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11:40 AM ET, December 1, 2020


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New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Have Discussed Pardon With Trump  —  The worsening coronavirus pandemic and its toll on the economy will challenge President-elect Joe Biden, who has warned of a “very dark winter.”  Republicans in Georgia fear President Trump's focus on election integrity will hurt their Senate candidates in two crucial runoffs.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump Lawyer: Former DHS Senior Official Should Be Executed  —  On Monday President Trump's campaign lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova said that fired Trump cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs should be executed for saying that the election was the “most secure in United States history.”
New York Times:
Trump Raises $170 Million as He Denies His Loss and Eyes the Future  —  The president's campaign has ratcheted up its appeals for cash, but the first 75 percent of every contribution is going to a new political action committee that could fund his next political move.
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump raises more than $150 million appealing to false election claims  —  President Trump's political operation has raised more than $150 million since Election Day, using a blizzard of misleading appeals about the election to shatter fundraising records set during the campaign, according to people with knowledge of the contributions.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus  —  Atlas was considered a Special Government Employee (SGE) serving a 130-day detail, which expires this week  —  Dr. Scott Atlas slams Dr. Anthony Fauci over newfound COVID optimism  —  EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Scott Atlas …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Scott Atlas resigns as Trump's coronavirus adviser
Bill Melugin / FOX 11 Los Angeles:
LA County Supervisor dines at restaurant hours after voting to ban outdoor dining  —  (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Pres  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Just hours after Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl voted to ban outdoor dining at L.A. County's 31,000 restaurants …
Rep. Ken Buck / Washington Examiner:
Georgia is our last defense against Democrats' growing extremism  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are not being shy about the big plans they have for America next year.  —  If they have their way, liberal priorities will be signed into law …
New York Times:
As Trump Attacks Georgia Republicans, Party Worries About Senate Races  —  Some Republicans in the state fear that the doubt President Trump is sowing about the fairness of the election could depress turnout for the crucial Senate runoff races.  —  President Trump's sustained assault …
Republicans to Trump: Georgia fraud claims could cost us the Senate
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump campaign to file Wisconsin lawsuit, claiming ‘abuse’ of absentee voting affected 220K ballots  —  Campaign alleges tens of thousands of votes were cast ‘well outside of the bounds of Wisconsin law’  —  Trump slams judges' election decisions  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign is filing …
American Greatness:   The Badger State's Ballot ‘Fix’ Was In
Biden readies major stimulus push and flurry of executive actions in first 100 days  —  (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team are preparing for an early, all-out push to pass an ambitious new stimulus bill, while also drawing up plans for a flurry of executive actions aimed …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's making a list, checking it twice
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Likely in U.S. in Mid-December 2019, CDC Scientists Report  —  New analysis of blood donations finds virus was present on West Coast earlier than previously believed  —  The new coronavirus infected people in the U.S. in mid-December 2019, a few weeks before it was officially identified …
Discussion: TheBlaze, Bloomberg, OUP Academic, Forbes and NPR
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why Hasn't Biden Named a Secretary of Defense Yet?  —  The biggest mystery surrounding the Biden transition this week: Who will be the next secretary of defense?  —  For months, the odds-makers tagged Michèle Flournoy as a shoo-in for the job.  Smart, experienced, strategically minded …
Yashar Ali / Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to Name Tina Flournoy as Chief of Staff  —  Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is set to name Tina Flournoy, who currently serves as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, as her chief of staff, according to two sources involved in transition planning.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Axios
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
GOP silence on Trump's false election claims recalls McCarthy era  —  (CNN)The silence of congressional Republican leaders as President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud grow wilder and more venomous increasingly resembles the party's deference to Sen. Joe McCarthy during …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘White Women Voted for Trump’ Is the Worst Election Trope  —  White women voted for Trump.  Or so you have probably heard.  In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's 2016 victory, the finding from early exit polls that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump formed the basis …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Supreme Court weighs child-slavery case against Nestlé USA, Cargill  —  Despite years of promises by the chocolate industry, child labor remains widespread on cocoa farms  —  An effort to hold U.S. chocolate companies responsible for child labor on farms supplying their cocoa goes …
Jonathan Guyer / American Prospect:
The Lucrative Afterlife of a Trump Official  —  Trump's former appointees are profiting from their time in the White House—H.R. McMaster most of all.  —  When Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many started turning away from the president.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A New York Times embarrassment  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  A NEW YORK TIMES EMBARRASSMENT.  On Monday evening, the Times' Paul Krugman posted a column declaring …
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and New York Times
Washington Post:
Trump's latest Fox News rant was one of his most dangerous.  Republicans can't ignore it.  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP'S Sunday Fox News rant ranks as one of the most dangerous of his presidency, and that is saying something.  Mr. Trump issued claim after incoherent claim about vote rigging …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
White House planning a packed season of holiday parties  —  The White House began the annual holiday party season on Monday afternoon, officials said, kicking off a spate of indoor holiday parties that commemorate various religious traditions over the season.
Discussion: Slate and Mediaite
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Ohio GOP lawmakers are trying to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over his covid-19 rules.  He says they're ignoring reality.  —  While trying to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has faced throngs of armed protesters at the statehouse and crowds outside his own home.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing  —  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.
Oversight Board:
Announcing the Oversight Board's first cases and appointment of trustees  —  Today, the Oversight Board is announcing the first cases it will be deliberating and the opening of the public comment process.  —  The Board is also announcing the appointment of five new trustees.
Graeme Massie / The Independent:
Ivanka Trump ‘Not Wanted’ posters appear across New York City  —  Frontier-style placards appear weeks before president leaves White House  —  Ivanka Trump should not expect a warm welcome back in New York after a string of “Not Wanted” posters appeared across Manhattan.
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Mask Guv's Grandmother Died in Nursing Home Ravaged by COVID  —  'IT'S EVERYWHERE' … And yet Kristi Noem continues to downplay the virus, refuse a mask mandate, and ignore the terrible price her state is paying.  —  On Monday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem buried her grandmother …
Discussion: and Raw Story
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Attorney Lin Wood: President Trump Should Declare Martial Law to Hold New Election  —  The We The People Convention published a full page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday calling on President Donald Trump to declare a limited martial law and hold a new election if the US Courts and Congress do not follow the US Constitution.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
The MAGA Coalition Rallying Behind Trump's Post-Election Mischief Is Already Cracking  —  The Million MAGA March was supposed to be a sign of strength for the defeated president.  But leaders quickly began feuding over direction and credit.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. capital may end weekend subway service in 2021  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The subway system serving the U.S. capital region may be forced to make devastating cuts in 2021, including ending weekend services, closing 19 stations and shrinking weekday operations if Congress does not approve additional assistance.
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders  —  Lax states are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbors — and sending back COVID-19 cases.  The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy.
Discussion: Coeur d'Alene Press
James Hookway / Wall Street Journal:
After Culling Millions of Mink to Combat Covid, Denmark Weighs Digging Them Up Again  —  Local residents and opposition lawmakers worry that decomposing bodies could pollute water supplies  —  Denmark's government is facing a grisly problem: What to do with the carcasses of some 17 million mink …
Jarrett Dieterle / Washington Examiner:
New York is seriously running stings and fining bars for not serving enough food  —  No one likes to be told to eat their veggies, and that goes double during a pandemic.  So it's downright crazy that the New York government is allowing the State Liquor Authority to aggressively enforce rules …
Discussion: Reason
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Kayleigh McEnany Says WHCA Should Investigate Playboy's Brian Karem for Shouting ‘Demeaning, Misogynistic Questions’ at Her  —  Kayleigh McEnany appeared on Fox & Friends in her official capacity as White House Press Secretary and called for the investigation into Playboy's Brian Karem …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump lays the groundwork for a massive government purge on his way out the door
Russell Contreras / Axios:
11 border cities have a combined violent crime rate below the national average
Matt Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
Nasdaq Proposes Board-Diversity Rule for Listed Companies
Discussion: CNBC
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
‘I Never Met Her’: Joe Manchin Slams Ocasio-Cortez After She Took A Jab At Him On Twitter
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir, Townhall and IJR
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Sean Hannity Tells Sidney Powell Trump ‘Needs to Pardon His Whole Family and Himself’ Before Leaving Office in January
Discussion: The Hill and Newsmax
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
A Question for Donald Trump: What Do You Call Someone Who Loses to ‘a Loser’?
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
American Greatness:
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Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
Facebook and YouTube accused of complicity in Vietnam repression
Jordan Pascale / DCist:
WMATA Proposes Reducing Service, Cutting Weekend Trains In 2021
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
'It's a Jewish City': Court Rejects Lawsuit by Arab Students, Citing Israel's Nation-state Law
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Josh Hawley's Populist Shtick Is Undermined By One Glaring Weakness