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9:05 AM ET, December 8, 2022

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New York Times:
Donald Trump and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad 3 Weeks  —  For the former president, who raced to announce his third run for the White House in hopes of clearing the Republican field, the losses, legal setbacks and embarrassments are rapidly piling up.
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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
‘Unmitigated Disaster’: How Donald Trump's campaign failed to launch  —  Donald Trump launched his candidacy three weeks ago, but you'd barely know it from watching his campaign.  There's been little sign of activity as the candidate heads off nonstop scandals and Trump veterans say they're unsure who, if anyone, is in charge.
Discussion: Politico
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
Trump's Jewish Allies Are ‘Begging’ Him to Condemn Kanye. He's Refusing
Discussion: American Thinker
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Republicans have a post-election epiphany on mail voting
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Trump's isolation deepens as Georgia loss adds to 2024 bid's rocky start
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Levy / Associated Press:   Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP
New York Times:
Classified Documents Found in Trump Search of Storage Site
Wall Street Journal:
‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Dies Again in Georgia
CBS News:
Brittney Griner released by Russia in 1-for-1 prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout  —  Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who was held for months in Russian prisons on drug charges, was released Thursday in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout, CBS News learned early Thursday from a U.S. official.
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Associated Press:
Griner for Bout: WNBA star freed in US-Russia prisoner swap  —  Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, American and Russian officials said.
Alys Davies / BBC:
Putin: Nuclear risk is rising, but we are not mad  —  Vladimir Putin has said the threat of a nuclear war was rising, but insisted Russia had not “gone mad” and would not use its nuclear weapons first.  —  The Russian president insisted that his country would only use weapons of mass destruction in response to an attack.
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Politico:
Ukraine used home-modified drones to strike Russian bases
CNN:
Exclusive: Biden administration weighs Ukrainian requests for access to US stockpile of controversial cluster munitions
Discussion: Political Wire
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Under Investigation By House Ethics Committee  —  The House Committee on Ethics is investigating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), according to a statement the panel issued on Wednesday.   —  The statement, which did not provide many details about the inquiry …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Hello!  You've Been Referred Here Because You're Wrong About Twitter And Hunter Biden's Laptop  —  Hello!  Someone has referred you to this post because you've said something quite wrong about Twitter and how it handled something to do with Hunter Biden's laptop.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida Republican who sponsored 'Don't Say Gay' indicted on Covid relief fraud charges  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal grand jury indicted Republican Florida state Rep. Joe Harding on six counts after authorities said he illegally obtained $150,000 in pandemic-related small business loans …
Selina Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
China Scraps Most Covid Testing, Quarantine Requirements in Policy Pivot  —  Latest measures target intrusive aspects of unpopular pandemic regime  —  China Announces Nationwide Loosening of Covid-19 Rules  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  1x  —  HONG KONG—China dropped many of its quarantine …
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
On That ProPublica ‘Chinese Lab Leak’ Story.  —  A talk with a longtime translator, on why Mandarin does not include a ‘super-secret version’ for discussing government plans.  —  This post is about China, and language, and how the press responds to criticism and handles its mistakes.
Mitra Taj / New York Times:
Peru's President Tried to Dissolve Congress.  By Day's End, He Was Arrested.  —  Ahead of an impeachment vote by Congress, Pedro Castillo tried to dissolve the government and seize power.  The attempt ended with his ouster and arrest.  —  LIMA, Peru — It was a day on which much of Peru …
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Candice Ortiz / Mediaite:
‘These F*cking People’: Barstool Star and Fox News Regular Caught on Hot Mic Destroying Network, Its Audience, and Tucker  —  Barstool Sports star Francis Ellis has appeared multiple times on Fox News, particularly on the 7 p.m. show hosted by Jesse Watters.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Off-duty FBI agent fatally shoots person at Metro Center, police say  —  The shooting on a Red Line platform during the typically busy commute prompted delays and brief panic  —  An off-duty FBI agent fatally shot a man Wednesday evening during an altercation on a Red Line train platform at the Metro Center station, D.C. police said.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans New Encryption System to Ward Off Hackers and Protect iCloud Data  —  ‘Advanced Data Protection’ will offer end-to-end encryption on iCloud backups, Notes, Photos and other services—a step that may draw ire from law enforcement  —  How Apple's New iCloud Encryption Protects You From Attacks (Exclusive)
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
It's official: Kari Lake, Kelli Ward and the Arizona GOP have lost their minds  —  Opinion: The increasingly delusional Arizona Republican Party wants Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs to be investigated for ‘suppressing free speech.’ But its ‘bombshell’ doesn't even rate as a small fizzle.
Punchbowl News:
12/8/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM … HE HAS FOUR REPUBLICANS WHO ARE PUBLICLY VOWING TO VOTE AGAINST HIM.  UNDER MOST SCENARIOS, HE COULD ONLY AFFORD TO LOSE FOUR REPUBLICANS AND STILL BECOME SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ON JAN. 3. … MCCARTHY HAS FAVORS TO DOLE OUT …
Discussion: The Hill and Billings Gazette
Helen Warrell / Financial Times:
The secret lives of MI6's top female spies … My journey to the school for spies starts in the half-light of a waking city.  I do not know where I am going and have only been instructed to meet my contact at a central London landmark.  We travel by car, boat and train to a place where officers …
Discussion: UPI
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
“I Did What I Had To Do”: Christian Walker Opened Up About How He Helped Bring Down His Dad's Campaign  —  Christian Walker has zero regrets about the role he played in his father's failed Senate campaign: “I had no choice but to see the hypocrisy.”  —  Reporting From  —  MIAMI — Christian Walker couldn't resist.
Washington Post:
Rollback of covid vaccine mandate met with furor at Pentagon  —  Military officials warned that the Republican-led initiative risks harming troops' readiness and endangering national security  —  The Biden administration fumed Wednesday at the near-certainty that Congress will strip away …
 
 
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Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
Biden approval, views of economy steady, sour: AP-NORC poll
Discussion: The Hill, Gallup and Fox News
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
A narrow GOP majority is forcing moderates to find their voice
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
As Ukraine and Russia step up prisoner exchanges, scarred POWs tell of abuse
Discussion: The Atlantic
Wayne Besen / LGBTQ Nation:
Has Sam Brinton's story always been too good to be true?
Discussion: Twitchy
Leor Sapir / City Journal:
Affirming Deception  —  An unexpected concession by the World Professional Association …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joseph Bernstein / New York Times:
Can The Daily Wire Turn Nashville Into Hollywood for Conservatives?
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Douglas London / Foreign Policy:
U.S. Rivals Are Facing Unrest. Is It Due to Luck or Skill?
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Harriot / TheGrio:
Thankfully, Van Jones has apologized for my silence on antisemitism
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Mark Levin's War on ‘Imbecile’ Far-Right Congressmen Just Got Uglier
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Alex Hammer / Daily Mail:
American Girl is accused of ‘stripping away all innocence’ in book that teaches children as young as THREE how to change gender by asking doctors for puberty blockers
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside the turmoil roiling No Labels' unity ticket presidential campaign