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7:35 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 …
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Florida GOP chairman faces allegations of sexual battery  —  The allegations against Christian Ziegler are in a heavily redacted 14-page police report shared with NBC News on Thursday.  His attorney confirmed he is under investigation.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Republican Party …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Playbook: Congress gets a reality check
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Mark Cuban says he's never running for elective office  —  Mark Cuban tells Axios that he never plans to run for any elective office, cooling off speculation that began after he struck a deal earlier this week to sell his majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks.
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
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 …
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
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.
NBC News:
Senate Judiciary authorizes subpoenas of Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo in Supreme Court ethics probe
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 …
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 …
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) …
Michael Bachner / The Times of Israel:
Blinken said to tell Israel to change strategy for southern Gaza, suggest it won't have months to win war  —  According to leaked remarks from today's war cabinet meeting, attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Blinken told Israel it cannot operate in southern Gaza in the way it has done …
NBC News:
China was Henry Kissinger's ‘biggest play’ and ‘largest legacy’  —  NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell discusses the legacy of former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger.  Kissinger, who was instrumental in normalizing U.S. relations with China, died this week at the age of 100.
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 …
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Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
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Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
The RNC's rules for the 2024 convention don't address what would happen if Donald Trump is convicted
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New York Post:
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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Discussion: UPI, The Hill and The Messenger
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
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Eilis O'Hanlon / Telegraph:
Leo Varadkar's Ireland is flirting with a new form of totalitarianism
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