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8:50 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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ABC News:
Trump hosts event featuring QAnon, ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theorist at Mar-a-Lago  —  The event came two weeks after Trump had dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes.  —  A prominent adherent of the QAnon and “pizzagate” conspiracy theories posed for photos with former President Donald Trump …
New York Times:
After Georgia Loss, G.O.P. Stares Down Its Trump Dilemma  —  Republicans from Georgia to Washington traded blame for their bruising defeats in the Senate races.  Much of it landed on Donald Trump.  —  ATLANTA — The Democrats' capstone re-election victory of Senator Raphael Warnock forced Republicans …
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
Marc Levy / Associated Press:   Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP
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
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
A narrow GOP majority is forcing moderates to find their voice
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
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.
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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
 
 
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Helen Warrell / Financial Times:
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Discussion: UPI
Washington Post:
Rollback of covid vaccine mandate met with furor at Pentagon
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?
Douglas London / Foreign Policy:
U.S. Rivals Are Facing Unrest. Is It Due to Luck or Skill?
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Harriot / TheGrio:
Thankfully, Van Jones has apologized for my silence on antisemitism
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena Sam Bankman-Fried to testify at hearing on FTX collapse
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
New York Times:
Classified Documents Found in Trump Search of Storage Site
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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