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4:35 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 …
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.
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.
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.
Olivia Rinaldi / CBS News:
Dozens of Republican senators are silent on endorsing Trump  —  Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri says he thinks former President Donald Trump will ultimately be the GOP nominee for president.  But he hasn't taken the step of making a full endorsement in the primary campaign.
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.
Meg Kinnard / Washington Examiner:
Koch allies' Haley endorsement raises questions about GOP foreign policy debate
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Trump attacks wife of New York fraud trial judge as appeals court considers gag order
Discussion: Slate and HuffPost
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.
No conditions on future Israel aid despite Biden's ‘worthwhile thought’ quip  —  The White House stance could put the president on a collision course with members of his own party.  —  President Joe Biden suggested that conditioning future military aid to Israel was a “worthwhile thought.”
Associated Press:
Biden targets GOP Rep. Boebert in her district in a fresh political attack on Republicans
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
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Indian gov't official directed Sikh separatist's assassination plot in US, DOJ says
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
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.
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
Simon Kent / Breitbart:
Elites Meet: 70,000+ Attendees Flying to Dubai for COP 28 Climate Summit  —  Ladies and gentlemen, please return your seats and tray tables to an upright position, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for landing... That is the order more than 70,000 people will hear as they arrive mostly …
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 …
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.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mark Cuban says ‘no plans’ to run for president in 2024 on heels of Dallas Mavericks deal  — The billionaire Mark Cuban reiterated that he has no plans to run for president in 2024.  — Cuban plans to sell a majority stake in the NBA team Dallas Mavericks to Miriam Adelson and her family …
Matt Holt / The Messenger:
Virginia Senate Candidate Accuses Ailing Congresswoman Of Sticking Around Congress To Cash Out On Pension  —  Jennifer Wexton, who is retiring due to Progressive supra-nuclear Palsy, won't be eligible for her pension anyway  —  JWPlayer  —  Hung Cao, a Navy Veteran running in the GOP primary …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson expresses ‘real reservations’ about motion to expel Santos  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Wednesday expressed “real reservations” about a motion to expel embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) and said that lawmakers would be free to “vote their conscience” during a floor vote expected Thursday.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The misleading Ukraine claim at the heart of the GOP's impeachment push  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) would like you to know (or, at least, would like consumers of right-wing television news to know) that his investigation into President Biden (or, at least, into members of Biden's family) is credible.
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Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
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Tuberville considers dropping some military holds ‘soon, but not today’
Discussion: The Messenger and Daily Kos
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told 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 The Nation
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Schumer Condemns Antisemitism, Warning the Left Against Abetting It
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Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Whitmer's sister suspends campaign in New York House district, backs Jones
Jakob Hanke Vela / Politico:
Von der Leyen: ‘Now or never’ for Israel-Palestine solution
Discussion: Semafor
Dan Merica / The Messenger:
Biden, Faced with Economic Pessimism, Turns to Economic Populism
Discussion: Reason and Breitbart
Russell Contreras / Axios:
How Arab American voters' defections could hurt Biden
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
First plane using only sustainable fuel flies across Atlantic