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3:15 PM ET, December 5, 2023

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Maeve Reston / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney, outspoken Trump critic, weighs third-party presidential run  —  The former congresswoman says she is determined to stop Trump.  Other Trump critics think a third-party candidacy could help him.  —  Liz Cheney, one of the most vociferous critics of Donald Trump in the Republican Party …
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Harvard University:
Introduction  —  A national poll released today by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School indicates that among 18-to-29-year-olds, President Biden's approval rating stands at 35%.  Still, the President maintains a solid lead in a head-to-head matchup against former President Trump.
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Trump Rips Drudge Report For Covering Him ‘Unfairly’: ‘Site Fell Apart’  —  The former president praised the aggregation news site's downfall: ‘I love it!’  —  Former President Donald Trump over the weekend slammed conservative news aggregation site the Drudge Report in a Truth Social post for …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Special counsel alleges Trump ‘sent’ supporters on path to Jan. 6 violence  —  Jack Smith accused the former president of a history of election lies and ‘encouragement of violence.’  —  Federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused former president Donald Trump of a long pattern of lying about elections …
Discussion: KEYT-TV
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The anti-Trump alarm goes off  —  THE ANTI-TRUMP ALARM GOES OFF.  Around this time in 2015, some in the political commentary class had a collective realization: Donald Trump could win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  A freakout of sorts ensued, although many remained confident …
New York Times:
Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign, in His Own Menacing Words
Discussion: Raw Story
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:   Ex-Trump State official Morgan Ortagus announces new SiriusXM show
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Mad at Biden's inflation record? Another Trump term would be way worse.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Atlantic
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
First signs of Trump jury selection process may have just landed in D.C. mailboxes
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Scott Stump / TODAY.com:
Liz Cheney says 'there's no question' Trump would refuse to leave office if elected again
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's 2024 Challenge: Taking Down Trump's Poll Numbers
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Danger Ahead  —  If Donald Trump returns to the White House, he'd bring a better understanding …
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Rep. Patrick McHenry, who served as temporary speaker, will retire  —  McHenry, 48, served as House speaker pro tempore for three weeks this year after conservatives ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the top House job.  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., announced Tuesday …
Discussion: Roll Call
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Fetterman mocks Speaker Johnson over Biden impeachment inquiry push: ‘Oh no!’  —  Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) went after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Monday, mocking his effort for an impeach inquiry of President Biden over unproven claims of illicit family business deals.  —  “Oh, no, please, please don't!”
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Al Weaver / The Hill:
Tuberville releasing hold on hundreds of military promotions  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) announced on Tuesday that he is ending his months-long blockade on hundreds of military promotions.  —  Tuberville said that he is jumping on board with an idea presented by Sens. Dan Sullivan …
James Bikales / Politico:
Congress provided $7.5B for electric vehicle chargers.  Built so far: Zero.  —  The sluggish rollout could undermine President Joe Biden's reelection messaging promoting electric vehicles.  —  Congress at the urging of the Biden administration agreed in 2021 to spend $7.5 billion to build tens …
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Nikki Haley wants to reform Social Security and Medicare.  Donors are paying attention  —  As she woos her party's wealthy donors, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is promoting a policy that sets her apart from her closest competitors for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Top Democratic Donor, Reid Hoffman, Gives $250,000 to a Nikki Haley Super PAC  —  Mr. Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, has funded an array of anti-Trump candidates and causes.  —  When Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, urged Democratic donors last week to rally behind Nikki Haley …
The Texas Tribune:
“Someone tell me what to do”  —  Across the country, states require more training to prepare students and teachers for mass shootings than for those expected to protect them.  The differences were clear in Uvalde, where children and officers waited on opposite sides of the door.
The Daily Beast:
The Violent and Extreme History of Mike Johnson's Old Legal Clients  —  Speaker Mike Johnson's old clients include a man who spoke glowingly of killing gay people and another who said the government “should be a terror” to the LGBTQ community. … Speaker Mike Johnson has spoken modestly …
Marik Von Rennenkampff / The Hill:
Powerful members of Congress are dead-set on killing UFO transparency  —  Since 2020, no fewer than 10 former government officials, military officers and scientists, along with a former senate majority leader, have alleged (or suggested) publicly that the U.S. government has recovered advanced craft of unknown origin — that is, UFOs.
NBC News:
Sen. Bernie Sanders opposes giving Israel $10 billion in aid  —  The White House has called on Congress to approve aid to Israel and Ukraine, but Republicans oppose any measure that excludes provisions to address security on the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders …
 
 
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Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
Internal memo shows pro-Ukraine Republicans making case for aid to increasingly skeptical GOP
Discussion: Bloomberg and Axios
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Biography of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis in the works
Discussion: Associated Press
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Sen. Rick Scott: 'I Don't See How' Florida GOP Leader Can Serve Amid Rape Investigation
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Special counsel hits back at Hunter Biden requesting Trump, Barr subpoenas
Politico:
Tech-focused lawmaker launches campaign for Silicon Valley House seat
Discussion: The Hill and Mercury News
John Ellis / Wall Street Journal:
Higher Ed Has Become a Threat to America
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
House Judiciary Committee looks into oversight of DOJ's Civil Rights division: Watch live
Discussion: Washington Examiner
NBC News:
Gold bars featured in Sen. Bob Menendez bribery case are linked to a 2013 robbery, records show
NBC News:
Tucker Carlson's longtime producer accused of 2008 sexual assault
Business Insider:
John Fetterman paid George Santos $343 for a Cameo to troll Bob Menendez
 

 
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