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8:05 AM ET, November 28, 2023


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ABC News:
Pence told Jan. 6 special counsel harrowing details about 2020 aftermath, warnings to Trump: Sources  —  The former VP is the top official known to have spoken with investigators.  —  In this Nov. 24, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence prepare to speak …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bid to hold Trump accountable for Jan. 6 violence stalls at appeals court  —  The long-awaited D.C. Circuit ruling in a trio of civil lawsuits could influence Trump's criminal cases as well.  —  A federal appeals court mulling Donald Trump's legal liability for Jan. 6 violence is approaching a conspicuous anniversary of inaction.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
‘Take It Seriously’: Presidential Historian Issues Warning Over New Donald Trump Vow  —  “This is what authoritarians do.  This is what fascists do,” said Michael Beschloss, who explained why the former president must be taken at his word.  —  LOADING  —  NBC News presidential historian …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Maggie Harrison / Futurism:
Sports Illustrated Published Articles by Fake, AI-Generated Writers  —  There was nothing in Drew Ortiz's author biography at Sports Illustrated to suggest that he was anything other than human.  —  “Drew has spent much of his life outdoors, and is excited to guide you through his never-ending list …
The Hunter Biden counter-offensive: A strategy long overdue, or a political minefield  —  The president's son has a new legal plan, and it will play out in parallel with his father's reelection campaign.  —  For years, as Hunter Biden faced a protracted criminal probe …
NBC News:
Hunter Biden's team weighs House subpoena as James Biden cooperates with GOP panel  —  The Republican-led House Oversight Committee issued subpoenas to President Joe Biden's son and brother in early November and is seeking closed-door interviews with both men.
Rebecca Picciotto / CNBC:
‘Stop the price-gouging’: Biden hits corporations over high consumer costs  — President Joe Biden took aim at corporations for charging prices he said were artificially high.  — “Any corporation that has not brought their prices back down, even as inflation has come down …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Strengthen America's Supply Chains, Lower Costs for Families, and Secure Key Sectors
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Washington Post:
Antagonisms flare as red states try to dictate how blue cities are run  —  Despite long advocating small government and local control, Republican governors and legislators across a significant swath of the country are increasingly overriding the actions of Democratic cities …
Discussion: Political Wire
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Uncharitable giving  —  In the United States, the federal tax deduction for charitable giving was created in 1917.  The idea was that non-profit organizations provide tangible benefits to society, and donations should be encouraged.  The tax deduction effectively lowers the cost of donations to worthy causes through a public subsidy.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Fox News
Stephen I. Vladeck / The Atlantic:
Why the Fifth Circuit Keeps Making Such Outlandish Decisions  —  Where to even start in cataloging the most ridiculous—and alarming—recent rulings to come out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit?  —  There's a case about whether a class action could go forward that boiled …
Stephen Neukam / The Messenger:
Expelling George Santos: Democrats May Force GOP's Hand  —  Democrats may make the first move if Santos doesn't resign, or if GOP leaders don't act  —  As GOP leaders agonize over how to handle disgraced Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., whose expulsion from Congress seemed inevitable last week, Democrats have a plan to force action.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Gambit to Delay His Trials Isn't Quite Working  —  The New York judge overseeing Donald Trump's hush money trial won't even consider pushing it back, especially after prosecutors accused defense lawyers of delay games. … Donald Trump's calendar is filling up—and not with campaign events.
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Politico
Word of the Year 2023  —  ‘Authentic,’ plus ‘rizz,’ ‘deepfake,’ ‘coronation,’ and other words that defined the year  —  Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2023 is authentic—the term for something we're thinking about, writing about, aspiring to, and judging more than ever.
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:   Explainer: What does ‘deadname’ mean?
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In Alabama, another small-town paper hit in ‘open season’ on free press  —  It's an increasingly familiar drama: Local authorities go after journalists and publishers of small papers, which find themselves on the First Amendment's front lines.  —  ATMORE, Ala. — When Don Fletcher checked …
The Hill:
GOP faces ominous signs in effort to avoid January shutdown  —  No government funding bills are scheduled to hit the House floor this week, an ominous sign for Republicans returning to Washington for the first time since their Thanksgiving recess.  —  Lawmakers face a mid-January deadline …
The Hill:
Biden campaign jumps into ObamaCare fight  —  The Big Story  —  President Biden's reelection campaign is enthusiastically jumping into a fight with former President Trump over the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.  —  © Greg Nash, The Hill
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
Jonathan Braun, the drug smuggler Trump pardoned, once flew to California to beat an associate with a belt, prosecutors alleged  — A drug smuggler pardoned by Trump was accused of “viciously” beating a younger employee with a belt.  — Braun's “brutal assault left the 'kid's' entire body ‘black and blue,’” prosecutors alleged.
Discussion: PolitiZoom and Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Christie dropping out could help Haley  —  Yes, polls suggest his supporters would largely move to her.  But it's probably helpful only in one state, and it's not nearly enough.  —  A battery of recent New Hampshire polls has shown Nikki Haley and Chris Christie running second and third …
Elizabeth Crisp / The Hill:
Biden condemns shooting of Palestinian students: ‘No place for violence or hate in America’  —  President Biden on Monday condemned the shooting in Burlington, Vt., that seriously injured three Palestinian college students visiting the city for Thanksgiving.
Amanda Woods / New York Post:
Two women arrested in NYC attack on Jewish victim who confronted them for tearing down hostage posters: cops  —  Two women have been slapped with hate crime charges for allegedly attacking a Jewish person who confronted them on the Upper West Side for tearing down posters of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas, cops said Monday.
Just How Bad Is the US Cost-of-Living Squeeze?  We Did the Math  —  After years of inflation, US consumers are shouldering a burden unlike anything seen in decades — even as the pace of price increases has slowed.  —  It now requires $119.27 to buy the same goods and services a family could afford with $100 before the pandemic.
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
North Korea, US envoys engage in rare, public sparring match at UN
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
In Countdown to Iowa, Trump Is Coasting, as DeSantis and Haley Clash
The White House:
First Lady Jill Biden Announces 2023 White House Holiday Theme:The “Magic, Wonder, and Joy” of the Holidays
 Earlier Items: 
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Trump Organization no longer prepares financial statements at heart of trial, executive testifies
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
Speaker Johnson says he's ‘confident’ Ukraine, Israel aid will pass House
Rolling Stone:
We Spied on Trump's ‘Southern White House’ From Our Couches
Ben Jacobs / Slate:
Trump Rallies Aren't Even Really About Politics at This Point
Discussion: Raw Story and National Review

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Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

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Rob Golum / Bloomberg:
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