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'A dumpster fire': DeSantis struggles grow in GOP presidential race

(Washington Post) Ron DeSantis’s presidential bid is facing extraordinary turmoil approximately six weeks before the Iowa caucuses, with internal disputes erupting into public view as Republicans increasingly pin their hopes of stopping Donald Trump on a rival contender. Some senior campaign aides are increasingly gloomy about their chances, according to a person close to DeSantis. “People increasingly think it’s over. It’s a dumpster fire,” said the person, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.


Republican Officials Consider Shaking Up Primary Debates

(Political Wire) “Top officials at the Republican National Committee will consider a proposal next week to allow candidates to participate in presidential debates that have not been approved by the national party, a potential shift in the nominating process rules as campaigning heats up in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,” the Washington Post reports.


A toned-down defense bill is looking likely. That could hurt Johnson.

(Politico) Conservatives are losing patience with the new speaker, and if far-right provisions are stripped from the bill, things could get worse. Negotiations between the House and Senate over defense policy legislation are down to the wire — and the final product will be a major test of Speaker Mike Johnson’s durability with his right flank as a potential clash looms with conservatives. Johnson, now in his second month on the job, is already taking heat from conservatives over government funding, Ukraine aid and other issues.


What happens next if GOP Rep. George Santos is expelled from Congress?

(ABC News) If an expulsion vote set for Friday achieves a two-thirds majority, Republican Rep. George Santos would be immediately expelled from the House of Representatives, according to the text of the expulsion resolution. Looking back at the last time a member of Congress was expelled -- Ohio Democratic Rep. James Traficant back in 2002 -- Santos would immediately lose most of his privileges – such as the use of Capitol facilities, the power to speak or vote on the House floor and any access to equipment or other technology provided by Congress -- such a cell phones or a personal computer.


Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis debate abortion, taxes, crime and who's the bigger bully

(NBC News) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom duked it out in a roughly two-hour debate Thursday that was heavy on contrasts between their leadership of two of the nation’s largest states but lighter on references to the ongoing presidential primaries — the race one of the men is currently running in. “There are profound differences tonight,” Newsom said in his opening statement to Fox News host Sean Hannity, who moderated the contest. “And I look forward to engaging [on them]. But there’s one thing in closing that we have in common ... neither of us will be the nominee for our party in 2024.”


Russia's Main Link to China 'Paralyzed' After Tunnel 'Sabotage' -- Reports

(Newsweek) Russia's main rail link to China has been left paralyzed after Ukraine's Security Service blew up a tunnel in the Russian republic of Buryatia, it has been reported. The explosions in the Severomuysky Tunnel were masterminded by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), "paralyzing the only serious route of railway communication between the Russian Federation and China," news outlet RBC-Ukraine reported on Thursday, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.


Donald Trump Still Wants to Kill Obamacare. Why?

(New York Times) “Obamacare Sucks!!!” declared the former and possibly future president. For those offended by the language, these are Trump’s own words, and I think I owe it to my readers to report what he actually said, not sanitize it. Trump also promised to provide “MUCH BETTER HEALTHCARE” without offering any specifics. Why, then, is Trump still determined to kill a program that has improved many lives without busting the budget? Much of it, no doubt, reflects the general hostility of the modern Republican Party to any program that helps less fortunate Americans. But it’s hard to escape the sense that there’s also something personal involved.


Israel launches strikes on Gaza as fighting resumes after truce expires

(The Guardian) Israeli warplanes have attacked targets in Gaza after the end of a seven-day ceasefire, with strikes across much of the region that health officials in the territory said had killed 109 people. Loud, continuous explosions were heard coming from Gaza and black smoke billowed from the territory. Neither Israel nor Hamas had announced an extension to the truce, and both had said repeatedly in the previous 24 hours that their forces were ready to resume fighting.

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Inmate stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times, charged with attempted murder, prosecutors say

1 min ago - A federal inmate was charged Friday with attempted murder in the prison stabbing of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd. John Turscak stabbed Chauvin 22 times in the law library at the Federal Corr ... (Associated Press)

US appeals court says Trump must face lawsuits over US Capitol attack

17 min ago - By Andrew Goudsward WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Donald Trump must face civil lawsuits over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by his supporters, rejecting the former president's claim that he is im ... (Reuters)

Tennessee's penalties for HIV-positive people are discriminatory, Justice Department says

40 min ago - Updated 3:53 PM EST, December 1, 2023 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s decades-old aggravated prostitution statute violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday after an investigation, warn ... (AP)

"Her goose failed to lay the egg": Judge issues scathing rebuke of Kari Lake's latest election suit

1 hr ago - Published December 1, 2023 11:09AM (EST) An Arizona judge rejected Kari Lake's request to examine signed ballot envelopes of 1.3 million early voters, handing the defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate another loss in her third lawsuit related t ... (Salon)

Court denies Jussie Smollett's request to toss conviction

2 hrs ago - CHICAGO — The Appellate Court of Illinois has denied Jussie Smollett’s request to toss his conviction on disorderly conduct counts. In 2021, Smollett was found guilty of five felony counts of disorderly conduct. The former ‘Empire’ ... (WGN)

US lawmakers push for federal holiday honoring Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her arrest

3 hrs ago - Published 7:08 AM EST, Fri December 1, 2023 CNN — On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a city bus after work in Montgomery, Alabama, and sat down. As the bus filled with passengers, the driver demanded the 42-year-old seamstress move furth ... (CNN)

Balance of Nature says it is back in business after FDA shutdown

3 hrs ago - December 1, 2023 / 12:01 PM EST Balance of Nature says it has resumed selling and shipping its dietary supplements, following a court-ordered pause of its operations earlier this month over concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA ... (CBS News)

NY Democrats to meet tonight to screen potential Santos replacements

3 hrs ago - Democratic party officials in New York will hold a meeting tonight with at least three potential candidates to replace former GOP Rep. George Santos, who was expelled from the House Friday. The meeting is a “screening process” to help party ... (CNBC)

Agriculture officials confirm 25th case of cattle anthrax in North Dakota this year

4 hrs ago - December 1, 2023, 11:29 AM A new case of cattle anthrax has been confirmed in southwest North Dakota's Grant County, bringing the number of cases in the state to 25 this year, according to state agriculture officials. It’s the first case reporte ... (ABC News/AP)

Ukraine says it blew up railway in eastern Russia

5 hrs ago - After the first incident in the Severomuysky tunnel, on Wednesday evening, Russian railway officials said that crew had noticed smoke in a fuel tank and the train was stopped. ... The Russians then fell into the "trap" - claimed the official - of usi ... (BBC)

Chinese prisoner's ID card apparently found in lining of Regatta coat

5 hrs ago - An ID card that appears to belong to a Chinese prisoner was found inside the lining of a coat from the British brand Regatta, raising concerns that the clothing was manufactured using prison labour. The waterproof women’s coat was bought online ... (Guardian)

House votes to expel indicted Rep. George Santos from Congress

5 hrs ago - Dec. 1, 2023, 6:00 AM EST / Updated Dec. 1, 2023, 3:24 PM EST WASHINGTON -- The House voted overwhelmingly to expel indicted Rep. George Santos on Friday, pulling the curtain down on a tempestuous term in office that was marred by revelations that he ... (NBC News)

Trump can be held civilly liable in Jan. 6 riot, judges rule

6 hrs ago - Donald Trump can be held civilly liable for the actions of the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, an appeals court ruled Friday in a long-awaited decision that could clear the way for lawsuits seeking financial damages from the forme ... (Washington Post)

Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman on Supreme Court, dies at 93

6 hrs ago - Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. O’Connor was 93 years old. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates ... (CNBC)

Scores reported killed in Gaza after Israel-Hamas truce collapses

7 hrs ago - GAZA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Israel's warplanes pounded Gaza on Friday after talks to extend a week-old truce with Hamas broke down, sending wounded and dead Palestinians into hospitals and others onto the streets to seek safety. Eastern areas of Khan You ... (Reuters)

US to limit Chinese firms, battery parts from winning EV tax credits

7 hrs ago - December 1, 2023 8:51 AM EST WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The Biden administration on Friday issued-long awaited guidance that will limit Chinese content in batteries eligible for electric vehicle tax credits starting next year. In a win for automa ... (Reuters)

Supreme Court weighs hearing Jan. 6 cases that could affect Trump prosecution

7 hrs ago - Dec. 1, 2023, 7:00 AM EST WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday is set to consider for the first time whether to hear appeals brought by people charged with offenses relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol in cases that coul ... (NBC News)

Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis debate abortion, taxes, crime and who's the bigger bully

7 hrs ago - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom duked it out in a roughly two-hour debate Thursday that was heavy on contrasts between their leadership of two of the nation’s largest states but lighter on references to the ongoing pre ... (CNBC)

Pfizer to discontinue twice-daily weight loss pill due to high rates of adverse side effects

8 hrs ago - Published Fri, Dec 1 20236:45 AM EST Pfizer on Friday said it would stop developing the twice-daily version of its experimental weight loss pill after obese patients taking the drug lost significant weight but had trouble tolerating the drug in a mid ... (CNBC)

Biden Wants to Abolish the Fees Trump Charges at His Resorts

8 hrs ago - FEE'D UP In going after Donald Trump’s business practices, Joe Biden is combining a hit on his opponent with a boost of his own economic record. Jake Lahut Published Dec. 01, 2023 4:41AM EST Ahead of the 2024 election, President Joe Biden is ... (daily beast)


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