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8:35 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 …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
MAGA-ite in Manhattan?:  Ivanka Trump's political ambitions seek new home after the White House  —  Friends and former associates say they expect the first daughter to think about running for office, or at least get involved in some way in Republican politics.
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story, The Hill and CBS News
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.
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. investigated potential ‘bribery-for-pardon’ scheme involving White House
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Justice Department Probed ‘Bribery-For-Pardon Scheme’ As Trump Campaigned, Court Reveals
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon
Discussion: Reuters and POLITICUSUSA
Jennifer Rodgers / The Daily Beast:
Here's How Rudy Giuliani's Push for a Preemptive Pardon Could Backfire
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Vox
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump teases 2024 run at White House event
Discussion: New York Post and Business Insider
ABC News:
White House vetting pardon requests as some push Trump to preemptively pardon family
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Justice Department investigating potential bribery scheme to obtain pardon
Discussion: RedState
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Fraud Claims Hit a Barr  —  The AG says the feds have seen no evidence that would overturn Joe Biden's victory.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Bill Barr can take the heat, and on Tuesday the stalwart Attorney General guaranteed he'll get it when he said “to date …
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
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
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.
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 …
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.
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia official: Trump, U.S. senators complicit in potential violence  —  A top Georgia election official Tuesday said President Donald Trump and the state's two U.S. senators are complicit in threats against election workers and urged them to speak out against the behavior of some of the president's …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Georgia election official condemns Trump after threat to worker
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
John Feehery / The Hill:
How GOP takes back the House in two years  —  In two short years, the nation's voters will give the Biden administration a midterm grade on its performance.  —  The last two times that a Democratic president won the White House, the GOP was able to retake the House during the midterms.
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris's reckless fearmongering over ‘Trump vaccine’ is proven a cynical lie  —  As we write, two COVID-19 vaccine candidates, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna, are before the Food and Drug Administration awaiting emergency approval.  If all goes well, the first batch of doses …
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.
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: U.K. Becomes First Country to Approve Pfizer Vaccine  —  The emergency authorization, before the U.S. and the E.U., paves the way for mass inoculations.  As hospitalizations and infections surge across the U.S., California officials warn of severe shortages of beds and staff.
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
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.
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
GOP candidate says he was used without permission as a plaintiff in lawsuit to overturn Wisconsin election results  —  MADISON - A Republican candidate for Congress who lost his election on Nov. 3 says his name is being used without permission as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit …
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Foreign Leaders Congratulate Biden, Ignore Trump's Claim to Reelection  —  NATO allies France, Germany, and UK quickly recognized the president-elect's win.  Turkey and Russia remain quiet.  —  Heads of state around the globe were quick to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden …
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
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