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7:50 AM ET, December 8, 2022

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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.
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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 …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Republicans have a post-election epiphany on mail voting  —  There's just one main hurdle: Donald Trump isn't ready to drop his attack on the method.  —  As Republicans come to terms with their lackluster midterm performance, top GOP officials and conservative luminaries are acknowledging voters …
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
‘Unmitigated Disaster’: How Donald Trump's campaign failed to launch  —  Donald Trump launched his candidacy three weeks ago, but you'd barely know it from watching his campaign.  There's been little sign of activity as the candidate heads off nonstop scandals and Trump veterans say they're unsure who, if anyone, is in charge.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
After Georgia Loss, G.O.P. Stares Down Its Trump Dilemma  —  Republicans from Georgia to Washington traded blame for their bruising defeats in the Senate races.  Much of it landed on Donald Trump.  —  ATLANTA — The Democrats' capstone re-election victory of Senator Raphael Warnock forced Republicans …
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
Trump's Jewish Allies Are ‘Begging’ Him to Condemn Kanye. He's Refusing
Discussion: American Thinker
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Trump's isolation deepens as Georgia loss adds to 2024 bid's rocky start
Discussion: Associated Press and New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Dies Again in Georgia
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.
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Politico:
Ukraine used home-modified drones to strike Russian bases
CNN:
Exclusive: Biden administration weighs Ukrainian requests for access to US stockpile of controversial cluster munitions
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
AOC facing House Ethics Committee investigation
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?
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida Republican who sponsored 'Don't Say Gay' indicted on Covid relief fraud charges  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal grand jury indicted Republican Florida state Rep. Joe Harding on six counts after authorities said he illegally obtained $150,000 in pandemic-related small business loans …
Mitra Taj / New York Times:
Peru's President Tried to Dissolve Congress.  By Day's End, He Was Arrested.  —  Ahead of an impeachment vote by Congress, Pedro Castillo tried to dissolve the government and seize power.  The attempt ended with his ouster and arrest.  —  LIMA, Peru — It was a day on which much of Peru …
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Selina Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
China Scraps Most Covid Testing, Quarantine Requirements in Policy Pivot  —  Latest measures target intrusive aspects of unpopular pandemic regime  —  China Announces Nationwide Loosening of Covid-19 Rules  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  1x  —  HONG KONG—China dropped many of its quarantine …
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.
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
Washington Post:
Off-duty FBI agent fatally shoots person at Metro Center, police say  —  The shooting on a Red Line platform during the typically busy commute prompted delays and brief panic  —  An off-duty FBI agent fatally shot a man Wednesday evening during an altercation on a Red Line train platform at the Metro Center station, D.C. police said.
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.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Jan. 6 panel eyeing Dec. 21 to release final report, chairman says  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol is planning to release its final report on Dec. 21, panel Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters on Wednesday.
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  —  Christian Walker has zero regrets about the role he played in his father's failed Senate campaign: “I had no choice but to see the hypocrisy.”  —  Reporting From  —  MIAMI — Christian Walker couldn't resist.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena Sam Bankman-Fried to testify at hearing on FTX collapse  — House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters informed a group of Democrats that she doesn't plan to subpoena former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
Helen Warrell / Financial Times:
The secret lives of MI6's top female spies … My journey to the school for spies starts in the half-light of a waking city.  I do not know where I am going and have only been instructed to meet my contact at a central London landmark.  We travel by car, boat and train to a place where officers …
Discussion: UPI
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.
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 …
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
A narrow GOP majority is forcing moderates to find their voice  —  Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) will never forget his first meeting with House GOP leaders shortly after winning his seat in 2016, a year when voters handed Republicans the White House and continued control of Congress.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
 
 
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
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Wayne Besen / LGBTQ Nation:
Has Sam Brinton's story always been too good to be true?
Discussion: Twitchy
Leor Sapir / City Journal:
Affirming Deception  —  An unexpected concession by the World Professional Association …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Douglas London / Foreign Policy:
U.S. Rivals Are Facing Unrest. Is It Due to Luck or Skill?
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Kate Aurthur / Variety:
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New York Times:
Classified Documents Found in Trump Search of Storage Site
Maureen Mackey / Fox News:
Kirk Cameron is denied story-hour slot by public libraries for his new faith-based kids book
 

 
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A look at the growing popularity of Tubi as streaming prices rise; Nielsen: May was Tubi's most-watched month ever, with an average of 1M viewers, up 46% YoY

Owen Lewis / Defector:
The Longform podcast, featuring weekly interviews with nonfiction writers, is planning to end production after 12 years

New York Times:
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