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9:20 AM ET, December 1, 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 …
Washington Post:
Why Rep. Jared Moskowitz gave Biden a ‘10 out of 10’ on Israel  —  with research by Marisa Iati and Tobi Raji  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Wow.  It's somehow December.  Tips:  Was this forwarded to you?  Sign up here.  Thanks for waking up with us.
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
Behind the Curtain — Scoop: The Trump job applications revealed  —  We told you in a “Behind the Curtain” column last month that Trump allies are pre-screening the ideologies of thousands of potential appointees and employees in case he wins back the White House.
Discussion: The Messenger
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
Biden Wants to Abolish the Fees Trump Charges at His Resorts  —  In going after Donald Trump's business practices, Joe Biden is combining a hit on his opponent with a boost of his own economic record. … Biden resorts to a fresh Trump attack  —  Ahead of the 2024 election …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
US Department of Justice:
Former U.S. Marine Pleads Guilty to Firebombing a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Orange County and Admits to Planning Additional Attacks  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California  —  SANTA ANA, California - An Orange County man pleaded guilty today …
Phil Helsel / NBC News:   Former Marine pleads guilty in California Planned Parenthood firebomb attack
Frank Thorp V / NBC News:
Rand Paul performs Heimlich on fellow GOP senator  —  Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa thanked Sen. Rand Paul in a post on X after the incident.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., performed the Heimlich maneuver on Sen. Joni Ernst during a Republican conference lunch at the Capitol on Thursday, according to a tweet by the Iowa senator.
Fox News:
Sen. Rand Paul performs Heimlich maneuver on choking Joni Ernst
Playbook: Steve Scalise unpacks the House GOP  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT — “War resumes in Gaza after truce collapses,” by Reuters' Nidal Al-Mughrabi and Suhaib Salem: “Israeli warplanes resumed pounding Gaza …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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.)
Speaker Johnson wrote foreword for book filled with conspiracy theories and homophobic insults  —  Speaker of the House Mike Johnson wrote the foreword and publicly promoted a 2022 book that spread baseless and discredited conspiracy theories and used derogatory homophobic insults.
Discussion: Punchbowl News and The Messenger
Steve Scalise reveals what's really happened since McCarthy's fall  —  The House Majority Leader illuminates what happened behind closed doors after Kevin McCarthy's ousting as well as what to expect next on impeachment; why he will vote against expelling George Santos; and how Speaker Mike Johnson …
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Why Biden and Harris Merchandise Doesn't Sell  —  Liberals aren't buying political merchandise this season.  —  POLITICO illustration/Photos by Getty Images, AP, iStock  —  You know things are starting to look iffy when you get to the Janet Yellen novelty merch.  —  That's no slight on Yellen.
Associated Press:
Biden lights the National Christmas Tree, taking his turn to bring holiday spirit to Washington  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It was 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 …
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 …
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 …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
The Bogus Historians Who Teach Evangelicals They Live in a Theocracy  —  A new book on the Christian right reveals how a series of unscrupulous leaders turned politics into a powerful and lucrative gospel.  —  POLITICO illustration/Photos by AP, Gage Skidmore, iStock
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and New York Post
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.
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 …
Meghan Bobrowsky / Wall Street Journal:
Montana Judge Says TikTok Ban Likely Violates First Amendment  —  Social-media app sued after state passed law banning TikTok to protect residents' privacy  —  TikTok won a reprieve in Montana after a judge ruled a state law banning the app can't go into effect in January, saying it “likely violates the First Amendment.”
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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Tara Suter / The Hill:
Trump spokesperson: DeSantis ‘so desperate for attention’ he's debating ‘Grade A loser’ Gavin Newsom
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the Biden White House's aggressive back-to-office push
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Americans support ceasefires in both Israel-Hamas and Russia-Ukraine wars
Discussion: New Republic and The Hill
Dan Primack / Axios:
Mark Cuban says he's never running for elective office
Discussion: HuffPost, Political Wire and USA Today
NBC News:
China was Henry Kissinger's ‘biggest play’ and ‘largest legacy’
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
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Steve Krakauer / The Hill:
The Rock's appearance on Rogan is proof that ‘cancel culture’ lost
Discussion: BizPac Review and HotAir
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Three killed, 6 injured in Hamas-claimed terror shooting at Jerusalem bus stop
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
MoveOn Carries Out Layoffs as Liberal Groups Struggle to Raise Money
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
The surprising dating life of Henry Kissinger, a West Wing ‘playboy’

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