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12:10 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  —  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
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
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Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Blasts Hit Russian Air Bases as Moscow Launches Missile Barrage on Ukraine
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
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Putin Cronies Resort to Begging on Live TV Over War Failures
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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 …
Dean Obeidallah / CNN:
Elon Musk's Twitter is helping to normalize a neo-Nazi
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
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:
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 …
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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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers largely silent after Trump suggests ‘termination’ of Constitution
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
David Byler / Washington Post:
Did uncontested races cost the Democrats the House popular vote?  —  In last month's midterms, Republican House candidates have won about 54 million votes and Democrats have taken about 51 million — translating into a three percentage point advantage for the GOP.
Discussion: New York Times
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
 
 
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
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Telegraph:
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CNN:
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NBC News:
Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since home attack
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