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9:00 AM ET, November 29, 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.
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 …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:   Elon Musk deletes ‘Pizzagate’ meme following widespread backlash
Playbook: Why the left is blanching at the border talks  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT — “US military Osprey aircraft with 6 aboard crashes off southern Japan, at least 1 dead,” by AP's Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo
Punchbowl News:
11/29/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  THE TOP … First, Speaker Mike Johnson is meeting today with Senate Republicans during their Steering lunch in the Capitol. … Johnson is at the fulcrum of a host of big decisions that need to be made in December.
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.
ABC News:
Super PAC backing Nikki Haley seeks to swing independent voters in bid to beat Donald Trump  —  A new effort is underway to bring independent voters over to Nikki Haley.  —  Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley greets audience members during a town hall, Nov. 17, 2023, in Ankeny, Iowa.
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Why an anti-Trump group is running some pro-Trump ads
Discussion: New Republic
Russell Contreras / Axios:
How Arab American voters' defections could hurt Biden … - Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania all have notable pockets of these populations. … - Like with young voters, Biden faces the prospect of having to devote time to saving part of his base in addition to courting swing voters.
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 …
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.
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
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 Irwin / The Hill:
First plane using only sustainable fuel flies across Atlantic  —  A Virgin Atlantic plane powered using only sustainable fuel completed its flight from London to New York on Tuesday, highlighting an eco-friendly and low-carbon option for transatlantic flights.
Alex Nguyen / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Reject Hunter Biden's Offer to Testify Publicly  —  ‘OPENING THE DOOR’  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) denied Hunter Biden's request to testify publicly, saying that he wants the president's son to sit down for a closed-door deposition on Dec. 13.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall:
Comer Rejects Hunter Biden's Efforts to ‘Play by His Own Rules’
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.
Jakob Hanke Vela / Politico:
Von der Leyen: ‘Now or never’ for Israel-Palestine solution  —  VON DER LEYEN INTERVIEW  —  IT'S ‘NOW OR NEVER’ FOR ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TWO-STATE SOLUTION, SAYS VON DER LEYEN: Israelis and Palestinians have a once in a lifetime opportunity to reach a political solution in their decades-long conflict …
Discussion: Semafor
Alison Main / CNN:
Chris Christie says he wouldn't sign 6-week federal abortion ban  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he would not sign a six-week federal abortion ban as president because he does not believe such legislation aligns with the views of the American public.
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
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 …
NBC News:
A U.S. military plane with eight on board crashes into the sea near Japan  —  A coast guard spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that the plane crashed into the ocean near Yakushima, an island off the Kagoshima region on the southern main island of Kyushu.  —  TOKYO — A U.S. military Osprey aircraft …
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Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
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NBC News:
LGBTQ groups sue over Iowa law banning library books and gender identity discussions
Discussion: Axios, UPI and Iowa Starting Line
 Earlier Items: 
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Mike Lee Acknowledges Jan. 6 Rioter Was Probably Not A Federal Agent
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
The GOP Is Pushing to Steal Students' Votes
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
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AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Robert De Niro Claims Trump Remarks Were Slashed at Awards Night