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3:45 PM ET, November 21, 2023


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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: Digby's Hullabaloo, Raw Story and CNN
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
House Democrat apologizes after saying Trump ‘has to be eliminated’  —  Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) apologized Monday for his “poor choice of words” when he said former President Trump must be “eliminated” to protect democracy.  —  “Yesterday on TV, I mistakenly used the wrong word to express …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
House Speaker Mike Johnson Visits Trump at Mar-a-Lago  —  It was the speaker's first trip to see the former president since he won his post, and it came as he faced anger from right-wing lawmakers for moving to fund the government.  —  Speaker Mike Johnson on Monday night visited former …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Ignore Trump? Democrats Now Want Him Plastered All Over the News.
Playbook: Why the Trump gag order fight matters
Discussion: Fox News and Civil Discourse …
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
Texas attorney general opens probe into Media Matters over report on X ads  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said Monday that his office is opening an investigation into Media Matters for America over its recent reports accusing X, the platform formerly known as Twitter …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Elon Musk provides yet another platform for far-right attacks  —  Since Elon Musk took possession of Twitter last year — after unsuccessfully trying to back out of its purchase — changes to the platform have ranged from obvious to subtle.  It's now called “X,” for inexplicable reasons …
Elon Musk's X sues media watchdog Media Matters over report on pro-Nazi content on the social media site
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.
Associated Press:
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says war against Hamas will not stop after cease-fire
White House says Israel, Hamas hostage deal closer than before
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden says ‘things are looking good’ on Hamas releasing hostages
How a Maine Businessman Made the AR-15 Into America's Best-Selling Rifle  —  Neither a gun enthusiast nor a right-wing ideologue, Richard Dyke used political connections and lobster giveaways to build Bushmaster, the company that popularized assault-style rifles.  —  Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Is Impacting the Nation
Mike Johnson's America: Revisit landmark SCOTUS decisions and use government to ‘restrain evil’  —  Mike Johnson, the new speaker of the House, voiced support for revisiting Supreme Court decisions that struck down restrictions on the use of contraception, barred bans on gay sex …
Wall Street Journal:
Binance Founder Changpeng Zhao Agrees to Step Down, Plead Guilty  —  Zhao's crypto exchange will also admit wrongdoing and agree to pay $4.3 billion in fines  —  The chief executive of Binance, the largest global cryptocurrency exchange, plans to step down and plead guilty …
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Tux-Wearing Christian Nationalists Laugh About Their Influence, Live From Mar-a-Lago  —  The pastor with whom Speaker Mike Johnson prayed to ward off God's judgment made the case for Christian dominion at Trump's Florida domain  —  CHRISTIAN NATIONALISTS WERE out in force at Mar-a-Lago on Friday night …
Discussion: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
Washington Post:
Many now see Haley as Trump's top GOP challenger.  She faces hurdles ahead.  —  Jockeying in a tier below the former president has moved, with Haley surging into a distant second place  —  HOOKSETT, N.H. — Nikki Haley has in many ways pushed past Ron DeSantis to become the top alternative to Donald Trump …
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
The Way Nevada Will Pick the GOP Presidential Nominee Is a Mess
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Examiner
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, Raw Story, The Hill and IJR
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Federal appeals court strikes Maryland handgun rule  —  A federal appeals court struck down part of Maryland's laws regulating handguns Tuesday, overturning a requirement to obtain a handgun license before purchasing a firearm.  —  In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court …
Tobias Burns / The Hill:
App payment confusion causes IRS to delay $600 sales reporting threshold — again  —  Taxpayers and gig workers who use apps such as Venmo and Paypal to make money selling personal goods and services don't have to worry about the new $600 threshold for reporting sales on form 1099-K to the IRS this year.
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.
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% …
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:
The ‘Anti-Defeat’ Candidate  —  Like many politicians, Representative Dean Phillips likes to look people in the eye.  And because he's a politician, Phillips can glean things, just as President George W. Bush did when he peered into Vladimir Putin's eyes and saw his soul.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Attorney for Alleged MI Fake Elector Wants Co-Defendants to ‘Shut Up’  —  Some defendants in a scheme to overturn Michigan's 2020 presidential election results claim they were acting on Trump's orders.  —  During a September fundraiser for his client, an attorney for a defendant …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Ramona Giwargis / San José Spotlight:
Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is retiring  —  For the first time in two decades, a Silicon Valley congressmember is poised to retire and shake up the South Bay's political landscape — with many local Democrats reportedly eyeing the seat.  —  Multiple sources in Sacramento …
Discussion: Washington Post, Roll Call and KRON4
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Washington Post:
The far right toppled McCarthy over spending. What has it gotten them?
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
US Department of Justice:
Cyber Scam Organization Disrupted Through Seizure of Nearly $9M in Crypto
Discussion: The Messenger
Philip Carl Salzman / PJ Media:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion—and the Elimination of Jews
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Brittany Gibson / Politico:
Cornel West sets his sights on a key battleground state
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republican megadonor Mercer family weighs backing Trump as they maintain massive war chest
Discussion: The Messenger
Ian Urbina / Politico:
How Uyghur Forced Labor Makes Seafood That Ends Up in School Lunches
Washington Post:
Democratic machine looms large in race to unseat Menendez
Beavercreek Walmart mass shooting: 4 injured, gunman kills self, police say
Hawaii News Now:
Large military aircraft overshoots runway, ends up in Kaneohe Bay

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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Filing: OpenAI asks a US federal judge to dismiss parts of NYT's copyright suit, alleging it “paid someone to hack OpenAI's products” and violated OpenAI's TOS

Byron Tau / Wired:
A look at some government contractors that are helping US intelligence agencies and others use targeted mobile ads to track down people

Marina E. Franco / Axios:
Mexican President Obrador reading aloud an NYT reporter's cellphone number during his widely broadcast morning presser shows perils of reporting in the country

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