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12:15 PM ET, November 20, 2023


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Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Biden turns 81 as questions about age continue to dominate 2024 race  —  Polls show voters continue to be concerned by Biden's age.  —  President Joe Biden smiles as he walks from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, June 1, 2023, in Washington.
Playbook: A not so happy birthday for Biden  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  If you haven't heard, the Democratic Party is full of anxious people right now.  They're worried about swing-state polls showing JOE BIDEN losing to DONALD TRUMP.
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Many former Trump aides say he shouldn't be president.  Will it matter?  —  Critics are grappling with how they can puncture Trump's candidacy in 2024 and whether their voices will have any impact  —  John F. Kelly, the longest-serving chief of staff in President Donald Trump's White House …
Washington Post:
With a new speaker, the old MTG is back  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  This morning, we're thinking of former president Jimmy Carter, who lost his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, on Sunday.  Tips:  Was this forwarded to you?  Sign up here.  Thanks for waking up with us.
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Vulgarities, insults, baseless attacks: Trump backers follow his lead
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Biden says he's an optimist. But his dire warnings about Trump have become central to his campaign
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Texas Gov. Abbott endorses Trump for president during visit to southern border
Chris Brennan / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The ‘faith-based’ leader for Philly's Moms for Liberty chapter is a registered sex offender  —  Phillip Fisher Jr. is a pastor and Republican ward leader who coordinates faith-based outreach for Philadelphia's Moms for Liberty chapter.He's also a registered sex offender …
Insider Paper:
President-elect Milei vows 'end of Argentina's decline'  —  Libertarian outsider Javier Milei swept to victory in Argentina's presidential election Sunday, vowing to halt decades of economic decline in a country reeling from triple-digit inflation.  —  The self-described “anarcho-capitalist” …
Washington Post:
Trump-like libertarian Javier Milei wins Argentina's presidency
Associated Press:
Fiery right-wing populist Javier Milei wins Argentina's presidency and promises ‘drastic’ changes
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Richest 1% account for more carbon emissions than poorest 66%, report says  —  ‘Polluter elite’ are plundering the planet to point of destruction, says Oxfam after comprehensive study of climate inequality  —  The richest 1% of humanity is responsible for more carbon emissions than the poorest 66% …
Discussion: France 24, Climate Desk and Breitbart
Oxfam International:
Richest 1% emit as much planet-heating pollution as two-thirds of humanity
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Jane Coaston / New York Times:
This Republican Wants Voters to Have a Say on Abortion  —  Republicans have struggled politically with the issue of abortion since the overturning of Roe v. Wade — a point proven several times over with anti-abortion measures failing in relatively conservative states.
Julie Wernau / Wall Street Journal:
Support for Abortion Access Is Near Record, WSJ-NORC Poll Finds
Discussion: Political Wire
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Judge Aileen Cannon's Games in Florida May Delay Other Trump Trials  —  The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump's classified documents case is setting up some serious roadblocks in the case, and injecting confusion in his other upcoming trials too.  —  When Donald Trump's beloved federal …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law and Chaos
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Wages are rising.  Jobs are plentiful.  Nobody's happy.  —  It's a good time to be a worker and a bad time to be a consumer — the problem is most people are both.  —  Explaining the state of the American economy at the moment is a conundrum.  The labor market is good …
Alastair Gale / Wall Street Journal:
The Era of Total U.S. Submarine Dominance Over China Is Ending  —  New Chinese submarines and sensors to catch U.S. subs will alter the balance of power  —  For decades, the U.S. hasn't had to worry much about China's submarines.  They were noisy and easy to track.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
How SCOTUS's “ethics code” provides cover for corruption  —  It's weak sauce — which was the goal all along. … After unrelenting pressure from everyone but Republicans, who by and large are thrilled that Supreme Court justices can be bought, the Court has issued a voluntary, non-binding code of conduct.
Discussion: The Hill
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
4 more free COVID tests will be available to each household ahead of the holidays  —  The winter season is expected to bring a resurgence of the virus.  —  Boxes of BinaxNow a COVID-19 at home test kit made by Abbott, Aug. 13, 2022, in North Haledon, N.J.  —  Ahead of the approaching holidays …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Who Is Most Responsible For Divisions In The U.S.?  Social Media Ranks #1 Among Young Voters, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Table The Talk About Politics At Thanksgiving, Say Voters  —  mail_outline  —  Given a list of four options and asked which they hold most responsible …
Discussion: The Hill
Yaccarino On Hot Seat As Ad Execs Urge Twitter CEO To Resign  —  In the aftermath of IBM, Disney, Apple and others pausing spending on X, formerly known as Twitter, top advertising executives made a personal appeal to CEO Linda Yaccarino.  —  X CEO Linda Yaccarino, the longtime NBC advertising …
Washington Post:
Antisemitism was rising online. Then Elon Musk's X supercharged it.
The Carter Center:
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Passes Away at Age 96  —  Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate champion of mental health, caregiving, and women's rights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96.  She died peacefully, with family by her side.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Rosalynn Carter, First Lady and a Political Partner, Dies at 96
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Rosalynn Carter, former first lady and tireless humanitarian who advocated for mental health issues, dies at 96
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Shakira Dodges Trial by Settling Tax Fraud Case in Spain
CBS News:
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter remembered by Bidens, Obamas, Bush family
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HuffPost
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Discussion: IJR, Washington Post and The Hill
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP moves to split Arizona Democrats in 3-way Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Dems stake their 2024 hopes on last 2 red-state incumbents
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Olesia Safronova / Bloomberg:
Austin Visits Kyiv to Signal US Support as Battles Rage
Guido Alfani / New York Times:
The Super Rich No Longer Try To Support Their Societies
Jordan Rau / New York Times:
Extra Fees Drive Assisted Living Profits
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
From airlines to ticket sellers, companies fight U.S. to keep junk fees
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider