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11:25 PM ET, November 28, 2023


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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Elon Musk boosts Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led to D.C. gunfire  —  The far-right theory motivated a gunman to fire multiple rounds inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Northwest Washington in 2016.  Musk boosted the theory to his 164 million followers anyway.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Elon Musk deletes ‘Pizzagate’ meme following widespread backlash  —  Billionaire Elon Musk on Tuesday took down a post from his account on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that embraced a years-old false conspiracy theory about child sex trafficking after the tech and media mogul received widespread backlash and mockery.
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Elon Musk has boosted the ‘pizzagate’ conspiracy theory five times in the last two weeks  —  A new iteration of “pizzagate” has focused on unfounded claims that journalists were part of the conspiracy theory.  —  Elon Musk continued to boost a debunked conspiracy theory Tuesday …
New York Times:
Koch Network Endorses Nikki Haley in Bid to Push GOP Past Trump  —  The support will give Ms. Haley more organizational strength in the field as she battles Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida for the No. 2 spot in the Republican presidential race.  —  The political network founded …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Former Tim Scott adviser is running new pro-DeSantis effort in Iowa  —  A new super PAC is attacking Nikki Haley to help Ron DeSantis in the first caucus state.  —  A top adviser to Sen. Tim Scott's now-defunct presidential campaign is now helming a new super PAC supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Iowa.
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Koch network endorses Nikki Haley for president as it looks to stop Trump
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden campaign: Trump's vendetta against ObamaCare a threat to millions with preexisting conditions
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Melania Trump Adds Awkward Touch to Rosalynn Carter Funeral  —  In recent decades the former presidents and First Ladies have made a big show of their post-White House chumminess.  In 2005, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush teamed up to raise money for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami …
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Melania Trump and Other Living First Ladies Pay Tribute to Rosalynn Carter  —  Melania Trump and Michelle Obama were seated side by side.  —  In any other circumstance it would have been a shocking sight.  But it was only fitting that in her death Rosalynn Carter, the pioneering woman …
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Jimmy Carter attends memorial to honor Rosalynn Carter
Exclusive: Liz Cheney's new book blasts GOP as ‘enablers and collaborators’ of Trump, whom one member called ‘Orange Jesus’  —  In her new book, former Rep. Liz Cheney paints a scathing portrait of the Republican Party, condemning her former colleagues and party leaders as …
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 …
Lucille Sherman / Axios:
Scoop: Students for Trump Founder charged with aggravated assault  —  The North Carolina-based Students for Trump co-founder Ryan Fournier is facing misdemeanor charges for assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon, law enforcement records obtained by Axios show.
California struggles to boot Trump  —  THE BUZZ: DEADLINE AHEAD — The window is narrowing to try to knock former President Donald Trump off California's March 5 primary ballot.  —  Democrats launched several long-shot challenges to Trump's ballot status.  But the deadline for Secretary …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Trump fundraises off Colorado 14th Amendment case to keep him off ballot
Why Senate Dems are prepared to swallow a border policy compromise  —  In addition to helping embattled US allies, Senate Dems believe changes could help cool border politics in battleground states ahead of 2024.  —  A growing number of Senate Democrats appear open to making it harder …
Rep. Chip Roy / Washington Examiner:
Republicans must meet the moment
Discussion: Roll Call
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Christie says he would not sign 6-week abortion ban  —  Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said Tuesday that he will not sign a law enacting a six-week abortion ban.  —  Christie made his stance on the issue known during an appearance on “CNN This Morning,” …
Alison Main / CNN:
Chris Christie says he wouldn't sign 6-week federal abortion ban
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
Katie Pavlich / Townhall:
Comer Rejects Hunter Biden's Efforts to ‘Play by His Own Rules’  —  On Tuesday morning Hunter Biden's attorney Abbe Lowell informed the House Oversight Committee that his client would comply with a subpoena issued earlier in the month by Chairman James Comer, but only for public testimony.
Alex Nguyen / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Reject Hunter Biden's Offer to Testify Publicly
Abigail Constantino / WTOP News:
Gusty winds topple National Christmas Tree near the White House  —  The National Christmas tree in D.C. near the White House is once again upright after strong winds toppled it Tuesday afternoon.  —  The tree fell over around 1 p.m. during a strong wind gust, the National Park Service said.
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Trump Tries Again to Dismiss Civil Fraud Case After Deutsche Exec Testifies  —  Judge Engoron appeared skeptical Tuesday after the former president's attorneys moved to end the trial after testimony from a high-ranking Deutsche Bank executive  —  Former President Donald Trump's lead attorney …
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Robert De Niro Claims Trump Remarks Were Slashed at Awards Night  —  Whoops and cheers arose as the two-time Oscar winner read his full speech off his phone after he alleged parts of it had been cut from a teleprompter.  —  Robert De Niro appeared to call Apple out in front of an audience …
New York Times:
Reports Say Pope Francis Is Evicting U.S. Cardinal From His Vatican Home  —  Word of the action against Cardinal Raymond Burke came after the prelate's increasingly pointed critiques of the reform-minded pope.  —  Almost as soon as Pope Francis became the head of the Roman Catholic church in 2013 …
Financial Times:
Senior CIA official posted pro-Palestine image on her Facebook page  —  Rare public political statement comes amid dissent over White House's handling of Israel-Hamas war  —  A top CIA official posted a pro-Palestine image on Facebook two weeks after Hamas attacked Israel …
Washington Post:
A rural post office was told to prioritize Amazon packages.  Chaos ensued.  —  BEMIDJI, Minn. — When Delbert Mikelson's mail started showing up late — and sometimes not showing up at all — he blamed it on the opening of deer season.  —  “I thought my carrier was out hunting,” …
NBC News:
LGBTQ groups sue over Iowa law banning library books and gender identity discussions  —  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Iowa Safe Schools, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ children, and seven Iowa students and their families.  —  Several families are suing to stop Iowa's new law …
Discussion: Axios, UPI and Iowa Starting Line
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Mike Lee Acknowledges Jan. 6 Rioter Was Probably Not A Federal Agent  —  The Utah Republican had amplified a false claim that a Trump supporter at the U.S. Capitol riot was actually an undercover government agent.  —  LOADING  —  WASHINGTON ― Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
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Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
The GOP Is Pushing to Steal Students' Votes
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Ben Voth / The Hill:
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The new Trump judge revolt against the Voting Rights Act, explained
Discussion: Slate and Washington Post
John Hudson / Washington Post:
CIA director pushes big hostage deal in secret meeting with Mossad chief