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11:50 PM ET, December 7, 2023


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Evan Perez / CNN:
First on CNN: Federal prosecutors file new criminal case against Hunter Biden  —  Federal prosecutors have filed a new criminal case against Hunter Biden, people briefed on the matter said.  —  The exact nature of the charges couldn't immediately be learned because court documents have not been made public.
Fox News:
Hunter Biden indicted on 9 new charges in California related to allegedly failing to pay taxes  —  Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty in October to federal gun charges in US District Court for the District of Delaware  —  President Biden's son Hunter Biden was indicted in California Thursday …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Penn loses $100 million donation over antisemitism hearing  —  A wealthy donor to the University of Pennsylvania is withdrawing a gift worth around $100 million in protest of the school's response to antisemitism on campus.  —  The big picture: The final straw for Ross Stevens …
Matt Egan / CNN:
UPenn board chair expected to speak with president Liz Magill about stepping down  —  New York CNN —  The University of Pennsylvania's board of trustees held an emergency meeting Thursday as school president Liz Magill faces scathing criticism over her performance at a House hearing earlier this week.
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
What Jack Smith Says  —  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.  The notice is nine pages long, you can read the whole thing here.
Washington Post:
Trump appeals Jan. 6 immunity ruling, launching process that may delay trial  —  Both appeals court and Supreme Court would have to rule on appeals quickly for trial to begin before 2024 election, experts say  —  Donald Trump filed notice on Thursday saying he will appeal a D.C. judge's ruling …
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Trump seeks pause in Jan. 6 proceedings amid appeal effort to toss federal case
NBC News:
North Dakota senator's son charged with manslaughter after officer killed in police chase  —  Sen. Kevin Cramer's son, Ian Cramer, was charged in connection with a police chase on Wednesday that led to the death of a sheriff's deputy in Mercer County, North Dakota.
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 …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Senator's Son Involved in Police Chase That Killed Deputy
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and InForum
Scott Macfarlane / CBS News:
Alan Hostetter, ex-police chief who brought hatchet to Capitol on Jan. 6, sentenced to 11 years in prison  —  A former California police chief who brought a hatchet to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in the siege.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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.
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Texas progressive group previously bailed out suspect charged in deadly Austin, San Antonio shooting rampage  —  Shane James, 34, previously served as a U.S. Army infantry officer before he was discharged in August 2015, the Army said  —  A suspect accused of six murders across Texas during …
David French / New York Times:
Why Fundamentalists Love Trump  —  I just finished reading Tim Alberta's masterly new book, “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism.”  It's a powerful and emotionally resonant account of the transformation in evangelical politics that has brought us …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Vanity Fair
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
MAGA rioter punched woman ‘in the throat’ after his sexual advances were denied: Feds  —  Federal prosecutors are arguing that a North Carolina man charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol attack should await trial in jail because he allegedly instigated a bar fight after a woman rejected him …
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: Daily Kos and Washington Times
Associated Press:
Las Vegas shooting suspect was a professor who recently applied for a job at UNLV, AP source says  —  Three people were fatally shot and a fourth person was critically wounded in an attack on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, police said.  The suspected shooter also was found dead.
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 …
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 and Rumble
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 …
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: HotAir and The Messenger
Associated Press:
Marking start of Hanukkah, Emhoff condemns antisemitism, says Biden and Harris ‘have your back’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking at the lighting ceremony of a massive menorah in front of the White House to mark the first night of Hanukkah, Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris …
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Democrats eye Montana abortion ballot measure to boost Tester
Discussion: Political Wire and KQCA-TV
Bridget Bowman / NBC News:
New York Democrats pick Tom Suozzi as their candidate for George Santos' seat
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Hundreds of Jewish organization staffers call for White House to back Gaza cease-fire
Discussion: The Messenger and The Hill
Associated Press:
The White House is threatening the patents of high-priced drugs developed with taxpayer dollars
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