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1:35 PM ET, December 8, 2022

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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Senate report details Trump's most surreal decision of pandemic  —  A leaked copy of the report a United States Senate committee is about to release slams the Trump Administration's response in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  OW-Advertisement
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Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Democratic report details Trump administration's COVID failings: Suffering was ‘not inevitable’  —  “We could have handled this ... a whole lot differently,” Sen. Gary Peters said.  —  President Donald Trump, right, reacts as Dr. Deborah Birx speaks about her granddaughter's fever as she speaks …
Discussion: CBS News and NBC News
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 …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Two top Times reporters are skipping the walkout  —  Two of The New York Times's top White House reporters are opting out of a labor action Thursday as tensions continue to grow over contract negotiations at the news organization.  —  Chief White House reporter Peter Baker …
Discussion: HotAir
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
New York Times journalists stage historic 24-hour strike after management and union fail to reach deal  —  New York CNN Business —  A 24-hour strike at The New York Times, a historic demonstration in which more than 1,100 employees are expected to participate, began Thursday at midnight …
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 …
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.
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’
Discussion: HuffPost, The Daily Beast and WSAV-TV
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.
Peter Kasperowicz / Fox News:
GOP rips Brittney Griner deal for stranding Paul Whelan in Russia: ‘Celebrities over veterans?’
Washington Post:
Who is Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer swapped for Brittney Griner?
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
Trump's isolation deepens as Georgia loss adds to 2024 bid's rocky start  —  The former president's three-week-old campaign is reeling from a string of controversies and setbacks  —  Since announcing his 2024 presidential bid three weeks ago at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump has barely left …
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New York Times:
After Georgia Loss, G.O.P. Stares Down Its Trump Dilemma
New York Times:
Donald Trump and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad 3 Weeks
Marc Levy / Associated Press:   Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: DeSantis surges to 5-point lead over weakened Trump in 2024 primary matchup … A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now leads former President Donald Trump by 5 percentage points in the race for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage, sending it to Biden's desk  —  The legislation, which would also ensure federal protections for interracial marriages, has already passed the Senate.  President Joe Biden is now expected to sign it into law.  —  WASHINGTON — The House passed …
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Punchbowl News:
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Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Exclusive: Paul Whelan tells CNN he is ‘disappointed’ Biden administration has not done more to secure his release  —  Detained American Paul Whelan told CNN he is “disappointed” the Biden administration has not done more to secure his release, meaning he's been left behind in Russia …
Washington Post:
Daniel Snyder gave evasive, ‘misleading’ testimony, House committee says  —  Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder evaded questions by saying more than 100 times that he did not know or could not recall information and gave “misleading” answers when he testified remotely in July as part …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Aliza Astrow / Third Way:
The Dangerous Illusion of a Presidential Third Party in 2024  —  It isn't the first time and it certainly won't be the last, but American voters are frustrated with the state of our politics, and approval ratings for both the Democratic and Republican parties are low.
New York Times:
Here's a look at Brittney Griner's case.  —  WEBVTT 00:00:00.620 —> 00:00:03.440 Moments ago, standing together with her wife, 00:00:03.440 —> 00:00:07.280 Cherelle, in the Oval office, I spoke with Brittney Griner.  00:00:07.280 —> 00:00:08.630 She's safe.  00:00:08.630 —> 00:00:10.010 She's on a plane.
Discussion: Observer and IJR
The Guardian:
Iranian forces shooting at faces and genitals of female protesters, medics say  —  Exclusive: Men and women coming in with shotgun wounds to different parts of bodies, doctors say  —  Iranian security forces are targeting women at anti-regime protests with shotgun fire to their faces …
Discussion: BBC
Associated Press:
Zelenskyy quip, Trump conspiracy top 2022 notable quote list  —  A tart retort by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to a U.S. offer of help and a call by former U.S. President Donald Trump for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution top a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotations of 2022.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Financial Times:
The women turning to sex work to make ends meet  —  As the cost of living crisis spreads, more women are starting to sell sex and many are taking greater risks  —  Tiffany smoothed her hair in the bathroom mirror and took off her wedding ring.  Little knots were tightening in her stomach.
Discussion: UnHerd
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
How Trump and MAGA Allies Are Defending Violent Jan. 6th Rioters  —  Two days after a pair of Oath Keepers were found guilty of seditious conspiracy and three others were convicted of related felony charges, former President Donald Trump celebrated a group that gives aid to January 6th defendants …
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McCarthy creates House China Select Committee to confront CCP threats
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Washington Post:
Puerto Rico was promised billions for safe water. Taps are still running dry.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer reelected as Senate majority leader
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Josh Christenson / Washington Free Beacon:
Transgender New Hampshire Dem in Jail on Stalking Charges
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans New Encryption System to Ward Off Hackers and Protect iCloud Data
Helen Warrell / Financial Times:
The secret lives of MI6's top female spies
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Wayne Besen / LGBTQ Nation:
Has Sam Brinton's story always been too good to be true?
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On That ProPublica ‘Chinese Lab Leak’ Story.
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Putin: Nuclear risk is rising, but we are not mad
 

 
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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