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12:25 PM ET, December 7, 2022

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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:
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 …
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 …
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Are We Ready to Learn Our Lessons Now, Republicans?  —  On the menu today: Unsurprisingly, Democrat Raphael Warnock was reelected to the Senate in Georgia last night, as the flaws and baggage of Republican nominee Herschel Walker proved too much for him to overcome without control of the upper chamber hanging in the balance.
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and Just The News
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM … 🥂 Situational awareness: At the head table of last week's state dinner, French President Emmanuel Macron led a playful toast to President Biden's 2024 campaign, after First Lady Jill Biden told Macron they're ready to run for re-election, The New York Times reports (subscription).
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.
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 …
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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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
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Guardian
David Siders / Politico:
Midterms deliver one last Trump loss: 3 takeaways from Georgia's Senate runoff
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Sister of Iran's leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm - letter  —  A sister of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and called on the widely-feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their weapons, according to a letter published by her France-based son.
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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 …
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 …
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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Matt Rosendale / Billings Gazette:
Change in Washington starts with electing the right speaker  —  Nearly everyone who runs for federal office campaigns on the notion that Washington is broken.  Year after year that message continues to resonate with the American people.  Americans work hard to provide for their families …
 
 
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
DeSantis to huddle with donors after thumping reelection victory
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Zoë Richards / NBC News:
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Reuters:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Nearly 1 million immigrants became U.S. citizens in past year, the 3rd highest tally on record
Discussion: Breitbart
Fox News:
Los Angeles County DA Gascon issues directives to avoid ‘adverse immigration consequences’
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Washington Post:
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
U.S. Court Dismisses Suit Against Saudi Ruler in Khashoggi Killing
Associated Press:
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Rep. Andy Biggs / The Daily Caller:
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