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11:30 PM ET, December 10, 2023

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Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Trump the ‘human gumball machine’ will ‘impose his will’ on the nation if elected, Romney says  —  “A thought or a notion comes in and it comes out of his mouth.  There's not a lot of filter that goes on,” he said of Trump.  —  Some Republicans have read former President Donald Trump's comment …
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Robert Costa / CBS News:
Kevin McCarthy on Trump: America doesn't want “retribution”  —  California Republican Kevin McCarthy holds a place in history as the first-ever Speaker of the House to be voted out of that position.  Historic, but looking at how his tenure began, hardly a shock.
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
'America doesn't want' retribution from Trump, McCarthy says
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
‘We Only Need Some Metal Things’
Discussion: TASS and The Hill
Jason Beeferman / Politico:
Trump defends dictator comments amid NYC soiree filled with MAGA diehards  —  At an event with key figures within the MAGA movement, the former president repeated comments that he wants to be a dictator on “day one.”  —  NEW YORK — The chairman of an Austrian political party founded by ex-Nazis …
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Politico:
Playbook: Trump doubles down on ‘dictator’ desire  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  At an event last night sponsored by the New York Young Republican Club, DONALD TRUMP unsurprisingly defended his comments at a Fox News town hall …
Discussion: NBC News and Rolling Stone
NBC News:
In a reversal, Donald Trump says he will not testify in his own defense in New York fraud trial  —  Trump was scheduled to take the stand Monday as the months-long $250 million civil fraud trial against him and his company enters its final week.  —  In an 11th hour reversal …
Washington Post:
Less appetite — and opportunity — to serve as fake Trump electors in 2024  —  Amid a growing number of criminal investigations into the 2020 election, some who once cast electoral college votes for the former president say they would not do it again  —  Republican Party activist Ken Carroll thought …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
As Fury Erupts Over Campus Antisemitism, Conservatives Seize the Moment  —  Republicans have been attacking elite universities for years.  After a tense congressional hearing last week, many on the left are joining them.  —  For years, conservatives have struggled to persuade American voters …
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
The Guns Were Said to Be Destroyed.  Instead, They Were Reborn.  —  Communities across the U.S. are fueling a secondary arms market by giving seized and surrendered guns to disposal services that destroy one part and resell the rest.  —  When Flint, Mich., announced in September …
Discussion: KTVU-TV
The Hill:
‘Morally, this is obscene’: GOP divided over stripping compensation for radiation victims from NDAA  —  The exclusion of a measure to extend compensation for people exposed to radiation from U.S. nuclear testing from the annual defense bill this week marked yet another fracture in the Republican conference.
Discussion: Business Insider
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Antony Blinken Defends Lone U.S. Veto On UN Cease-Fire Resolution For Gaza  —  The secretary of state also claimed the U.S. cares about protecting Palestinian civilians, but just bypassed Congress to approve more arms sales to Israel.  —  LOADING  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith reveals sweeping scope of bid to debunk Trump election machine claims  —  In a new filing, his team described interviewing more than a dozen of the top intelligence officials in Trump's administration.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith on Saturday sharply rejected Donald Trump's contention …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Giuliani spread lies about Georgia election workers.  A jury will decide what he owes them.  —  A damages trial begins Monday in a case in which a judge has already ruled that Rudy Giuliani is liable for defamation.  —  When Rudy Giuliani steps into federal court on Monday …
NBC News:
She's with him: Hillary Clinton steps out as a key player in Biden's re-election effort  —  Clinton hosted a $1 million fundraiser at her Georgetown home.  —  WASHINGTON — On the final Monday in November, in a Washington home stately enough to have a name — Whitehaven …
 
 
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CBS News:
Penn President Liz Magill, Board chair Scott Bok resign after controversial congressional hearing on antisemitism
Kelly Meyerhofer / Journal Sentinel:
UW and GOP reach deal to ‘reimagine’ DEI by restructuring jobs, freezing positions
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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Ry Rivard / Politico:
I Covered Joe Manchin for Years. He Might Not Care If He Sinks Joe Biden.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Messenger
Andrew Zhang / Politico:
Sheila Jackson Lee loses Houston mayor's race to tough-on-crime state senator