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6:30 AM ET, November 30, 2023


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Thomas W. Lippman / Washington Post:
Henry Kissinger, who shaped world affairs under two presidents, dies at 100  —  The diplomat exercised an unparalleled control over U.S. international affairs and policymaking.  He was also the target of relentless critics, who deemed him unprincipled and amoral.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Henry Kissinger Is Dead at 100; Shaped Nation's Cold War History  —  The most powerful secretary of state of the postwar era, he was both celebrated and reviled.  His complicated legacy still resonates in relations with China, Russia and the Middle East.  —  Henry A. Kissinger …
Henry Kissinger, America's Most Notorious War Criminal, Dies At 100  —  The titan of American foreign policy was complicit in millions of deaths — and never showed remorse for his decisions.  —  Henry Kissinger — who as a top American foreign policy official oversaw …
Kissinger Associates, Inc.:
Dr. Henry Kissinger Dies at Age 100  —  Dr. Henry Kissinger, a respected American scholar and statesman, died today at his home in Connecticut.  —  Henry Kissinger was born in southern Germany in 1923, where his father was a teacher.  His family fled Nazi Germany and came to America in 1938.
Sophal Ear / The Conversation:
Henry Kissinger's bombing campaign likely killed hundreds of thousands of Cambodians − and set path for the ravages of the Khmer Rouge  —  Henry Kissinger, who died on Nov. 29, 2023 at the age of 100, stood as a colossus of U.S. foreign policy.  His influence on American politics lasted long beyond …
Reaction to the death of US diplomat Henry Kissinger
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Speaker Johnson singed by a blast of conservative fury  —  The right's ire toward the Louisiana Republican isn't universal.  But it's growing: One member called him a “joke,” and another deemed his performance “plummeting.”  —  Speaker Mike Johnson is edging closer to the same sort of clash …
ABC News:
Speaker Johnson has ‘real reservations’ as House mulls George Santos expulsion
Juliegrace Brufke / Axios:
GOP speculation mounts that McCarthy will exit Congress early … - “I have another week or so to decide because if I decide to run again, I have to know in my heart I'm giving 110%,” McCarthy said at The New York Times DealBook Summit on Wednesday, referring to California's Dec. 8 filing deadline.
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
McCarthy says he doesn't criticize Trump on TV because ‘it drives him crazy’
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Caught Moving Money Around to Pay Massive Tax Bill  —  Trump wasn't supposed to be moving significant amounts of money around without notifying a court-appointed auditor.  He just got caught paying himself so he could pay his taxes. … A court-ordered financial auditor …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Messenger and CNBC
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 …
CNN:   Top Ramaswamy aide leaves to join Trump campaign
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Court filing reveals Rep. Scott Perry's vast web of contacts in bid to reverse 2020 election  —  A federal appeals court on Wednesday released previously secret text messages from Perry — only to remove them from the public docket later in the day.  —  At 11:08 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2020 …
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.
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.
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.
Washington Examiner:
Bank official flagged Hunter Biden Chinese payments as ‘unusual,’ Comer says  —  A bank investigator raised concerns internally in 2018 about payments Hunter Biden received, saying the activity on his accounts appeared “unusual,” according to House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY).
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: No Labels abandons its in-person presidential convention … - Canceling its Dallas convention will give No Labels more flexibility — and more time — to make that determination.  — It will also allow more candidates to potentially emerge and challenge the status quo.
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
Fox Co-Hosts Call Out Jesse Watters After Remarks on Women, Cars  —  Watters also claimed that only “liberal, suburban house husbands” are in the market for electric vehicles.  —  Jesse Watters was called out Wednesday by his female colleagues during a discussion on electric vehicles …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
James Comer Seems to Forget He Said Hunter Biden Could ‘Choose’ Public Hearing  —  While Comer rejected Hunter Biden's offer to publicly testify, last month he declared it Biden's choice to testify in public or private.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) …
Eilis O'Hanlon / Telegraph:
Leo Varadkar's Ireland is flirting with a new form of totalitarianism  —  Now the whole world can see that Ireland is poised to pass one of the most draconian pieces of legislation in modern times  —  Irish author Paul Lynch won the Booker Prize on Sunday.
Discussion: Power Line and HotAir
NBC News:
Trump will hold a closed-door fundraiser during the next Republican debate  —  It will be the first time he won't hold a public-facing counterprogramming event during one of the debates.  —  Former President Trump will host a closed-door fundraiser in Florida during the next week's Republican …
Washington Post:
Trump tries to embrace Black Lives Matter, a group he previously said ‘hates our country’  —  Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday touted the support he has received from a Black Lives Matter activist, inaccurately claiming that he's receiving broader support from the group …
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.
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Mike Johnson to Keynote Far-Right Christian Nationalist Gala  —  The new Speaker will speak to the National Association of Christian Lawmakers — a group dedicated to giving a right-wing “biblical worldview” the force of law  —  IF ANYONE WAS trusting that Mike Johnson would cool …
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
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 …
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The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Call with President Mohamed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Peltz / Associated Press:
Deutsche Bank was keen to land a ‘whale’ of a client in Trump, documents at his fraud trial show
Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Wants Anyone But Biden and Trump for 2024
Kanye West Ripped By Jewish Orgs For Referencing Sex with ‘Jewish Bitch’ In New Song
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Meg Kinnard / Washington Examiner:
Koch allies' Haley endorsement raises questions about GOP foreign policy debate
Matt Holt / The Messenger:
Virginia Senate Candidate Accuses Ailing Congresswoman Of Sticking Around Congress To Cash Out On Pension
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Political Wire
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mark Cuban says ‘no plans’ to run for president in 2024 on heels of Dallas Mavericks deal
Helen Santoro / The Lever:
Why Drugs Are Disappearing From Your Insurance Coverage
Discussion: Jacobin
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