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6:10 PM ET, December 7, 2023


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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 …
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
What Jack Smith Says  —  The Special Counsel files his 404(b) notice  —  Jack Smith has filed his 404(b) notice, advising the Court and Trump of other crimes and bad acts committed by Trump that he intends to offer as evidence when the D.C. election interference case goes to trial.
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 …
Matt Ford / New Republic:
Trump Will Be a Dictator on Day One and Every Day Thereafter
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Sen. Kevin Cramer's son charged with manslaughter  —  Sen. Kevin Cramer's (R-N.D.) son was charged with manslaughter on Thursday after he killed a North Dakota sheriff's deputy in a car wreck Wednesday evening, according to local police.  —  Police said Ian Cramer, 42 …
Carl Gibson / Raw Story:
N.Y. appeals court upholds Judge Engoron's ruling that Trump committed ‘widespread fraud’  —  Former President Donald Trump was dealt a major blow by the New York Court of Appeals on Thursday in the midst of his ongoing civil fraud trial in the Empire State.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Trump seeks pause in Jan. 6 proceedings amid appeal effort to toss federal case
New York Times:
Killing of Reuters Journalist Was ‘Apparently Deliberate’ Israeli Strike, Group Says  —  Human Rights Watch found that the slain journalist and six colleagues were not near active fighting in southern Lebanon and would have been clearly visible to Israeli forces.
The Messenger:
House Freedom Caucus Losing Faith in Speaker Johnson After His ‘Ass Whooping’  —  ‘Right now, it looks pretty bleak,’ Johnson critic Rep. Eric Burlison told The Messenger  —  Speaker Mike Johnson signing off on a defense bill that was scrubbed of hardliners' top ideological priorities …
Discussion: Washington Times
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Hugh Allen / Rev Blog:
RNC Fourth Presidential Primary Debate 12/06/23 Transcript  —  RNC Fourth Presidential Primary Debate 12/06/23.  Read the transcript here.  —  Transcribe Your Own Content  —  Welcome to the fourth and final Republican Presidential Primary Debate of the Year live from the University of Alabama.
Discussion: National Review, Althouse, Rumble and CBS 42
Bonchie / RedState:
WATCH: Hamas Terrorists Surrender en Masse, and the Photos and Videos Are Telling  —  Hamas terrorists have started to surrender en masse in the area of Khan Younis, one of the terrorist government's last strongholds.  The latest advance has the IDF operating in Southern Gaza …
Discussion: Twitchy and
Representative Kathy Manning:
Manning Won't File for Re-Election Under Egregiously Gerrymandered Maps  —  Greensboro, N.C. - Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06) announced today that she will not file for re-election under the egregiously gerrymandered congressional districts, which the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly passed …
Fetterman defends ‘reasonable’ border talks as fellow Dems fume  —  The Pennsylvania progressive's comments follow his staunch support for Israel's war in Gaza, which has also befuddled some of his typical allies on the left.
Discussion: The Messenger
Bridget Bowman / NBC News:
New York Democrats pick Tom Suozzi as their candidate for George Santos' seat  —  Suozzi left Congress last year to run for governor, losing to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in the primary.  —  New York Democrats have selected former Rep. Tom Suozzi to be their party's nominee …
McCarthy's exit and the ripple effects back home  —  Some of California's Republican incumbents could be in serious trouble.  —  Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy's announcement that he would resign from Congress at the end of the year throws his own political future — and the fates …
Robert Jimison / New York Times:
McCarthy's Exit May Create Even More Headaches for the Tiny G.O.P. Majority
Eric Bazail-Eimil / Politico:
Washington Post staffers launch 24-hour walkout  —  Reporters, producers, editors and business-side staffers are walking off the job as contract negotiations stall and layoffs loom.  —  More than 700 unionized staffers at The Washington Post launched a 24-hour walkout Thursday …
Legislative Analyst's Office:
California's Fiscal Outlook  — California Entered a Downturn Last Year  — Appendix 1: Outlook for School and Community College Funding  —  Executive Summary  —  California Faces a $68 Billion Deficit.  Largely as a result of a severe revenue decline in 2022‑23, the state faces a serious budget deficit.
Georgia just obliterated Lucy McBath's district.  She says she's not going anywhere.  —  Democratic-backed groups have vowed to challenge the new map in court again.  —  Georgia Republicans just shredded Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath's suburban Atlanta district — but she says she will fight to remain in Congress.
CNN to host two GOP presidential primary debates in 2024  —  CNN will host two Republican presidential primary debates next month in Iowa and New Hampshire - states that hold the first contests in the race for the 2024 GOP nomination, the network announced Thursday.
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Fetterman says if we want peace, Israel needs to be able to destroy Hamas  —  PITTSBURGH — Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) has emerged as one of the most reliable supporters of the Jewish community in his hometown, which is located a handful of miles from where the deadliest massacre of Jews happened …
The Hill:
House GOP releases Biden impeachment inquiry resolution ahead of planned vote  —  The House GOP released a resolution Thursday to formalize its months-long impeachment inquiry into President Biden, with a full House vote planned for next week.  —  The resolution authorizing the inquiry …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Hundreds of Jewish organization staffers call for White House to back Gaza cease-fire
Discussion: The Messenger, The Hill and Fox News
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Discussion: The Hill
John Jameson / The Hill:
Ukraine, the world's breadbasket, will become its minefield without help
US Department of Justice:
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Ximena Conde / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Root
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Discussion: HotAir
Molly Ball / Wall Street Journal:
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