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10:50 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.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Raw Story and The Hill
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 …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
The fear of a looming Trump dictatorship  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.  —  Former congresswoman Liz Cheney …
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Trump Insists He Was ‘Angry’ and ‘Eating Too Much’ After Jan. 6
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Loyalists, Lapdogs, and Cronies
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Trump Will Abandon NATO
Graham Kates / CBS News:
Trump seeks “urgent review” of gag order ruling in New York civil fraud case
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   How Donald Trump uses dishonesty
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Releases Direct Monthly Payments to Joe Biden from Hunter Biden's Business Entity  —  WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) released subpoenaed bank records revealing Hunter Biden's business entity, Owasco PC, made direct monthly payments to Joe Biden.
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 …
New York Times:
Republicans Weigh New Debate Rules That Could Lead to More Onstage Clashes  —  The party is considering whether to open the door to debates not sponsored by the Republican National Committee, which could lead to more onstage clashes but also diminish their fanfare.
Dylan Wells / Washington Post:
Four GOP presidential candidates qualify for fourth primary debate  —  Four Republican candidates will take the stage in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday night, and former president Donald Trump will once again skip the event.  —  Four Republican candidates will take the stage in Tuscaloosa …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate anti-Trump GOP see Haley as best hope to avoid disaster
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
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 …
NBC New York:
Gold bars featured in Bob Menendez bribery case linked to 2013 robbery, records show  —  The New Jersey businessman told police he was the victim of an armed robbery in 2013, and asked police recover the 22 gold bars stolen from him.  Four of those gold bars were found a decade later …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Blasts Fox News as ‘TV for Stupid People’  —  “It's a disgrace,” Bannon raged over the right-wing network fact-checking Trump's election lies.  —  Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon tore into Fox News for cutting away from a Donald Trump speech over the weekend and fact-checking …
Discussion: New Republic, HuffPost and Raw Story
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
SHOCK: Fox News, CNN, MSNBC Shoot Down Prospect of George Santos Hire
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
Douglas Soule / Tallahassee Democrat:
'That's authoritarianism': Florida argues school libraries are for government messaging  —  Public school libraries are “a forum for government speech,” not a “forum for free expression,” according to a legal brief.  —  Florida's government is arguing that school districts have a First Amendment right to remove LGBTQ books.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Opponents of No Labels and other third-party presidential bids launch ads  —  One ad casts Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel West and Jill Stein as campaigns that are likely to help Donald Trump win a second term in the White House.  —  A bipartisan group founded to oppose the presidential effort …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
R.F.K. Jr. Allies Say They'll Spend Over $10 Million on Ballot Access
Discussion: Political Wire
Will Sommer / Washington Post:
Top Tucker Carlson producer accused of sexually assaulting Fox staffer  —  A former Fox News staffer is suing the producer — who was fired last spring along with the host — over the alleged assault and the network over alleged sexual harassment and negligence
Trading on Terror?  —  Abstract  —  Recent scholarship shows that informed traders increasingly disguise trades in economically linked securities such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs).  Linking that work to longstanding literature on financial markets' reactions to military conflict …
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Israel investigates possible trading knowledge ahead of Oct 7 Hamas attack
Discussion: The Jewish Press
Emmet Lyons / CBS News:
Elon Musk's X platform fueled far-right riots in Ireland, experts say  —  Elon Musk's social media platform X has fuelled far-right disinformation in Ireland and played a key role in riots last month in the country's capital Dublin, experts tell CBS News.  The violent clashes erupted …
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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
Business Insider:
John Fetterman paid George Santos $343 for a Cameo to troll Bob Mendendez  — George Santos was expelled from Congress last week.  — Now he's on Cameo.  — John Fetterman bought a video from Santos to troll Bob Menendez, who is under investigation for bribery.
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
U.S. Treasury Launches Counter-Fentanyl Strike Force  —  WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of a Counter-Fentanyl Strike Force to marshal Treasury's resources and expertise in a coordinated and streamlined operation to combat the trafficking of illicit fentanyl.
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 …
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 …
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James Politi / Financial Times:
US funding for Ukraine set to run out by end of the year, White House warns
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US Department of Justice:
Former U.S. Ambassador and National Security Council Official Charged with Secretly Acting as an Agent of the Cuban Government
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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
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Burgum suspends 2024 GOP presidential campaign

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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
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