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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 …
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  —  Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) will never forget his first meeting with House GOP leaders shortly after winning his seat in 2016, a year when voters handed Republicans the White House and continued control of Congress.
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
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 …
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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 …
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 and New York Daily News
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:
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 …
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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
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:
12/8/22 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: Semafor
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and National Review
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New York Times:
Here's a look at Britney 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: IJR
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.
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 …
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 …
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
Gasoline Price Falls Below Year Ago Level  —  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 of inflation …
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 …
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
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 …
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer reelected as Senate majority leader  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was reelected Thursday morning to serve another term as Senate majority leader, capping a successful two years for the veteran lawmaker, who was just reelected to a fifth Senate term.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Daily Wire
Matt Dixon / Politico:
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