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3:30 PM 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.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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: RedState and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Sudiksha Kochi / USA Today:
Kevin McCarthy endorses Donald Trump; says he would serve in Trump cabinet if he's the ‘best person’ for the job  —  WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, said in an interview that he'd endorse former President Trump for president in 2024 and would serve in his cabinet if given the opportunity.
New York Times:
Fears of a NATO Withdrawal Rise as Trump Seeks a Return to Power
Discussion: Political Wire
Rashad Simmons / The Hill:
Trump lawyer says he will take stand in fraud trial regardless of gag order  —  Former President Trump's attorney Alina Habba claimed Friday that her client would take the stand on Monday in his civil fraud trial, despite the judge's gag order and discouragement from his legal team.
Olivia Alafriz / Politico:
Trump hits Casey DeSantis over call for out-of-state backers to ‘be a part of the caucus’ in Iowa  —  The Florida first lady told Fox News viewers that “you do not have to be a resident of Iowa to be able to participate in the caucus.”  —  Former president Donald Trump seized on an apparent blunder …
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: The Hill, Blue Virginia and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Times
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
GOP Senate candidates soften their abortion stances amid a post-Roe losing streak  —  In key 2024 battleground states, some Republican Senate hopefuls have quietly shifted elements of their abortion positions.  —  Republican candidates in states that will determine control of the U.S. Senate next year …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Transmittal No  —  The Secretary of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Israel of 120mm M830A1 High Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose with Tracer (MPAT) tank cartridges and related equipment for an estimated cost of $106.5 million.
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) …
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Discussion: Raw Story
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