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11:45 AM ET, December 7, 2022

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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.
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
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.
Matt Young / The Daily Beast:
Christian Walker Takes Aim at Father Herschel After Georgia Senate Loss  —  ‘MIDDLE FINGER’  —  Herschel Walker's son Christian has taken aim at his father after Tuesday's election loss to pastor-turned Democratic star Raphael Warnock, claiming Donald Trump convinced Herschel to run despite everyone else's pleas against it.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Are We Ready to Learn Our Lessons Now, Republicans?
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and American Greatness
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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
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Warnock Wins, and Once Again Trump Loses
Discussion: The Guardian, CNBC, Crooked Media and CNN
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
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Trump Organization Found Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme
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 …
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 …
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 and CNN
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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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 …
Azadeh Moaveni / Time:
Women of Iran  —  SEE FULL LIST  —  In the winter of 2017, a young woman called Vida Movahed stood on top of a utility box on Revolution Street, a busy artery of central Tehran, and dangled her white headscarf on a stick.  As an act of dissent, it was strikingly peaceful, giving the appearance of a white flag of surrender.
Discussion: Euractiv
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