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11:05 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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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
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
Discussion: Associated Press
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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 …
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
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
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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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump's call for suspending the Constitution is too dangerous to ignore
NBC News:
Top Republicans stay silent on Trump's call to terminate the Constitution
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
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  —  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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Jonathan the tortoise, world's oldest land animal, celebrates his 190th birthday  —  The South Atlantic island of St. Helena is celebrating the birthday of the world's oldest living land animal - a Seychelles giant tortoise called Jonathan, who is turning 190.
Discussion: CBS News and Semafor
 
 
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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: Bloomberg, The Hill and Political Wire
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden, Macron and the end of the Reagan-Thatcher era
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 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
 

 
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Associated Press:
Russia detains Novaya Gazeta EIC Sergei Sokolov for allegedly discrediting Russian army; he became EIC in 2023 after Dmitry Muratov was named a “foreign agent”

Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Paramount CFO Naveen Chopra says the company expects to take about a $1B charge in Q1 due to ongoing programming shifts and previously announced layoffs

Anto Antony / Bloomberg:
Sources: Sony made multiple filings in India to pull out a pact to merge its India operations with Zee Entertainment

 
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