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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.
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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.
New York Times:
Live Updates: Brittney Griner Is Freed in Prisoner Swap With Russia  —  Brittney Griner is freed as part of a prisoner swap with Russia.  —  WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the American basketball star imprisoned in Russia, was released on Thursday after nearly 10 months of captivity …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Turnout by Republicans Was Great.  It's Just That Many of Them Didn't Vote for Republicans.  —  No, the main G.O.P. problem wasn't prioritizing Election Day voting over early voting.  —  After yet another disappointing showing for Republicans in Georgia's Senate runoff on Tuesday …
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Republicans have a post-election epiphany on mail voting  —  As Republicans come to terms with their lackluster midterm performance, top GOP officials and conservative luminaries are acknowledging voters were led astray with calls to reject early and absentee voting.
Washington Post:
Walker's loss in Ga. spurs new GOP hand-wringing, calls for new strategy  —  Herschel Walker's loss in a pivotal Georgia Senate race Tuesday has renewed Republican calls to break with former president Donald Trump and rethink the party's strategy ahead of 2024, as lawmakers and operatives reckoned …
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:   A narrow GOP majority is forcing moderates to find their voice
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Hannity Calls on Republicans to Embrace Mail-In Voting: ‘They Need to Accept the Rules as They Are’
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: The Hill, Insider and Politico
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
Trump's Jewish Allies Are ‘Begging’ Him to Condemn Kanye.  He's Refusing  —  Prominent Jewish and human rights leaders are circulating a letter asking the former president to distance himself from West and Nick Fuentes.  A Trump advisor responds: “I've seen it, and I do not care.”
Discussion: Morning Shots and American Thinker
New York Times:
After Georgia Loss, G.O.P. Stares Down Its Trump Dilemma
Marc Levy / Associated Press:   Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
COVID could be DeSantis' secret weapon in 2024  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — should he run for the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination — has an opening to attack former President Trump's COVID response from the right. … - DeSantis has even said he wishes he'd been more vocal in speaking …
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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: DeSantis surges to 5-point lead over weakened Trump in 2024 primary matchup
Discussion: Political Wire and Fox News
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
New York Times journalists, other workers on 24-hour strike  —  Hundreds of journalists and other employees at The New York Times began a 24-hour walkout Thursday, the first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.  Newsroom employees and other members of The NewsGuild …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
How Trump and MAGA Allies Are Defending Violent Jan. 6th Rioters  —  He says he's sticking with them—and he hopes they'll stick with him.  —  (THE BULWARK / MIDJOURNEY)  —  Two days after a pair of Oath Keepers were found guilty of seditious conspiracy and three others were convicted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
Biden approval, views of economy steady, sour: AP-NORC poll  —  Fresh off his party's better-than-anticipated performance in the midterm elections, President Joe Biden is facing consistent but critical assessments of his leadership and the national economy.  A new poll from The Associated …
Discussion: HotAir, Fox News, The Hill, Gallup and AP-NORC
CNN:
Peru's President impeached and arrested after he attempts to dissolve Congress  —  Dina Boluarte became Peru's first female president on Wednesday, capping off a dramatic day which saw her predecessor detained by police and impeached by lawmakers.  —  Boluarte, the country's former Vice President …
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Mitra Taj / New York Times:
Peru's President Tried to Dissolve Congress. By Day's End, He Was Arrested.
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
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)
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.
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
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: Semafor and The Hill
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
U.S. Gas Prices Are Now Lower Than a Year Ago  —  A visible symbol of inflation for much of the year, prices at the pump have been driven down by reduced global demand and tumbling oil prices.  —  After months in which gasoline prices in the United States have been one of the most visible symbols …
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.
 
 
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Josh Christenson / Washington Free Beacon:
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Rollback of covid vaccine mandate met with furor at Pentagon
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As Ukraine and Russia step up prisoner exchanges, scarred POWs tell of abuse
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