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11:30 PM ET, December 1, 2020


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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Justice Department investigating potential presidential pardon bribery scheme, court records reveal  —  (CNN)The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon …
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.
New York Times:
Trump Has Discussed With Advisers Pardons for His 3 Eldest Children and Giuliani  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is promoting baseless claims of widespread election fraud, talked about a pardon with President Trump as recently as last week.  —  President Trump has discussed with advisers whether …
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.”
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
US probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday.
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: Fox News and 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.
Associated Press:
Trump teases 2024 run at White House Christmas party  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump teased running again for president in 2024 as he hosted a holiday reception at the White House on Tuesday evening.  —  “It's been an amazing four years,” Trump told the crowd, which included many Republican National Committee members.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Banished from the Trump legal team, attorney Sidney Powell still finds a guest chair on Fox
READ: Court filing on DOJ pardon investigation
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
USA Today:
Lawsuit by Trump allies challenging Pennsylvania election results reaches Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON - A long-shot effort to overturn the presidential election results in Pennsylvania made its way to the Supreme Court Tuesday.  —  Conservative Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. …
Discussion: Breitbart
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Trump Allies Ask High Court to Nullify Biden's Pennsylvania Win
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNBC
Daniel Horowitz / TheBlaze:
Republicans have a moral obligation to support the Pennsylvania lawsuit against universal mail-in ballots
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
GOP candidate says he was used without permission as a plaintiff in lawsuit to overturn Wisconsin election results
Trump sues to reverse Biden win in Wisconsin
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Neera Tanden deletes over a thousand tweets amid Biden OMB nomination  —  President-elect Joe Biden's pick to run the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, appears to have deleted over 1,000 tweets since Nov. 1, after posts targeting lawmakers whose vote she will need for confirmation resurfaced.
Rick Rouan / The Columbus Dispatch:
Rob Portman knocks tweets from Biden's pick for budget post, won't address Donald Trump's
Matthew Cooper / Washington Monthly:
The Case for Neera Tanden
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
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 …
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fired cybersecurity chief hints at legal action after Trump campaign lawyer said he should be executed
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Obama: Broad slogans like “defund the police” lose people  —  Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show “Good Luck America” that “snappy” slogans such as “defund the police” can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:   “Do You Want to Actually Get Something Done, or Do You Want to Feel Good?”: Obama Urges Activists to Talk Reforming, Not Defunding, the Police
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Georgia election official condemns Trump after threat to worker  —  Gabriel Sterling, an aide to Georgia's secretary of state, said Trump should “stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.”  —  Gabriel Sterling, Voting Systems Manager for the Georgia Secretary of State's office …
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
This Is The Last Batch Of FBI Memos From The Mueller Probe  —  The final batch of summaries of interviews conducted for former special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year criminal investigation into the 2016 election has been released by the government six weeks before President Donald Trump is set to leave office.
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Schiff suggests Biden's attorney general could end Durham's special counsel investigation
Discussion: Reason, New York Post and Law & Crime
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.
New York Times:
Another Official Is Ousted From the Pentagon  —  The Defense Department said Christopher Maier resigned, but his supporters say he was forced out of a job leading military efforts to combat ISIS.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon policy official overseeing the military's efforts to combat …
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 …
Washington Post:
25 former D.C. Bar presidents: Lawyers should not be complicit in Trump's attack on democracy  —  The period since the election has seen a destructive and unwarranted series of abusive lawsuits filed by some members of the American legal profession.  While lawyers must represent their clients …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and MSNBC
“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 …
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Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
NY Republicans Host Sarah Palin at Gala—in a Damn Pandemic
Groups sue Trump and White House to stop destruction of administration records
Discussion: Axios
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Justice Department investigating potential bribery scheme to obtain pardon
Discussion: RedState and
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: Details Revealed in Trump's Lame-Duck Pentagon Budget Draft
Discussion: New York Times
Karen Brooks Harper / The Texas Tribune:
Crystal Mason, jailed for illegal voting conviction after casting provisional ballot, seeks to have conviction overturned
Discussion: 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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Whistleblowers: Post Office labeled Trump mail ‘Undeliverable,’ 388,000 ballots backdated, ‘disappear’
Discussion: We Love Trump
NBC Bay Area:
San Jose Mayor Ignored Health Protocols During Holiday Celebration
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘White Women Voted for Trump’ Is the Worst Election Trope
Washington Post:
Bipartisan group of Senators prepares $908 billion stimulus plan, aiming to break partisan logjam