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5:50 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 …
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CNN:
Trump does not plan to appeal dismissal of Mar-a-Lago special master to Supreme Court
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Trump's push for a special master in Mar-a-Lago docs case comes to an end
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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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.
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:   A narrow GOP majority is forcing moderates to find their voice
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage, sending it to Biden's desk
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Hannity Calls on Republicans to Embrace Mail-In Voting: ‘They Need to Accept the Rules as They Are’
Discussion: HuffPost
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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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.
NBC News:
Family of Paul Whelan, American imprisoned in Russia, says they were warned about Brittney Griner's release
CBS News:
Brittney Griner released by Russia in 1-for-1 prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: NBC News and CBS News
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, Slate and Raw Story
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Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
New York Times journalists, other workers on 24-hour strike
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.
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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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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
COVID could be DeSantis' secret weapon in 2024
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
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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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
Anders Anglesey / Newsweek:
Man Planning Mass Shooting Arrested After Ex-Girlfriend Alerts Cops: Police  —  A former Marine who allegedly threatened to carry out a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip has been arrested after his ex-girlfriend alerted the authorities, according to police.
Discussion: KKTV-TV
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Climate Hawks Should Have Given Joe Manchin His Pipeline  —  America's green transition has a red-tape problem.  —  The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 directed hundreds of billions of dollars toward renewable energy and green infrastructure.  But money isn't everything.
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 Feinberg / The Independent:
Donald Trump, who ignored Paul Whelan for two years, says deal to return Brittney Griner to US was ‘stupid’
Robert Costa / CBS News:
Top Bernie Sanders adviser believes Sanders will give 2024 “a hard look” if Biden doesn't run
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Jan. 6 panel plans to release criminal referrals alongside final report
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and HuffPost
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon concerned Bout could return to arms trafficking after Griner exchange
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Post Considers Selling Tech Business It Built Up on Jeff Bezos's Watch
Discussion: The Post Millennial and Twitchy
Dolly Butz / Sioux City Journal:
Sioux City emails detail struggle to get payments for Trump rally; over $11,000 left unpaid
Discussion: Associated Press
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McCarthy creates House China Select Committee to confront CCP threats
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Signal
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Zelenskyy quip, Trump conspiracy top 2022 notable quote list
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
The Guardian:
Iranian forces shooting at faces and genitals of female protesters, medics say
Discussion: BBC
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
How Trump and MAGA Allies Are Defending Violent Jan. 6th Rioters
Helen Warrell / Financial Times:
The secret lives of MI6's top female spies