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12:00 PM 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 …
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: Fox News
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Billionaires are lining up to fund Donald Trump's anti-democratic agenda
Discussion: Raw Story and Semafor
Associated Press:
Vivek Ramaswamy struggles to gain traction with Iowa Republicans as critics question his path ahead
Discussion: USA Today
Adam Wren / Politico:
‘Did Trump Change, or Did You?’: We Asked a Pro-Impeachment Republican Why He'd Back Trump
Discussion: NBC News
Washington Post:
Appeals court suggests it may pare back Trump's D.C. gag order
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 …
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% …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
North Carolina sued over new House 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 against the North Carolina State Board …
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.
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
Ian Urbina / Politico:
How the U.S. Violates Its Own Trade Laws to Buy Seafood from China  —  Uyghurs and North Koreans are forced to work in Chinese seafood processing plants.  But the federal government purchases millions of dollars of this seafood for the military and school lunches.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
CBP officers seize 354 pounds of methamphetamine at El Paso port  —  EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing seized 354 pounds of methamphetamine Nov. 18.  The drugs were concealed in the bed of a pick-up truck that entered the U.S. from Mexico.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CBS News
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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
World facing ‘hellish’ 3C of climate heating, UN warns before Cop28
Discussion: New Republic and Politico
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
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What happens after Donald Trump's ‘final battle’?
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Right-Wing ‘Moms for Liberty’ Organizer Is a Convicted Sex Offender
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden quips about his age while pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys on his birthday

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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

Lola Fadulu / New York Times:
Nicholas Welker, leader of a white supremacist group who admitted to posting a death threat against a Brooklyn journalist, is sentenced to 44 months in prison

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