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5:05 PM ET, December 2, 2020

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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.
New York Times:
2,596 Trades in One Term: Inside Senator Perdue's Stock Portfolio  —  The Georgia Republican's stock trades have far outpaced those of his Senate colleagues and have included a range of companies within his Senate committees' oversight, an analysis shows.  —  As a member of the Senate's …
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.
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Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin mayor stressed residents ‘need to stay home.’ He was vacationing in Cabo at the time  —  In early November, as health officials warned of a impending COVID-19 spike, Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter at a trendy hotel near downtown.
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 …
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Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Kayleigh McEnany highlights ‘Democrat hypocrisy’ with COVID video montage  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany played a video of Covid “hypocrites” during a briefing on Wednesday, accusing leading Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Governor Gavin Newsom of ignoring their own coronavirus restrictions.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and We Love Trump
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
McEnany has mastered the ‘all of the credit, none of the blame’ approach to the pandemic
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
CNBC:
White House refuses to say Trump has faith in Attorney General William Barr
Axios:
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 …
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Politico:
Congress shoots down Trump's threat to veto defense bill  —  Congress is moving forward on a must-pass defense policy bill without repealing a legal shield for social media companies, rejecting a last-minute veto threat from President Donald Trump.  —  The final version of the National …
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The Hill:   GOP chairman: Defense bill to include renaming Confederate bases, but not Section 230 repeal
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Why to be optimistic — and pessimistic — about Covid relief
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Michael Flynn's Call for ‘Martial Law’ Comes Amid Violent Threats Over Trump Election Defeat  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn—controversially pardoned by President Donald Trump last week—on Tuesday retweeted a call for the White House to declare martial law and re-run last month's presidential election.
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Politico:
Raimondo emerges as frontrunner for HHS secretary  —  New Mexico's governor is no longer seen as a favorite.  —  Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo pictured in 2018.  Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is now a top contender to be President-elect Joe Biden's pick for health secretary …
Discussion: The Daily Poster
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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Raimondo said to be a finalist for Biden's health secretary
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Justice Namaste / Jezebel:
Hey Obama... Some People Actually Do Want to Defund the Police  —  During an interview on the Snapchat political show “Good Luck America” (because apparently that's a thing?), former President Barack Obama decided to stick his foot in his mouth once again by telling host Peter Hamby …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
CDC says coronavirus quarantines can be shortened from 14 days  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said its recommended quarantine time after someone is exposed to the coronavirus can be shortened to seven days with a negative test result, and 10 days without a test, if they do not have symptoms.
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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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
RNC blasts Politico over Michigan election story  —  Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta packed a lot into his sizzling Nov. 24 feature, “The Inside Story of Michigan's Fake Voter Fraud Scandal.”  There's a tight narration of the Trump campaign's destructive effort to undo the Michigan vote …
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Wisconsin Federal Judge Picks Apart Sidney Powell and Lin Wood's Lawsuit in ‘Brutal’ Order  —  The federal judge presiding over Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood's lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's election results issued a ruling on Wednesday that reads like a laundry list of embarrassing procedural failures …
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 and Mediaite
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Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Walter Williams, R.I.P.  —  The great economist and freedom fighter Walter Williams has died.  This is an incredibly sad news.  Walter was a great communicator of ideas and a prolific, provocative and uncompromising writer.  He was the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University.
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.
Washington Post:
Parler's got a porn problem: Adult businesses target pro-Trump social network  —  Hashtags like #keepamericasexy proliferate alongside conspiracy theories and conservative politics  —  Anyone following the #sexytrumpgirl hashtag on Parler, a social media site increasingly popular with conservatives …
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
It's time to admit it: Remote education is a failure  —  Whenever someone expressed concerns about the quality of remote education back in the early days of covid-19, they were all but shamed into silence.  No, the spring did not go well, but that was done on the fly, with next to no preparation.
HuffPost:
Dianne Feinstein Backs Alex Padilla To Replace Kamala Harris In The Senate  —  The California secretary of state has emerged as the front-runner to replace Vice President-elect Harris in the Senate.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is supporting California Secretary of State Alex Padilla …
Discussion: Politico
Abby Patkin / USA Today:
Fact check: Politicians on both sides of the aisle have flouted COVID-19 guidelines  —  The claim: Several Democratic politicians urge social distancing and issuing stay-at-home advisories but host or attend gatherings  —  As coronavirus cases surge across the USA, which reported …
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
1 In Every 800 North Dakota Residents Now Dead From Covid  —  Just two weeks after joining the growing list of states where at least one in every 1,000 residents has died from coronavirus-linked causes, North Dakota's grim statistic has escalated: as of Tuesday, one in every 800 North Dakotans has been claimed by Covid-19.
Michelle Roberts / BBC:
Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week  —  The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination.  —  Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab …
Conrad Black / The Hill:
For the Trump-haters, everything is a crime  —  For many years, I thought the most dishonest headline I had ever seen in a reputable newspaper was in the New York Times in 1985, reporting on President Reagan's address at a military cemetery in Bitburg, Germany: “President Equates Nazi War Dead to Holocaust Victims.”
Discussion: NBC News
New York Times:
Biden Discusses Virus-Weakened Economy Amid Stalemate Over Aid  —  President-elect Joe Biden is meeting with businesses and workers hurt by the pandemic.  Lawmakers continue negotiations on virus relief.  Here's the latest.  —  Live  —  Trump Has Discussed Pardons for 3 Children, Kushner and Giuliani
Mica Soellner / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell chokes up during goodbye floor speech to longtime friend Lamar Alexander  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a tearful farewell to his colleague and friend Sen. Lamar Alexander as the Tennessee Republican prepares for retirement.  —  McConnell and Alexander's …
Associated Press:
NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested  —  NEW YORK (AP) — An owner of a New York City bar that was providing indoor service in defiance of coronavirus restrictions was arrested after a sting in which plainclothes officers went inside and ordered food and beverages, the city sheriff's office said.
 
 
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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Biden can begin the transition, but Trump voters aren't ready for it
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Media Elites, Not Trump Supporters, Are Disconnected From Reality
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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Robert Mueller does rare interview in ‘Oath’ podcast
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