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12:05 PM ET, December 7, 2023


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NBC News:
House votes to censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman for pulling fire alarm  —  Bowman admitted to activating the alarm in September as Republican lawmakers sought to vote on a government funding measure, but said it was a mistake he made while in a rush to open a door.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House censures Bowman for falsely pulling fire alarm
The Hill:
House GOP releases Biden impeachment inquiry resolution ahead of planned vote
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 …
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’
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Christie presses DeSantis over Trump at GOP debate
Los Angeles Times:
Kevin McCarthy uses PAC to lavish cash on high-end resorts, private jets and fine dining  —  Rambling above the rust-colored cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Terranea Resort is known for its ocean views, world-ranked spa and villas that can command $3,000 a night or more.
Robert Jimison / New York Times:
McCarthy's Exit May Create Even More Headaches for the Tiny G.O.P. Majority  —  The former speaker's decision to leave his seat a year early could affect control of the House, the legislative agenda and his party's efforts to keep its majority in the 2024 election.
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
Republicans Block Aid to Ukraine, Jeopardizing Its Fight Against Russia
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans block procedural vote for Ukraine aid package
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Georgia prosecutors predict jail sentences in Trump 2020 election case  —  Exclusive: Fulton county prosecutors say in emails their legal careers will continue long after defendants go to jail  —  Fulton county prosecutors have signaled they want prison sentences in the Georgia criminal case …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Senator's Son Involved in Police Chase That Killed Deputy  —  The lawmaker said his child “suffers from serious mental disorders.”  —  A son of North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer was involved in a police chase on Wednesday evening that ended with a crash that killed a deputy, the lawmaker and authorities said.
Washington Post:
New research undercuts Republican views of racism  —  Republicans are more likely to say White people experience racism than Black people.  That's not true.  —  The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement almost a decade ago was predicated on the killing of Black people at the hands of law enforcement.
Discussion: The Root
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
Pamela Paul / New York Times:
What Is Happening at the Columbia School of Social Work?  —  During orientation at the Columbia School of Social Work at Columbia University, the country's oldest graduate program for aspiring social workers, students are given a glossary with “100+ common terms you may see or hear used in class …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Lower Health Care and Prescription Drug Costs by Promoting Competition  —  President Biden believes that health care should be a right, not a privilege.  For too long, corporate special interests and trickle-down economics …
Silla Brush / Bloomberg:
Fink Says GOP Debate Was Filled With Misinformation About BlackRock … Fink pushed back on several claims made during this week's Republican debate, suggesting in a Thursday post on Linkedin that candidates were ignoring the main issues facing the US such as “ballooning national debt.”
Discussion: RedState, Florida's Voice and Twitchy
Adam Klasfeld / The Messenger:
Trump Returns to NY Court as Trial Comes to Close  —  The former president's anticipated return to a New York court in his civil fraud case falls on what may be the second-to-last day of the defense case  —  JWPlayer  —  For the better part of two months, former President Donald Trump …
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
How Were the Universities Lost?  —  The Ivy league and their kindred so-called elite campuses may soon go the way of Disney and Bud Light  —  After October 7, the public was shocked at what they saw and heard on America's campuses.  —  Americans knew previously they were intolerant, leftwing, and increasingly non-meritocratic.
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Texas judge grants pregnant woman's request to get an abortion  —  A Dallas-area mother found out that her fetus has trisomy 18, a genetic condition that can cause stillbirth or death of a newborn.  The court order allows her to end the pregnancy.  —  A Texas judge on Thursday granted …
Kayla Gallagher / The Messenger:
Blinken on Viral Moment After Biden Called Xi Dictator: ‘My Neck Was a Little Bit Stiff’  —  Blinken went viral earlier this year for appearing to cringe when Biden referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a ‘dictator’  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday addressed …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Fox News and Boston Herald
New York Times:
College Presidents Under Fire After Dodging Questions About Antisemitism  —  The leaders of Harvard, M.I.T. and Penn appeared to evade questions about whether students should be disciplined if they call for the genocide of Jews.  —  Support for the presidents of Harvard …
Sarah Beth Hensley / ABC News:
Harvard's president answers backlash over response to calls for ‘genocide of Jews’
Gabe Stern / Associated Press:
Six fake Donald Trump electors, indicted by Nevada grand jury  —  President Biden told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday night that Donald Trump is running for president, so he has to as well.  Earlier, Biden told campaign donors that he wasn't sure he'd be running for reelection if Donald Trump wasn't also in the race.
Tabitha Mueller / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada GOP ‘fake electors’ indicted for falsely claiming Trump won state's 2020 election
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Corbin Hiar / Politico:
Wind and solar pose climate threat too, oil giant Saudi Arabia argues
Discussion: Rolling Stone
UK Says Russia Targeted Officials in Email-Hacking Campaign
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
At the GOP debate, Ron DeSantis calls Middle Eastern garb ‘man dresses’
Christie Zizo / WKMG:
GOP activist from The Villages found guilty of 2020 election voter fraud
Discussion: Villages-News and Raw Story
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Trump Voters Want a Clear Primary Field
Discussion: The Guardian, IJR and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Franklin / NPR:
A Black Texas student has been suspended once again for his natural hairstyle
Discussion: The Hill and abc7NY
Sam Lansky / TIME:
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