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7:30 AM ET, December 7, 2022

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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock defeats Walker, giving Democrats 51-49 majority in Senate  —  U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock fended off a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker to win a full six-year term that broadens the Democratic majority in the chamber after a turbulent runoff campaign that sharpened partisan divides …
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Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Show Notes:
Can We Move Forward, Please?  —  The Democrats now have majority control of the Senate, including its committees.  —  I want to be very clear here — Herschel Walker did not need Donald Trump to win the GOP primary.  He is, after all, Herschel Walker.  Herschel Walker did not lose because of Trump, per se.
Discussion: The Newsletter and New York Times
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
How Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker  —  It was one of the most unusual political events in recent Georgia history.  After vilifying Gov. Brian Kemp for much of the past decade, the Democratic Party of Georgia held a suburban event featuring voters who sang the Republican's praises …
NBC News:
Herschel Walker's loss is just more bad news for Trump  —  From falling short in Georgia to the dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes, the Trump campaign has had to beat back controversies.  But will it matter?  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump train is stuck in the station, and it was weighed …
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: Raphael Warnock's feat and his future
New York Times:
Warnock Beats Walker, Giving Democrats 51st Senate Seat
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Is Unraveling Before Our Eyes, but Will It Matter?
Discussion: The Hill
David Siders / Politico:
Midterms deliver one last Trump loss: 3 takeaways from Georgia's Senate runoff
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Trump Organization Found Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme  —  The former president's company had been accused of providing off-the-book benefits to executives.  The testimony of its former chief financial officer proved crucial to the case.
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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump Organization convicted in executive tax dodge scheme  —  Donald Trump's company was convicted of tax fraud on Tuesday in a case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney, a significant repudiation of financial practices at the former president's business.
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump Organization convicted in N.Y. criminal tax fraud trial  —  NEW YORK — Former president Donald Trump's namesake company was convicted of tax crimes committed by two of its longtime executives after a Manhattan trial that gave jurors a peek at some of the inner workings of the Trump Organization's finances.
Associated Press:
‘Next mass killer’: Dropped case foretold Colorado bloodbath  —  Anderson Lee Aldrich loaded bullets into a Glock pistol and chugged vodka, ominously warning frightened grandparents not to stand in the way of an elaborate plan to stockpile guns, ammo, body armor and a homemade bomb to become “the next mass killer.”
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NBC News:
F.B.I. asking about videos and racist website in connection with Colorado shooting
Discussion: UPI
Rep. Andy Biggs / The Daily Caller:
I'm Running To Replace Kevin McCarthy As House Speaker And Break The Establishment  —  It is time.  It is time for new leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  People are thrilled that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reign of Leftist extremism is ending.
Bloomberg:
German Officials Arrest 25 on Suspicion of Planning Armed Coup  —  Berlin (AP) — Thousands of police carried out a series of raids across much of Germany on Wednesday against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the state in an armed coup.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials in Trump Jan. 6 probe  —  The requests to multiple counties Trump targeted in effort to reverse 2020 loss are among the first issued since Jack Smith was appointed special counsel  —  Special counsel Jack Smith has sent grand jury subpoenas …
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New York Times:
Biden Joins Toast to His 2024 Presidential Run at State Dinner  —  The Democratic Party is anxiously awaiting a formal announcement from President Biden about whether he is running for re-election.  —  WASHINGTON — Jill Biden, the first lady, told President Emmanuel Macron of France …
Discussion: Axios
Edward Wong / New York Times:
U.S. Court Dismisses Suit Against Saudi Ruler in Khashoggi Killing  —  The court followed the Biden administration's guidance that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity as a head of government in a case over the death of Jamal Khashoggi.  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S. federal court …
Jessica Willey / ABC13:
Ted Cruz's daughter OK after HPD called to senator's home, rep says  —  Houston police and fire department personnel responded to the Houston home of Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.  —  HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police and fire department personnel responded to the Houston home of Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.
Washington Post:
U.S. troops to expand patrols in Syria despite tension with Turkey  —  The move risks further upsetting relations between NATO allies  —  The Pentagon is preparing to resume full ground operations alongside Kurdish partners in northern Syria, officials said Tuesday, a move …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Institute for the Study of War:
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, December 5  —  Click here to see ISW's interactive map of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  This map is updated daily alongside the static maps present in this report.  —  ISW is publishing an abbreviated campaign update today, December 5.
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Peter Stone / The Guardian:   Top US conservatives pushing Russia's spin on Ukraine war, experts say
Washington Post:
Trump team searches two of his properties amid court battle with DOJ  —  The former president's lawyers say no classified documents were found at Trump Tower in New York or at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.  —  Lawyers for former president Donald Trump conducted a search of at least …
Telegraph:
1,200 university students ‘poisoned’ the night before planned anti-regime protests  —  Iranian news agency says students were struck down by ‘food poisoning’ which led to them dumping their food onto the streets  —  More than a thousand Iranian university students appear to have been poisoned …
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Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Strikes Across Iran Lead to Shuttered Shops and Ghost Towns
Discussion: Informed Comment
Kevin McCarthy / House Republican Leader:
Oversight in the 118th Congress  —  Over the last two years of Democrats' one-party rule in Washington, House Democrats have not lifted a finger to engage in oversight and accountability of the Biden administration's actions and abuses of power.  The American people responded this fall …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Amazon, Uber ads appear on Twitter pages of white nationalists restored by Musk  —  Ads from dozens of major brands were appearing on white nationalist and extremist accounts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Ads for more than three dozen brands including major corporations appeared on the Twitter pages …
Discussion: The Verge and The Daily Wire
Alice Hancock / Financial Times:
COP15: UN warns of the cost of ‘humanity treating nature like a toilet’  —  Heated negotiations expected at summit over funding to deal with damage to environment and wildlife  —  The UN secretary-general warned that humanity was “treating nature like a toilet” and that the degradation …
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Twitter, the FBI, and the First Amendment
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iranian War Ship ‘Attempts To Blind’ US Missile Destroyer
Discussion: UPI, CNN and USNI News
Mark Judge / The Stream:
Michael Avenatti Tried to Extort Me to Lie About Brett Kavanaugh — Was He Also Working With Christine Blasey Ford?
ACEEE:
Scorecard: Leading States Cutting Costs for Residents with Energy Efficiency, but More Progress Needed
Discussion: The Hill and WWLP-TV
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former FTX engineer quietly became multimillion-dollar Democratic donor after new role at cryptocurrency exchange
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Raphael Warnock: I Support Abortion Because “It's Exactly What Jesus Would Do”
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump's Niece Seeks to Revive Fraud Suit Over Family Fortune
Discussion: Raw Story
Insider:
Madison Cawthorn ordered to pay $15,237.49 in fines by House Ethics Committee for promoting ‘LGB Coin’ cryptocurrency he was invested in
CNN:
Family of fallen officer snubs McCarthy and McConnell as Congress honors law enforcement who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Trump would have hard time becoming president given Constitution comments
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
JFK Assassination Investigator Has Jarring New Claim About Oswald's CIA Involvement
CNN:
House January 6 committee has decided to make criminal referrals, chairman says