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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
The Pentagon says a US warship and multiple commercial ships have come under attack in the Red Sea  —  An American warship and multiple commercial ships came under attack Sunday in the Red Sea, the Pentagon said, potentially marking a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Mideast linked to the Israel-Hamas war.
Megan Lebowitz / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis bashes Trump and teases plans to ‘supersede’ Obamacare  —  The Florida governor touted his campaign's efforts in Iowa on NBC's “Meet the Press” six weeks ahead of the caucuses.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he would replace Obamacare with a …
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Michael Gold / New York Times:
Trump's Defense to Charge That He's Anti-Democratic? Accuse Biden of It
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
DeSantis says he will win Iowa
Myah Ward / Politico:
Swing-state Muslim leaders launch campaign to ‘abandon’ Biden in 2024
Associated Press:
Former US ambassador arrested in Florida, accused of serving as an agent of Cuba, AP source says  —  A former American diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Bolivia has been arrested in a long-running FBI counterintelligence investigation, accused of secretly serving as an agent of Cuba's government …
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Former U.S. diplomat arrested in FBI spying probe  —  Former Ambassador and diplomat Manuel Rocha was arrested in Miami after a long-running counterintelligence investigation.  —  According to the Associated Press, Rocha is being accused of working as an agent of Cuba's government.
David Cohen / Politico:
I've lost confidence in Lloyd Austin, Lindsey Graham says  —  The South Carolina Republican decries his statements on the Israel-Hamas war.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he has lost confidence in Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin because of his recent comments about the Israel-Hamas war.
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The Guardian:
Cop28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels  —  Exclusive: UAE's Sultan Al Jaber says phase-out of coal, oil and gas would take world ‘back into caves’  —  The president of Cop28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” …
Wall Street Journal:
One Supreme Court Case Could Mess Up Chunks of the Tax Code  —  Justices will debate the meaning of ‘income’ under the 16th Amendment  —  WASHINGTON—A case that could punch holes in the federal tax code heads to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.  —  The court will hear arguments in Moore v. U.S. …
Discussion: Tax Policy Center and Mother Jones
Michaela Zee / Variety:
George Santos Movie in the Works at HBO Films  —  A movie about George Santos is in the works at HBO Films, Variety has confirmed.  —  HBO Films has optioned the rights to Mark Chiusano's book “The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos,” which was published on Nov. 28.
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘Time to Be Bold’: Advice for Democrats from a Quietly Powerful Governor  —  Gov. Tim Walz has some tips for the party as he takes over as chair of the Democratic Governors Association.  —  Perhaps it's because he's a quintessential Midwesterner, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has flown …
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
DeSantis's Education Policies in Florida Drive Out Liberal-Leaning Professors  —  Liberal-leaning professors are leaving coveted jobs with tenure.  And there are signs that recruiting scholars has become harder.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis had just taken office in 2019 when the University …
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger:
Swalwell Predicts Kevin McCarthy Will Be Next Expelled From Congress  —  The California congressman predicted the former speaker of the House won't last long following a physical scuffle with Tim Burchett  —  JWPlayer  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., is predicting Republicans will move …
Discussion: HuffPost
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
The Dirty Tricks the GOP Is Using to Keep Abortion Off the Ballot in 2024  —  Republicans are getting killed on reproductive rights, and they're taking desperate measures to prevent their constituents from having a say next year  —  TIFFANY CAMPBELL USED to describe herself as a “hardcore, church-going Republican.”
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Chelsea Harvey / Politico:
Open secret at climate talks: The top temperature goal is mostly gone  —  Researchers injected a sobering finding into global climate negotiations Sunday by saying the world will likely fail its most important warming test.  —  Leading scientists worldwide delivered a striking dose of reality …
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Liz Cheney would rather see Democrats win in 2024  —  She warned of the “threat” from within her own party.  —  Former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney would rather cede power to Democrats than see members of her own party win in 2024, she said, calling a Republican majority a “threat,” …
Valerie Volcovici / Reuters:
Al Gore slams COP28 climate summit host UAE, says its emissions soared  —  Climate advocate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Sunday slammed the UAE - host of the COP28 climate summit - saying its position as overseer of international negotiations on global warming this year was an abuse of public trust.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pro-DeSantis super PAC fires interim CEO after 9 days  —  Never Back Down fired Kristin Davison on Friday, according to two people familiar with the decision.  —  The chief super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, Never Back Down, has fired its interim chief executive officer after less than two weeks.
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Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
DeSantis PAC CEO out in latest shakeup
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and Fox News
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.
 
 
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