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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.
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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 …
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 …
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: HuffPost
Mike Allen / Axios:   Axios AM … 🥂 Situational awareness: At the head table of last week's state dinner …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Are We Ready to Learn Our Lessons Now, Republicans?
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Just The News
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Values-based politics are winning politics for Democrats
Discussion: DemocracySOS
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Raphael Warnock's feat and his future
Discussion: Semafor
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: Bloomberg and UPI
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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.
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.
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Paul Kirby / BBC:
Germany arrests 25 accused of plotting coup  —  Twenty-five people have been arrested in raids across Germany on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.  —  The group of far-right and ex-military figures are said to have prepared to storm the parliament building, the Reichstag, and seize power.
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 …
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 …
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump lawyers hire outside team to search four properties for classified info
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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William Saletan / The Bulwark:
Cowardice and Desperation: How Republicans Responded to Trump's Constitution Comment
Discussion: L.A.'s Newsletter
David Siders / Politico:
Midterms deliver one last Trump loss: 3 takeaways from Georgia's Senate runoff
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Republicans who want to move on from Trump look to Georgia
NBC News:
Herschel Walker's loss is just more bad news for Trump
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 …
Joe Perticone / The Bulwark:
House Republicans ‘May Dig Their Own Grave’ With Fringe Political Investigations  —  The contrast between the two chambers may become quite pronounced during the 118th Congress.  —  (THE BULWARK / MIDJOURNEY)  —  The Republican majority in the House is planning to launch full-throated 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  —  Defendant Was Sanctioned in 2020 for Attempting to Interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election  —  A seven-count indictment was unsealed today …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Democrats ramp up investigation of Kushner family business dealings  —  Congressional panels seek records about Jared Kushner's diplomatic activities at time when family's New York property was bailed out  —  Democrats on a pair of congressional committees have launched an aggressive …
Discussion: The Hill
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Whitey Bulger Killed After Inmates Were Tipped Off on His Prison Transfer, Watchdog Says  —  Inmates knew in advance of notorious FBI informant's arrival; he was bludgeoned to death hours after his 2018 transfer, report says  —  WASHINGTON—Inmates at a West Virginia federal prison knew …
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 …
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Jan. 6 committee member previews details in panel's upcoming report  —  The final report from the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, will include information about Republican National Committee fundraising directly after the 2020 presidential election …
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 …
Aaron Sibarium / Common Sense:
The Hijacking of Pediatric Medicine  —  The American Academy of Pediatrics claims to support the health of all children.  Many doctors are appalled by its prescriptions.  —  Writes Aaron Sibarium  · Subscribe … Thousands of pediatricians convened in Anaheim, Calif. …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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