Democrats will keep control of the Senate, repelling Republican efforts to retake the chamber and making it harder to thwart President Joe Biden’s agenda. The fate of the House is still uncertain as the GOP struggles to pull together a slim majority there. Catherine Cortez Masto’s victory Saturday in Nevada gives Democrats the 50 seats they need to keep the Senate. Her win reflects the surprising strength of Democrats across the U.S. this year. Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer says the American people have rejected “the anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty and divisive direction” of Republicans who were promoted by Donald Trump. Biden says, “I feel good.”
- Rolling Stone
The GOP is condemning the president for securing the release of the WNBA star while former Marine Paul Whelan remains imprisoned in Russia
The investigation may pertain to her attendance of the 2021 Met Gala. Her office told Insider it was "confident that this matter will be dismissed."
- Yahoo Sports
DEA agent who helped put Viktor Bout behind bars slams Brittney Griner swap: ‘We couldn’t even get two people for the world’s most notorious weapons trafficker’
Foreign policy experts warn the release of Viktor Bout could incentive future kidnappings of Americans.
A Republican congresswoman broke down in tears begging her colleagues to vote against a same-sex marriage bill
"I hope and pray that my colleagues will find the courage to join me in opposing this misguided and this dangerous bill," Hartzler said through tears.
Democrats break with tradition by passing over 89-year-old Dianne Feinstein to elect Patty Murray 3rd in line to the presidency
Senators have long picked their longest-serving member to be third in line to the presidency. But Feinstein declined it.
- USA TODAY
Men and women are now equal in being allowed to go naked from the waist up on Nantucket beaches. It's the first topless beach law in Massachusetts.
- The Intelligencer
I have trouble sleeping some nights. I toss and turn worrying about what Hunter Biden is up to. Thank God for the new Republican U.S. House majority.
- Miami Herald
Doral city commissioners held an emergency meeting Wednesday to comply with former President Donald Trump’s December deadline to accept his gift of surrendering development rights at his resort’s premiere golf course.
Conway accused the senators of abandoning Herschel Walker before his defeat.
- The New Voice of Ukraine
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering Ukraine's request for cluster munitions, CNN reported on Dec. 8.
- The Hill
The release of WNBA star Brittney Griner in a prisoner swap with Russia has brought renewed attention to the case of former Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Russia since 2018. Griner’s case received outsized media attention compared to Whelan given her status as a star women’s basketball player and Olympic gold medalist.…
- Kansas City Star
Missouri Republican Vicky Hartzler, who has spent her career fighting same-sex marriage, broke into tears on the House floor Thursday as she urged her colleagues to vote against the bill.
- The Hill
Frustration and anxiety are bubbling up among House Republicans over opposition to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker from a small group of hard-line conservative GOP members that threatens to keep him from the gavel. McCarthy allies lined up at the mics to voice support for him at an internal House Republican Conference…
- Los Angeles Times Opinion
The Senate has a veritable buffet of scandals from the Trump era to investigate. Republicans in the House will grasp at any way to go after Biden.
An article claims the US Navy's Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps arrested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on charges of "treason and seditious conspiracy." But the military branch says the allegation is false, and the website that originated the rumor regularly publishes made-up stories under the guise of satire."JAG Charges Nancy Pelosi with Treason, Seditious Conspiracy," says a December 3, 2022 headline from Real Raw News.The article says: "The United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps
Two entities under The Trump Organization’s umbrella have been convicted of criminal tax fraud. It’s a first for Donald Trump’s company, set to tarnish the former president’s brand of successful businessman.
- Associated Press
At least two items marked as classified were found in a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Florida, after lawyers for former President Donald Trump arranged for a firm to search for additional classified material, according to a published report Wednesday. The items were provided to the FBI. The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reported that the items were discovered by an outside team brought in by Trump's representatives to search his other properties after the FBI recovered roughly 100 documents marked classified during an Aug. 8 search of his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago.
Watch the moment Brittney Griner was exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout on a UAE airport tarmac
Footage of Griner's return to American custody was released by Russian state news outlets after President Biden announced the swap Thursday morning.
- The New Voice of Ukraine
German law enforcement officers in a large-scale special operation across the country have neutralized a terrorist group that was preparing a coup d'etat, German Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann said on Twitter on Dec. 7.
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