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12:15 AM ET, December 8, 2022

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ABC News:
Trump hosts event featuring QAnon, ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theorist at Mar-a-Lago  —  The event came two weeks after Trump had dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes.  —  A prominent adherent of the QAnon and “pizzagate” conspiracy theories posed for photos with former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Independent, Raw Story, The Hill and CNN
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New York Times:
Donald Trump and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad 3 Weeks  —  For the former president, who raced to announce his third run for the White House in hopes of clearing the Republican field, the losses, legal setbacks and embarrassments are rapidly piling up.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Morning Shots
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
“I Did What I Had To Do”: Christian Walker Opened Up About How He Helped Bring Down His Dad's Campaign
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
How Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker
House Committee on Ethics:
Statement of the Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(A), and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A), 17A(c)(1), and 17A(j), the Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member …
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Under Investigation By House Ethics Committee  —  The House Committee on Ethics is investigating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), according to a statement the panel issued on Wednesday.   —  The statement, which did not provide many details about the inquiry …
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
AOC facing House Ethics Committee investigation
New York Times:
Classified Documents Found in Trump Search of Storage Site  —  The discovery came as series of searches were conducted by a team hired by the former president, after a federal judge directed his lawyers to look for any materials still in his possession.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump hired people …
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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Hello!  You've Been Referred Here Because You're Wrong About Twitter And Hunter Biden's Laptop  —  Hello!  Someone has referred you to this post because you've said something quite wrong about Twitter and how it handled something to do with Hunter Biden's laptop.
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Tom Ley / Defector:
What Are The Twitter Files, And Do You Need To Care About Them?
Romy Ellenbogen / Miami Herald:
'Don't say gay' bill sponsor indicted on fraud charges related to COVID business loans  —  State Rep. Joe Harding, a Republican from North Florida, was indicted Wednesday on charges of money laundering and wire fraud after a federal grand jury said he falsely claimed two inactive businesses …
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida Republican who sponsored 'Don't Say Gay' indicted on Covid relief fraud charges
U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida State Representative Indicted For Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, And Making False Statements
Mitra Taj / New York Times:
Peru's President Quickly Ousted After Moving to Dissolve Congress  —  Pedro Castillo announced the move just before Congress voted to impeach him.  Much of his government resigned to protest what political leaders said was a coup attempt.  —  LIMA — Peru's president was ousted from office …
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Marco Aquino / Reuters:
New Peru president sworn in, predecessor Castillo arrested
New York Times:
Off-Duty F.B.I. Agent Fatally Shoots Person at D.C. Subway Station  —  The shooting happened after an altercation caused the two to fall off a platform at the Metro Center station during the evening rush, the authorities said.  —  An off-duty special agent with the F.B.I. fatally shot …
Discussion: UPI and NBC4 Washington
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Candice Ortiz / Mediaite:
‘These F*cking People’: Barstool Star and Fox News Regular Caught on Hot Mic Destroying Network, Its Audience, and Tucker  —  Barstool Sports star Francis Ellis has appeared multiple times on Fox News, particularly on the 7 p.m. show hosted by Jesse Watters.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Daily Wire
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
On That ProPublica ‘Chinese Lab Leak’ Story.  —  A talk with a longtime translator, on why Mandarin does not include a ‘super-secret version’ for discussing government plans.  —  This post is about China, and language, and how the press responds to criticism and handles its mistakes.
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
It's official: Kari Lake, Kelli Ward and the Arizona GOP have lost their minds  —  Opinion: The increasingly delusional Arizona Republican Party wants Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs to be investigated for ‘suppressing free speech.’ But its ‘bombshell’ doesn't even rate as a small fizzle.
Alys Davies / BBC:
Putin: Nuclear risk is rising, but we are not mad  —  Vladimir Putin has said the threat of a nuclear war was rising, but insisted Russia had not “gone mad” and would not use its nuclear weapons first.  —  The Russian president insisted that his country would only use weapons of mass destruction in response to an attack.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside the turmoil roiling No Labels' unity ticket presidential campaign  —  Over the past year, the centrist group No Labels has spearheaded an ambitious $70 million project laying the groundwork for a unity ticket presidential campaign in 2024.  —  For that effort, its founder and CEO …
Georgi Kantchev / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Oil-Price Cap Adds to Fiscal Pressure on Moscow  —  Ceiling of $60 a barrel provides room for Russia to profit from current prices, but won't be enough to slow widening budget deficit  —  How a Cap on Russian Oil Prices Could Affect U.S. Consumers  —  Created with sketchtool.
Discussion: Time, Politico, Marketplace and Bloomberg
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Trump told crowd to ‘fight like hell’ before riot. Can he be sued?
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Mark Levin's War on ‘Imbecile’ Far-Right Congressmen Just Got Uglier  —  The intense battle between the shouty right-wing radio host and several conservative lawmakers escalated this week with a new round of Trumpian insults.  —  A skirmish between shouty Fox News host Mark Levin …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Forbes
Maureen Mackey / Fox News:
Kirk Cameron is denied story-hour slot by public libraries for his new faith-based kids book  —  Actor-writer has not gotten a single ‘yes’ from the 50-plus public libraries his publisher has contacted so far — ‘messaging does not align,’ he was told  —  Kirk Cameron, former ‘Growing Pains’ actor …
Felicia Fonseca / Associated Press:
Polygamous ‘prophet’ leader had child brides, documents say  —  The leader of a small polygamous group on the Arizona-Utah border had taken at least 20 wives, most of them minors, and punished followers who did not treat him as a prophet, newly filed federal court documents show.
Joseph Bernstein / New York Times:
Can The Daily Wire Turn Nashville Into Hollywood for Conservatives?  —  The right-wing media company, founded by Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing, is trying.  But the culture war may be its real entertainment product.  —  NASHVILLE — On March 22, 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly sent a resolution to the governor's desk.
Peter Kiefer / The Ankler:
The 'Grey's Anatomy' Liar Confesses it All  —  Elisabeth Finch, disgraced and in exile, explains what made her do it  —  “At a certain point, the hardest thing becomes remembering what you said or told people.”  —  It's Halloween, a fitting holiday for former Grey's Anatomy star writer Elisabeth Finch …
Michael Harriot / TheGrio:
Thankfully, Van Jones has apologized for my silence on antisemitism  —  Editor's note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author's own.  Read more opinions on theGrio.  —  (The full text and audio of Van Jones' speech at the UJA-Federation of New York Wall Street Dinner are available at ejp.com.)
Alex Hammer / Daily Mail:
American Girl is accused of ‘stripping away all innocence’ in book that teaches children as young as THREE how to change gender by asking doctors for puberty blockers  — A Smart Girl's Guide: Body Image, gives advice to girls as young as three years old on how to change their gender by asking doctors for puberty blockers
Douglas London / Foreign Policy:
U.S. Rivals Are Facing Unrest.  Is It Due to Luck or Skill?  —  Mass protests create a favorable environment for intelligence agencies—but the CIA should tread carefully in China, Iran, and Russia.  —  In recent weeks, there have been major street protests in China and Iran …
 
 
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Leor Sapir / City Journal:
Affirming Deception  —  An unexpected concession by the World Professional Association …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Selina Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
China Scraps Most Covid Testing, Quarantine Requirements in Policy Pivot
CNN:
Exclusive: Biden administration weighs Ukrainian requests for access to US stockpile of controversial cluster munitions
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Beloved Seattle restaurant suffers 18th break-in by thieves the Democrats enable
Discussion: HotAir and Ace of Spades HQ
Kate Aurthur / Variety:
Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis Get Honest About Female Action Heroes, Motherhood and Press Tours Ruining Acting
Joe Perticone / The Bulwark:
House Republicans ‘May Dig Their Own Grave’ With Fringe Political Investigations
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian Intelligence Agent Charged with Fraud and Money Laundering in Connection with Purchase and Use of Luxury Beverly Hills Real Estate
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Whitey Bulger Killed After Inmates Were Tipped Off on His Prison Transfer, Watchdog Says
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Germany arrests 25 accused of plotting coup