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12:30 PM ET, November 21, 2023


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Elon Musk's X sues media watchdog Media Matters over report on pro-Nazi content on the social media site  —  After a devastating advertiser exodus last week involving some of the world's largest media companies, X owner Elon Musk is suing the progressive watchdog group Media Matters …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
America's most unhinged, unelected official  —  Stephen Miller, the notorious advisor to former president Donald Trump, suggested on X yesterday that a “conservative state Attorney[] General” should pursue civil and criminal charges against Media Matters.  Miller claims that Media Matters committed …
Playbook: Why the Trump gag order fight matters  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  CAMPAIGN DEATHWATCH — “Vivek Ramaswamy struggles to gain traction with Iowa Republicans as critics question his path ahead,” by AP's Margery A. Beck …
Discussion: Punchbowl News and Fox News
Associated Press:
Vivek Ramaswamy struggles to gain traction with Iowa Republicans as critics question his path ahead
Discussion: USA Today
Washington Post:
Appeals court suggests it may pare back Trump's D.C. gag order
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Billionaires are lining up to fund Donald Trump's anti-democratic agenda  —  The more disturbing Trump's public proclamations become, the more US plutocrats seem to want him to win  —  As an ever-greater portion of the nation's total wealth goes to the top, it's hardly surprising that ever …
Discussion: Raw Story and Semafor
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What happens after Donald Trump's ‘final battle’?
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israel-Hamas deal on hostage release and ceasefire is imminent, sources say  —  A deal between Israel and Hamas to free dozens of hostages and declare a multi-day ceasefire is imminent and could be announced by the Qatari mediators as soon as Tuesday, two sources with direct knowledge of the issue told Axios.
Jim Little / Pensacola News Journal:
Matt Gaetz at 21% approval rating in Florida, poll says  —  A new poll shows U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz is a polarizing figure in Florida, both in and outside of the Republican Party.  —  A poll from the Florida Atlantic University Mainstreet PolCom Lab released last week showed that 57% …
New York Times:
The Trump Threat Is Growing.  Lawyers Must Rise to Meet This Moment.  —  American democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law are the righteous causes of our times, and the nation's legal profession is obligated to support them.  But with the acquiescence of the larger conservative legal movement …
Discussion: The Guardian, The Hill, Raw Story and IJR
Jordain Carney / Politico:
House GOP's Biden impeachment effort heads into final stage  —  The conference plans to depose Hunter Biden in December and is working to tie up other threads before January — when advocates hope they can start moving toward a vote.  —  House Republicans are closing in on a make-or-break moment …
Brittany Gibson / Politico:
Cornel West sets his sights on a key battleground state  —  The independent candidate is well positioned to capitalize on Biden's weaknesses in a certain swing state.  —  Independent presidential hopeful Cornel West is taking aim at Michigan by courting voter groups that Joe Biden is struggling with …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
North Carolina sued over new state Senate maps  —  The newly redrawn district boundaries for the North Carolina state Senate divide predominantly Black counties in a way that dilutes the power of Black residents, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.  —  The lawsuit — filed …
US Department of Justice:
Cyber Scam Organization Disrupted Through Seizure of Nearly $9M in Crypto  —  For Immediate Release  —  The Justice Department announced today the seizure of nearly $9 million worth of Tether, a cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar.  These seized funds were traced to cryptocurrency …
Discussion: The Messenger
Sam Sutton / Politico:
CFPB chief's warning: AI is a ‘natural oligopoly’ in the making  —  Director Rohit Chopra's comments came in the wake of the stunning ouster of OpenAI's co-founder and CEO Sam Altman.  —  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra is warning that the nature …
Hawaii News Now:
Large military aircraft overshoots runway, ends up in Kaneohe Bay  —  HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A large U.S. Navy aircraft ended up in shallow waters of Kaneohe Bay on Monday afternoon after overshooting the runway at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  —  The incident happened about 1:57 p.m. when the P-8 Poseidon aircraft was landing.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republican megadonor Mercer family weighs backing Trump as they maintain massive war chest  — The wealthy Mercer family is weighing whether to financially support Donald Trump's latest White House run, after years of distancing themselves from him.  — The family foundation …
Associated Press:
Utah special congressional election sees GOP ex-House staffer face Democratic legislator  —  Republican Celeste Maloy and state Sen. Kathleen Riebe are competing to become the first woman in Utah's congressional delegation since 2019 and only the fifth in history.
Philip Carl Salzman / PJ Media:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion—and the Elimination of Jews  —  All of our institutions—government, education, media, professions, and industry—are formally and fully committed to “social justice,” the explicit specifics of which are diversity, equity, and inclusion, with the quiet part being the elimination of Jews.
Chris Brooke / Daily Mail:
Transgender woman footballer quits and threatens to sue for discrimination because rivals refuse to compete against her after she left opponents ‘terrified’ and broke knee of a player ‘blocking her shot’  — Francesca Needham played for Rossington Main Ladies, near Doncaster
Washington Post:
Democratic machine looms large in race to unseat Menendez  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  So you can plan your week, The Early will be in your inboxes tomorrow.  But we're taking Thursday and Friday off.  Tips:  Thanks for waking up with us.
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
The Way Nevada Will Pick the GOP Presidential Nominee Is a Mess  —  Dueling caucus and primary confuse voters  —  LAS VEGAS—In January, roughly half a million Republican voters in Nevada will receive presidential primary ballots in the mail.  Former President Donald Trump's name won't be on them.
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Examiner
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
CBP officers seize 354 pounds of methamphetamine at El Paso port
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
World facing ‘hellish’ 3C of climate heating, UN warns before Cop28
Discussion: New Republic and Politico
Ian Urbina / Politico:
How Uyghur Forced Labor Makes Seafood That Ends Up in School Lunches
Tom Mutch / The Daily Beast:
Israeli Victim's Family Calls for Ceasefire: ‘War Is Only Serving Hamas and Netanyahu’
Discussion: CBS News and Al Jazeera
Beavercreek Walmart mass shooting: 4 injured, gunman kills self, police say
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Eighth Circuit's Holding that Private Plaintiffs Do Not Have Right to Sue to Enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Would Decimate the Rights of Minority Voters …
Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Right-Wing ‘Moms for Liberty’ Organizer Is a Convicted Sex Offender
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Cardi B declines to endorse Biden, pointing to spending on wars

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Wall Street Journal:
The FTC bans noncompete clauses that restrict job switching, the first time in 50+ years that the FTC has issued a regulation mandating an economy-wide change

Victoria Song / The Verge:
Meta's Ray-Ban Smart Glasses get support for video calling via WhatsApp and Messenger, hands-free Apple Music controls, and a new frame style

Jacob Ridley / PC Gamer:
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