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9:25 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 …
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: The Week, Reuters and POLITICUSUSA
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump teases 2024 run at White House event
Discussion: New York Post, Business Insider and CNN
Jennifer Rodgers / The Daily Beast:
Here's How Rudy Giuliani's Push for a Preemptive Pardon Could Backfire
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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, The Week and Hackwhackers
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump pressures Barr to release so-called Durham report
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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. …
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
NY Republicans Host Sarah Palin at Gala—in a Damn Pandemic  —  SEEMS LIKE A BAD PLAN  —  They claim they will follow the state COVID-19 guidelines but they're being cagey about the location and how many people have bought tickets.  —  The New York Young Republican Club doesn't plan …
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Vincent Ni / BBC:
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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: 
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