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1:30 PM ET, December 6, 2023


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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 …
‘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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Trump is hiding his fascist plans in plain sight  —  Trump's nightmarish scheme was leaked to the New York Times — and yes, it was on purpose  —  Watching cable news is a frequent source of despair, but one especially fraught spiral occurred Monday while subjecting myself to “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump declines to rule out abusing power to seek retribution if he returns to the White House  —  Former President Donald Trump declined to rule out abusing power if he returns to the White House after Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity asked him Tuesday to respond to growing Democratic criticism of his rhetoric.
Fox News:
Here are the top moments from Trump's ‘Hannity’ town hall  —  Trump touched on topics ranging from President Biden to dictatorships  —  Former President Trump joined Fox News' “Hannity” on Tuesday night for a town hall discussion on the GOP presidential primary, President Biden, dictatorships, and more.
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Liz Cheney weighs third-party US presidential run, says Trump threatens democracy  —  Republican former U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, an outspoken critic of ex-President Donald Trump who co-chaired the congressional probe of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, said she is weighing a third-party bid for the White House in 2024.
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
Trump Refuses to Tell Hannity He Will Not Abuse Power if Re-Elected
Jim Geraghty / Washington Post:   This Trump plan lost the Heritage Foundation. That's how bad it is.
Biden tells donors he's 'not sure I'd be running' in 2024 if Trump wasn't in the race
Kevin McCarthy / Wall Street Journal:
My Next Chapter  —  I'm leaving the House but not the fight.  —  I'm an optimist.  How could I not be?  I'm the son of a firefighter.  For 17 years I've served in the same congressional seat—the same office in which I was once denied an internship.  Only in America.
Ella Lee / The Hill:
Trump says he told son Eric not to testify at fraud trial  —  Former President Trump says he directed his second eldest son, Eric Trump, not to testify again in the New York fraud trial threatening the family's business empire.  —  “Eric has already testified, PERFECTLY …
Discussion: Raw Story, Forbes and CNN
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers Keep Trying Hopeless Hail Marys in Court
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin B. Logan / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin McCarthy will retire from Congress at end of year  —  Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will not seek another term in Congress, ending a tumultuous two-decade career in public office that was marked by a swift ascent and descent in Washington GOP leadership.  He said he would leave the House by the end of the year.
Dems assess wreckage of border talks: ‘They never should have started’  —  With a foreign aid package slated to go down on the Senate floor Wednesday, Democrats aren't hiding their frustration that border policies ever became linked to cash for Ukraine and Israel.
NBC News:
Republicans storm out of briefing as Congress battles over Israel and Ukraine aid package
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.”
Chris Morris / Variety:
Norman Lear, TV Legend, Dies at 101
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 …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
America's White Evangelical Problem  —  When the journalist Tim Alberta's father unexpectedly died, another ordeal awaited Tim.  His father had pastored the Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian church in Michigan, where the Alberta family now gathered to honor his life alongside the congregation the father had nurtured.
Discussion: Newsbusters
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Cheney blasts GOP for blurring faces in Jan. 6 tapes: Nothing ‘can change the facts’  —  Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Tuesday criticized House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and House Republicans' decision to blur the faces of those who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in security tapes …
Discussion: RedState
Stephen Neukam / The Messenger:
GOP Decision to Blur Jan. 6 Faces Has Democrats ‘Deeply Troubled’
Ben Smith / Semafor:
George Santos is earning six figures from Cameo videos  —  The Scene  —  Just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, George Santos was at Best Buy on Northern Boulevard in Queens.  —  Santos, whose biography on the celebrity video platform Cameo identifies him as a “Former congressional ‘Icon’!
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 …
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.
Business Insider:
Congressman Dan Goldman's landlord sued him for $180,000, claiming he didn't pay rent on a swanky Manhattan condo  — Former prosecutor Dan Goldman represents rich parts of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.  — But he and his wife are accused of not paying the $45,000 monthly rent on their 5-bedroom condo.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and ABC7
Charles Hilu / Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: MIT, Penn, Harvard Presidents Say Calls for Jewish Genocide Do Not Violate Code of Conduct  —  ‘If the speech turns into conduct, it can be harassment,’ Penn's Liz Magill said  —  The presidents of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Senate Democrat says governments spying on smartphone users through push notifications  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) warned Wednesday that foreign governments could be using push notifications to spy on smartphone users.  —  Wyden said in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland …
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
Are We Shocked a Dem Rep Said This About Florida and Texas?  —  It's one of those moments where you hear Winston Churchill's remarks about democracy: the most significant argument against it is five minutes with the average voter.  Yes, we're a constitutional republic, but you get the point.
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
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Phaedra Trethan / USA Today:
College board again edits African American studies framework: What's changed and why
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Charges Four Russians With War Crimes in Ukraine
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
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The debates mattered. They just didn't knock out Trump.
Chaya Tong / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney's Memoir Is an Instant Bestseller
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost