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4:45 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.
Discussion: Morning Shots and The Hill
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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
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:   Trump's Jewish Allies Are ‘Begging’ Him to Condemn Kanye. He's Refusing
Wall Street Journal:
‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Dies Again in Georgia
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 …
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Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
AOC facing House Ethics Committee investigation
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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Tom Ley / Defector:
What Are The Twitter Files, And Do You Need To Care About Them?
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena Sam Bankman-Fried to testify at hearing on FTX collapse  — House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters informed a group of Democrats that she doesn't plan to subpoena former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside the turmoil roiling No Labels' unity ticket presidential campaign  —  Over the past year, the centrist group No Labels has spearheaded an ambitious $70 million project laying the groundwork for a unity ticket presidential campaign in 2024.  —  For that effort, its founder and CEO …
New York Times:
Classified Documents Found in Trump Search of Storage Site  —  The discovery came as series of searches were conducted by a team hired by the former president, after a federal judge directed his lawyers to look for any materials still in his possession.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump hired people …
Joseph Bernstein / New York Times:
Can The Daily Wire Turn Nashville Into Hollywood for Conservatives?  —  The right-wing media company, founded by Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing, is trying.  But the culture war may be its real entertainment product.  —  NASHVILLE — On March 22, 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly sent a resolution to the governor's desk.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Mark Levin's War on ‘Imbecile’ Far-Right Congressmen Just Got Uglier  —  The intense battle between the shouty right-wing radio host and several conservative lawmakers escalated this week with a new round of Trumpian insults.  —  A skirmish between shouty Fox News host Mark Levin …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite, Forbes and HuffPost
Felicia Fonseca / Associated Press:
Polygamous ‘prophet’ leader had child brides, documents say  —  The leader of a small polygamous group on the Arizona-Utah border had taken at least 20 wives, most of them minors, and punished followers who did not treat him as a prophet, newly filed federal court documents show.
Peter Kiefer / The Ankler:
The 'Grey's Anatomy' Liar Confesses it All  —  Elisabeth Finch, disgraced and in exile, explains what made her do it  —  “At a certain point, the hardest thing becomes remembering what you said or told people.”  —  It's Halloween, a fitting holiday for former Grey's Anatomy star writer Elisabeth Finch …
Washington Post:
As Ukraine and Russia step up prisoner exchanges, scarred POWs tell of abuse  —  NORTHEAST UKRAINE — The 60 prisoners of war arrived on Ukrainian soil Tuesday afternoon — free after the latest trade between Moscow and Kyiv, but still under strict rationing.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michael Harriot / TheGrio:
Thankfully, Van Jones has apologized for my silence on antisemitism  —  Editor's note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author's own.  Read more opinions on theGrio.  —  (The full text and audio of Van Jones' speech at the UJA-Federation of New York Wall Street Dinner are available at ejp.com.)
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The New York Times is bracing for a historic mass walkout as union negotiations go down to the wire  —  New York CNN Business —  The New York Times is preparing for more than 1,100 of its union staffers to go on strike for a full day Thursday — an act of protest that has not been staged …
Douglas London / Foreign Policy:
U.S. Rivals Are Facing Unrest.  Is It Due to Luck or Skill?  —  Mass protests create a favorable environment for intelligence agencies—but the CIA should tread carefully in China, Iran, and Russia.  —  In recent weeks, there have been major street protests in China and Iran …
 
 
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Wayne Besen / LGBTQ Nation:
Has Sam Brinton's story always been too good to be true?
Discussion: Twitchy
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Jan. 6 panel eyeing Dec. 21 to release final report, chairman says
Leor Sapir / City Journal:
Affirming Deception  —  An unexpected concession by the World Professional Association …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Beloved Seattle restaurant suffers 18th break-in by thieves the Democrats enable
Discussion: HotAir and Ace of Spades HQ
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
Headed Toward a Middle Ground? Today's Argument in Moore v. Harper
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
Kate Aurthur / Variety:
Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis Get Honest About Female Action Heroes, Motherhood and Press Tours Ruining Acting
Maureen Mackey / Fox News:
Kirk Cameron is denied story-hour slot by public libraries for his new faith-based kids book
Joe Perticone / The Bulwark:
House Republicans ‘May Dig Their Own Grave’ With Fringe Political Investigations
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian Intelligence Agent Charged with Fraud and Money Laundering in Connection with Purchase and Use of Luxury Beverly Hills Real Estate