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10:15 AM ET, December 5, 2022

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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
Discussion: Fox News and Insider
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Elon Musk says ‘more smoking guns’ are on the way from Twitter after Hunter Biden laptop exposé
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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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 …
NBC News:
Top Republicans stay silent on Trump's call to terminate the Constitution
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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” …
CNN:
NC county announces curfew as nearly 40,000 customers remain without power after 2 substations damaged by gunfire
Raleigh News & Observer:
Latest update: Attack by ‘cowards’ could leave Moore County without power for days
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:
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
NBC News:
Woman Accuses Herschel Walker of Domestic Violence in Exclusive Interview  —  Cheryl Parsa was in a five-year relationship with Republican Hershel Walker.  In an exclusive interview with NBC News she claims the former football star was physically abusive to her in 2005.
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 …
David Cole / New York Times:
The First Amendment Is Not a License to Discriminate  —  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.  The answer would seem to be obviously “no.”
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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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
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: The Hill and Political Wire
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden, Macron and the end of the Reagan-Thatcher era
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Zack Fink / Spectrum News NY1:
New York attorney general's office faces questions over investigation that led to resignation of top aide
Discussion: Frontpage Mag and Mid Hudson News
 Earlier Items: 
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
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Incoming GOP Intelligence chair expects House, Senate panels to get DNI briefing on Mar-a-Lago documents
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Mayor Eric Adams's Trip to Qatar Was a Bit of a Mystery Tour
Discussion: New York Post