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8:35 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
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
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
6 in 10 Trump voters say there's a ‘chance’ they choose another candidate: Poll
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Tom Mutch / The Daily Beast:
Israeli Victim's Family Calls for Ceasefire: ‘War Is Only Serving Hamas and Netanyahu’  —  One man lost both of his parents on Oct. 7, but he doesn't want vengeance.  He wants an end to his government's bombing of the Gaza Strip.  —  KIBBUTZ BE'ERI, Israel—From Kibbutz Be'eri …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Right-Wing ‘Moms for Liberty’ Organizer Is a Convicted Sex Offender  —  Phillip Fisher Jr., who does faith-based outreach for the group in Philadelphia, abused a 14-year-old in 2011, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday  —  MOMS FOR LIBERTY is a conservative parental rights group …
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 …
Discussion: The Messenger
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee Couldn't Run for President, but Trump Can?  —  In 1865, when the 39th Congress assembled in Washington, D.C., lawmakers faced an unusual problem: The former Confederate states, decisively defeated on the battlefield and having surrendered, were poised to return to the Union and take it over.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden quips about his age while pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys on his birthday
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats warn Manchin that running for president would risk disaster
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Discussion: The Messenger
Associated Press:
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