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9:10 AM ET, December 6, 2022

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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 …
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Politico:
Senate Republicans turn on Trump over suspend-the-Constitution talk  —  Senate Republicans are slowly but surely distancing themselves from Donald Trump after a call to terminate the Constitution and a meeting with antisemites — though there's no sign any will start actively opposing his 2024 campaign.
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump insists he doesn't want to ‘terminate’ Constitution
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Trump's legacy became ‘pure poison’ for independents
Discussion: Raw Story and Opinion Today
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
When Trump Promises to Be a Tyrant, Take Him at His Word
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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Max Boot / Washington Post:
We can win a battle of production lines with Russia.  But there's a better way.  —  The conflict in Ukraine has already lasted nearly 10 months, and it has turned into something the United States has not seen since World War II: a battle of production lines.  Both Russia and Ukraine have been expending munitions at a furious rate.
New York Times:
Russia-Ukraine War  —  Drone Attacks Hit Russia for 2nd Straight Day … A drone strikes an oil depot in Russia, a local official says.  —  KYIV, Ukraine — A drone strike hit an oil facility near an airfield in a Russian region that borders Ukraine, the region's governor said early Tuesday …
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Top evangelicals are backing away from Donald Trump  —  Call it a crisis of faith.  Despite appointing the conservative judges who ultimately overturned Roe v. Wade — and fervently courting the religious right during his presidency — prominent evangelicals are beginning to shy away …
Discussion: HuffPost
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Empty Gestures of Disillusioned Evangelicals
Discussion: Joel Mathis and Raw Story
Asta Hemenway / The Daily Beast:
Even Evangelicals Are Sick of Trump's ‘Drama’
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: Raw Story
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Finally, a bipartisan deal to help the ‘dreamers’ is within reach
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.
Washington Post:
Trump's committee paying for lawyers of key Mar-a-Lago witnesses  —  Save America PAC has spent millions on Trump-related legal fees, filings show; some say paying for witness's lawyers poses a conflict  —  Former president Donald Trump's political action committee is paying legal bills …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
In Sweeping New Law, Indonesia Outlaws Sex Outside of Marriage  —  An earlier version of the bill was shelved in 2019 after tens of thousands of young people protested in the streets, arguing that the law threatened their civil liberties.  —  Indonesia, the world's third-largest democracy …
Elaina Plott Calabro / The Atlantic:
Why Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Like This?  —  This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday.  Sign up for it here.  —  I.  —  She was very late.
Jefferson Morley / JFK Facts:
Major Break Coming in the JFK Assassination Story  —  The CIA is concealing a secret operation that involved accused assassin Oswald.  —  Many Americans wonder why the CIA is still concealing records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened nearly 60 years ago.
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:
Second Oath Keepers sedition trial presents new challenges for prosecutors  —  One week after the historic seditious conspiracy conviction of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, federal prosecutors will try to once again prove that other members of the far-right militia were planning …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Ro Khanna / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Duty to Protect Free Speech  —  Censorship of the Hunter Biden story might have helped my party, but it was bad for our democracy.  —  WSJ Opinion: Elon Musk's Bumpy Landing at Twitter  —  YOU MAY ALSO LIKE  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  Defending free speech is easy when it's speech you agree with.
Discussion: Reason, MurderPM and Insider
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: Mediaite and Kenneth's Musings
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.
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.
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Far-Right Attacked Drag Events in 4 States This Weekend  —  Protests against drag events have been an almost weekly occurrence this year.  This weekend was no different.  —  Neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, militiamen, Christian nationalists, and culture warriors in at least four states mobilized …
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 …
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
FBI Ramps Up Spending to Fight MAGA Terrorism  —  The FBI is conducting three times as many domestic terrorism investigations than it was five years ago, with 70 percent of its open cases focused on “civil unrest” and anti-government activity, according to FBI documents and government specialists.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
 
 
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