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11:05 PM ET, December 5, 2023

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Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Bannon, Patel say Trump ‘dead serious’ about revenge on media: 'We're going to come after you'  —  Steve Bannon and Kash Patel claimed that former President Trump is “dead serious” about exacting revenge on his political enemies if he wins a second term as president, and they warned members …
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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 …
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.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's 2024 Campaign, in His Own Menacing Words
Discussion: Raw Story
Maeve Reston / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney, outspoken Trump critic, weighs third-party presidential run
CNN:
Biden tells donors he's 'not sure I'd be running' in 2024 if Trump wasn't in the race
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Mad at Biden's inflation record? Another Trump term would be way worse.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Atlantic
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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios, CNN, The Hill and Alternet.org
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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 …
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 …
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
Nancy Cook / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Campaign in Turmoil Ahead of Republican Primary Voting
Discussion: Semafor and Financial Times
Daily Mail:
Hamas raped men as well as women during October 7 attack: Investigators reveal how sex assault victims were tied up, stripped and mutilated as Israel launches its ‘biggest ever criminal investigation’  — Advocacy group said sexual violence was perpetrated against both sexes
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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 …
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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 …
Reese Gorman / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Nancy Mace has lost three senior staff members in past week  —  Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) has lost three of her senior staffers in the past week, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.  —  Her three senior staffers include her former chief of staff Dan Hanlon …
Washington Post:
Senate lawmakers careen toward failed vote on Ukraine  —  Billions in additional aid stuck as Republicans push border security, walk out of classified briefing  —  Senators began blaming each other Tuesday for the looming potential failure to provide additional aid to Ukraine as fragile negotiations …
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Brent D. Griffiths / Business Insider:
Liz Cheney says Nancy Pelosi didn't care about any of the bad things she said about Pelosi before she appointed Cheney to the Jan. 6 committee  — Liz Cheney said she had barely talked to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi before a critical phone call.  — Pelosi, Cheney wrote in her new book …
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 …
McHenry:
Statement from Congressman Patrick McHenry  —  WASHINGTON — Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement:
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 ― …
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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Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Pennsylvania Rep. Thompson diagnosed with cancer
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CBS News:
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