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11:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: The Hill, The Atlantic and Fox News
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.
John Dickerson / CBS News:
Liz Cheney on why she believes Trump's reelection would mean the end of our republic
Matt Holt / The Messenger:
Doug Burgum Suspends Presidential Campaign  —  The North Dakota governor's campaign struggled to gain traction  —  North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, R, on Monday dropped his presidential bid, while blasting the Republican National Committee for “nationalizing the primary process and taking …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
ABC and CNN eying future GOP primary debates
Punchbowl News:
12/4/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM … This is a big development that casts further doubt on the Senate's ability to pass a huge $105 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.  Ukraine stands to be the biggest potential loser here as future funding for the embattled U.S. ally is in serious jeopardy.
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
Ella Lee / The Hill:
Jury to hear Georgia election workers' case against Rudy Giuliani  —  A case to determine how much ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani owes two Georgia poll workers for falsely claiming they helped steal the election from former President Trump will be heard and decided by a jury, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled late Sunday.
Discussion: The Messenger and Raw Story
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
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Kaplan / CBS News:
Eligible voters are being swept up in conservative activists' efforts to purge voter rolls  —  Voters eligible to cast ballots are already being swept up in a grassroots effort to purge the nation's registration rolls ahead of the 2024 presidential election, a CBS News investigation has found.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Texas Republican Party rejects ban on associating with Nazi sympathizers  —  On Saturday, the Executive Committee of the Texas Republican Party considered the following resolution: … The Executive Committee voted down the proposal by a vote of 32-29.  According to the Texas Tribune …
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