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2:25 AM ET, November 21, 2023

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New York Times:
Trump's Dire Words Raise New Fears About His Authoritarian Bent  —  The former president is focusing his most vicious attacks on domestic political opponents, setting off fresh worries among autocracy experts.  —  Donald J. Trump rose to power with political campaigns that largely attacked external targets …
Discussion: Raw Story and Reuters
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What happens after Donald Trump's ‘final battle’?  —  I was driving with my kids on Sunday, mind wandering as I steered.  I was looking at a cluster of leafless trees when the first words from a social media post by Donald Trump popped into my mind.  —  “2024 is our final battle.”
Adam Wren / Politico:
‘Did Trump Change, or Did You?’:  We Asked a Pro-Impeachment Republican Why He'd Back Trump  —  In a new Q&A, former GOP Rep. Peter Meijer defends his decision to back Donald Trump if he's the Republican nominee.  —  Things have gotten complicated for Peter Meijer when it comes to his feelings about Donald Trump.
Discussion: USA Today
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Trump calls to ‘revamp the RNC’ if GOP debates go ahead  —  “GREAT POLLS JUST RELEASED - BEST EVER!  Harvard/Harris TRUMP 67%, DeSanctimonious 9%, Birdbrain 8%, Ramaswamy 5%, Christie - dead in the water, a total loser!  TRUMP UP 7% to 10% on CROOKED JOE BIDEN,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Maria Bartiromo Floats Bonkers New COVID Conspiracy About Trump and China  —  While “just asking questions,” the once-respected anchor suggested China unleashed COVID-19 on the world just to destroy Trump.  —  Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo was once again just asking questions …
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee Couldn't Run for President, but Trump Can?  —  Despite Trump's efforts to overturn the election, a Colorado state judge stretches the word “officer,” permitting the former president to remain on the state's ballot.  —  In 1865, when the 39th Congress assembled …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
6 in 10 Trump voters say there's a ‘chance’ they choose another candidate: Poll
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
Appeals court judges express skepticism as Trump lawyer fights to reverse gag order in Jan. 6 case  —  At oral arguments debating whether a temporarily-lifted gag order on Donald Trump in his election subversion case in Washington, D.C., is warranted, it was a question of the First Amendment and faith …
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Steve Reilly / The Messenger:
Trump's Georgia Co-Defendant Harrison Floyd Fights Back on Fani Willis' Bid to Revoke His Bail  —  The former leader of ‘Black Voices for Trump’ is scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon at a hearing in Fulton County to determine if he should be sent to jail while awaiting trial  —  JWPlayer
Washington Post:
Appeals court suggests it may pare back Trump's D.C. gag order
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Federal appeals court ruling threatens enforcement of the Voting Rights Act  —  The decision from the 8th Circuit is likely headed to the Supreme Court.  —  A federal appeals court issued a ruling Monday that could gut the Voting Rights Act, saying only the federal government …
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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 …
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Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:   Right-Wing ‘Moms for Liberty’ Organizer Is a Convicted Sex Offender
CNN:
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 …
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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.
Discussion: NBC News, UPI, The Sun and Breaking911
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
‘Congratulations, Birds’: Biden Pardons a Pair of Turkeys  —  The president celebrated his 81st birthday on the same day he spared two turkeys in the annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition.  —  For the 76th year in a row on Monday, an American president took part in the pre-Thanksgiving ritual of pardoning a turkey.
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Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden quips about his age while pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys on his birthday
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For an Aging President, a Birthday With a Bite
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Sen. Mike Lee promotes a debunked conspiracy theory about a Jan. 6 rioter  —  Kevin Lyons stole a photo and a wallet from Nancy Pelosi's office, but conservative figures are using a video of the Trump supporter to spread misinformation about Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican senator …
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
The Real Reason Why Biden Shouldn't Drop Out  —  Panicked Democrats, vibrating with anxiety over the polls, continue to nurture an unlikely fantasy: Joe Biden looks at his family across the Thanksgiving table on Nantucket and says with a weary sigh, “I can't do this for another five years.
Wired:
Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records  —  A WIRED analysis of leaked police documents verifies that a secretive government program is allowing federal, state, and local law enforcement to access phone records of Americans who are not suspected of a crime.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance  —  There is no place for hate in America and no one should be discriminated against simply for being themselves.  Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance we are reminded that there is more to do meet that promise …
dayton-daily-news:
Beavercreek Walmart mass shooting: 4 injured, gunman kills self, police say  —  Captain: 'There's no immediate threat to the community.'  —  Four people were wounded and one person dead following a mass shooting Monday night inside the Beavercreek Walmart.  —  Explore
Chicago Sun Times:
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Michigan home spray-painted with the word ‘Nazis’  —  Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, was not at the cottage in Gordon Beach in southwest Michigan.  He thanked law enforcement for its handling of the incident.
 
 
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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
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