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6:35 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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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 …
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, Forbes, Raw Story and KEYT-TV
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.  —  As the 2024 election approaches, voters are increasingly likely to face a matchup between two candidates who have both already had a go at the job: President Biden and former president Donald Trump.  —  This rerun can be pretty dispiriting.
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Special counsel hits back at Hunter Biden requesting Trump, Barr subpoenas
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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street opens wallets wide for ‘Trump alternative’ Nikki Haley at $500K fundraiser
Discussion: KEYT-TV
McHenry:
Statement from Congressman Patrick McHenry  —  WASHINGTON — Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement:
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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 …
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Stephen Neukam / The Messenger:
GOP Decision to Blur Jan. 6 Faces Has Democrats ‘Deeply Troubled’
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 …
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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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
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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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!’
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Special election to replace ex-Rep. George Santos set for Feb. 13  — The special election to fill the U.S. House seat of expelled Republican Rep. George Santos will be Feb. 13, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday.  — House Republicans will be down a seat for the next two months …
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 ― …
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene alleged a male Republican got physically aggressive with her  —  In a private meeting with House Speaker Mike Johnson last week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accused fellow Georgia Republican Rep. Richard McCormick of getting physically aggressive with her …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Cuban Intelligence Recruits Driven by Ideology, Not Money  —  Espionage case of former U.S. ambassador sheds light on officials-turned-spies swayed by sympathy for Cuba's revolution  —  The Cuban espionage case involving former U.S. Ambassador Victor Manuel Rocha might turn out to be the most egregious …
 
 
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Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Pennsylvania Rep. Thompson diagnosed with cancer
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Reese Gorman / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Nancy Mace has lost three senior staff members in past week
Discussion: Political Wire
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
DeSantis sets aside $1 million to sue over Florida State's playoff snub
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Sen. Rick Scott: 'I Don't See How' Florida GOP Leader Can Serve Amid Rape Investigation
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