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9:35 AM ET, December 9, 2021


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Inside Trump's hunt for “disloyal” Republicans  —  Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.
Georgia Republicans purge Black Democrats from county election boards  —  Protesters filled the meeting room of the Spalding County Board of Elections in October, upset that the board had disallowed early voting on Sundays for the Nov. 2 municipal election.  A year ago, Sunday voting …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
David Perdue confesses he would have aided a coup.  He's not the only one.  —  David Perdue, the former U.S. senator from Georgia and now a candidate for governor, made a stunning confession on Wednesday: Despite there being no evidence of election fraud and multiple audits that showed President Biden won …
Emma Hurt / Axios:
Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn't have certified Georgia 2020 results  —  Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn't have signed the certification of the state's 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.
New York Post:
Fox Christmas tree arson suspect released without bail  —  The arsonist who allegedly torched the Fox News Christmas tree was freed after his arraignment Wednesday night because his charges were not eligible for bail under new liberal reform laws.  —  “I didn't do it!” suspect Craig Tamanaha …
Jackson Richman / Mediaite:
Fox News to Light New Christmas Tree After Previous One Torched  —  Fox News Media announced on Wednesday that a new tree will be lit on Thursday evening after its original one was allegedly burned by an arsonist early Wednesday morning.  —  The event on Fox Square in New York will include network personalities, clergymen and others.
Greg Pollowitz / Twitchy:
Meet Craig Tamanaha, the 49-year-old arrested for allegedly setting fire to the Fox News Christmas tree
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Natalie O'Neill / New York Post:
Suspected Fox Christmas tree arsonist exposed himself outside Ghislaine Maxwell trial, photographer claims
Discussion: National Review
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Meadows Sues Pelosi in Bid to Block Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena  —  The suit came hours after the committee said it would prepare a criminal contempt of Congress referral against Mark Meadows, who was President Donald J. Trump's chief of staff on Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — Mark Meadows …
New York Times:
Event Planner Working on Bob Dole's Funeral Is Let Go for Jan. 6 Ties20 minutes ago
Discussion: Insider
Politico:   Jan. 6 investigators' new challenge: Trump allies pleading the Fifth
Alexander Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. moves to tighten Iran sanctions enforcement as nuclear talks stall  —  The Biden administration is moving to tighten enforcement of sanctions against Iran with the despatch of a senior delegation to the United Arab Emirates next week, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Moves to Tighten Iran Sanctions Enforcement as Nuclear Talks Stall
Shira Rubin / Washington Post:
Israel opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but former Israeli officials increasingly say U.S. pullout was a mistake10 minutes ago
Kate Aronoff / New Republic:
Biden's Democracy Summit Is Dumb … “This is a moment to try to refocus our fellow citizens on what makes us exceptional,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Politico's James Traub of the White House's 2-day Summit for Democracy, kicking off Thursday.  “It does speak to something …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate votes to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses  —  The Senate on Wednesday voted to nix President Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses, handing Republicans a symbolic win.  —  Senators voted 52-48 on the resolution, which needed a simple majority to be approved.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 ‘Agent Provocateur’ Is A Big Tucker Fan And An Amateur Cardinals Mascot  —  “If I'm wrong, so be it, bro,” Carlson's guest said after he'd told Fox News viewers that the St. Louis baseball booster was “clearly a law enforcement officer.”
Washington Post:
Low-profile heiress who ‘played a strong role’ in financing Jan. 6 rally is thrust into spotlight  —  Eight days before the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, a little-known Trump donor living thousands of miles away in the Tuscan countryside quietly wired a total of $650,000 to three organizations that helped stage and promote the event.
Discussion: CREW, Raw Story and Washington Times
Washington Free Beacon:NEW!
NEVER FORGET: All the Libs Who Fell for the Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Hoax  —  Democrats, celebs, and journalists jumped to condemn fabricated attack  —  Jussie Smollett, the C-list actor best known for his role as Terry Hall in The Mighty Ducks, is finally on trial in Chicago for allegedly staging …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Jussie Smollett's final act: How a hate crime hoax became a pitch for jury nullification
Discussion: Breitbart
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democrats Have No Idea How to Win the Culture Wars  —  Maybe Bill Clinton got a few things right after all.  —  For years, Democrats have rarely cited Clinton and the centrist New Democrat movement he led through the '90s except to renounce his “third way” approach to welfare, crime …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham warns GOP about Trump's wrath on debt vote  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered a forceful warning to Republican colleagues during a private lunch on Wednesday, saying former President Trump will come down hard on any GOP senators who vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's …
Discussion: CNN, HotAir, Raw Story and Todd Starnes
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Supports Fans' Push to ‘Bombard’ Supreme Court  —  OVERNIGHT SHIPPING  —  Increasingly restless supporters of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell have a new plan of action: Send the Supreme Court physical copies of the pillow maven's dubious and unsigned 80-plus page court filing that seeks to overturn the 2020 election.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   “I think the Commission's summary of the case against court-packing (pp. …
Laura He / CNN:
Evergrande has defaulted on its debt, Fitch Ratings says  —  Hong Kong (CNN Business)Evergrande, the embattled Chinese property developer, has defaulted on its debt, according to Fitch Ratings.  —  The credit ratings agency on Thursday downgraded the company and its subsidiaries to …
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Old foes thwart Biden's foreign policy pivot  —  President Joe Biden wants to pivot U.S. foreign policy to the future but has not yet been able to shake the past.  —  Biden took office early this year promising a new era for the United States on the world stage, casting aside …
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:NEW!
The Democrats' Hispanic Voter Problem  —  It's Not As Bad As You Think—It's Worse  —  The Democrats are steadily losing ground with Hispanic voters.  The seriousness of this problem tends to be underestimated in Democratic circles for a couple of reasons: (1) they don't realize how big the shift is …
William Neuman / New York Times:
De Blasio Fought for 2 Years to Keep Ethics Warning Secret.  Here's Why.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio was warned that he created an “appearance of coercion and improper access” by directly contacting donors who had business before the city.  —  When Bill de Blasio was first elected mayor of New York …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Biden promised to reverse Trump's health policies.  He's done that — mostly.  —  Good morning!  It's almost the end of the year and we're wondering...have you signed up for our sister newsletter The Climate 202 yet?  Subscribe here to add it to your 2022 reading list.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Abigail Shrier / The Truth Fairy:
What I told the students of Princeton  —  I was so honored tonight to be hosted by the Princeton Tory, the Witherspoon Institute and the Tikvah Fund.  The undergraduates I met tonight were clear sighted and brilliant and astonishingly well read.  There's so much on their shoulders.
Discussion: Unreported Truths
POLITICO Playbook: Why tongues are wagging inside the House GOP  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE RETURN OF RENEE — Former Rep. RENEE ELLMERS announced on Twitter Wednesday that she's running for Congress again in North Carolina's 4th district — and sent the House GOP gossip mill into overdrive.
Discussion: Washington Post and Foreign Policy
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
A new poll finds major warning signs for Biden and fellow Democrats  —  Americans don't feel the direct payments or expanded child tax credits doled out earlier this year helped them much, according to the latest NPR/Marist poll, and they don't see Democrats' signature legislation as addressing their top economic concern — inflation.
Discussion: New Republic and Marist Poll
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American Greatness:
January 6 Police Beating Victim Speaks: ‘I Could Have Died’NEW!
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
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American Prospect:
The Myth of Artificial Intelligence15 minutes ago
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Claudia Levy, Washington Post journalist and advocate for women in the newsroom, dies at 77
The Daily Beast:
Feds: Would-Be Terrorist Trained for Jihad at Texas Gun Range
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Millions of dollars in GOP ads haven't changed public support for Build Back Better
Laura L. Thornton / The Hill:
Biden's ‘Summit for Democracy’ needs to be democratized
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Heritage Foundation:
Inclusion Delusion: The Antisemitism of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff at Universities
Discussion: Washington Examiner
John F. Trent / Bounding Into Comics:
Wil Wheaton Calls Dave Chappelle A “Bigot” And “Piece Of S***” After Netflix Announced The Comedian Will Headline ‘Netflix Is A Joke Festival’
Discussion: Twitchy
Sarah Vogelsong / Virginia Mercury:
Youngkin pledges to pull Virginia from carbon market by executive order
Discussion: Associated Press
Eric Garcia / MSNBC:
Tracing America's Covid vaccine conspiracies to autism fearmongering
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Believe it or not, Fox News once knew shame
Discussion: Twitchy and Mercury News
Scott Stump /
Hillary Clinton chokes up as she reads parts of the victory speech she hoped to deliver in 2016