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11:15 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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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
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: Associated Press
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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 …
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
Raleigh News & Observer:
Latest update: Attack by ‘cowards’ could leave Moore County without power for days
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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
NBC News:
Top Republicans stay silent on Trump's call to terminate the Constitution
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
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NBC News:
Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since home attack
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: 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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 Earlier Items: 
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
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