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2:05 PM ET, December 1, 2020


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New York Times:
Presidential Transition Live Updates: Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Package, and Biden Introduces Economic Team  —  President-elect Joe Biden appeared in Wilmington, Del., to formally introduce his economic team.  Rudolph Giuliani is said to have discussed receiving a pre-emptive pardon from President Trump.
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Don Jr. tells Georgia Senate voters that Trump is on the ballot  —  In a six-figure radio ad being released in Georgia today, Donald Trump Jr. tells the state's voters that the U.S. Senate — and his father's accomplishments — are on the line during January's special election, according to audio obtained by Axios.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
GOP silence on Trump's false election claims recalls McCarthy era
Discussion: Raw Story
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Georgia's lieutenant governor joins state GOP officials in rejecting Trump's ‘misinformation’
Washington Post:
Bipartisan group of Senators prepares $908 billion stimulus plan, aiming to break partisan logjam  —  Package comes amid signs economy is weakening but so far does not have buy in from White House, congressional leaders  —  A bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil …
Rep. Ken Buck / Washington Examiner:
Georgia is our last defense against Democrats' growing extremism
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fired cybersecurity chief hints at legal action after Trump campaign lawyer said he should be executed  —  WASHINGTON — Christopher Krebs, who was recently fired by President Donald Trump as the head of the federal government's election cybersecurity efforts, suggested Tuesday that he might …
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.”
Trump attorney issues call for violence against truth-telling former election cybersecurity official
Former US election security chief reacts to comment that he should be ‘shot’
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trump sues to try to reverse Wisconsin's election results  —  Patrick Marley Molly BeckMilwaukee Journal Sentinel  —  MADISON - President Donald Trump sued Wisconsin officials Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to reclaim a state he lost by about 20,700 votes.
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Trump Nears ‘Checkmate’ Stage in Last-Gasp Bid to Undo Election  — Contested battleground states have appointed Biden electors  — Attorneys asking Republican lawmakers to name Trump electors  —  President Donald Trump's path to reversing the election result has nearly closed …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump campaign to file Wisconsin lawsuit, claiming ‘abuse’ of absentee voting affected 220K ballots
American Greatness:   The Badger State's Ballot ‘Fix’ Was In
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.
Washington Post:
Trump raises more than $150 million appealing to false election claims
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
New York Times:
Another Official Is Ousted From the Pentagon
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
ISIS Task Force director resigns from Pentagon post in continued post-election purge
Discussion: Defense One, The Daily Caller and CNN
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 …
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Republican Mark Walker announces candidacy in 2022 North Carolina Senate race  —  Announcement sets up possible showdown with Lara Trump, who is considering a run for the seat  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 1  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina is running …
Discussion: CNN, Politico, The Hill and The Daily Caller
BBJ on the web:
Fidesz MEP admits he was present at illegal party  —  Prominent Hungarian MEP József Szájer has confirmed he was at a party in Brussels that was raided by police on Friday (November 27) for being in breach of Belgian lockdown regulations banning gatherings of more than four people.
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
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 …
Libby Watson / Sick Note:
Welcome to Sick Note.  —  A newsletter about America's broken healthcare system.  —  Hello, friend, and thanks for clicking.  I'm Libby Watson, and this is the introductory edition of Sick Note, a new newsletter about American healthcare, which will begin publishing regularly in January.
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.
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 …
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.
Ben Crump / USA Today:
Biden needs attorney general with integrity, proven record on civil rights  —  Tap former Clinton, Obama appointee for pick committed to comprehensive sentencing, policing reform and restoration of voting rights.  —  As this most unusual year draws to a close, I'm reflecting on how exhausting 2020 …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump lays the groundwork for a massive government purge on his way out the door  —  Again and again, outgoing Trump officials have demonstrated their intention to salt the earth.  —  They've tried to jam through Senate confirmations of partisan cranks while planting regulatory time-bombs scheduled …
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: CNN, The Hill and Axios
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 …
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Top 20% Gets 6x More Benefits from Student Debt Cancellation than Bottom 20%, New Study Finds  —  From Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, some of the most prominent progressive politicians in the country are pushing hard for widespread student debt cancelation.
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.
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Fauci admits what we all knew months ago — schools must stay open
Discussion: Townhall
David Hogberg / Washington Examiner:
Race and ethnicity may be deciding factors in essential workers getting vaccine prioritization
Discussion: NPR
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
California's prisoner unemployment fraud now estimated at $400 million, officials say
Discussion: American Prospect and Mercury News
James Hookway / Wall Street Journal:
After Culling Millions of Mink to Combat Covid, Denmark Weighs Digging Them Up Again
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. capital may end weekend subway service in 2021
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A New York Times embarrassment
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Trump Tells Pompeo: Go Wild on Iran, Just Don't Risk ‘World War III’
Discussion: Raw Story and The Nation
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders
Discussion: Coeur d'Alene Press
Graeme Massie / The Independent:
Ivanka Trump ‘Not Wanted’ posters appear across New York City
Discussion: The Hill
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
The MAGA Coalition Rallying Behind Trump's Post-Election Mischief Is Already Cracking
Discussion: Raw Story