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12:30 PM ET, December 8, 2023


 Top Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Where Are All the Anti-Trump Republicans?  —  A vast array of GOP power brokers detest and disdain the former president.  So why are they keeping so quiet?  —  Here's a portrait of how Donald Trump reclaims power.  —  At a Hoover Institution conference here last week …
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:
Trump Voters Are America Too  —  If Trump wins again, perhaps we can all finally abandon the delusion that his supporters do not represent the true America.  —  Editor's Note: This article is part of “If Trump Wins,” a project considering what Donald Trump might do if reelected in 2024.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Brutal Math: Trump Could Secure Nomination Before Conviction  —  Looking at the primary schedule, Republicans see the party handcuffing itself to a candidate on the verge of politically toxic criminal convictions. … ‘People need to wake up’  —  There's a scenario many Republicans are dreading …
David French / New York Times:
Why Fundamentalists Love Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, Vanity Fair and The Atlantic
Washington Post:
Trump appeals Jan. 6 immunity ruling, launching process that may delay trial
Woman arrested for pouring gasoline, trying to burn down Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home  —  ATLANTA — Atlanta police are investigating after a woman attempted to burn down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home.  —  Police told Channel 2 Action News they were called to King's birth home …
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 faces new indictment in California
Washington Post:
Hunter Biden indicted on federal tax evasion charges in California
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP lawmaker: Ousted aides targeted my daughter for OnlyFans account  —  Rep. Brandon Williams, who represents a battleground seat, says his altercation stemmed from a threat to expose his daughter's OnlyFans account.  —  A Republican member of Congress is alleging that a former top aide spearheaded a …
Discussion: and The Messenger
Dan Primack / Axios:
Wharton board calls on Penn president Liz Magill to resign  —  University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill is being asked to resign by the board of Penn's Wharton business school, according to a letter obtained by Axios. … - Earlier today, Axios reported that a wealthy donor pulled …
Matt Egan / CNN:
UPenn board chair expected to speak with president Liz Magill about stepping down
Dan Primack / Axios:
Penn loses $100 million donation over antisemitism hearing
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Disavows U.S. Islamic Group After Leader's Oct. 7 Remarks  —  The director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a speech that he was “was happy to see” Palestinians break out of Gaza on the day Hamas attacked Israel.  —  The White House disavowed …
Bob Norman / Florida Center for Government …:
Police have recovered video of Florida GOP chair and alleged victim in rape investigation  —  Disclaimer: This story contains explicit sexual content and details involving an alleged sexual assault.  —  Sarasota police have recovered a cell phone video taken by Florida GOP chairman Christian Ziegler …
Steven Monacelli / Texas Monthly:
The Texas Historical Commission Removed Books on Slavery From Plantation Gift Shops  —  An agency spokesperson claimed that the move had nothing to do with politics.  Internal emails show otherwise.  —  After visiting the Varner-Hogg plantation an hour south of Houston …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Washington Examiner:
Until DEI offices are closed, don't expect better college presidents  —  The moral degeneracy of the presidents of three prestigious universities who recently refused to condemn calls for genocide clearly is symptomatic of a larger problem.  The long-term solution must be to eliminate diversity …
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.
US Department of Justice:
Texas Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Conspiracy To Obstruct Congress and Other Charges During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Exclusive: Pro-Trump lawyer Kenneth Chesebro cooperating in multiple state probes into 2020 fake electors plot  —  The pro-Trump lawyer who helped devise the 2020 fake electors plot and already pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in Georgia is now cooperating with Michigan and Wisconsin state investigators …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Billions to Deliver World-Class High-Speed Rail and Launch New Passenger Rail Corridors Across the Country  —  $8.2 Billion from the President's Investing in America Agenda to Deliver Transformative Passenger Rail in America
CNN poll: Large majority of US adults and half of Republicans agree with Biden's goal to slash climate pollution  —  Nearly two-thirds of US adults say they are worried about the threat of climate change in their communities, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Discussion: The Hill and The Messenger
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.
U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota:
Senator Cramer Issues Personal Statement
Laura Collins / Daily Mail:
Lauren Boebert used campaign funds to buy tickets to cheer boyfriend Quinn Gallagher on to 774th place in grueling Colorado bike race - weeks before the couple were kicked out of Beetlejuice performance  — Records obtained by show Lauren Boebert used campaign funds to watch …
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Rolling Stone:
Inside Trump's Plot To Corrupt the 2024 Election With ‘Garbage’ Data
Elliot Smith / CNBC:
Musk's Scandinavian woes deepen as Tesla loses Swedish court case, Finnish union joins port blockade
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Florida boy arrested after hoax 911 call about school shooting so he could ‘go home early,’ sheriff says
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
NBC News:
Man federally charged after firing shots outside New York synagogue, officials say
Sara Fischer / Axios:
U.S. political ad market projected to reach record $16 billion in 2024
Discussion: The Messenger
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
A Pritzker heir was about to co-host a Biden fundraiser in L.A. Then he was accused of sexual misconduct
Discussion: KTLA and Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
MAGA rioter punched woman ‘in the throat’ after his sexual advances were denied: Feds
New York Times:
Killing of Reuters Journalist Was ‘Apparently Deliberate’ Israeli Strike, Group Says

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Sharon Goldman / VentureBeat:
Legal experts say Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI is a stretch because handshakes and expectations are hard to enforce, but it does make a strong policy argument

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's hubris that doomed the electric car project, spring hardware updates without a dedicated event, and Dan Riccio's retirement plans

Matt Burgess / Wired:
Researchers create an AI worm that can spread between generative AI agents via an “adversarial self-replicating prompt”, which can steal data or spread malware

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