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10:00 AM ET, December 2, 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 …
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 …
Jennifer Rodgers / The Daily Beast:
Here's How Rudy Giuliani's Push for a Preemptive Pardon Could Backfire
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
US probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon
Discussion: The Week, Reuters and POLITICUSUSA
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Justice Department Probed ‘Bribery-For-Pardon Scheme’ As Trump Campaigned, Court Reveals
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Election-Fraud Business Is Booming  —  The president needn't risk his own money as long as others are willing to chip in.  —  The president of the United States, a self-described multi-billionaire, is still claiming the 2020 election was rigged — and he wants you to give him some of your money to help him sort that out.
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.
Trump likely to announce 2024 bid, but GOP rivals say power will fade post-White House  —  President Trump is likely to announce he'll run again in 2024, perhaps before this term even ends, sources tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Trump has already set in motion two important strategies …
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report
NBC News:
Release of PPP loan recipients data reveals troubling patterns  —  Following months of litigation between the Small Business Administration and news organizations seeking data about who benefited from pandemic relief programs, the agency on Tuesday night released a sweeping dataset …
Washington Post:
More than half of emergency small-business funds went to larger businesses, new data shows  —  The Trump administration has emphasized PPP loans to small firms, but data released Tuesday shows that most of the $522 billion went to about 600 larger companies and chains
Mark Becker / The Bulwark:
My Call With Ron Johnson: He Knows Biden Won But Won't Admit It  —  The Wisconsin senator says it would be “political suicide.”  —  November 14, 8:37 a.m. my phone rings.  I do a double take on my caller ID and realize who is calling.  I take a deep breath and answer the phone.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Biden: 'We're Going to Fight Like Hell by Investing in America First'  —  My talk with Joe Biden on his first few months, and his next four years.  —  President-elect Joe Biden was in a good mood as we talked on the phone Tuesday evening for an hour — he in Delaware and me in Bethesda, Md. He apologized, though, for being late.
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
U.K. Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine, a First in the West  —  The emergency approval, ahead of the United States and the European Union, clears the way for Britain to begin mass inoculations.  “Help is on its way,” one official said.  —  LONDON — Britain gave emergency authorization …
Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Authorizes Pfizer, BioNTech's Covid-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use  —  Britain becomes the first Western nation to get a coronavirus shot, with earliest doses to go to the most vulnerable  —  LONDON—The U.K. became the first Western nation to grant emergency-use authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine …
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: U.K. Becomes First Country to Approve Pfizer Vaccine
Discussion: HotAir
NBC News:
U.K. becomes first country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Kelly Loeffler, Raphael Warnock runoff crosses a line  —  One of Kelly Loeffler's first public appearances as a U.S. senator came last January at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  —  “I am so humbled to be here with you today in this sacred place …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:   Before her scorched-earth attacks, Loeffler shared a pulpit with Warnock and praised his church
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 …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Confessions of a Clintonworld Exile  —  Doug Band worked alongside Bill Clinton every day for nearly two decades, first as a body man and then as one of the primary architects of his lucrative and often-fraught post-presidency.  Then came a seismic falling out with accusations of self-dealing and soap-opera-level psychodrama.
Ramy Inocencio / CBS News:
Hong Kong jails 3 prominent young pro-democracy activists  —  Beijing — A trio of young, well-known, pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong were sentenced to prison on Wednesday.  It was the latest nail in the coffin of the city's once-very-public opposition movement that saw millions of protesters …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump threatens to veto major defense bill unless Congress repeals Section 230, a legal shield for tech giants  —  President Trump on Tuesday threatened to veto an annual defense bill authorizing nearly $1 trillion in military spending unless Congress opens the door for Facebook …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The GOP's electoral mischief  —  MO PROBLEMS — Scooplet: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has been telling colleagues and allies that he plans to challenge the Electoral College votes when Congress officially certifies Joe Biden's victory on Jan. 6, as long as a Senate Republican joins him in the long-shot effort, sources tell your Huddle host.
There Wasn't That Much Split-Ticket Voting In 2020  —  The narrative of the 2020 election is that Joe Biden did pretty well ... but down-ballot Democrats, not so much.  And while this is true if you look simply at the results — Republicans defended most of their vulnerable Senate seats …
Gina Harkins /
Army Hits Back Against False Claim that Soldiers Died in CIA Op to Nab Election Servers  —  A retired Air Force three-star general reignited baseless conspiratorial claims about U.S. troops' involvement in clandestine missions in the wake of the presidential election — claims an Army official said are 100% false.
Discussion: Army Times and Raw Story
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Roger Stone, Who Had His Ass Saved by Barr, Turns on ‘Deep State’ Attorney General  —  SNAKE PIT  —  Remember in February when Attorney General Bill Barr trashed his department's reputation to override the recommended prison term for Roger Stone and push for a much shorter sentence?
Discussion: Raw Story
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
United Nations commission votes to remove marijuana from list of most dangerous drugs  —  A United Nations panel has voted to remove medical cannabis from a list of dangerous drugs.  —  In the Wednesday vote, the Commission for Narcotic Drugs voted on several World Health Organization recommendations related to cannabis.
Anticipating Senate bottlenecks, Biden races to fill agency jobs  —  Now that he's chosen a big chunk of his Cabinet nominees, President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is focusing increasingly on selecting candidates for government positions that do not require Senate confirmation.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
‘I gave every inch of my life to him’: Brad Parscale opens up about final days in Trump campaign  —  Brad Parscale wants to clear the air about his fall from the perches of the Trump campaign.  —  During an interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum that aired Tuesday, President Donald Trump's …
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. …
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 …
Kwanza Hall wins special election to serve remainder of John Lewis' term in Congress  —  (CNN)The remainder of the late US Rep. John Lewis' term will be served by Democrat Kwanza Hall, who won control of the reliably blue seat in a House runoff special election in Georgia Tuesday, CNN projects.
Peter Montgomery / Right Wing Watch:
Pro-Trump Attorney Lin Wood and Pardoned Michael Flynn Call for Trump to Declare Martial Law  —  Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based lawyer who says President Donald Trump asked him to join the effort to challenge Joe Biden's election victory, is promoting a right-wing group's call for Trump …
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Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Lawyer's ‘Drawn and Quartered’ Threat Ripped From Neera Tanden Playbook
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Fox News
Vincent Ni / BBC:
China #MeToo: Court to hear landmark case of intern versus TV star
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Foreign Leaders Congratulate Biden, Ignore Trump's Claim to Reelection
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Scientific American:
Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Biden's economic team will write a new crisis playbook
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
John Feehery / The Hill:
How GOP takes back the House in two years
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris's reckless fearmongering over ‘Trump vaccine’ is proven a cynical lie
Washington Post:
25 former D.C. Bar presidents: Lawyers should not be complicit in Trump's attack on democracy
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Obama: Broad slogans like “defund the police” lose people