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7:35 PM ET, December 1, 2020


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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr: No evidence of fraud that'd change election outcome  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Associated Press:
Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, giving him the authority of a special counsel to complete his work without being easily fired.
New York Times:
Barr Admits Finding No Evidence of Fraud That Could Have Swayed Election  —  The attorney general made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press.  A Republican official in Georgia urged President Trump to “stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.”
Joe Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
AG Barr Destroys His Name for All Eternity - His Actions Today Confirm He Is Just Another Card-Carrying Swamp Rat  —  Today US Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly told the Associated Press that the DOJ has not uncovered any evidence of widespread fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Discussion: New York Post
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Pardoning Giuliani Would Put Trump in Legal Jeopardy  —  Any lawyer would tell the president it wasn't worth the risk to himself.  —  If President Donald Trump wants to avoid federal criminal investigation once he's out of office, here's my free advice: Don't pardon Rudy Giuliani.
READ: Court filing on DOJ pardon investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Barr appoints John Durham as special counsel to investigate origins of Russia probe
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
“Couldn't keep his zipper up”: Schumer regrets recruiting Cunningham in N.C. Senate race  —  Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham “couldn't keep his zipper up” crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate …
New York Times:
As Trump Attacks Georgia Republicans, Party Worries About Senate Races
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Georgia Republicans beg Trump to release them from his prison of lies
Washington Post:
Bipartisan group of Senators prepares $908 billion stimulus plan, aiming to break partisan logjam  —  Package comes amid signs economy is weakening but so far does not have buy in from White House, congressional leaders  —  A bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil …
Coronavirus urgency grips divided Capitol
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Biden pick Neera Tanden repudiated Michelle Obama catchphrase, said 'going high doesn't f—king work'  —  Tanden was lauded by many Democrats, including Rep. Barbara Lee, who called her a ‘great choice’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 1  —  President-elect Joe Biden's nominee …
Matthew Cooper / Washington Monthly:
The Case for Neera Tanden
Discussion: CNBC, Fox News and Washington Examiner
Christopher Krebs / Washington Post:
Trump fired me for saying this, but I'll say it again: The election wasn't rigged  —  Christopher Krebs is the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.  On Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Washington Post Live, Post columnist David Ignatius will interview Christopher Krebs …
Discussion: The Hill
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fired cybersecurity chief hints at legal action after Trump campaign lawyer said he should be executed
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Mayor London Breed had her own French Laundry party — the night after Gavin Newsom's  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom is in good company when it comes to politicians attending fancy birthday parties while encouraging others to avoid gathering.  —  It turns out San Francisco Mayor London Breed dined …
NBC News:
First Covid vaccines to be offered to health workers, nursing homes, CDC panel says  —  Health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities will be the first groups to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a new proposal from an independent advisory committee within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Panel Recommends Giving First Covid Vaccines to Health Workers, Nursing Homes
Discussion: Just The News
David Hogberg / Washington Examiner:
COVID-19 vaccine committee votes to include nursing homes with healthcare workers in first round of distribution
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
The staggering cost of the Scott Atlas debacle  —  Trump picked a coronavirus adviser because he liked his Fox hits, and now a lot of Americans are dead  —  Dr. Scott Atlas resigned from his post on the White House's coronavirus task force on Monday, ending an experiment in governance …
Washington Post:
Trump allies to ask Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania ruling on mail-in ballots  —  President Trump's allies said Tuesday they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a decision by Pennsylvania's highest court dismissing a challenge of the state's mail-in voting system.
Daniel Horowitz / TheBlaze:
Republicans have a moral obligation to support the Pennsylvania lawsuit against universal mail-in ballots
New York Times:
Utah Monolith Removed by Four Men, Photographer Says  —  A photographer said four men dismantled the mysterious shiny object that has captivated the country.  —  It was, by most standards, a short stay.  The pop-up metal monolith that became the focus of international attention …
Military Times:
This retired three-star falsely claims US soldiers died attacking a CIA facility in Germany tied to election fraud  —  It is a scenario that makes the antics of animated spy Archer seem plausible by comparison, spun by the former third in command of the U.S. Air Force.
Discussion: and Task & Purpose
NBC News:
Trump considers 2024 campaign kickoff on Inauguration Day  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is discussing possibly launching a 2024 campaign to retake the White House on Inauguration Day and skipping the swearing-in of his successor, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
NBC Bay Area:
San Jose Mayor Ignored Health Protocols During Holiday Celebration  —  San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo appears to have broken health protocols in celebrating Thanksgiving with family members outside of his own household.  —  The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned Liccardo celebrated …
ABC News:
White House vetting pardon requests as some push Trump to preemptively pardon family  —  Vetting has already commenced in some cases by White House lawyers, sources say.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  As White House aides come to terms with the election results …
Trump sues to reverse Biden win in Wisconsin  — President Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin seeking to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden's win there.  — The suit asks the Wisconsin Supreme Court to nullify and withdraw Gov. Tony Evers' certification of the election.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Whistleblowers: Post Office labeled Trump mail ‘Undeliverable,’ 388,000 ballots backdated, ‘disappear’  —  Several whistleblowers on Tuesday cast new uncertainty on the 2020 election process, claiming up to 288,000 ballots disappeared, another 100,000 were improperly backdated …
Discussion: We Love Trump
Camille Caldera / USA Today:
Fact check: Jen Psaki was gifted a hammer and sickle hat at a diplomatic meeting  —  The claim: A photo shows Jen Psaki wearing a hammer and sickle hat while posing with officials from Russia.  —  President-elect Joe Biden named his administration's senior communications staff on Sunday.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Obama: Broad slogans like “defund the police” lose people
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Hill
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Comparing Biden's Administration Picks to Obama's Is Revealing
Discussion: New Republic
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Can Republicans dig out of the hole Trump dug? He hopes not
Annysa Johnson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Long-simmering racial tensions in Burlington erupt after a teacher included Black Lives Matter in a lesson
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
New York county finds 55 uncounted early votes
Discussion: Syracuse Post-Standard and HotAir
Arya Hodjat / The Daily Beast:
North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd Tests Positive for COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Shutt / Roll Call:
Rosa DeLauro wins panel vote for Appropriations gavel
Discussion: Political Wire
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Biden elevates Economic Advisers chair to Cabinet
Discussion: Political Wire
David Corn / Mother Jones:
While Kelly Loeffler Opposed New COVID Aid, Her Husband's Firm Sought to Profit Off the Pandemic
Ben Crump / USA Today:
Biden needs attorney general with integrity, proven record on civil rights
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘White Women Voted for Trump’ Is the Worst Election Trope