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3:20 PM ET, December 8, 2022

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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.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage, sending it to Biden's desk
Washington Post:
Walker's loss in Ga. spurs new GOP hand-wringing, calls for new strategy
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Hannity Calls on Republicans to Embrace Mail-In Voting: ‘They Need to Accept the Rules as They Are’
Discussion: HuffPost and The Daily Beast
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: Slate, Raw Story and Twitchy
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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 …
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
NBC News:
Family of Paul Whelan, American imprisoned in Russia, says they were warned about Brittney Griner's release
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?
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 …
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Politico:
Biden had a ‘painful’ decision to make to secure Griner's release.  He made it.  —  In the last few weeks, President Joe Biden was presented with a one-or-none choice: Bring Brittney Griner home now, or risk leaving both her and fellow American Paul Whelan in Russian custody.
Libby Cathey / Reuters:
Biden insists Brittney Griner prisoner swap ‘not a choice’ between Paul Whelan
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Seeks to Block Microsoft Corp.'s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Inc.  —  Agency alleges that maker of Xbox would gain control of top video game franchises, enabling it to harm competition in high-performance gaming consoles and subscription services by denying or degrading rivals' access to its popular content
Discussion: CBS News, WFLA-TV, The Verge and TechCrunch
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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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Marc Caputo / NBC News:
Inside the turbulent, doomed campaign of Herschel Walker  —  Georgia's Senate runoff was less than a day old and, already, there was a shouting match at a staff meeting.  —  Republican candidate Herschel Walker's campaign was starved for cash as it faced Sen. Raphael Warnock and his deep-pocketed Democratic allies.
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: The Hill and ProFootballTalk
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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
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.
Dolly Butz / Sioux City Journal:
Sioux City emails detail struggle to get payments for Trump rally; over $11,000 left unpaid  —  SIOUX CITY — The day before former President Donald Trump appeared at a political rally at Sioux Gateway Airport, a city attorney was engaged in a back and forth exchange with event organizers …
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
The number of Americans ‘wrongfully detained’ by other nations has risen.  —  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.
Discussion: Observer, Slate, Dog Shirt Daily 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
 
 
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