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2:15 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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Washington Post:
Trump dares Republicans (again) to repudiate him  —  Welcome to The Daily 202!  Tell your friends to sign up here.  On this day in 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna.  He was just 35.  —  Correction: A previous version of this intro misstated the year Mozart died.  —  The big idea
J. Miles Coleman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Georgia Runoff to Leans Democratic  —  Trump forces in danger of yet another Peach State setback  —  Dear Readers: Join us Wednesday at 2 p.m. eastern for a Twitter Spaces featuring J. Miles Coleman and Kyle Kondik of the Crystal Ball along with our Center for Politics colleague Carah Ong Whaley …
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, ABC News and Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Six looming lessons from the Georgia runoff
Discussion: CBS News
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
White House responds to Trump demanding to terminate parts of the Constitution after ‘Twitter files’ release
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump's call for suspending the Constitution is too dangerous to ignore
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
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  —  Editor's Note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show.”  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion on CNN.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI warned Twitter during ‘weekly’ meetings of Hunter Biden ‘hack-and-leak operation’ before censoring The Post
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Arizona certifies 2022 election results amid threat of more GOP challenges  —  Arizona officials certified the state's vote canvass on Monday, officially declaring winners in the high-profile gubernatorial and Senate races, among other contests, as GOP figures vow to fight the election results in court.
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:
Giuliani pressed on role in Trump 2020 election reversal legal gambits during attorney discipline hearing  —  Facing possible professional sanctions, Rudy Giuliani described on Monday the Trump campaign's legal strategy for challenging the 2020 election results and how the former New York mayor …
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: Euractiv and New York Times
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 …
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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Philip Jankowski / Dallas Morning News:
Secretary of State John Scott, Texas' top election official, resigns
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Telegraph:
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NBC News:
Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since home attack
Katharine Houreld / Washington Post:
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