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8:40 AM ET, December 7, 2023


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Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
Republicans Block Aid to Ukraine, Jeopardizing Its Fight Against Russia  —  The vote spotlighted waning support in Congress for backing Ukraine in the war, and left the fate of the effort uncertain.  —  Republicans on Wednesday blocked an emergency spending bill to fund the war in Ukraine …
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans block procedural vote for Ukraine aid package  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a procedural vote to advance a national security bill that includes billions of dollars in Ukraine aid because it includes no changes to border security policy.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senators look for Biden, McConnell to step up after Republicans block Ukraine funding bill
Kevin McCarthy / Wall Street Journal:
My Next Chapter
Do Trump's rivals know what time it is?  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST — “Candidate for Santos' old seat is convicted on Jan. 6 charges after testifying he had ‘no idea’ Congress met in the Capitol,” by NBC's Megan Lebowitz
Discussion: Vox
New York Times:
Five Takeaways From the Republican Debate  —  An ascendant Nikki Haley endured a barrage from Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy.  Chris Christie delivered a strong showing.  And with time ticking down, there were few direct attacks on Donald Trump.  —  Nikki Haley clashed repeatedly …
Molly Ball / Wall Street Journal:
Debate Performances Fuel Haley's Rise in GOP Nomination Race  —  New WSJ poll shows the former U.N. ambassador, the focus of attention on Wednesday night's stage, has edged into second place behind Trump  —  Deft yet serious, quick-witted yet substantive, Nikki Haley's debate performances …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Christie slams Ramaswamy as ‘most obnoxious blowhard in America’
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Chris Christie Savages Vivek Ramaswamy as ‘Obnoxious Blowhard’
Tabitha Mueller / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada GOP ‘fake electors’ indicted for falsely claiming Trump won state's 2020 election  —  A Nevada grand jury has indicted the six Republicans — including the chair of the Nevada Republican Party — who falsely pledged Nevada's electoral votes to Donald Trump following …
Gabe Stern / Associated Press:
Six fake Donald Trump electors, indicted by Nevada grand jury
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Trump says he wouldn't be a dictator ‘except for Day One’  —  When asked during a Fox News town hall if he would seek retribution upon returning to office, the former president largely sidestepped the question  —  Former president Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would not be a dictator upon returning …
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Christie presses DeSantis over Trump at GOP debate
Sam Lansky / TIME:
Person of the Year  —  Taylor Swift  —  Taylor Swift is telling me a story, and when Taylor Swift tells you a story, you listen, because you know it's going to be good—not only because she's had an extraordinary life, but because she's an extraordinary storyteller.
Sarah Beth Hensley / ABC News:
Harvard's president answers backlash over response to calls for ‘genocide of Jews’  —  Threats to the Jewish community “have no place at Harvard,” Claudine Gay said.  —  Harvard University President Claudine Gay watches a video being played during a House Education and The Workforce Committee hearing titled …
New York Times:
College Presidents Under Fire After Dodging Questions About Antisemitism
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
GOP Wife in Sex Scandal Erased From Conservative Site  —  Bridget Ziegler had a top position at the Leadership Institute.  She's reportedly out after her husband was accused of raping their threesome partner.  —  Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler appears to have departed her role …
Associated Press:
Michigan high court declines to immediately hear appeal of ruling allowing Trump on primary ballot  —  The Michigan Supreme Court refused Wednesday to immediately hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that would allow former President Donald Trump's name to be on the state's presidential primary ballot.
John Frank / Axios:
Colorado Supreme Court skeptical of bid to block Trump from 2024 ballot
A Biden donor calls it quits  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from producer Raymond Rapada.  —  Democratic donor and humanitarian AMED KHAN is done with President JOE BIDEN.
Behind the Curtain — Exclusive: How Trump would build his loyalty-first Cabinet  —  Former President Trump, if elected, would build a Cabinet and White House staff based mainly on two imperatives: pre-vetted loyalty to him and a commitment to stretch legal and governance boundaries …
Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
A Black Texas student has been suspended once again for his natural hairstyle  —  A Black high school student in Texas who was suspended for more than a month for wearing a natural hairstyle returned to regular classes this week after spending more than a month at an alternative school.
Discussion: The Hill and abc7NY
Corbin Hiar / Politico:
Wind and solar pose climate threat too, oil giant Saudi Arabia argues  —  The kingdom is elevating the use of fans and filters to pull carbon dioxide out of the sky.  But its motives are under scrutiny at global climate talks.  —  Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is urging nations to take action …
UK Says Russia Targeted Officials in Email-Hacking Campaign  — FSB attempted to hack personal email addresses, minister says  — Russia is one of the most prolific state actors in cybercrime  —  The UK accused Russia's main intelligence agency of seeking to hack the emails …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
EXCLUSIVE: Fulton prosecutors list top Trump aides, Ga. officials as witnesses  —  Ex-Justice Department leaders, VP Pence and Gov. Brian Kemp could be called  —  Fulton County prosecutors could call several senior officials who served in the Trump administration and Georgia's top elected leaders …
US Department of Justice:
New York Man Found Guilty of Felony Obstruction and Other Charges for Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia  —  WASHINGTON - A New York man was found guilty in the District of Columbia on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 …
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
At the GOP debate, Ron DeSantis calls Middle Eastern garb ‘man dresses’
Discussion: Washington Examiner and NewsNation
Christie Zizo / WKMG:
GOP activist from The Villages found guilty of 2020 election voter fraud
Discussion: Raw Story
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Maryland AG reinstates hate crime task force member who claimed Israeli babies murdered by Hamas were ‘fake’
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
Less Government, Lower Taxes: Still a Winning Agenda
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Examiner
Beege Welborn / HotAir:
Asst. Law Prof Politely Suggests Hamas Rape Victims Check Their Victimization
17-year-old arrested, charged with carjacking FBI agent in DC
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Targeting costly meds, Biden admin asserts authority to seize certain drug patents
Discussion: Political Wire and CBS News
Rolling Stone:
Sean Combs Accused of ‘Gang Rape’ of 17-Year-Old in New Lawsuit

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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

George Steer / Financial Times:
Nvidia closed down 10% on Friday, falling the most since March 2020 and losing more than $200B of its market value, as investors pull back from AI bets

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Pornhub, Stripchat, and XVideos will have to comply with additional obligations, such as submitting risk assessment reports, under the EU DSA starting next week

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