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3:50 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
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: 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.
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Trump would have hard time becoming president given Constitution comments
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
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:
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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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
Washington Post:
Family of Jan. 6 officer declines GOP leaders' handshakes at ceremony  —  The family members of a police officer who died as a result of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol refused to shake hands with the Republican leaders at a ceremony awarding law enforcement the Congressional Gold Medal.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Ace of Spades HQ
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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
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: JFK Facts
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.
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
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
American Public Support for Ukraine Aid Slips
Discussion: Common Dreams
Lindsay Beyerstein / The Editorial Board:
House Republicans poised to launder Russian disinfo again  —  A skeptic's guide to “Hunter Biden's Laptop.”  —  We've been warned.  —  When the Republicans take control of the House, it's going to be all Hunter's laptop, all the time.  —  Despite haughty GOP denials …
Discussion: New York Post
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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, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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: WSAV-TV 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: Raw Story
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: Reuters and IJR
 
 
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Jessica Hill / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
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Fox News:
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Washington Post:
As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported
Jarrell Dillard / Bloomberg:
Senators Seek Deal to End Cocaine Sentencing Disparity Before Year-End
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Bloomberg
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