Baker: A Familiar Figure Reemerges With the Release of the Twitter Files  —  Below is my column in the New York Post on the reemergence of James Baker, the former FBI general counsel, at the center of the Twitter suppression scandal.  —  Here is the column:
Discussion: Fox News, New York Post and Insider
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Elon Musk says ‘more smoking guns’ are on the way from Twitter after Hunter Biden laptop exposé
NBC News:
Hackers linked to Chinese government stole millions in Covid benefits, Secret Service says  —  Hackers linked to the Chinese government stole at least $20 million in U.S. Covid relief benefits, including Small Business Administration loans and unemployment insurance funds in over a dozen states, according to the Secret Service.
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.
Brian Everstine / Aviation Week Network:
U.S. Has Sent Threat-Emitters To Ukraine To Confuse Russian Aircraft  —  SIMI VALLEY, California — The U.S. military has sent threat emitters, built to replicate aircraft and weapons for American pilots to train, to Ukraine to confuse Russian aircraft in the latest innovative way for the Pentagon to assist.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Politico:   'We haven't got this figured out just yet': Pentagon, industry struggle to arm Ukraine
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 …
Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Explosions Hit Russian Air Bases as More Missiles Strike Ukrainian Infrastructure  —  Intense fighting continues in eastern Ukraine as Russia presses its offensive on Bakhmut  —  Explosions at a pair of air bases deep inside Russia killed at least three people and wounded six others on Monday …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Six looming lessons from the Georgia runoff  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE WEEK — Monday: President JOE BIDEN hosts congressional ball at the White House ... Tuesday: Election Day in the Georgia Senate runoff between …
Discussion: CBS News
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
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: Frontpage Mag and Mid Hudson News
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 …
Katharine Houreld / Washington Post:
Ethiopian guards massacred scores of Tigrayan prisoners, witnesses say  —  The deadliest killings occurred at the Mirab Abaya prison camp, where current and retired Tigrayan soldiers were detained  —  NAIROBI — The scent of coffee and cigarettes hung in the hot afternoon air …
Financial Times:
FT Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  ‘I am more responsible than brave’ … Nine months into a brutal struggle for national survival against Russian invaders, Volodymyr Zelenskyy looks tired, with dark circles under his eyes.  What he would like to be doing instead of confronting a merciless invader is fishing with his son.
Faiz Shakir / New York Times:
The Iowa Caucuses Had to Go.  But Democrats Shouldn't Put South Carolina First.  —  President Biden's three-part plan to reform the Democratic presidential primary calendar was almost a home run — save for one flaw that dooms it entirely.  —  Our party's lineup of states that nominate …
Discussion: Breitbart and USA Today
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Putin Cronies Resort to Begging on Live TV Over War Failures  —  Russia's mounting wartime disasters have forced Vladimir Putin's top cheerleaders into making desperate public pleas for help.  —  Russia's ill-conceived invasion of Ukraine has so far failed to yield the goals set …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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.
 
 
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Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Are Utah voters ready to move on from Donald Trump?
Discussion: CNN and RedState
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden, Macron and the end of the Reagan-Thatcher era
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Max Tani / Semafor:
Ron DeSantis is building his own media
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Iranian protesters call for three-day strike as pressure on regime builds
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Incoming GOP Intelligence chair expects House, Senate panels to get DNI briefing on Mar-a-Lago documents
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Mayor Eric Adams's Trip to Qatar Was a Bit of a Mystery Tour
Discussion: New York Post
CNN:
GOP Strategist: If we nominate Trump, Biden will probably win re-election
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Some Trump Jewish Allies at Breaking Point After Kanye West, Nick Fuentes Meeting
David Gelles / New York Times:
The Texas Group Waging a National Crusade Against Climate Action
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