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1:35 PM ET, December 4, 2023


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Trump's revenge?  GOP braces for daily blasts from ‘orange Jesus’  —  His reascension, as nominee or the eventual winner, threatens to spark the same clashes with the Hill GOP that took a heavy toll on the party.  —  Congressional Republicans are steeling themselves for a return to daily life …
New York Times:
Why a Second Trump Presidency May Be More Radical Than His First  —  Donald Trump has long exhibited authoritarian impulses, but his policy operation is now more sophisticated, and the buffers to check him are weaker.  —  Donald Trump has long exhibited authoritarian impulses …
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
How Roger Stone convinced Trump not to attack Ron DeSantis in his home state  —  An excerpt from the upcoming book “Swamp Monsters” by NBC News reporter Matt Dixon tells the tale of how Trump's team lobbied the political troublemaker to help them out.
Discussion: The Messenger and Business Insider
The Atlantic:
If Trump Wins  —  The staff of The Atlantic on the threat a second term poses to American democracy.  —  For The Atlantic's January/February 2024 issue, 24 contributors consider what Donald Trump could do if he were to return to the White House.  Trump's second term, they conclude, would be much worse.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Donald Trump uses dishonesty  —  You don't need to know a lot about Donald Trump to have a broad understanding of what motivates him and how he approaches power.  You only really need to know that he is someone who spent decades running a private company focused on selling real estate in New York City.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Loyalists, Lapdogs, and Cronies
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
John Dickerson / CBS News:
Liz Cheney on why she believes Trump's reelection would mean the end of our republic
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Senate Dems say border talks are dead.  Republicans say it's merely a flesh wound.  —  Hanging in the balance is Biden's foreign policy agenda.  —  The lead Democrat in the Senate border negotiations warned Monday that those discussions have fallen apart, endangering a major part of President Joe Biden's foreign policy agenda.
Discussion: Political Wire
Punchbowl News:
12/4/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Burgum suspends 2024 GOP presidential campaign  —  North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) is suspending his campaign in the Republican presidential primary after failing to gain traction in the crowded field.  —  Burgum's campaign was seen as a longshot from its conception.
Matt Holt / The Messenger:
Doug Burgum Suspends Presidential Campaign
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
ABC and CNN eying future GOP primary debates
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Israel investigates possible trading knowledge ahead of Oct 7 Hamas attack  —  Israeli authorities are investigating claims by U.S. researchers that some investors may have known in advance of a Hamas plan to attack Israel on Oct. 7 and used that information to profit from Israeli securities.
Discussion: The Jewish Press
Stephen M. Lepore / Daily Mail:
Pennsylvania governor slams anti-Semitic mob who screamed 'You can't hide, we charge you with genocide' into Jewish-owned Philly FALAFEL restaurant...hours after students at nearby UPenn called for ‘intifada’  — A mob the Democrat governor of Pennsylvania called anti-Semitic protested …
Ximena Conde / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Hundreds rally for Gaza in Philly, stop to protest outside Goldie falafel shop
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Ousted propaganda scholar Joan Donovan accuses Harvard of bowing to Meta  —  In a whistleblower complaint, she breaks her silence over events that unsettled other misinformation researchers  —  A prominent disinformation scholar has accused Harvard University of dismissing her to curry favor …
NBC News:
Koch network faces internal scrutiny after Nikki Haley endorsement  —  Americans for Prosperity's decision to endorse Nikki Haley for president roiled rank-and-file members of the group who aren't on board.  —  The political branch of the powerful Koch network is facing scrutiny as operatives chafe …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Dispatch
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Kushner, Jewish business leaders huddle with Qatari PM  —  Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump organized a private meeting in New York last Wednesday with Qatar's prime minister and a bipartisan group mostly of Jewish businessmen and billionaires, three sources with direct knowledge of the meeting tell Axios.
Discussion: The Messenger, Raw Story and FDD
Kadia Goba / Semafor:
Republican Senate frontrunner in Montana calls for returning ‘healthcare to pure privatization’  —  The Scoop  —  Tim Sheehy, a lead contender for the Republican Senate nomination in Montana, said earlier this year that he wants to privatize the U.S. healthcare system, according to audio obtained by Semafor.
Discussion: Raw Story, National Review and IJR
Liz Mair / New York Times:
Republicans Are Finding Out That ‘Pro-Life’ Means a Lot of Things to a Lot of People  —  Electoral results since the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision should tell a lot of people in the Republican Party something they absolutely do not want to hear: Even rank-and-file G.O.P. voters …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Kari Lake struggles to court moderates, imperiling GOP Senate pickup  —  Lake's outreach has been met with skepticism after her 2022 gubernatorial campaign resulted in deep-seated resentments  —  PHOENIX — When she ran for governor of Arizona last year, Kari Lake unapologetically pilloried …
Discussion: The Hill, and Raw Story
Kitty Donaldson / Bloomberg:
Sunak Makes It Harder to Get UK Work Visa as Tory Pressure Grows  — Home secretary says aim to reduce migration by 300,000 a year  — Overseas care workers will be blocked from bringing dependents  —  Rishi Sunak's government raised the salary requirement for people applying to live in the UK …
Discussion: Politico,, GB News and The Sun
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
CNN's Bash has tense exchange over Hamas rapes with Jayapal  —  CNN anchor Dana Bash pressed Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on the silence from some fellow progressive leaders on Hamas's use of rape as a weapon of war against Israeli women, in a tense exchange in a Sunday interview.
Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
'Everybody's daughter': The rape victim behind Kentucky's viral abortion ad  —  Hadley Duvall helped Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear win reelection — and she's ready to campaign again in 2024  —  MIDWAY, Ky. — One month before the governor thanked her for his victory, Hadley Duvall had already won.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Eden Villalovas / Washington Examiner:
NRCC rolls out new ad full of Al-generated images showing national parks ‘overrun with illegal immigrants’
Discussion: The Messenger
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Oops! Democratic Congresswoman Puts Out New Ad Urging Her Supporters to Vote On the Wrong Day
9-year-old Chiefs fan wearing headdress threatens to sue Deadspin
Michael Kaplan / CBS News:
Eligible voters are being swept up in conservative activists' efforts to purge voter rolls
Discussion: Raw Story
Ella Lee / The Hill:
Jury to hear Georgia election workers' case against Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Sara Cline / Associated Press:
Louisiana granted extra time to draw new congressional map that complies with Voting Rights Act
Discussion: The Messenger
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
White House Warns Money for Ukraine Will Run Out by Year's End
Associated Press:
Former US ambassador arrested in Florida, accused of serving as an agent of Cuba, AP source says