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10:05 AM ET, December 6, 2023


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William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
Trump Refuses to Tell Hannity He Will Not Abuse Power if Re-Elected  —  When asked a very simple question, Trump refused to rule out acting illegally and abusing his power.  —  Donald Trump, in a Fox News town hall Wednesday, did not rule out breaking the law if re-elected president.
Jim Geraghty / Washington Post:
This Trump plan lost the Heritage Foundation. That's how bad it is.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith wants to tell jury about Trump's earlier attempts to sow doubt about elections
NBC News:
Senate confirms 425 military nominees after Sen. Tommy Tuberville drops his hold  —  Tuberville “has nothing to show for his 10 months of delay,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a scathing speech after the nominees were confirmed.  Tuberville has retained his holds on roughly 11 other promotions.
Washington Post:
Tommy Tuberville announces end to blanket military holds
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
Mike Johnson's Office Walks Back Reason For Blurring Insurrectionists' Faces  —  After saying faces were blurred in security footage to shield alleged Jan. 6 rioters from prosecution, a spokesperson confirmed the DOJ already has access to the unedited clips.
Stephen Neukam / The Messenger:
GOP Decision to Blur Jan. 6 Faces Has Democrats ‘Deeply Troubled’  —  'They don't get a chance to alter that footage for the American people to be the best judge,' Rep. Annie Kuster told The Messenger  —  JWPlayer  —  House Democrats excoriated House Speaker Mike Johnson's decision to blur …
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Cheney blasts GOP for blurring faces in Jan. 6 tapes: Nothing ‘can change the facts’
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Riley Gaines hits back at ‘Squad’ Dem calling her testimony ‘transphobic’: You're a ‘misogynist’  —  Lee called a point of order, urging Gaines' remarks be struck from the record, but it was withdrawn  —  NCAA swimming legend and women's sports advocate Riley Gaines hit back against a …
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
‘Test case’ for America: Colorado's top court poised to weigh Trump's eligibility to run again  —  A Wednesday argument brings the question of Trump's eligibility under the 14th Amendment one step closer to the Supreme Court.  —  The most potent effort to disqualify Donald Trump …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
‘This Is Grim,’ One Democratic Pollster Says  —  The predictive power of horse-race polling a year from the presidential election is weak at best.  The Biden campaign can take some comfort in that.  —  But what recent surveys do reveal is that the coalition that put Biden in the White House …
Biden tells donors he's 'not sure I'd be running' in 2024 if Trump wasn't in the race
Chaya Tong / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney's Memoir Is an Instant Bestseller  —  TOP OF THE CHARTS  —  Former Rep. Liz Cheney's (R-WY) memoir has shot to the top of the bestseller list, going temporarily out of stock on Amazon on Tuesday after clocking in at No.1 on its bestseller list.  Cheney's book, Oath and Honor …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
White House interns demand a Middle East cease-fire in letter to Biden  —  The letter, first shared with NBC News, is supported by more than 40 interns who work in the White House and other executive branch offices.  —  WASHINGTON — A group of White House interns joined the growing list …
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Norman Lear, boundary-breaking TV master and progressive activist behind ‘All in the Family,’ dies at 101  —  Lear created or developed some of the most seminal comedies in television history, including “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time.”
Washington Post:
Biden ban on menthol cigarettes to be delayed amid political concerns, officials say  —  The Biden administration will further delay a long-awaited ban on menthol cigarettes after fierce lobbying from critics who warn that a prohibition could anger some Black smokers who favor the products …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The report AT&T didn't want to produce  —  Last Friday, AT&T quietly published an extraordinary document.  For the first time ever, the company released a “political congruency report.”  The report, which covers the year 2022, looks at the “[s]tate and federal elected officials to whom AT&T …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Giuliani's no-show prevents courtroom confrontation with Georgia election workers  —  Rudy Giuliani is facing money damages in the election workers' defamation lawsuit.  —  Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, two Georgia election workers who have been tormented by harassment and threats since 2020 …
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
RFK Jr. Says He Was on Epstein Jet Twice, Knew Nothing of ‘Nefarious Issues’  —  Kennedy said his then-wife, Emily Black, had ‘some kind of relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell,’ at the time he traveled on the private jet  —  JWPlayer  —  Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy …
Gabe Kaminsky / Washington Examiner:
State Department faces lawsuit from conservative media over funding ‘censorship scheme’  —  A pair of conservative media outlets are accusing the State Department in a new lawsuit of funding an unconstitutional “censorship scheme” suppressing voices on the Right, according to a complaint.
Discussion: The Federalist and Twitchy
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers Keep Trying Hopeless Hail Marys in Court  —  Donald Trump's lawyers made a laughable request at the start of his bank fraud trial.  Then they did it again.  Now they've done it a third time.  —  Donald Trump lost the bulk of his bank fraud trial before it ever started …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Inside the Secret Meeting That Cleared the Way for Tom Suozzi's Return  —  Gov. Kathy Hochul had been toying with blocking the former congressman's nomination for the crucial special election to replace George Santos.  Then a phone call came.  —  With his successor, George Santos …
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Pregnant Woman Carrying Doomed Fetus Sues to Get Abortion  —  Kate Cox's fetus will likely not survive days past birth.  So she's asking a Texas court to block the state's abortion laws and let her end the pregnancy.  —  A woman whose fetus has a fatal condition is petitioning a Texas court …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The debates mattered.  They just didn't knock out Trump.  —  Nikki Haley's rise and Vivek Ramaswamy's fall are the direct results of their debate performances.  —  Nikki Haley was at just 3 percent when she got on a debate stage in late August and started taking shots at her rivals.
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Intelligence report warns of rising foreign terror threats in U.S. amid Israel-Hamas war  —  A new joint bulletin from the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to local, state and federal law enforcement warns that groups like al Qaeda and ISIS will likely use the Israel-Hamas war …
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US officials think Gaza ground operation could end by January as Biden admin privately warns Israel about its tactics
Discussion: Reuters
Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
Internal Dem memo claims GOP bill outlawing EV mandates may lead to premature deaths
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Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Al Gore calls social media algorithms ‘digital’ AR-15s
Discussion: The Messenger
Washington Post:
Senate lawmakers careen toward failed vote on Ukraine
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Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Pennsylvania Rep. Thompson diagnosed with cancer
Mariam Zuhaib / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Nancy Mace has lost three senior staff members in past week
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
NYT: A New Dem ‘Operation Chaos’ Pays Off for Haley; Update: DeSantis Blasts
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
New Hampshire Republicans Introduce 15-Day Abortion Ban
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