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6:20 PM ET, December 4, 2023


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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
The Atlantic Dedicates Entire Issue to Warning ‘Fascist’ Trump Poses Dire Threat to America: Second Term ‘Will Be Much Worse’  —  The Atlantic announced that their first issue of 2024 will focus on what they believe to be the potentially disastrous consequences of Donald Trump returning to the White House.
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.
David Emery / Snopes:
No, Trump Did Not Say 'We've Been Waging an All-Out War on American Democracy'  —  Trump supposedly spoke of a war against American democracy during a Dec. 2, 2023, campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. … Not long after former U.S. President and current Republican presidential candidate …
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 …
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.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Loyalists, Lapdogs, and Cronies
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate anti-Trump GOP see Haley as best hope to avoid disaster
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   How Donald Trump uses dishonesty
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
23andMe confirms hackers stole ancestry data on 6.9 million users  —  On Friday, genetic testing company 23andMe announced that hackers accessed the personal data of 0.1% of customers, or about 14,000 individuals.  The company also said that by accessing those accounts, hackers were also able to access …
Washington Post:
Comer mischaracterizes Hunter Biden car payment reimbursement to his dad  —  The payments Hunter Biden made to his father came two years after the elder Biden had left the vice presidency  —  As House Republicans move toward a floor vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Biden …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
House GOP throws a party for former Speaker McCarthy  —  “Is this a going-away party?” one House Republican asked upon receiving the invitation, hinting at the rampant speculation about his future.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
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 …
Senators race to save faltering border-Ukraine negotiations  —  Hanging in the balance is Biden's foreign policy agenda.  —  Senate negotiators are scrambling to revive bipartisan border talks after the lead Democrat involved warned that talks had reached a major impasse …
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 …
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
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Douglas Soule / Tallahassee Democrat:
'That's authoritarianism': Florida argues school libraries are for government messaging
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Israel says ground forces operating across Gaza Strip as offensive builds
Jeff Amy / Associated Press:
In GOP's proposed Georgia congressional map, a key question is which voters are legally protected
Pew Research Center:
Wealth Surged in the Pandemic, but Debt Endures for Poorer Black and Hispanic Families
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Oops! Democratic Congresswoman Puts Out New Ad Urging Her Supporters to Vote On the Wrong Day
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
Eliza Noe / Daily Press:
Hanukkah celebration at Williamsburg festival canceled due to Israel-Hamas conflict
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