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5:45 PM ET, December 8, 2023


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Sarah Arnold / Townhall:
This Is Who Melania Trump Is Reportedly Pushing for Her Husband's VP, and It's Not Surprising  —  In less than six weeks, voting is set to start in the 2024 Republican primary, and the only top contender is former President Trump.  —  So the only question remains: who will be his vice president pick?
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 …
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 …
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:
Trump Voters Are America Too
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
The Harvard Crimson:
‘I Am Sorry’: Harvard President Gay Addresses Backlash Over Congressional Testimony on Antisemitism  —  Harvard President Claudine Gay apologized for her remarks at the end of her congressional testimony, which sparked fierce national criticism and led the leadership of Harvard Hillel …
Matt Egan / CNN:
UPenn President Liz Magill under fire over her testimony on antisemitism: ‘An utter disgrace’
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
At a Hearing on Israel, University Presidents Walked Into a Trap
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 …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Woman tried to burn down Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home, police say
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
What to know about Trump-appointed judge in Hunter Biden tax case  —  Mark Scarsi, a U.S. district court judge, has been assigned to the case involving a federal indictment against President Biden's son, Hunter Biden.  —  Scarsi is based in the Central District of California and oversees Los Angeles.
Associated Press:
Hunter Biden indicted on nine tax charges in special counsel probe
Rolling Stone:
Inside Trump's Plot To Corrupt the 2024 Election With ‘Garbage’ Data  —  For more than a decade, election officials have relied on a system to reduce fraud and boost voter registration.  Trump's cronies are sabotaging it, state by state — and trying to replace it with something more MAGA
Washington Post:
2024 vote could bring electoral college distortions to the forefront
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC officially bows out of hosting primary debates  —  The organization steps aside as television networks plan more early state debates.  —  The Republican National Committee is pausing its participation in 2024 GOP primary debates, the organization decided Friday.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
‘What the Heck?’ CNN's Debate Plans Leave New Hampshire Officials Confused.
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
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
Nancy Mace and her entrepreneur fiancé Patrick Byrant split after 18 months - as staff quit her office and she's accused of discussing her sex life with aides  — The South Carolina lawmaker - who was one of the eight to vote out former Speaker Kevin McCarthy - split with her fiancé last month
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Dominion wins access to Newsmax journalists' texts in its defamation case  —  The ruling is a blow to the conservative news organization, which said in filings that it had avoided such a mandate in a similar case.  —  Dominion Voting Systems is entitled to review personal communications …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Retail Group Retracts Startling Claim About ‘Organized’ Shoplifting  —  The National Retail Federation had said that nearly half of the industry's $94.5 billion in missing merchandise in 2021 was the result of organized theft.  It was likely closer to 5 percent.
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Massachusetts Finally Cracks Down on Notorious New England Neo-Nazis  —  After years of intimidating the public with impunity, NSC-131 will be brought to court for alleged “violent and unlawful conduct.” … The 26-page, five-charge complaint is the most aggressive effort yet to blunt …
Discussion:, The Hill, Raw Story and WTOP News
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 …
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 …
Elliot Smith / CNBC:
Musk's Scandinavian woes deepen as Tesla loses Swedish court case, Finnish union joins port blockade  — Tesla is facing mounting pressure across Scandinavian countries to sign a collective bargaining agreement with employees in Sweden.  — Finnish transport workers' union AKT …
Discussion: NBC News
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger:
GOP Kansas Sen. Marshall Wants to Impeach Biden, But Also Wants Him on 2024 Ticket  —  Republican lawmaker called the president the head of a ‘crime operation,’ but wants a Biden vs. Trump rematch  —  Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., prefers having President Joe Biden on the 2024 ticket to impeaching him before then.
Discussion: Mediaite
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Approves First Gene Therapies to Treat Patients with Sickle Cell Disease  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two milestone treatments, Casgevy and Lyfgenia, representing the first cell-based gene therapies for the treatment of sickle cell disease …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Federal appeals court upholds but narrows the gag order in Trump's D.C. election interference case  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia found some of U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan's order were too broad.  —  A federal appeals court in Washington …
Pew Research Center:
Americans' Views of the Israel-Hamas War  —  Bipartisan concern about violence against Jews in U.S.; wide partisan gap in concerns over violence against U.S. Muslims  —  Bipartisan concern about violence against Jews in U.S.; wide partisan gap in concerns over violence against U.S. Muslims
Des Moines Register:
Vivek Ramaswamy, Libertarian candidate?  In Iowa, his campaign flirts with a third-party run  —  Galen Bacharier Philip JoensDes Moines Register  —  Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy's campaign has reached out to the Libertarian Party in Iowa to inquire about running for president on the party's ticket.
Discussion: and Political Wire
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