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11:25 AM ET, December 9, 2023


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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Texas Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Court-Approved Abortion  —  The court, responding to an appeal from Attorney General Ken Paxton, put on hold a lower court order allowing an abortion for a woman whose fetus has a fatal condition.  —  The Texas Supreme Court late Friday temporarily halted …
Eleanor Klibanoff / The Texas Tribune:
Ken Paxton asks Texas Supreme Court to stop abortion for woman with lethal fetal anomaly  —  After a Travis County district judge cleared the way for Kate Cox, 31, to terminate her pregnancy, Ken Paxton petitioned the state's highest court to halt the ruling.
Dems want to focus on abortion rights.  A Trump ally may have just helped.  —  A Texas case underscores the legal and ethical gray areas physicians have faced since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  —  A showdown in Texas over one woman's right to terminate a non-viable pregnancy …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
New York Times:
Fears of a NATO Withdrawal Rise as Trump Seeks a Return to Power  —  Current and former European diplomats said there was growing concern a second Trump presidency could mean an American retreat from the continent and a gutting of NATO.  —  For 74 years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Takes 2024 Lead as Biden Approval Hits New Low, WSJ Poll Finds  —  Unhappiness with Biden's performance is pervasive, with economic pessimism weighing him down  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden's political standing is at its weakest point of his presidency, a new Wall Street Journal poll finds …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Her Online Sex Life Was Exposed.  She Lost Her Election.  Now She's Speaking Out.  —  Susanna Gibson's campaign was rocked when an opponent exposed her private digital life to the public.  She won't be the last.  —  It is not often that a state legislative campaign in an off-season election seizes the national spotlight.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tara Suter / The Hill:
CDC issues travel advisory for Mexico, citing ‘Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever’  —  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a travel advisory for Mexico Friday, citing “reports” of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  —  “There have been reports of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) …
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Sen. Vance sends letter slamming Ohio State University DEI efforts, calling it ‘racial hatred’  —  Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) sent a letter slamming Ohio State University for its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts Friday.  —  “Today I wrote to the leadership of Ohio State …
Associated Press:
US vetoes UN resolution backed by many nations demanding immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza  —  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States vetoed a United Nations resolution Friday backed by almost all other Security Council members and dozens of other nations demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.
Associated Press:
Voters to choose between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and state Sen. John Whitmire for Houston mayor  —  The new mayor will have to deal with new laws from the GOP-led state government over control of local elections and the ability to impose local regulations.  —  HOUSTON — Two of Houston's …
Laura Kuenssberg / BBC:
Ukraine in ‘mortal danger’ without aid, Olena Zelenska warns  —  Olena Zelenska has warned that Ukrainians are in “mortal danger” of being left to die if Western countries don't continue their financial support.  —  Ukraine's first lady spoke to Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Politico
Isabella Murray / ABC News:
Why are the 14th Amendment lawsuits seeking to bar Trump failing?  —  So far, all 14th Amendment lawsuits against Trump have been rejected by courts.  —  Former President Donald Trump attends a Manhattan courthouse trial in a civil fraud case in New York, October 18, 2023.
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.
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