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5:40 PM ET, December 5, 2023

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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: NBC News, Raw Story and KEYT-TV
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith wants to tell jury about Trump's earlier attempts to sow doubt about elections  —  The special counsel is seeking a judge's permission to introduce evidence that may help jurors assess Trump's intent in the weeks leading to Jan. 6.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith wants a Washington …
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 …
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Special counsel outlines bid to show Trump motive, knowledge of plan to stay in power  —  Special Counsel Jack Smith's team outlined the evidence it has collected against former President Trump on Tuesday, walking through information it says will showcase his motive and knowledge of a plan to block the transfer of power.
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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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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Mad at Biden's inflation record? Another Trump term would be way worse.
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Trump Rips Drudge Report For Covering Him ‘Unfairly’: ‘Site Fell Apart’
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
NYT: A New Dem ‘Operation Chaos’ Pays Off for Haley; Update: DeSantis Blasts  —  Let's be clear about this.  Nikki Haley has not personally solicited funds from major Democrat donors for her primary campaign to win the GOP's presidential nomination.  Even the super-PAC supporting Haley's campaign …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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McHenry:
Statement from Congressman Patrick McHenry  —  WASHINGTON — Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement:
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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 …
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Judy Siegel-Itzkovich / Jerusalem Post:
Hostages given tranquilizers to ‘look happy’ upon release from captivity
Discussion: HotAir
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Rep. Patrick McHenry, who served as temporary speaker, will retire
Discussion: Roll Call
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Speaker Johnson gives Biden an ultimatum on Ukraine funding, immigration  —  Biden administration has warned that Ukraine funding will run out by the end of the year  —  There will be no additional funding for Ukraine without first making extensive reforms to the U.S. immigration system …
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Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Fetterman mocks Speaker Johnson over Biden impeachment inquiry push: ‘Oh no!’
New York Times:
Accounts of Sexual Violence by Hamas Are Aired Amid Criticism of U.N.  —  A presentation at the U.N., organized in part by Sheryl Sandberg, accused the body of ignoring the rape and mutilation of women in the Oct. 7 assault on Israel, and heard gruesome details from witnesses.
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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 …
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.
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
DeSantis sets aside $1 million to sue over Florida State's playoff snub  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he plans to set aide $1 million from the state's annual budget to Florida State University (FSU) for potential ligation over its football team's controversial snub from the College Football Playoff.
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
New Hampshire Republicans Introduce 15-Day Abortion Ban  —  With a Republican trifecta in the Senate, House and governor's mansion, the bill has a real chance to become law.  —  Republicans in New Hampshire filed one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country on Tuesday ― …
 
 
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CBS News:
College presidents face Congress over antisemitism on campuses
Reuters:
Ex-DEA informant pleads guilty to role in killing Haitian president
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger:
DeSantis Calls For Trump to Debate Him One v. One: ‘Get Out of Your Dungeon’
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Sen. Rick Scott: 'I Don't See How' Florida GOP Leader Can Serve Amid Rape Investigation
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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: Mercury News and KLFY.com
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
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
 

 
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