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1:10 PM ET, December 5, 2022

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Politico:
Republican hopes fade as Warnock momentum picks up in Georgia  —  ATHENS, Ga — Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker barnstormed Georgia in a final plea for votes amid signs of growing momentum for the Democratic incumbent — and fading GOP hopes — ahead of Tuesday's runoff.
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NBC News:
As Senate runoff nears, Herschel Walker's ex-girlfriend details abuse  —  Woman Accuses Herschel Walker of Domestic Violence in Exclusive Interview  —  As the U.S. Senate runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock and football legend Herschel Walker reaches its final hours, an ex-girlfriend of Walker …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Six looming lessons from the Georgia runoff
Discussion: CBS News
Washington Post:
Trump dares Republicans (again) to repudiate him
Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Blasts Hit Russian Air Bases as Moscow Launches Missile Barrage on Ukraine  —  Intense fighting continues in eastern Ukraine as Russia presses its offensive on Bakhmut  —  Explosions hit two Russian air bases on Monday, while Ukrainian officials hinted at a capability to strike deeper within …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Altered Himars Rocket Launchers to Keep Ukraine From Firing Missiles Into Russia  —  Experts debate whether long-range missiles for Ukraine would deter Putin or widen war  —  A Rare Look at Ukraine's Himars on the Front Lines  —  Created with sketchtool. … 1x
Discussion: The Hill, BBC and The Daily Caller
Politico:
'We haven't got this figured out just yet': Pentagon, industry struggle to arm Ukraine
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Brian Everstine / Aviation Week Network:
U.S. Has Sent Threat-Emitters To Ukraine To Confuse Russian Aircraft
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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Dean Obeidallah / CNN:
Elon Musk's Twitter is helping to normalize a neo-Nazi
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI warned Twitter during ‘weekly’ meetings of Hunter Biden ‘hack-and-leak operation’ before censoring The Post
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 …
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.
CNN:
FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage caused by ‘intentional’ attacks on substations  —  With no suspects or motive announced, the FBI is joining the investigation into power outages in a North Carolina county believed to have been caused by “intentional” and “targeted” …
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Raleigh News & Observer:
Latest update: Attack by ‘cowards’ could leave Moore County without power for days
New York Times:
North Carolina Power Outages Caused by Gunfire at Substations, Officials Say
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Manhattan DA Hires Ex-DOJ Official to Help Lead Trump Investigation  —  The official, Matthew Colangelo, also worked on the New York attorney general's investigation of the former president.  —  The Manhattan district attorney is hiring a former senior justice department official with a history …
Discussion: Associated Press
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Social Security offices critical to disability benefits hit breaking point  —  State operations that review claims face massive backlogs, leaving disabled Americans waiting months and even years for judgments  —  The Disability Determination Division in Austin was at a breaking point.
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A New Clash Between Faith and Gay Rights Arrives at a Changed Supreme Court  —  A Colorado graphic designer says she has a First Amendment right to refuse to create websites for same-sex weddings despite a state anti-discrimination law.  —  Follow our live coverage of the Supreme Court hearings …
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David Cole / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Is About to Ask the Wrong Question About the First Amendment
Washington Post:
Fearing scandal, Air Force blocked generals' foreign consulting deals … During the height of the war in Afghanistan, U.S. military leaders flocked to the Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan to embrace its president, Ilham Aliyev, despite a report from the U.S. Embassy comparing the mustachioed strongman …
Wall Street Journal:
Billions in Covid Aid Went to Hospitals That Didn't Need It  —  The federal funds benefited some well-off medical systems but weren't enough for many that were struggling to provide pandemic care  —  When Covid-19 struck, the U.S. government gave hospitals tens of billions of dollars to help them cope with the strains of the pandemic.
Discussion: Fox News
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Rudy Giuliani: Ethics charges for election fraud claims take major step forward with trial-like hearing in DC  —  The efforts to discipline attorneys who aided former President Donald Trump's legal gambits to undermine the 2020 election take a major step forward Monday with the start …
New York Times:
Corruption Charges Dismissed Against Ex-Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin  —  A federal judge in Manhattan ruled that prosecutors failed to demonstrate an “explicit quid pro quo” that must underpin the bribery charges against Mr. Benjamin.  —  A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed bribery …
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
White House responds to Trump demanding to terminate parts of the Constitution after ‘Twitter files’ release  —  The ‘Twitter Files’ detailed how and why Twitter censored Hunter Biden's laptop  —  Jonathan Swan hits Trump for dining with Ye, Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago: ‘Two is worse than one’
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump's call for suspending the Constitution is too dangerous to ignore
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Michael Avenatti facing more prison time for stealing millions of dollars from clients  —  Michael Avenatti, the once swaggering celebrity lawyer who was undone by his proclivity for embezzlement and fraud, faces a potentially long prison term when he is sentenced Monday for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from clients.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Faiz Shakir / New York Times:
Biden Is Putting South Carolina First.  I Won't Vote for That.  —  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: The JGibson Report and USA Today
 
 
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Fox News parts ways with Lara Trump, former president's daughter-in-law
Telegraph:
Michael Gove drops mandatory housebuilding targets in face of Tory rebellion
ICIJ:
Agents of influence: How Russia deploys an army of shadow diplomats
David Byler / Washington Post:
Did uncontested races cost the Democrats the House popular vote?
Discussion: New York Times
Sahid Fawaz / Labor 411:
Federal Judge Orders Amazon To Cease And Desist From Anti-Union Retaliation
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Jonathan the tortoise, world's oldest land animal, celebrates his 190th birthday
Discussion: CBS News and Semafor
NBC News:
Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since home attack
Katharine Houreld / Washington Post:
Ethiopian guards massacred scores of Tigrayan prisoners, witnesses say
Discussion: Voice of America
Financial Times:
FT Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelenskyy. ‘I am more responsible than brave’
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
Democrats try to salvage Manchin's side deal on energy projects
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Political Wire
 

 
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