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10:50 AM 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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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
NBC News:
As Senate runoff nears, Herschel Walker's ex-girlfriend details abuse
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
NBC News:   Woman Accuses Herschel Walker of Domestic Violence in Exclusive Interview
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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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI warned Twitter during ‘weekly’ meetings of Hunter Biden ‘hack-and-leak operation’ before censoring The Post  —  MORE FROM:  —  The FBI warned Twitter during “weekly” meetings before the 2020 election to expect “hack-and-leak operations” by “state actors” involving Hunter Biden, and …
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Six Degrees from James Baker: A Familiar Figure Reemerges With the Release of the Twitter Files
Discussion: Fox News and Insider
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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New York Times:
North Carolina Power Outages Caused by Gunfire at Substations, Officials Say  —  About 45,000 customers were without power in Moore County after what an official described as an “intentional, willful and malicious” attack on two substations.  —  About 45,000 people in a central North Carolina …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Latest update: Attack by ‘cowards’ could leave Moore County without power for days  —  Widespread power outages caused by vandalism of electrical substations in Moore County continued on Sunday, with electricity shut off to nearly all residences and businesses, and estimates for restoration …
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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NBC News:
Top Republicans stay silent on Trump's call to terminate the Constitution
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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Politico:   'We haven't got this figured out just yet': Pentagon, industry struggle to arm Ukraine
Brian Everstine / Aviation Week Network:
U.S. Has Sent Threat-Emitters To Ukraine To Confuse Russian Aircraft
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Voice of America
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.
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: Breitbart
David Cole / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Is About to Ask the Wrong Question About the First Amendment  —  Can an artist be compelled to create a website for an event she does not condone?  That's the question the Supreme Court has said it will take up on Monday, when it hears oral arguments in 303 Creative v. Elenis.
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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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Milo Yiannopoulos Is Out at Kanye West Campaign After Infighting  —  “I'm not in the least bit drawn in by perks and private jets,” Yiannopoulos told The Daily Beast, tossing other informal campaign members under the bus. … Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been fired …
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Are Utah voters ready to move on from Donald Trump?  —  Former president finished third in a field of potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates in new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute poll  —  Utah voters might be ready to move on from Donald Trump.  —  The former president didn't fare …
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.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Billions in Covid Aid Went to Hospitals That Didn't Need It
Discussion: Fox News
NBC News:
Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since home attack
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Social Security offices critical to disability benefits hit breaking point
Discussion: The Hill
Heather Long / Washington Post:
‘Soft landing’ is a terrible name for what's coming
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
Democrats try to salvage Manchin's side deal on energy projects
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Political Wire
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden, Macron and the end of the Reagan-Thatcher era
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Zack Fink / Spectrum News NY1:
New York attorney general's office faces questions over investigation that led to resignation of top aide
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Putin Cronies Resort to Begging on Live TV Over War Failures
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Councilman Ari Kagan expected to switch parties from Democrat to GOP
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
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Mayor Eric Adams's Trip to Qatar Was a Bit of a Mystery Tour
 

 
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