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12:15 PM ET, November 29, 2023


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators feel ambushed by Trump's policy promises  —  Former President Trump is creating new political headaches for Republicans locked in a highly competitive battle to win back the Senate majority by making extreme statements on health care, immigration and other issues unlikely to play well with swing voters in key states.
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
The bad news is Trump is polling well — but the good news is he's ready to blow it  —  Trump is running on the Big Lie and a promise to take away Obamacare — both are losing strategies  —  Democrats, for very good reason, have been in a poll-induced panic for weeks now.
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Trump should pick Haley as VP, McCarthy says  —  Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in an interview Wednesday that he would advise former President Trump to pick 2024 presidential candidate Nikki Haley as his running mate.  —  During the New York Times's DealBook Summit …
Discussion: Mediaite, HuffPost and NBC News
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 …
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.
Dan Merica / The Messenger:
Biden, Faced with Economic Pessimism, Turns to Economic Populism  —  As ‘Bidenomics’ fails to catch on with voters, the president is turning to a more populist message focused on price gouging and business ‘greed’  —  President Joe Biden is reemphasizing his focus on an economic populism …
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Biden targets GOP Rep. Boebert in her district in a fresh political attack on Republicans  —  DENVER (AP) — President Joe Biden will try to turn Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado into the embodiment of Republican opposition to his agenda as he visits her congressional district on Wednesday.
Russell Contreras / Axios:
How Arab American voters' defections could hurt Biden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: The Messenger and BOOK RIOT
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
US military Osprey aircraft with 6 aboard crashes off southern Japan, at least 1 dead  —  A crew member who was recovered from the ocean after a U.S. military Osprey aircraft carrying six people crashed Wednesday off southern Japan has been pronounced dead, coast guard officials said.
NBC News:
A U.S. military plane with eight on board crashes into the sea near Japan
Discussion: CBS News, UPI and Reuters
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Why an anti-Trump group is running some pro-Trump ads  —  Well-funded groups connected to the conservative Club for Growth have been spending millions this year to attack Donald Trump — while simultaneously running ads touting their endorsed GOP candidates' ties to Trump.
Discussion: The Messenger and New Republic
ABC News:
Super PAC backing Nikki Haley seeks to swing independent voters in bid to beat Donald Trump
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Former Tim Scott adviser is running new pro-DeSantis effort in Iowa
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Indian gov't official directed Sikh separatist's assassination plot in US, DOJ says  —  An Indian government official directed an unsuccessful plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist on U.S. soil, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday, in announcing charges against a man accused of orchestrating the attempted murder.
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.
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Whitmer's sister suspends campaign in New York House district, backs Jones  —  Liz Whitmer Gereghty, a small-business owner and the sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), announced Wednesday that she's suspending her House campaign in New York and backing former Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) instead.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kamala Harris Will Attend the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai  — Vice president plays role in implementing Biden climate agenda  — Harris will speak along with King Charles, Sunak, Macron, Modi … US Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday night.
Rachel Schilke / Washington Examiner:
Chicago's Brandon Johnson blames Lori Lightfoot for ‘international crisis’ he inherited  —  Mayor Brandon Johnson is blaming the growing migrant crisis in Chicago on his predecessor Lori Lightfoot, saying he “inherited” the influx of immigrants from the previous administration.
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Underserved communities benefiting most from Biden climate law: Treasury  —  Underserved communities are the ones benefitting the most from the Biden administration's Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) climate efforts, the Treasury Department announced Wednesday.
Discussion: U.S. Department …
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 …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Elon Musk boosts Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led to D.C. gunfire
Katherine Donlevy / New York Post:
Top-ranking CIA official shared pro-Palestinian Facebook posts weeks after Hamas terror attack: report  —  A high-ranking CIA official boldly shared multiple pro-Palestinian images on her Facebook page just two weeks after Hamas launched its bloody surprise attack on Israel …
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Melania Trump and Other Living First Ladies Pay Tribute to Rosalynn Carter
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Jakob Hanke Vela / Politico:
Von der Leyen: ‘Now or never’ for Israel-Palestine solution
Discussion: Semafor
Punchbowl News:
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Discussion: The Messenger, Politico and The Hill
Putin won't make peace in Ukraine before 2024 US election -US official
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
It's a good thing most women don't want to date Trump voters
Discussion: Twitchy
California struggles to boot Trump
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
NBC News:
LGBTQ groups sue over Iowa law banning library books and gender identity discussions
Discussion: Axios, UPI and Iowa Starting Line
Lucille Sherman / Axios:
Scoop: Students for Trump Founder charged with aggravated assault
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Mike Lee Acknowledges Jan. 6 Rioter Was Probably Not A Federal Agent
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire

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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces a new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air with M3, offering an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU, starting at $1,099 or $1,299 and shipping on March 8

Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
Anthropic announces Claude 3 Opus, Sonnet, and Haiku, aiming to reduce AI model hallucinations; Opus and Sonnet are available now, and Haiku in the coming weeks

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