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4:05 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 …
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
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Mike Johnson Says Republicans Are Blurring Jan. 6 Footage To Protect Rioters From DOJ  —  The House speaker offered a remarkable statement in support of those who rioted at the Capitol in 2021.  —  WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said Tuesday that Republicans …
New York Times:
Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign, in His Own Menacing Words  —  Trump's language has become darker, harsher and more threatening during his third run for the White House.  —  As he campaigns for another term in the White House, Donald Trump sounds like no other presidential candidate in U.S. history.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Trump Rips Drudge Report For Covering Him ‘Unfairly’: ‘Site Fell Apart’
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Mad at Biden's inflation record? Another Trump term would be way worse.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Rep. Patrick McHenry, who served as temporary speaker, will retire
Discussion: Roll Call
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 …
Washington Post:
Tommy Tuberville announces end to blanket military holds  —  ‘We fought hard,’ he said after telling his Republican colleagues he was lifting his holds  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) announced Tuesday that he would lift his blanket hold on military promotions, ending a nearly 10-month standoff …
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.
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!”
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger:
DeSantis Calls For Trump to Debate Him One v. One: ‘Get Out of Your Dungeon’  —  The Florida governor and 2024 GOP hopeful blasted the former president as a ‘keyboard warrior’ and suggested a Fox News debate  —  GOP presidential hopeful and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling …
Lahav Harkov / Jewish Insider:
Hamas drugged hostages before releasing them  —  Israeli Health Ministry confirms Hamas gave hostages tranquilizers, extra food, right before their release so they would look better than their actual health condition  —  Hamas gave Israeli hostages tranquilizers to make them appear …
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich / Jerusalem Post:
Hostages given tranquilizers to ‘look happy’ upon release from captivity
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Suspect indicted on multiple hate crimes in alleged attack on Israeli tourist in Times Square  —  Yehia Amin is charged in the indictment with two counts each of first-degree stalking as a hate crime, third-degree assault as a hate crime and third-degree stalking as a hate crime, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg said.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Ex-DEA informant pleads guilty to role in killing Haitian president  —  Joseph Vincent, a former informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), on Tuesday became the fourth person to plead guilty in a U.S. court for his role in the 2021 assassination of Haiti's president that left a destabilizing power vacuum.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
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 …
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Sen. Rick Scott: 'I Don't See How' Florida GOP Leader Can Serve Amid Rape Investigation  —  Florida Sen. Rick Scott suggested Tuesday that the state GOP's chair, Christian Ziegler, should step aside as he faces a rape investigation.  —  Scott's written statement stopped short of clearly calling for Ziegler to step down.
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CBS News:
College presidents face Congress over antisemitism on campuses
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
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Special counsel hits back at Hunter Biden requesting Trump, Barr subpoenas
Tech-focused lawmaker launches campaign for Silicon Valley House seat
Discussion: The Hill and Mercury News
 Earlier Items: 
Marik Von Rennenkampff / The Hill:
Powerful members of Congress are dead-set on killing UFO transparency
John Ellis / Wall Street Journal:
Higher Ed Has Become a Threat to America
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
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Ex-Trump State official Morgan Ortagus announces new SiriusXM show
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
First signs of Trump jury selection process may have just landed in D.C. mailboxes
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Signal:
EXCLUSIVE: School Assigned Girl to Sleep With Boy Who Identifies as Trans Without Parental Notification