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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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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.
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 …
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.
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
David Siders / Politico:
Midterms deliver one last Trump loss: 3 takeaways from Georgia's Senate runoff
NBC News:
Herschel Walker's loss is just more bad news for Trump
New York Times:
Warnock Beats Walker, Giving Democrats 51st Senate Seat
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Warnock Wins, and Once Again Trump Loses
Discussion: The Guardian, CNBC and Crooked Media
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Warnock's Victory Forges Democrats' Path Through the New Battlegrounds
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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.
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.
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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Bloomberg:
German Officials Arrest 25 on Suspicion of Planning Armed Coup  —  Berlin (AP) — Thousands of police carried out a series of raids across much of Germany on Wednesday against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the state in an armed coup.
NBC News:
Germany arrests dozens suspected of plotting far-right extremist coup
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.
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.
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Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Principals  —  with Steve Clemons  —  Goodbye, Herschel Walker.
Discussion: The Boston Globe and NBC News
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: Raphael Warnock's feat and his future
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
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 …
Discussion: UPI
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 …
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.
Politico:
McCarthy or bust?  House GOP stuck in ‘burning building’ over speaker's gavel  —  Like many big families and the cast of “Seinfeld,” House Republicans are airing their grievances this holiday season.  —  Simmering frustrations over the slow-burning conservative campaign …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate conservatives plot their second act after taking on McConnell
New York Times:
Biden Joins Toast to His 2024 Presidential Run at State Dinner  —  The Democratic Party is anxiously awaiting a formal announcement from President Biden about whether he is running for re-election.  —  WASHINGTON — Jill Biden, the first lady, told President Emmanuel Macron of France …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
‘Finally!’:  Herschel Walker's Exes Rejoice at His Defeat  —  “As a victim of this disgusting liar, I finally feel relieved, vindicated, and not alone.”  —  Sen. Raphael Warnock's victory in Georgia's runoff held special significance for one group: women who had romantic relationships …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Edward Wong / New York Times:
U.S. Court Dismisses Suit Against Saudi Ruler in Khashoggi Killing  —  The court followed the Biden administration's guidance that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity as a head of government in a case over the death of Jamal Khashoggi.  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S. federal court …
 
 
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