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9:10 AM ET, December 9, 2022

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Kyrsten Sinema / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: Why I'm registering as an independent  —  The Arizona senator explains why she has left the Democratic Party.  —  There's a disconnect between what everyday Americans want and deserve from our politics, and what political parties are offering.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sinema switches to independent, shaking up the Senate  —  Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is changing her party affiliation to independent, delivering a jolt to Democrats' narrow majority and Washington along with it.  —  In a 45-minute interview, the first-term senator told POLITICO …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Sinema leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent  —  Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is leaving the Democratic Party and registering as a political independent, she told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive TV interview.  —  “I've registered as an Arizona independent.
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema Says She Will Leave the Democratic Party  —  The senator is registering as an independent, noting that she “never fit perfectly in either national party.”  —  Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, whose centrist approach pitted her against parts of President Biden's agenda …
Washington Post:
Justice Department asks judge to hold Trump team in contempt over Mar-a-Lago case  —  The request came after months of mounting frustration from the Justice Department with the former president's lawyers.  —  Prosecutors have urged a federal judge to hold Donald Trump's office in contempt …
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CNN:
Justice Department seeking to hold Trump in contempt over classified documents
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump's push for a special master in Mar-a-Lago docs case comes to an end
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
DOJ Cleared to Use Trump Mar-A-Lago Records in Criminal Probe
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Associated Press:
Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap  —  Brittney Griner returned to the United States early Friday, nearly 10 months after the basketball star's detention in Russia made her the most high-profile American jailed abroad and set off a political firestorm.
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Dave Zirin / MSNBC:
Brittney Griner should have never had to be in Russia in the first place  —  WNBA players can earn upward of $1 million by taking their talents outside the United States.  Brittney Griner shows us how perilous this can be. … Seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner's detention …
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
White House responds to criticism of Griner prisoner deal
Phillip Nieto / Fox News:
Who is Paul Whelan? Former US Marine left behind in Brittney Griner-Viktor Bout exchange
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Just What Did the Times Walkout Change?  —  As they have been threatening to do for months now, the New York Times newsroom went on a one-day strike today.  —  As a reader, you might not have noticed.  The paper got its Brittney Griner-is-free scoop out on a push notification before the Washington Post did.
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Claudia Irizarry Aponte / The City:
The Other New York Times Workers On Strike  —  The newspaper's IT specialists, security guards and sales coordinators — some of whom earn as little as $52,000 a year — strike alongside reporters for better wages.  —  When a man wielding a sword and an axe entered the New York Times building …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Two top Times reporters are skipping the walkout
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump's 2024 Campaign So Far Is an Epic Act of Self-Sabotage  —  But is this really the end of an error?  —  The official campaign for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination is barely three weeks old, but there is one clear takeaway so far: Donald Trump is running against himself—and losing.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and The Hill
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Jessica Piper / Politico:
Trump cash haul spiked after 2024 launch — but not as high as in the past
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ben Adler / KOKI-TV:
Romney on Trump's 2024 bid: ‘Absolutely not’
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Private RNC member emails reveal anger to Trump, frustration with McDaniel's response to him  —  A handful of Republican National Committee members denounced former President Donald Trump, with one pushing for fellow members and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to forcefully condemn his decision …
Discussion: Raw Story and Just The News
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CNN:
First on CNN: January 6 committee considers criminal referrals for at least 4 others besides Trump  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection is considering criminal referrals for at least four individuals in addition to former President Donald Trump, multiple sources told CNN.
Politico:
Biden earned political capital this fall.  He's quietly spending it.  —  White House officials and senior Democrats believe the party's better-than-expected fall has relieved considerable pressure on Joe Biden to act quickly on a reelection bid.  —  But they're still making moves.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Vanessa Murphy / KLAS:
Energy department official accused of stealing luggage from Las Vegas airport  —  LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An energy department official is accused of stealing luggage from Harry Reid International Airport, the 8 News Now Investigators learned Thursday.  —  A felony warrant was issued for Sam Brinton …
Romy Ellenbogen / Miami Herald:
Indicted sponsor of Florida's 'don't say gay' bill resigns from Legislature  —  One day after being indicted on charges of money laundering and wire fraud, state Republican Rep. Joe Harding of Ocala announced his resignation from Florida's House of Representatives.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Making PACER court records system free wouldn't add to deficit, CBO says  —  Making the federal judiciary's online court records system known as PACER free under a pending bill in the U.S. Senate would not add to the federal deficit as initially presumed, but would actually cut it by $14 million …
Alex Brook Lynn / New York Magazine:
I Lost My Brother Twice  —  First to schizophrenia, then forever to the city.  —  The police officer said “an incident had occurred in a subway station” concerning my brother Zack, but he wouldn't say what exactly had happened.  They had called his mother, who had then called my father, who then called me.
Emma Hurt / Axios:
Inside the Herschel Walker campaign fiasco  —  Back in August during the heat of one of the most important Senate races in the country, Herschel Walker's campaign staffers were preoccupied with a dog. … - “Alvin the Beagle” was a star of Sen. Raphael Warnock's campaign ads …
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Views of the state of the country are slightly improved, but Americans' economic concerns remain
Associated Press:
Police move on suspected influence peddling at EU assembly
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
House Republicans brace for doomsday scenario if McCarthy falls short of 218 votes for speaker
Washington Post:
War has tamed Ukraine's oligarchs, creating space for democratic change
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Tech companies fueled the rise of Homeland Security and domestic surveillance, report finds
Discussion: jihadwatch.org
Washington Post:
Advocate tells lawmakers of ‘stealth’ efforts to influence Supreme Court
Marco Aquino / Reuters:
Peru's Castillo faces criminal charges as new president Boluarte takes helm
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Desrochers / Kansas City Star:
Congress passes same-sex marriage protection, despite tearful plea from Vicky Hartzler
Jesse Fray / The Hill:
Oil leak shuts down Keystone Pipeline