1/ Trump “stands alone in American history” for his efforts to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election, special counsel Jack Smith’s office said in a court filing. In a 79-page court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Trump’s “meritless effort” to dismiss their four-count indictment, saying “no other president has engaged in conspiracy and obstruction to overturn valid election results and illegitimately retain power.” Prosecutors said they plan to show that Trump repeatedly lied about the results of the 2020 election as part of a conspiracy to subvert the legitimate results, and that he is now attempting to “rewrite the indictment” and “sanitize” his conduct by making claims that are full of “distortions and misrepresentations.” In total, Trump has made four attempts to dismiss the federal indictment charging him with attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters. (NBC News / Politico / Washington Post / New York Times / CNBC / CBS News)

2/ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that Israel will have “overall security responsibility” in Gaza “for an indefinite period” after its war with Hamas despite a warning from the White House that a “reoccupation of Gaza by Israeli forces is not good.” In a call with Netanyahu, Biden urged Israel to agree to a three-day “humanitarian” pause in the fighting to allow for the release of 10-15 hostages and for aid to enter Gaza. An Israeli official likened a three-day pause to a cease-fire, saying Netanyahu doesn’t believe such a large window of time is needed to release such a small number of hostages. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant added: “We can’t cease this war until its goals are complete […] can’t stop […] until winning over Hamas and the return of hostages.” Israel’s military, meanwhile, has “encircled” Gaza City and is now “operating” in its “depths,” a move that U.S. officials warned would lead to increased casualties. In the month since the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack, at least 10,300 Palestinians, including more than 4,200 children, have been killed, and more than 25,900 have been wounded, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. The World Health Organization said the death toll was “hard to fathom.” More than 1.5 million people – about 70% of the population – in the Gaza Strip has been displaced. At least 1,400 people were killed in Israel on Oct. 7, and at least 5,400 people have been injured, according to Israeli officials. (NBC News / Axios / ABC News / CNN / New York Times/ Washington Post / Associated Press / CNBC / Wall Street Journal)

  • ✏️ Democrats in Congress Weigh Calls for Cease-Fire Amid Pressure From the Left. “Democrats in Congress, torn between their support for Israel in its war with Hamas and concern about civilian suffering in Gaza, are struggling with how far to go in calling for measures to mitigate civilian casualties as the left wing of the party escalates pressure for a cease-fire.” (New York Times)

  • ✏️ Voter groups warn Biden his stance on Gaza could suppress youth turnout next year. “We are experts in youth voting behavior who have worked tirelessly across the years to generate Generation Z and Millennial enthusiasm for civic action under a variety of circumstances,” the leaders of progressive groups wrote in an open letter addressed to Biden. “We write to you to issue a very stark and unmistakable warning: you and your Administration’s stance on Gaza risks millions of young voters staying home or voting third party next year.” (NBC News)

  • ✏️ The House voted to advance a resolution to censure Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib after a Democratic effort to block the measure failed. “Tlaib of Michigan, who is the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress, is again facing Republican-led efforts to censure her over comments critical of Israel and in support of Palestinians amid Israel’s war against Hamas.” (CNN)

  • ✏️ The U.S. wants a humanitarian pause in Gaza, not a cease-fire. What’s the difference? (NPR)

3/ With 10 days left before a potential government shutdown and no strategy to keep the government funded, Speaker Mike Johnson suggested that the public “trust us.” After House Republicans failed to find consensus on a spending plan during a closed-door meeting, which one member described as a “train wreck,” Johnson said he’d reveal the GOP’s funding plan “in short order,” but that he’s not going to “show you all the cards right now.” Johnson added: “Trust us: We’re working through the process in a way that I think that people will be proud of.” House Republicans are debating three possible approaches: the first is a “clean” continuing resolution, which would keep the government funded through mid-January; the second is a laddered spending plan that would fund different parts of the government incrementally – an approach that Senate Republicans have already panned; and the third option is to wait and see what the Democratic-led Senate sends them. The government must be funded by Nov. 17. (Punchbowl News / Washington Post / New York Times / Politico / CNN)

4/ 🗳️ Election Day, America. Voters in several states will participate in an off-year general election that will determine the next governor in two states, control of the state’s legislature in another, and whether to enshrine abortion rights into one state’s constitution. This is also a reminder that we’re less than 365 days from the 2024 presidential election, where Americans will vote on a new president, 34 Senate seats, and 435 House seats. Here’s what to watch for in today’s elections:

  • In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, is seeking a second term against the state’s Republican attorney general.

  • In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, is seeking reelection against a second cousin of Elvis Presley.

  • In Ohio, voters will decide whether to enshrine the right to abortion in the state Constitution and whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

  • In Virginia, Republicans are seeking full control of the Legislature.

  • In Pennsylvania, voters will fill an open seat on their Supreme Court.

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