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4:10 PM ET, December 9, 2022


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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.
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Kyrsten Sinema Is Playing Chicken … The biggest loser of the 2022 election other than Donald Trump was Kyrsten Sinema.  The Arizona senator and now-former Democrat desperately needed Democrats, especially fellow senator Mark Kelly, to lose.  Only such a setback would make the party desperate enough …
POLITICO Playbook PM: Sifting through the Sinema fallout  —  The decision triggered a bevy of questions, some which we're starting to get answers to:  —  Q: Will she keep her committees in the upper chamber?  —  A: Yes.  Just before noon, Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER said in a statement …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Top progressive firm drops Sinema as a client  —  The leading progressive digital firm Authentic has dropped Kyrsten Sinema as a client, after the Arizona senator announced she was leaving the Democratic Party, according to a person close to the firm.  —  Sinema announced Friday …
Discussion: New Republic and Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Sinema's decision to quit the Democratic Party jolts Arizona 2024 Senate race
Kyrsten Sinema goes independent, scrambles Senate
New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema Says She Will Leave the Democratic Party
NBC News:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democratic Party and registers as an independent
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.
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
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
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 …
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Lesson of Trump: Character Matters
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump's 2024 Campaign So Far Is an Epic Act of Self-Sabotage
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and The Hill
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: ABC News, Raw Story and Just The News
NBC News:
Ronna McDaniel locked down votes for RNC chair despite the midterm debacle. Here's how she did it.
Discussion: IJR and RedState
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 …
Discussion: CMary
Brian Bushard / Forbes:
GOP Jump On Biden Official Sam Brinton's 2nd Theft Allegation—Blames ‘Wokeness’ For His Job  —  The Biden Administration has come under fire from Republican lawmakers after Energy Department official Sam Brinton, who identifies as nonbinary, was charged in two separate instances of stealing suitcases …
Discussion: Insider, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Allie Griffin / New York Post:
Non-binary Biden nuclear official Sam Brinton accused in second luggage heist
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 …
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.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Judge tosses first “bounty hunter” lawsuit filed using Texas abortion law  —  A state judge Thursday dismissed a case against a San Antonio abortion provider that is a first.  The lawsuit was the first test of a provision in Texas abortion law that allows private citizens to sue over any illegal abortion they discover.
Daniel W. Drezner / Drezner's World:
Is the Country Getting.... Better?  —  Things have been pretty weird in the USA over the past few years.  Are things returning to normalcy?  —  The last six years or so have felt like one of those video boxing games in which the announcer yells “body blow” on repeat, but for the entire country.
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
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Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Mississippi Free Press:
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Nate Raymond / Reuters:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Advocate tells lawmakers of ‘stealth’ efforts to influence Supreme Court