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6:40 PM ET, November 29, 2023

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Tom LoBianco / The Messenger:
Ramaswamy Political Director Joining Trump Campaign (Exclusive)  —  The move marks a major blow to Ramaswamy, who soared to prominence over the summer but has struggled to maintain his momentum  —  A former top aide to GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is leaving his campaign …
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Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
'I Didn't Say He'd Be a Great President': McCarthy Jabs at Trump, Predicts He'll Lose 2024 If Campaign is About ‘Revenge’  —  Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) jabbed former President Donald Trump while being interviewed at the New York Times's Dealbook Summit on Wednesday.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump unleashes grievances, warnings in wild 24 hours on Truth Social  —  Former President Trump has spent the last 24 hours on Truth Social unleashing a torrent of grievances, vengeful promises and links to online conspiracy theories about his political rivals.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump doubles down, saying ‘Obamacare Sucks’ and must be replaced  —  Despite the GOP 2024 frontrunner's call, congressional Republicans are divided on whether to pick that battle again after they tried and failed to eliminate the law in 2017.  —  WASHINGTON — Even as his party has backed away …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
McCarthy says he doesn't criticize Trump on TV because ‘it drives him crazy’  —  Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday warned former President Trump against focusing his 2024 reelection bid on “revenge,” suggesting Trump will lose without an optimistic message.
Alexandra Ulmer / Reuters:
If Trump convicted, Home Depot billionaire says he'd still likely fund campaign  —  Republican mega-donor Bernie Marcus said on Tuesday he would likely still give money to Donald Trump's 2024 presidential bid if the former president was convicted of a crime - but the billionaire does not plan to be one of his biggest financial backers.
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
The bad news is Trump is polling well — but the good news is he's ready to blow it
Jennifer Peltz / Associated Press:
Deutsche Bank was keen to land a ‘whale’ of a client in Trump, documents at his fraud trial show
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators feel ambushed by Trump's policy promises
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Trump attacks wife of New York fraud trial judge as appeals court considers gag order
Discussion: Slate and HuffPost
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Mysterious woman tells school board that Scholastic book sparked porn addiction  —  On November 14, a 20-year-old woman named Lanah Burkhardt appeared before the school board of the Conroe Independent School District in Texas.  Burkhardt told the board that, when she was 11 …
Nicholas Biase / US Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Announces Charges In Connection With Foiled Plot To Assassinate U.S. Citizen In New York City  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York  —  Indian Government Employee Directed a Plot From India to Murder U.S.-Based Leader of Sikh Separatist Movement
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Washington Post:
U.S. prosecutors allege assassination plot of Sikh separatist directed by Indian government employee
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Indian gov't official directed Sikh separatist's assassination plot in US, DOJ says
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Biden warned Bibi Israel can't operate in southern Gaza the way it did in north  —  President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Sunday that he is concerned about a possible Israeli military operation in southern Gaza after the current pause in fighting ends, two U.S. officials told Axios.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon to business leaders: ‘Help Nikki Haley’  — JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told an audience of business leaders to “help” Nikki Haley's 2024 Republican campaign for president.  — “Get a choice on the Republican side that might be better than [Donald] Trump,” …
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Associated Press:
Biden targets GOP Rep. Boebert in her district in a fresh political attack on Republicans
ABC News:
Speaker Johnson has ‘real reservations’ as House mulls George Santos expulsion  —  Johnson said he trusts people to decide on the expulsion “in good faith.”  —  Speaker of the House Mike Johnson meets with reporters to discuss GOP efforts to investigate President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, at the Capitol, Nov. 29, 2023.
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Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson expresses ‘real reservations’ about motion to expel Santos
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Washington Post:
Arizona officials charged with allegedly conspiring to delay midterm election outcome  —  PHOENIX — Two Republican members of a county election board in southern Arizona were indicted by a state grand jury this week for allegedly flouting last year's deadline to formally accept the results of the November 2022 midterm election.
Aimee Picchi / CBS News:
Here's how much more you need to spend to maintain your living standard  —  The typical American household must spend an additional $11,434 annually just to maintain the same standard of living they enjoyed in January of 2021, right before inflation soared to 40-year highs, according to a recent analysis of government data.
Helen Santoro / The Lever:
Why Drugs Are Disappearing From Your Insurance Coverage  —  For the millions of Americans that take one or more prescription drugs, having a health insurance plan that covers their medications is crucial.  The list of covered medications — called a drug formulary — can mean the difference between …
Discussion: Jacobin
Politico:
Bombenomics: Biden admin circulates map showing states that benefit from Ukraine aid  —  The White House has adjusted its sales pitch to skeptical Republicans, highlighting how continued funding benefits the U.S.  —  Battleground states Pennsylvania and Arizona are reaping billions of dollars …
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden confirms second American hostage released by Hamas  —  President Biden on Wednesday confirmed that a second American hostage has been released by Hamas amid the fragile pause in fighting in the Middle East.  —  Biden told reporters that Liat Atzili, an Israeli American, is “safe in Egypt just across the border.”
 
 
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Meg Kinnard / Washington Examiner:
Koch allies' Haley endorsement raises questions about GOP foreign policy debate
Politico:
Tuberville considers dropping some military holds ‘soon, but not today’
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Messenger
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told DailyMail.com he still hasn't decided if he will seek re-election in 2024 after he was ousted by his colleagues two months ago
Discussion: USA Today and Roll Call
Matt Holt / The Messenger:
Virginia Senate Candidate Accuses Ailing Congresswoman Of Sticking Around Congress To Cash Out On Pension
Discussion: Political Wire
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Schumer Condemns Antisemitism, Warning the Left Against Abetting It
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mark Cuban says ‘no plans’ to run for president in 2024 on heels of Dallas Mavericks deal
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Whitmer's sister suspends campaign in New York House district, backs Jones
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
US military Osprey aircraft with 6 aboard crashes off southern Japan, at least 1 dead
 

 
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