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11:55 AM ET, December 6, 2022

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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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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.
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.
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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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 and Kenneth's Musings
Isaac Schorr / Mediaite:
‘A Bunch of Vultures and Hyenas’ Have Hamstrung the Herschel Walker Campaign
Discussion: New York Times
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:
Russia-Ukraine War  —  Drone Attacks Hit Russia for 2nd Straight Day
Joe Gould / Defense News:
Army plans ‘dramatic’ ammo production boost as Ukraine drains stocks
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  —  The highly touted red wave in last month's midterm election failed to develop largely because it hit a wall of resistance among independent voters, especially across the key battleground states.  And that presents difficult questions for Republicans looking forward to 2024.
Discussion: Raw Story and Opinion Today
Washington Post:
For Trump, the Constitution is malleable  —  “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.  Our great ‘founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False and Fraudulent elections!”
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Politico:
Senate Republicans turn on Trump over suspend-the-Constitution talk
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.
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported  —  Flawed FBI data has left thousands of deaths uncounted and complicates efforts to hold troubled police departments accountable  —  Fewer fatal police shootings are recorded by the federal government every year …
Kimberly Wehle / The Bulwark:
Court Implodes Trump's Mar-a-Lago Defense (and the Errant Judge Who Bought It)  —  The timeline makes clear how careful and even deferential prosecutors were.  —  On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit finally put to rest the special master nonsense that Donald Trump set …
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Washington Post:
Trump's committee paying for lawyers of key Mar-a-Lago witnesses
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 …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Empty Gestures of Disillusioned Evangelicals
Discussion: Joel Mathis and Raw Story
 
 
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