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7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2020

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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 …
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.
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Ivanka Trump was deposed Tuesday in DC attorney general's inauguration lawsuit  —  (CNN)Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter and adviser, sat for a deposition Tuesday with investigators from the Washington, DC, attorney general's office as part of its lawsuit alleging the misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing.
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Inside Ivanka Trump's failed attempt to have Congress secure her legacy  —  For more than three years, Ivanka Trump has been working to advance the cause of women's economic empowerment, with cooperation from lawmakers in both parties and substantial success.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
MAGA-ite in Manhattan?: Ivanka Trump's political ambitions seek new home after the White House
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Pompeo invites hundreds to indoor holiday parties after subordinates are warned against hosting ‘non-mission critical events’  —  Following a sharp spike in coronavirus cases across the country, State Department leadership sent out a notice to employees last Wednesday recommending that …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
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Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
As mayor urged Austin to ‘stay home,’ he was vacationing in Mexico following daughter's wedding  —  In November, Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted his daughter's wedding and vacationed with a group of people in Mexico. … Austin Mayor Steve Adler has confirmed to the KVUE Defenders that …
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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New York Times:
One day after Justice Dept. found no evidence of widespread election fraud, Trump posts video filled with falsehoods.  —  President-elect Joe Biden is meeting virtually with small-business owners and workers hurt by the pandemic.  The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme for a Trump pardon.
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Politico:
Raimondo emerges as frontrunner for HHS secretary  —  Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is now a top contender to be President-elect Joe Biden's pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, according to two people close to the transition.  —  Raimondo's rise comes as New Mexico …
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Lujan Grisham turned down Interior post, says transition source
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:   Raphael Warnock might really be too radical for Georgia
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 …
Politico:
Republicans cheer on a Trump 2024 run  —  Congressional Republicans were slow to embrace Donald Trump's White House campaign in 2016.  But the ousted president will have plenty of support on Capitol Hill should he run again in 2024.  —  Trump is even getting cheered on publicly …
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Axios:
Trump likely to announce 2024 bid, but GOP rivals say power will fade post-White House
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.
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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
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 …
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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.
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 …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Brussels Lockdown Sex Party: Love Hearts, Devil's Tridents and Mattresses All Over  —  The doctoral student who hosted a party for more than 20 naked men—including diplomats—in defiance of the COVID lockdown says nurses were present and everyone was tested.  —  Correspondent-At-Large
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.
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.
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.
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Robert Wenzel / EconomicPolicyJournal.com:
Walter Williams, R.I.P.
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Mike Lee to Seek Senate Approval of S.386 Outsourcing Bill by ‘Unanimous Consent’  —  Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is expected to seek Senate passage of his S.386 job-outsourcing bill Wednesday evening.  —  If no Republican or Democrat objects to Lee's actions, his bill will pass the Senate by so-called …
Ben Judah / Washington Post:
‘The Crown’ casts Prince Charles as a villain.  Here's why it's wrong.  —  Ben Judah is the author of “This Is London.”  —  I'm not a natural monarchist.  In fact, I'm rather the opposite.  At times I've thought of myself as a republican.  But that doesn't keep me from thinking that …
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 and NBC News
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.
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 …
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 …
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Biden tries to lower COVID-19 response expectations  —  President-elect Joe Biden sought to manage expectations regarding how he can realistically alleviate some of the economic hardship created by the coronavirus pandemic.  —  “My ability to get you help immediately does not exist,” he said Wednesday.
Discussion: Fox News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC invites 2024 hopefuls to January meeting in show of neutrality toward Trump  —  RNC chair Ronna McDaniel is positioning herself as a neutral force in the party going forward, as President Donald Trump's term winds down.  —  Ronna McDaniel was President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee chair.
Discussion: IJR and Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Virginia County Votes To Reject Gov. Northam's Coronavirus Restrictions
Discussion: The Hill, News & Advance and WSET-TV
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
CDC says coronavirus quarantines can be shortened from 14 days
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Biden can begin the transition, but Trump voters aren't ready for it
Discussion: USA Today
Abby Patkin / USA Today:
Fact check: Politicians on both sides of the aisle have flouted COVID-19 guidelines
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Conrad Black / The Hill:
For the Trump-haters, everything is a crime
Discussion: NBC News
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Media Elites, Not Trump Supporters, Are Disconnected From Reality
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
U.S. to withdraw some Baghdad embassy staff as tensions with Iran and its allies spike
Discussion: CNN
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Hungary's rightwing rulers downplay MEP ‘gay orgy’ scandal amid hypocrisy accusations
Discussion: Politico, PinkNews and The Daily Beast
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
1 In Every 800 North Dakota Residents Now Dead From Covid
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first time
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marginal REVOLUTION