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6:35 PM ET, November 30, 2023


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Bob Norman / Florida Center for Government …:
Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual assault by alleged menage a trois lover  —  Christian Ziegler, Florida's GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The Trump dictatorship  —  Editor at large  —  Robert Kagan, a Post Opinions contributing editor, is the author of “Rebellion: How Antiliberalism Is Tearing America Apart — Again,” which will be published by Knopf in May.  —  Let's stop the wishful thinking and face the stark reality …
Washington Post:
McCarthy privately recounts terse phone call with Trump after ouster  —  During the call, former president detailed the reasons he hadn't intervened during the effort to remove McCarthy as speaker  —  In the weeks after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden, Trump and ObamaCare
Spencer Ackerman / Rolling Stone:
Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America's Ruling Class, Finally Dies  —  The infamy of Nixon's foreign-policy architect sits, eternally, beside that of history's worst mass murderers.  A deeper shame attaches to the country that celebrates him  —  Henry Kissinger died on Wednesday …
Ben Rhodes / New York Times:
Henry Kissinger, the Hypocrite  —  Henry Kissinger, who died on Wednesday, exemplified the gap between the story that America, the superpower, tells and the way that we can act in the world.  At turns opportunistic and reactive, his was a foreign policy enamored with the exercise of power …
Playbook: Congress gets a reality check
Discussion: Washington Post
Florida Democrats plan to cancel presidential primary, enraging Dean Phillips' campaign  —  The representative says the state party has deliberately moved to keep him off the ballot.  Florida Dems say he is acting “unbecoming.”  —  Florida appears poised to hold no presidential primary election …
Alec Dent / The Messenger:
Majority of Florida Voters Support Abortion Amendment to State Constitution: Poll  —  If enough signatures are obtained, the Florida Supreme Court would then review the amendment and determine if it can be put on the ballot  —  A majority of Florida voters say they would vote yes …
Khaya Himmelman / The Messenger:
Arizona Governor Endorses Abortion Ballot Initiative
Max Tani / Semafor:
MSNBC cancels Mehdi Hasan's show  —  The News  —  MSNBC is canceling outspoken opinion host Mehdi Hasan's weekend program and show on the streaming service Peacock.  —  Two people familiar with the move, which MSNBC privately announced to staff Thursday morning, told Semafor that Hasan …
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Former N.J. Trump golf club worker says she was sexually harassed, tricked into signing NDA  —  The allegations date back to 2021.  —  A former server at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster alleges she was sexually harassed and coerced into sex by a supervisor, then tricked into signing …
Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech / The Hill:
Three US cities make list of most expensive in world  —  Story at a glance  — New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are three of the most expensive cities on the planet to live in, according to a new report.  — New York tied with Geneva as the third most expensive city on earth …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
‘She got so mad at me’: book on the ‘Squad’ details AOC-Pelosi clashes  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells Ryan Grim life in Congress ‘completely transformed’ after Democratic leader stepped down  —  In a call to congratulate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her momentous 2018 primary win over Joe Crowley …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP stages hearing walkout to protest Supreme Court-related subpoenas  —  Tempers exploded at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday before Democrats voted to subpoena a major conservative donor and a prominent conservative activist linked to the Supreme Court's ethics scandals.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Gag Order Is Back After Appeals Court Sides With Judge  —  An appeals court decided that Trump's gag order, which was lifted on appeal, should actually be reinstated.  —  Donald Trump is once again prohibited from attacking the law clerk at his ongoing bank fraud trial in New York …
Steve Krakauer / The Hill:
The Rock's appearance on Rogan is proof that ‘cancel culture’ lost  —  Elon Musk was asked on Wednesday what his message was to companies that paused their ads on his X platform, after a campaign from the progressive activist group Media Matters pressuring companies to leave.  “I hope they stop.
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Post:
Trump co-defendant in Georgia who pleaded guilty could testify in other cases  —  Prosecutors in Arizona and Nevada have made overtures to Kenneth Chesebro, who helped organize pro-Trump state electors in 2020  —  PHOENIX — Kenneth Chesebro, one of former president Donald Trump's co-defendants …
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Three killed, 6 injured in Hamas-claimed terror shooting at Jerusalem bus stop  —  Slain victims identified as Livia Dickman, 24, rabbinical judge Elimelech Wasserman, 73, and Hannah Ifergan, in her 60s; two Hamas-affiliated gunmen shot dead at scene  —  Three people were killed and six were wounded …
In October 2023, the Foreign-Born Share Was the Highest in History  —  At 49.5 million and 15 percent of the U.S. population, immigrants now at record  —  The Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) shows that the total foreign-born or immigrant population (legal and illegal) …
Fox News:
Sen. Rand Paul performs Heimlich maneuver on choking Joni Ernst  —  Paul performed the Heimlich maneuver on Ernst during a Thursday Senate lunch  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., performed the Heimlich maneuver on Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa who was choking on food.  —  The incident happened …
Washington Post:
U.S. stops helping Big Tech spot foreign meddling amid GOP legal threats  —  The federal government is no longer warning Meta about foreign influence campaigns, a shift that comes amid a legal campaign against the Biden administration's communication with tech platforms
Phil Williams / WTVF-TV:
He doesn't report having checking or savings.  So where did Andy Ogles get $320,000 for his campaign?  —  Watchdog: ' It's not clear from his financial disclosure reports where he got the money' that he claims to have loaned campaign  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Where did Congressman Andy Ogles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bruce Golding / The Messenger:
London Town Cancels Hanukkah Menorah Lighting for Fear of ‘Inflaming Tensions’ During Gaza War  —  The local member of Parliament called the move a ‘grave insult to the Jewish community,’ saying the event was a ‘matter of religious freedom’  —  Officials in a London suburb have canceled plans …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
MoveOn Carries Out Layoffs as Liberal Groups Struggle to Raise Money  —  The layoffs are the latest sign of a slowdown in small-dollar donations to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations.  —  The liberal activist organization MoveOn laid off at least 18 employees this week …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Linda Yaccarino's Very Unmerry X Mess
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Fort Worth, Texas, approves $3.5 million settlement for child who witnessed fatal police shooting of aunt Atatiana Jefferson
Discussion: The Root and Fox News
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
The RNC's rules for the 2024 convention don't address what would happen if Donald Trump is convicted
France 24:
COP28 should seek total fossil fuel ‘phaseout’: UN chief to AFP
Matt Grobar / Deadline:
‘The Apprentice’: Jeremy Strong And Maria Bakalova Join Sebastian Stan In Donald Trump Pic
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Pro-Palestinian protesters, one carrying swastika, swarm Midtown in bid to derail Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Back Israel's Military Action in Gaza by 50% to 45%
Discussion: UPI, The Hill and The Messenger
Jen Kirby / Vox:
There are now more land mines in Ukraine than almost anywhere else on the planet
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Defiant Santos announces effort to oust colleague ahead of his own likely expulsion
Dan Merica / The Messenger:
Hollywood Goes Home: How Celebrity Endorsements Are Helping Dems Win Down Ballot
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Nikki Haley launching first TV ad of presidential campaign
Eilis O'Hanlon / Telegraph:
Leo Varadkar's Ireland is flirting with a new form of totalitarianism
Discussion: BBC, Power Line and HotAir

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's hubris that doomed the electric car project, spring hardware updates without a dedicated event, and Dan Riccio's retirement plans

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Legal experts say Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI is a stretch because handshakes and expectations are hard to enforce, but it does make a strong policy argument

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