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10:15 PM ET, November 30, 2023

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New York Times:
Israel Knew Hamas's Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago  —  A blueprint reviewed by The Times laid out the attack in detail.  Israeli officials dismissed it as aspirational and ignored specific warnings.  —  Israeli officials obtained Hamas's battle plan for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack …
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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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
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 …
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Alec Dent / The Messenger:
Majority of Florida Voters Support Abortion Amendment to State Constitution: Poll
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Trump spokesperson: DeSantis ‘so desperate for attention’ he's debating ‘Grade A loser’ Gavin Newsom  —  A Trump spokesperson said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is “so desperate for attention” that he's debating a “Grade A loser” like California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) Thursday.
David French / New York Times:
Welcome to Our New ‘Bespoke Realities’  —  I've known conspiracy theorists my entire life.  In fact, there's probably a little bit of conspiracy theorist in each of us, myself included.  (Don't get me started on Game 6 of the 2002 N.B.A. Western Conference Finals.)
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.
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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 …
Emily Jacobs / Washington Examiner:
Dave Chappelle makes surprise visit to the Capitol ahead of evening show at The Anthem  —  Comedian Dave Chappelle made a surprise visit to the Capitol late Thursday afternoon, gathering with friends ahead of his Washington show in the evening.  —  While in the Capitol, the comedy legend took photos with staffers and lawmakers alike.
Discussion: The Hill, New York Post and TMZ.com
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 …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Santos Relishes the Limelight Even as His Show Looks Likely to Close  —  Before the debate about his possible expulsion from Congress, George Santos seemed to embrace his starring role in a scandal of his own making.  —  It was likely to be his second-to-last day serving in Congress …
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Defiant Santos announces effort to oust colleague ahead of his own likely expulsion
Associated Press:
Biden lights the National Christmas Tree, taking his turn to bring holiday spirit to Washington  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's President Joe Biden 's turn to bring some holiday spirit to the U.S. capital.  —  The president and his wife, Jill, participated Thursday in the annual tradition …
The White House:
Statement from President Biden on the Passing of Henry Kissinger  —  I'll never forget the first time I met Dr. Kissinger.  I was a young Senator, and he was Secretary of State—giving a briefing on the state of the world.  Throughout our careers, we often disagreed.  And often strongly.
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: BizPac Review and HotAir
Novo Nordisk:
Company statement  —  Novo Nordisk takes additional legal actions to help protect US patients from potentially unsafe and ineffective compounded drugs claiming to contain semaglutide that are not FDA approved … Novo Nordisk announced today, that as part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety …
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 …
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 …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the Biden White House's aggressive back-to-office push  —  White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients, facing huge numbers of federal workers who aren't coming to the office, is privately pushing Cabinet secretaries to break their staffs' stubborn work-from-home habits.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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YouGov:
Americans support ceasefires in both Israel-Hamas and Russia-Ukraine wars
Discussion: New Republic and The Hill
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
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Three killed, 6 injured in Hamas-claimed terror shooting at Jerusalem bus stop
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New York Post:
Pro-Palestinian protesters, one carrying swastika, swarm Midtown in bid to derail Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting
Phil Williams / WTVF-TV:
He doesn't report having checking or savings. So where did Andy Ogles get $320,000 for his campaign?
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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