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PBS NewsHour full episode, Dec. 7, 2022

Wednesday on the NewsHour, Georgia’s incumbent senator defends his seat against his Trump-backed challenger, giving Democrats a larger majority in the U.S. Senate. Then, the Supreme Court hears a case that could give state legislatures nearly unchecked power to change voting rules. Plus, Lithuania’s prime minister discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the West’s involvement in the conflict.
PBS NewsHour full episode, Dec. 7, 2022

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Sen. Raphael Warnock’s decisive win has solidified Georgia’s status as a battleground state and gives Democrats a critical 51-49 advantage in the Senate beginning next month. NewsHour’s Laura Barrón-López reports and Judy Woodruff speaks with Stephen Fowler of Georgia Public Broadcasting to discuss what this means for Democrats in Georgia and beyond.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a case that could have far-reaching effects and dramatically reshape the country’s elections. It involves whether state lawmakers have absolute authority to shape election districts and hinges on interpretations of wording in the Constitution. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Review and Nate Persily of Stanford University join John Yang to discuss.

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Lithuania is on the front line against two autocracies. It is nestled between the Russian enclave Kaliningrad and Russian ally Belarus, and has long warned the world of the Russian threat. And now it has taken on China by opening a representative office in Taiwan, also allowing Taiwan to do the same in Lithuania. Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė joins Nick Schifrin to discuss.

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