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1:20 PM ET, December 6, 2022

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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials for Trump communications  —  The requests, sent to multiple counties targeted by Trump in his effort to reverse his 2020 loss, are among the first known subpoenas issued by Jack Smith, the newly appointed special counsel in the Jan. 6 probe
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CNN:
Trump's slow 2024 start worries allies  —  Back in 2015, Donald Trump's first campaign rally in Iowa as a contender for the Republican presidential nomination came just 10 hours after he declared his candidacy in New York.  The following day, he was across the country in New Hampshire …
Associated Press:
Youngkin's early shine faces test as he eyes White House bid  —  Glenn Youngkin swept into office as a Republican sensation with a fresh formula for victory as the GOP contemplated its future beyond Donald Trump.  But one year after Youngkin became the first Republican in more than a decade …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Trump's legacy became ‘pure poison’ for independents
Discussion: Raw Story and Opinion Today
New York Times:
Warnock Claims Momentum in Georgia, as Walker Banks on Election Day Turnout  —  On the eve of Georgia's Senate runoff, Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, warned his supporters about being overconfident.  Herschel Walker urged Republicans to flood the polls on Tuesday.
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Isaac Schorr / Mediaite:
‘A Bunch of Vultures and Hyenas’ Have Hamstrung the Herschel Walker Campaign  —  Republican politicians, operatives, and laymen alike are praying that the Georgia Senate runoff between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker won't yield more disappointment …
Discussion: New York Times
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mike Lee, Burgess Owens are raising money for Herschel Walker's Senate campaign — and keeping half of the cash  —  The Utah politicians join other Republicans, including Donald Trump, who are using Walker's campaign to boost their own campaign coffers.  —  Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Burgess Owens …
Discussion: Fox News, Jezebel and Kenneth's Musings
CNN:
House January 6 committee has decided to make criminal referrals, chairman says  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol has decided to make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, the panel's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, told reporters Tuesday.
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CNN:
Kevin McCarthy faces debt-limit dilemma as House GOP ratchets up demands amid speaker bid  —  House Republicans are plotting tactics for their new majority and weighing how to use their leverage to enact a laundry list of demands, with many zeroing in on an issue with enormous economic implications: Raising the nation's borrowing limit.
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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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy puts McConnell on notice  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ELECTION DAY IN GEORGIA — Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in the Senate runoff between incumbent Democrat RAPHAEL WARNOCK and Republican HERSCHEL WALKER.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Why the Right Needs Hunter Biden  —  They think his story assuages their guilt, but it doesn't.  —  They are all leaping in with both feet—all the usual suspects.  Elon Musk gave Matt Taibbi access to internal Twitter documents, promising a big reveal about how the company handled the Trump campaign's planned October surprise.
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Washington Post:
For Trump, the Constitution is malleable
New York Times:
Ukraine Targets Bases Deep in Russia, Showing Expanded Reach  —  Launching drones at air bases 300 miles from its own territory, Ukraine changed the geography of the war.  It said it had developed drones with a range of over 600 miles.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine executed its most brazen attack …
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New York Times:
Embassies in Denmark and Romania receive ‘dangerous parcels,’ Ukraine says.
Deirdre Walsh / NPR:
Capitol Police chief: Jan. 6 failures ‘largely’ fixed but extremism threat persists  —  Congressional leaders will bestow their highest honor — the Congressional gold medal —  to the United States Capitol Police and Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department for defending …
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Dakin Andone / CNN:
Colorado Springs suspect formally charged with 305 counts in Club Q shooting  —  The suspected gunman accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last month has been formally charged with 305 counts, including charges of first-degree murder …
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Cady Stanton / USA Today:
Suspect in Colorado shooting at LGBTQ nightclub charged with 305 counts, including hate crimes, murder
Discussion: New York Post
Jill Lawrence / The Bulwark:
Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is GOP  —  Herschel Walker, Bill Bennett, and Donald Trump's legacy.  —  Reagan-era Education Secretary William Bennett had a moment last week: On November 29, Simon & Schuster released a thirtieth-anniversary updated edition of his 1993 bestseller, The Book of Virtues.
Discussion: Morning Shots
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
More than 70% of voters in poll want Biden to release JFK assassination records  —  The records, which could shed light on ties between Lee Harvey Oswald and the CIA, are supposed to be released Dec. 15.  But they still could be delayed.  —  More than 7 in 10 voters want President Joe Biden …
Discussion: JFK Facts
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Jefferson Morley / JFK Facts:
Major Break Coming in the JFK Assassination Story
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
In Sweeping Legal Overhaul, Indonesia Outlaws Sex Outside Marriage  —  Parliament also approved a law that criminalizes criticism of the government, delivering a blow to the country's progressive reputation.  —  Indonesia has long been known as a widely tolerant nation at the forefront …
Joan Biskupic / CNN:
How William Rehnquist led to the new monumental challenge to presidential election rules  —  When Chief Justice William Rehnquist helped decide the 2000 presidential election, his radical legal theory failed to gain a majority.  But today's conservative court is giving it another chance …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordain Carney / Politico:
GOP senators tune out House conservatives' impeachment calls  —  House conservatives want their party to go big on impeachment next year.  Across the Capitol, Senate Republicans on their would-be jury are not ready to convict.  —  While House GOP leaders feel intense pressure …
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart, Raw Story and Bloomberg
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden faces press outcry after ‘petty’ and ‘punitive’ Christmas party snubs  —  They're making a list and checking it twice.  —  President Biden is facing an outcry from the White House press corps for the “petty” exclusion of journalists from the traditional presidential media Christmas parties.
Discussion: IJR and Reuters
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell pans proposals to add marijuana, permitting provisions to defense bill  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Tuesday poured cold water on Democratic efforts to add language allowing banks to do business with state-approved marijuana businesses and permitting reform …
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Global Car Supply Chains Entangled With Abuses in Xinjiang, Report Says  —  A new report on the auto industry cites extensive links to Xinjiang, where the U.S. government now presumes goods are made with forced labor.  —  The global auto industry remains heavily exposed to the Xinjiang region …
Jessica Hill / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Some in Nevada GOP call for new chairman  —  Several Nevada Republicans are calling for the state party's leadership to step down after a failed “red wave” election and what some claim are years of bullying.  —  Republican organizers, campaign consultants and former county Republican party chairpersons …
 
 
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Financial Times:
EU to propose sanctions on Russia's mining industry
Discussion: Bloomberg
John Cusack / Chicago Sun Times:
Media needs protection from government intrusion into news-gathering
Fox News:
House to repeal military vaccine mandate in defense bill despite Biden opposition
Washington Post:
As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Biden defends skipping border visit while in Arizona, says there are ‘more important things’
Jarrell Dillard / Bloomberg:
Senators Seek Deal to End Cocaine Sentencing Disparity Before Year-End
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Lindsay Beyerstein / The Editorial Board:
House Republicans poised to launder Russian disinfo again
Washington Free Beacon:
Stacey Abrams's Georgia Nonprofit Could Face Criminal Investigations for Unlicensed Fundraising
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Government Told Spy to Stay Home From British Teen Death Trial
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ro Khanna / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Duty to Protect Free Speech
Discussion: Breitbart, NOQ Report, Reason and MurderPM
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
GOP Election Losers Are Getting Even Weirder on Twitter
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Seems Ready to Back Web Designer Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage
Elaina Plott Calabro / The Atlantic:
Why Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Like This?
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
FBI Ramps Up Spending to Fight MAGA Terrorism
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
 

 
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Bloomberg:
Apple will withhold the release of Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and more in the EU this year, citing concerns about DMA's interoperability requirements

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
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