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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
Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Molly Beck / Journal Sentinel:   U.S. DOJ subpoenas Wisconsin county election officials for Trump communications
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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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.
NBC News:
Jury finds Trump Organization guilty of tax fraud scheme  —  Jury finds Trump Organization guilty on all counts in tax fraud trial  —  A criminal court jury in New York on Tuesday found the Trump Organization guilty of all charges in a sweeping, 15-year tax fraud scheme that prosecutors …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Jury finds Trump Organization guilty of tax fraud
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Trump would have hard time becoming president given Constitution comments  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said anyone who suggests the Constitution could be suspended “would have a very hard time being sworn in as president of the United States.”
Washington Post:
For Trump, the Constitution is malleable
Lindsay Beyerstein / The Editorial Board:
House Republicans poised to launder Russian disinfo again
Discussion: New York Post
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
Discussion: The Mahablog and New York Times
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia Runoff: What a Walker or Warnock Victory Would Look Like
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.
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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.
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:
Family of fallen officer snubs McCarthy and McConnell as Congress honors law enforcement who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6  —  The family of a fallen officer snubbed top congressional Republicans on Tuesday at a ceremony held to honor law enforcement who defended the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021, insurrection.
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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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New York Times:
Ukraine Targets Bases Deep in Russia, Showing Expanded Reach
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
JFK Assassination Investigator Has Jarring New Claim About Oswald's CIA Involvement  —  A prominent Kennedy assassination investigator says the CIA has never disclosed documents proving that Lee Harvey Oswald was involved with the CIA in 1963.  —  The CIA holds documents …
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Marc Caputo / NBC News:
More than 70% of voters in poll want Biden to release JFK assassination records
Discussion: Axios and JFK Facts
Daniel Wu / Washington Post:
‘Shark Week’ lacks diversity, overrepresents men named Mike, scientists say  —  Researchers say Discovery's programming overwhelmingly featured White men as experts while emphasizing negative messages about sharks  —  Lisa Whitenack loved sharks as a kid.  She spent rainy days leafing through a guide to sharks in Reader's Digest.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Lawmakers labor to break impasses stalling massive spending bill  —  Top lawmakers are still grasping for the deal they need to tee up a sprawling year-end spending package as potential pitfalls for the bill pile up, nearly guaranteeing that Congress will be working until Christmas or later to fund the government.
Discussion: The Hill, Payson Roundup and Fox News
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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
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: CBS News and Raw Story
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Top US conservatives pushing Russia's spin on Ukraine war, experts say  —  Some of the Kremlin's most blatant falsehoods aimed at undercutting US aid are promoted by major figures on the right  —  Ever since Russia launched its brutal war in Ukraine the Kremlin has banked …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department to Monitor Polls in Georgia for Compliance with Federal Voting Rights Laws
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Prestigious Psych Journal Cans Editor for Soliciting Criticism of Black Psychologist
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Dakin Andone / CNN:
Colorado Springs suspect formally charged with 305 counts in Club Q shooting
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden faces press outcry after ‘petty’ and ‘punitive’ Christmas party snubs
Discussion: Reuters and IJR
Fox News:
House to repeal military vaccine mandate in defense bill despite Biden opposition
Washington Post:
As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported
Discussion: The Editorial Board
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Global Car Supply Chains Entangled With Abuses in Xinjiang, Report Says
 

 
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