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4:35 PM ET, December 4, 2023


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Trump seeks “urgent review” of gag order ruling in New York civil fraud case  —  Former President Donald Trump intends to appeal a ruling that upheld a gag order in his civil fraud trial in New York, with his attorneys saying Monday that they plan to ask the state's highest court to review the decision.
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.
Ximena Conde / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Hundreds rally for Gaza in Philly, stop to protest outside Goldie falafel shop  —  Hundreds of protesters marched through Center City and University City to show their support for Gaza and demand a permanent cease-fire.  It's the latest in sustained local efforts aiming to call attention …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Punchbowl News:
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Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
Playbook: Time's up on Ukraine funding
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
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Swiss bank Banque Pictet admits hiding $5.6 billion of Americans' money from IRS  — A major Swiss bank admits it conspired with U.S. taxpayers and others to hide over $5.6 billion from the Internal Revenue Service.  — Banque Pictet, the private banking division of Pictet Group …
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 …
US Department of Justice:
Former U.S. Ambassador and National Security Council Official Charged with Secretly Acting as an Agent of the Cuban Government  —  For Immediate Release  —  Federal prosecutors have charged Victor Manuel Rocha, 73, of Miami, Florida, a former U.S. Department of State employee who served …
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 …
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
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: Raw Story, FDD and The Messenger
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
SHOCK: Fox News, CNN, MSNBC Shoot Down Prospect of George Santos Hire  —  There are a few well trodden paths for former members of Congress, erstwhile White House officials and failed presidential candidates.  They can choose a life of lobbying, making up for the lost time of a government salary.
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
Jeff Amy / Associated Press:
In GOP's proposed Georgia congressional map, a key question is which voters are legally protected  —  A push by Georgia Republicans to maintain their congressional majority is likely to come down to a decades-old legal question that has never been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Santos-inspired bill would ban pensions for expelled lawmakers  —  A House Republican on Monday introduced legislation barring lawmakers who are expelled from Congress from receiving congressional pensions. … - Nunn was among the more than 100 Republicans who voted to expel Santos following …
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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 and New Republic
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Oops! Democratic Congresswoman Puts Out New Ad Urging Her Supporters to Vote On the Wrong Day
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 Earlier Items: 
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: NBC News, The Messenger and Raw Story
Liz Mair / New York Times:
Republicans Are Finding Out That ‘Pro-Life’ Means a Lot of Things to a Lot of People
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Balloon Juice