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11:55 PM ET, December 9, 2022

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ABC News:
Judge declines DOJ request to hold Trump team in contempt over classified documents: Sources  —  The judge urged the DOJ and Trump's team to resolve the dispute themselves.  —  A federal judge in Washington declined to hold Trump or his legal team in contempt of court following …
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Washington Post:
U.S. judge won't hold Trump's office in contempt, people familiar say  —  Justice Department sought contempt order from chief judge over whether all classified documents have been recovered  —  A federal judge on Friday declined to hold former president Donald Trump's office in contempt …
CNN:
Justice Department demanding Trump team attest all documents marked classified have been returned
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyrsten Sinema / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: Why I'm registering as an independent  —  Opinion: 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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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
What happens now that Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema is no longer a Democrat  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has switched from Democrat to independent, and there's no great mystery as to why.  —  Arizona was home to several competitive statewide contests this year, many of which had national implications.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sinema switches to independent, shaking up the Senate
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Sifting through the Sinema fallout
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Sinema's decision to quit the Democratic Party jolts Arizona 2024 Senate race
Associated Press:
Soccer writer Grant Wahl dies at World Cup match in Qatar  —  Grant Wahl, one of the most well-known soccer writers in the United States, died early Saturday while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands.  U.S. media seated near him said Wahl fell back in his seat …
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Wall Street Journal:
Prominent Soccer Journalist Grant Wahl, 48, Dies While Covering World Cup in Qatar  —  Wahl, who chronicled men's and women's soccer in the U.S. for more than two decades, collapsed during the Argentina-Netherlands match  —  DOHA, Qatar—Journalist Grant Wahl, one of the most prominent chroniclers …
Washington Post:
In freeing Griner, Biden faced resistance abroad and at home  —  The president faced opposition from the Justice Department, which viewed a one-for-one swap involving WNBA star Brittney Griner and the notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout as a mistake  —  President Biden's 10-month effort …
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CNN:
Russia demanded that a spy held in Germany be freed in exchange for Paul Whelan  —  Russia refused to release Paul Whelan alongside Brittney Griner unless a former colonel from Russia's domestic spy organization currently in German custody was also released as part of any prisoner swap …
Julia Ioffe / Puck:
Inside the Griner Prisoner Swap
New York Times:
Blowback Over Griner's Release Exposes Depth of America's Divisions
Grant Wahl / Fútbol with Grant Wahl:
World Cup Daily, Day 25  —  They just don't care.  Qatari World Cup organizers don't even hide their apathy over migrant worker deaths, including the most recent one.  —  DOHA, Qatar — They just don't care.  —  The Supreme Committee in charge of Qatar's World Cup doesn't care …
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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David Ovalle / Miami Herald:
Miami woman known as Fox News' ‘Liberal Sherpa’ charged with ripping off her aging mother  —  Cathy Areu, a journalist and former periodic Fox News guest known as the “Liberal Sherpa,” has been arrested in Miami on accusations that she kidnapped and financially exploited her elderly mother.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida GOP donor, DeSantis ally under ‘active investigation’ weeks before death, authorities say  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Kent Stermon, a prominent Jacksonville-area Republican donor and friend of Gov. Ron DeSantis found dead in his car Thursday night, was under “active investigation” by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: SBF secretly funded crypto news site  —  The Block, a media company that says it covers crypto news independently, has been secretly funded for over a year with money funneled to The Block's CEO from the disgraced Sam Bankman-Fried's cryptocurrency trading firm, sources told Axios.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Media Still Don't Know How to Cover Trump's Extremism  —  Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.  —  The day after Donald Trump, a former president and the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 …
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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Lesson of Trump: Character Matters
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and CMary
New York Times:
This Case Should Never Have Made It to the Supreme Court  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  “The most important case for American democracy” …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Charges from DeSantis' election crimes office keep falling apart  —  The arrests from Ron DeSantis' election crimes office appeared ridiculous over the summer.  As the criminal cases keep collapsing, they now look even worse.  —  The pattern is unmistakable: Cases from Gov. Ron DeSantis …
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Leaders Back Away From Raising Debt Ceiling, Punting Clash to New Congress  —  Some Democrats had hoped to act on the issue before their party loses unified control of Congress, but a lack of political will and time appears to have sapped momentum for doing so.
Discussion: CBS News
Ryan Colby / Becket:
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT BLOCKS CONTROVERSIAL BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TRANSGENDER MANDATE EIGHTH CIRCUIT RULES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT FORCE RELIGIOUS DOCTORS TO PERFORM GENDER TRANSITIONS  —  Legal Doc: Eighth Circuit Decision in Sisters of Mercy v. Becerra
Lawrence B. Solum / Balkinization:
Progressives Need to Support Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson  —  A third wave of progressive originalism is now well underway.  Justice Jackson is already the de facto leader of a group of scholars, lawyers, and judges who understand the dangers that judicial supremacy and living constitutionalism pose …
Discussion: Reason and Politico
The Free Press:
Welcome to The Free Press  —  Each one of us has a tiny computer in our pocket with, basically, the sum total of human knowledge.  We have never had access to more information, or more ways to share it.  —  At the same time, it seems we understand our world less and less.
 
 
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Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:
Biden approval rating on Main Street rises for first time in presidency
Discussion: Just The News and Gallup
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
‘Duct Tape and Band-Aids’: Inside Herschel Walker's Campaign Collapse
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and NBC News
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin jailed for denouncing Ukraine war
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Glimpses of Democracy  —  Dissent carries power even in repressive, authoritarian states.
The New York Times Company:
Karoun Demirjian Joins The Times as a Congressional Correspondent
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Steven Dilakian / The Real Deal New York:
How special are these permits? No one got any
Brian Bushard / Forbes:
GOP Jump On Biden Official Sam Brinton's 2nd Theft Allegation—Blames ‘Wokeness’ For Their Hire
Daniel W. Drezner / Drezner's World:
Is the Country Getting.... Better?
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Spiraling costs and crumbling public services leave millions in Britain struggling to live
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
This Secret Society in Washington, D.C., Has One Agenda: Fly, Eagles, Fly
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
War has tamed Ukraine's oligarchs, creating space for democratic change