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8:50 PM ET, December 8, 2022


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Washington Post:
Justice Department asks judge to hold Trump team in contempt over Mar-a-Lago case  —  The request came after months of mounting frustration from the Justice Department with the former president's lawyers.  —  Prosecutors have urged a federal judge to hold Donald Trump's office in contempt …
Trump does not plan to appeal dismissal of Mar-a-Lago special master to Supreme Court  —  Former President Donald Trump does not plan to appeal to the Supreme Court a lower court order that put an end to the special master review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump's push for a special master in Mar-a-Lago docs case comes to an end
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
DOJ Cleared to Use Trump Mar-A-Lago Records in Criminal Probe
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Exclusive: Paul Whelan tells CNN he is ‘disappointed’ that more has not been done to secure his release  —  Detained American Paul Whelan expressed his frustration that more has not been done to secure his release in an exclusive CNN interview hours after another detained American, Brittney Griner, was freed.
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.
Dave Zirin / MSNBC:
Brittney Griner should have never had to be in Russia in the first place  —  WNBA players can earn upward of $1 million by taking their talents outside the United States.  Brittney Griner shows us how perilous this can be. … Seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner's detention …
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.  —  It also reveals that a chaotic …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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 …
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 …
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Democrats should use their Senate majority to expose Republican corruption  —  With Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia winning reelection, Democrats now have a 51-49 majority heading into the next Congress.  Under a 50-50 Senate, each party seats the name number of members on committees.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage, sending it to Biden's desk
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Republicans have a post-election epiphany on mail voting
Discussion: Mediaite, Washington Post and Raw Story
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: Today in Tabs, Raw Story and Slate
Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
New York Times journalists, other workers on 24-hour strike
Phillip Nieto / Fox News:
Who is Paul Whelan?  Former US Marine left behind in Brittney Griner-Viktor Bout exchange  —  Whelan left behind by Biden administration during two separate prisoner exchanges with Kremlin  —  US offers Russian arms dealer in exchange for Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon concerned Bout could return to arms trafficking after Griner exchange
CBS News:
Brittney Griner released by Russia in 1-for-1 prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout
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.
Ben Adler / KOKI-TV:
Romney on Trump's 2024 bid: ‘Absolutely not’  —  Speaking at a Washington Post forum on climate change and the prospects for bipartisan cooperation that was broadcast on CSPAN2, Romney was asked by the Post's Leigh Ann Caldwell if he would support Trump in the 2024 presidential election.
Discussion: Raw Story and Salt Lake Tribune
First on CNN: January 6 committee considers criminal referrals for at least 4 others besides Trump  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection is considering criminal referrals for at least four individuals in addition to former President Donald Trump, multiple sources told CNN.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Jan. 6 panel plans to release criminal referrals alongside final report
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court Seems Less Inclined to End Democracy Than Before  —  Moore v. Harper, the crucially important case heard at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, centers on a fundamentally unserious idea.  North Carolina Republicans, defending an unconstitutional gerrymander …
Who will be Biden's 2024 campaign manager?  —  Presented by United Indian Nations of Oklahoma and 141 Tribes Standing for Tribal Sovereignty  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.
Azi Paybarah / Washington Post:
Maxwell Frost, future Gen Z congressman, denied D.C. apartment over bad credit  —  Rep.-elect Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), the first member of the Gen Z generation elected to Congress, said Thursday that a company in Washington rejected his application to rent an apartment because of his bad credit score.
Discussion: Fox News and Florida Politics
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.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, RedState and Dead Reckoning
Washington Post:
Russian disinformation is demonizing Ukrainian refugees  —  On social media, pro-Kremlin networks are exploiting German anger over its energy crisis to undermine support for Ukraine  —  GROSS STRÖMKENDORF, Germany — The news clip showed a towering blaze in a residential neighborhood in Germany …
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Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Janet Yellen's Signature on U.S. Currency Marks First Time Bills Autographed by Two Women
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and UPI
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams' aide says Democrat had ‘nearly impossible’ chance to beat Kemp
Discussion: RedState
Anders Anglesey / Newsweek:
Man Planning Mass Shooting Arrested After Ex-Girlfriend Alerts Cops: Police
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Climate Hawks Should Have Given Joe Manchin His Pipeline
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Seeks to Block Microsoft Corp.'s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Dolly Butz / Sioux City Journal:
Sioux City emails detail struggle to get payments for Trump rally; over $11,000 left unpaid
Discussion: Associated Press
Financial Times:
The women turning to sex work to make ends meet
Associated Press:
Zelenskyy quip, Trump conspiracy top 2022 notable quote list
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
How Trump and MAGA Allies Are Defending Violent Jan. 6th Rioters
Discussion: Bulwark+