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10:30 AM ET, December 7, 2022

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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock defeats Walker, giving Democrats 51-49 majority in Senate  —  U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock fended off a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker to win a full six-year term that broadens the Democratic majority in the chamber after a turbulent runoff campaign that sharpened partisan divides …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
How Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker  —  It was one of the most unusual political events in recent Georgia history.  After vilifying Gov. Brian Kemp for much of the past decade, the Democratic Party of Georgia held a suburban event featuring voters who sang the Republican's praises …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
‘He never should have run for this seat’  —  When Herschel Walker entered the U.S. Senate race with the backing of his longtime friend Donald Trump, Georgia Republicans were not naive about the challenges ahead.  The retired football star had no prior political experience.
Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Show Notes:
Can We Move Forward, Please?  —  The Democrats now have majority control of the Senate, including its committees.  —  I want to be very clear here — Herschel Walker did not need Donald Trump to win the GOP primary.  He is, after all, Herschel Walker.  Herschel Walker did not lose because of Trump, per se.
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Warnock's Victory Forges Democrats' Path Through the New Battlegrounds  —  Forget about Florida and Ohio: Georgia and Arizona are poised to be the next kingmakers of presidential politics.  —  For decades, Florida and Ohio reigned supreme over presidential politics.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Germany Arrests Dozens Suspected of Planning to Overthrow Government  —  Many of those detained had military training and were believed to belong to a recently formed group that operated on the conviction that the country was ruled by a “deep state.”  —  BERLIN — Special Forces in Germany …
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NBC News:
Germany arrests dozens suspected of plotting far-right extremist coup  —  German police make mass arrests of far-right coup plot suspects  —  MAINZ, Germany — Authorities in Germany arrested 25 people on Wednesday who are suspected of planning to violently overthrow the government in a far-right extremist plot.
Discussion: UPI
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump Organization convicted in executive tax dodge scheme  —  Donald Trump's company was convicted of tax fraud on Tuesday in a case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney, a significant repudiation of financial practices at the former president's business.
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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.
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.
Simon Shuster / Time:
Volodymyr Zelensky  —  SEE FULL LIST  —  Read about the people who represent the Spirit of Ukraine in the second part of TIME's Person of the Year coverage.  —  The call from the President's office came on a Saturday evening: Be ready to go the next day, an aide said, and pack a toothbrush.
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Georgi Kantchev / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Oil-Price Cap Adds to Fiscal Pressure on Moscow
Discussion: Bloomberg and UPI
Henry Foy / Financial Times:   Nato chief says conditions for peace in Ukraine ‘not there now’
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Is Unraveling Before Our Eyes, but Will It Matter?  —  In the weeks immediately surrounding the midterm elections, Donald Trump called for the “termination” of constitutional rule, openly embraced the conspiratorial QAnon movement, pledged support for the Jan. 6 rioters and hosted …
Discussion: The Hill and American Greatness
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NBC News:
Herschel Walker's loss is just more bad news for Trump
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Republicans who want to move on from Trump look to Georgia
David Siders / Politico:
Midterms deliver one last Trump loss: 3 takeaways from Georgia's Senate runoff
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Warnock Wins, and Once Again Trump Loses
Discussion: The Guardian, CNBC, Crooked Media and CNN
Washington Post:
Trump team searches two of his properties amid court battle with DOJ  —  The former president's lawyers say no classified documents were found at Trump Tower in New York or at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.  —  Lawyers for former president Donald Trump conducted a search of at least …
Associated Press:
‘Next mass killer’: Dropped case foretold Colorado bloodbath  —  Anderson Lee Aldrich loaded bullets into a Glock pistol and chugged vodka, ominously warning frightened grandparents not to stand in the way of an elaborate plan to stockpile guns, ammo, body armor and a homemade bomb to become “the next mass killer.”
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NBC News:
F.B.I. asking about videos and racist website in connection with Colorado shooting
Discussion: UPI and CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate conservatives plot their second act after taking on McConnell  —  The Senate GOP's upstarts aren't done yet.  —  About a half-dozen Republican senators, most of whom publicly opposed Mitch McConnell as their leader last month, are getting more organized in a bid to exert their leverage in the chamber.
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Jessica Willey / ABC13:
Ted Cruz's daughter OK after HPD called to senator's home, rep says … Houston police and fire department personnel responded to the Houston home of Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.  —  HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police and fire department personnel responded to the Houston home of Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.
Siva Vaidhyanathan / New Republic:
We Must Fight for a Better America.  We Have No Choice. … We can't predict if the United States will survive as a democratic republic until 2050.  It's barely one in 2022.  But we can imagine what it would take to make it one.  In fact, for the survival of millions of Americans …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Raphael Warnock's feat and his future  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  “I am Georgia.  I am an example and an iteration of its history.  Of its pain and its promise, of the brutality and the possibility.”
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