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Kyrsten Sinema / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: Why I'm registering as an independent  —  The Arizona senator explains why she has left the Democratic Party.  —  There's a disconnect between what everyday Americans want and deserve from our politics, and what political parties are offering.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sinema switches to independent, shaking up the Senate  —  Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is changing her party affiliation to independent, delivering a jolt to Democrats' narrow majority and Washington along with it.  —  In a 45-minute interview, the first-term senator told POLITICO …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Sinema leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent  —  Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is leaving the Democratic Party and registering as a political independent, she told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive TV interview.  —  “I've registered as an Arizona independent.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer says Sinema can keep committee assignments after leaving Democratic Party  —  Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday announced he will let Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) keep her Senate committee assignments after she dropped her affiliation with the Democratic Party and said she would identify as an Independent.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The politics of Kyrsten Sinema's party switch  —  Four days ago, we wrote about a few reasons the Georgia Senate runoff — and whether Democrats' majority would grow to 51-49 — mattered, practically speaking.  One of those reasons?  The possibility of a party switch.
New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema Says She Will Leave the Democratic Party  —  The Arizona senator is registering as an independent, noting that she “never fit perfectly in either national party.”  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced on Friday that she would leave the Democratic Party …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Kyrsten Sinema Is Playing Chicken
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Top progressive firm drops Sinema as a client
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Axios:
Kyrsten Sinema goes independent, scrambles Senate
CNN:
House Republicans brace for doomsday scenario if McCarthy falls short of 218 votes for speaker  —  As a right-wing faction threatens to tank his speakership ambitions, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a promise: “I'll never leave,” making clear he has no plans to drop out of the race …
Discussion: Raw Story and American Greatness
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Associated Press:
Brittney Griner back home in US after Russian prisoner swap  —  Brittney Griner returned to the United States early Friday, nearly 10 months after the basketball star's detention in Russia made her the most high-profile American jailed abroad and set off a political firestorm.
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Julia Ioffe / Puck:
Inside the Griner Prisoner Swap
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
White House responds to criticism of Griner prisoner deal
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden made a bad, deadly deal to free Brittney Griner
Daniel Greenfield / Frontpage Mag:
Biden Saves Woke WNBA Player, Leaves Ex-Marine Behind
Discussion: NH Journal
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Private RNC member emails reveal anger at Trump, frustration with McDaniel's response to him  —  A handful of Republican National Committee members denounced former President Donald Trump, with one pushing for fellow members and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to forcefully condemn his decision …
Discussion: Raw Story and Just The News
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NBC News:
Ronna McDaniel locked down votes for RNC chair despite the midterm debacle. Here's how she did it.
Discussion: IJR and RedState
New York Times:
Judge to Hear Justice Dept. Contempt Request in Trump Documents Case  —  The department wants the court to force a representative of Donald J. Trump to swear under oath that there are no more classified documents at any of his properties.  —  A federal judge in Washington was set to hear arguments …
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Washington Post:
Justice Department asks judge to hold Trump team in contempt over Mar-a-Lago case
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Why Conservatives Invented a ‘Right to Post’  —  Early December might have marked the first time anyone ever asserted a First Amendment right to see the president's son's penis, an argument that the Framers likely did not anticipate.  —  In November, the billionaire Elon Musk purchased Twitter …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump's 2024 Campaign So Far Is an Epic Act of Self-Sabotage  —  But is this really the end of an error?  —  The official campaign for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination is barely three weeks old, but there is one clear takeaway so far: Donald Trump is running against himself—and losing.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and The Hill
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Tim Scott Is Fundraising By Emailing People That Their Heat Will Be Cut Off  —  “Emergency Notice,” reads an incredibly misleading December message sent out by the South Carolina Republican's campaign.  —  A week into December, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is emailing residents that their heat …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
War has tamed Ukraine's oligarchs, creating space for democratic change  —  Ukraine may have the opportunity to rebuild a postwar society that is more democratic, less corrupt and more economically diversified  —  BURSHTYN, Ukraine — Over two days in October, eight Russian cruise missiles screamed …
NBC News:
Russia is providing ‘unprecedented’ military support to Iran in exchange for drones, officials say  —  Russia is now providing an “unprecedented level” of military and technical support to Iran in exchange for Tehran supplying weapons for the war in Ukraine, senior Biden administration officials say.
Allie Griffin / New York Post:
Non-binary Biden nuclear official Sam Brinton accused in second luggage heist  —  A Biden energy department official who allegedly stole a woman's suitcase from a Minneapolis airport in September has been accused of another luggage heist at a Las Vegas airport.
Politico:
Biden earned political capital this fall.  He's quietly spending it.  —  White House officials and senior Democrats believe the party's better-than-expected fall has relieved considerable pressure on Joe Biden to act quickly on a reelection bid.  —  But they're still making moves.
Discussion: Associated Press
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Just What Did the Times Walkout Change?  —  As they have been threatening to do for months now, the New York Times newsroom went on a one-day strike today.  —  As a reader, you might not have noticed.  The paper got its Brittney Griner-is-free scoop out on a push notification before the Washington Post did.
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Claudia Irizarry Aponte / The City:
The Other New York Times Workers On Strike
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
This Secret Society in Washington, D.C., Has One Agenda: Fly, Eagles, Fly  —  The most passionate fan base in D.C. political media belongs to the NFL's league-leading team  —  Last Sunday, while Washington, D.C., was wondering about the composition of the Senate or watching the Commanders, a dozen emails flew back and forth.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Views of the state of the country are slightly improved, but Americans' economic concerns remain  —  Americans' views of the state of the nation have bounced back slightly since earlier this year, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds, but public perception of the economy remains grim.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
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