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GOP’s Vance seeks investigation into op-ed that criticized Trump (www.msnbc.com)

If Robert Kagan hoped to generate some conversation with a lengthy Washington Post opinion piece last week, he succeeded. Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an editor at large for the Post, presented a provocative warning to the public, arguing that the United States faces the possibility of a...

RNC moves to stop sponsoring primary debates at the national level (abcnews.go.com)

The Republican National Committee on Friday afternoon said it would pause participation in further Republican presidential primary debates, effectively leaving decisions around future debates up to media organizations and the 2024 Republican presidential candidates themselves....

California hometown sheds few tears for retiring McCarthy: ‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Kevin’ (www.theguardian.com)

For the brief period that he stood at the pinnacle of national politics, Kevin McCarthy cast an odd sort of light on Bakersfield, his unfashionable, hardscrabble home town in southern California that might never have penetrated the national consciousness without him....

New US aid for Ukraine by year-end seems increasingly of out reach as GOP ties it to border security (apnews.com)

A deal to provide further U.S. assistance to Ukraine by year-end appears to be increasingly out of reach for President Joe Biden. The impasse is deepening in Congress despite dire warnings from the White House about the consequences of inaction as Republicans insist on pairing the aid with changes to America’s immigration and...

‘Greedflation’ study finds many companies were lying to you about inflation (fortune.com)

In April, Société Générale economist Albert Edwards released a scathing note saying he hadn’t seen anything like the current levels of corporate greed in his four decades working in finance. He said companies were using the war in Ukraine as an excuse to hike prices in search of profits....

Republicans Are on the Verge of Delivering Putin a Big Christmas Gift (slate.com)

In a tense game of chicken, remarkable for its mix of petulance and audacity, congressional Republicans are threatening to halt U.S. aid to Ukraine—guaranteeing a Russian breakthrough and possible victory in that war—unless Democrats help pass a bill that all but locks down America’s Southern border....

Social Security Benefits Are Modest (www.cbpp.org)

Social Security benefits are a perennial target for cuts because the program faces a long-run shortfall. Some lawmakers and opinion leaders mistakenly portray the program’s benefits as lavish. The fact is, benefits are modest and workers have earned them by paying into Social Security — protecting themselves and their...

Small segment of voters will wield outsize power in 2024 presidential race (wapo.st)

Advances in technology, meanwhile, allow campaigns to calibrate their outreach to only the most persuadable voters. The upshot is that a tiny segment of the population will get an outsize say in who leads the United States. And the will of the majority may not even prevail.

Fox News: The House GOP Still Has Nothing On Biden - Joe.My.God. (www.joemygod.com)

“It’s worth noting in this latest 56-page indictment, the only Biden accused of wrongdoing is Hunter. The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business. But they are going to...

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