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8:25 PM ET, December 2, 2023


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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Hard-right backtrack on spending levels leaves sour taste for colleagues  —  Fiscal fights have been at the heart of Republican conflict this year, including the debate over the top-line spending level for 2024  —  Under a sweltering July heat outside the Capitol, members …
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / New York Times:
McCarthy, Laboring to Adjust to Life After the Speakership, Eyes Exiting Congress  —  The California Republican is still angry at his ouster and has struggled to acclimate.  His colleagues expect him to retire, but he has taken his time deciding.  —  At an emotional evening news conference immediately …
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
What home schooling hides: A boy tortured and starved by his stepmom  —  Roman Lopez was 11 when he went missing.  His years of torment were concealed by home schooling.  —  Deep Reads features The Washington Post's best immersive reporting and narrative writing.  —  Nobody could find Roman Lopez.
Robert Downen / The Texas Tribune:
Texas GOP executive committee rejects proposed ban on associating with Nazi sympathizers and Holocaust deniers  —  Some members of the committee said such a ban, proposed two months after a prominent conservative activist was caught meeting with a famous white supremacist, might be a “slippery slope” or too vague.
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Grace Kazarian / CBS News:
Chris Christie may not appear on Republican primary ballot in Maine  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in danger of not appearing on Maine's primary ballot after he fell short of the minimum 2,000 signatures needed from Maine voters to qualify for the state's Republican presidential primary, state officials said Friday.
Biden's EPA launches crackdown on planet-warming methane  —  The rule's 3 a.m. rollout was timed to coincide with the ongoing U.N. climate talks in Dubai.  —  The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled sweeping new regulations targeting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector on Saturday …
New York Times:
Drunk and Asleep on the Job: Air Traffic Controllers Pushed to the Brink  —  A nationwide shortage of controllers has resulted in an exhausted and demoralized work force that is increasingly prone to making dangerous mistakes.  —  One air traffic controller went into work drunk this summer and joked about “making big money buzzed.”
Discussion: Business Insider
Kurt Zindulka / Breitbart:
Paris Terror Attack: One Killed, Two Injured by ‘Allahu Akbar’ Knifeman  —  Paris police arrested a man on Saturday evening after he allegedly killed one man and injured another two while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.  —  UPDATE 2350: The alleged attacker, referred to only Armand R …
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Johnson says vote on Biden impeachment inquiry is ‘necessary step’ after WH ‘stonewalled’ GOP investigations  —  'I think it's something we have to do at this juncture,' House Speaker Mike Johnson told Fox News  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is looking to move forward …
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Muslim Americans in swing states launch anti-Biden campaign  —  Muslim Americans in the several swing states are scheduled to gather in Michigan on Saturday to start a campaign they're calling #AbandonBiden, a reflection of their outrage over President Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas war.
Rolf Dobelli / Politico:
Henry Kissinger's (Maybe) Last Interview: Drop the Two-State Solution  —  In one of the final interviews before he died, the famous statesman said the two-state solution was no longer viable and that the U.S. must reconcile with China.  —  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is introduced …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Obamacare is even more popular than the last time Trump tried to kill it  —  The issue doesn't specifically motivate Republican voters, either.  —  Donald Trump couldn't repeal Obamacare in 2017, largely because it had become too popular.  It's even more popular now.
Caroline Jones / Inside Climate News:
Ohio Fails to Pass Restrictions on College Teaching About Climate Policies  —  The legislation, written to fight the “woke fiefdom” of higher education, doesn't have the votes to pass the Ohio House.  —  Ohio lawmakers have failed, at least for now, to pass a bill that would exert control over discussion of …
Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
Israel Risks ‘Strategic Defeat’ If It Doesn't Protect Civilians, Austin Says  — Defense secretary amplifies growing US concern as war resumes  — Protecting civilians is crucial in urban warfare, Austin says  —  US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Israel risked “strategic defeat” …
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Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith's Bellevue home spray-painted with demands for Gaza cease-fire
Washington Post:
Trump pardoned them. Now they're helping him return to power.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sarah Polus / The Hill:
Pelosi calls Santos a ‘coward’ for leaving chamber before expulsion vote closed

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
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