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7:50 AM 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Newsbusters and Fox News
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Trump's Defense to Charge That He's Anti-Democratic? Accuse Biden of It
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.
U.S. Central Command:
Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping in International Water Continue  —  SOUTHERN RED SEA — Today, there were four attacks against three separate commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea.  These three vessels are connected to 14 separate nations.
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 …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Former U.S. diplomat arrested in FBI spying probe
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” …
Valerie Volcovici / Reuters:
Al Gore slams COP28 climate summit host UAE, says its emissions soared
Liz Mair / New York Times:
To Win on Abortion, Republicans Must Reckon With What ‘Pro-Life’ Means Today  —  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: The Hill
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
The Dirty Tricks the GOP Is Using to Keep Abortion Off the Ballot in 2024
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
New York Times:
U.S. Is Pressing Israel and Hamas to Resume Talks, White House Official Says  —  John Kirby said that Hamas was to blame for the breakdown in the negotiations, and that Israel was heeding U.S. advice on limiting civilian casualties.  —  The U.S. government is making an intense effort …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
John Kerry says no coal plants should be ‘permitted anywhere in the world’  —  U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said he thinks coal plants should not be “permitted anywhere in the world.”  —  During a speech at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Kerry said he is becoming …
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. …
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
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
White House Warns Money for Ukraine Will Run Out by Year's End  —  Without new aid, U.S. will be unable to continue providing weapons and equipment to Kyiv, which would ‘kneecap Ukraine on the battlefield’  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. will be unable to continue providing weapons and equipment …
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
U.S. Department of Defense:
‘A Time for American Leadership’: Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the Reagan National Defense Forum (As Delivered)  —  Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III  —  Good morning, everyone.  And Ben, thanks for that kind introduction.
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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