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10:56 PM ET, December 2, 2020


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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.
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Pompeo Reportedly Plans to Host a 900-PERSON Christmas Soirée at the State Department
Washington Post:
Trump is said to be livid at Barr, with one official suggesting termination possible  —  President Trump remained livid at Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday, with one senior administration official indicating there was a chance Barr could be fired — not just for his public comments …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
ABC News:
Barr had ‘intense’ meeting with Trump after AG's interview undercutting voter fraud claims: Sources  —  A source who was briefed on the meeting described it as “intense.”  —  Attorney General William Barr contradicts Trump claims of fraud  —  Barr said, “we have not seen fraud on a scale …
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 …
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:   David Perdue bought Pfizer stock — a week before company said it would develop a vaccine
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 …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Records: Lin Wood Has for Decades Voted for, Donated to Democrats Including Barack Obama and David Perdue's 2014 Opponent  —  Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood is getting lots of attention for urging supporters of President Donald Trump to break with the president and not vote for GOP Sens. David Perdue …
Discussion: Ann Coulter
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.
Tony Plohetski / KVUE-TV:
As mayor urged Austin to ‘stay home,’ he was vacationing in Mexico following daughter's wedding
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Mike Pence Backs Away From the Trump Election ‘Fraud’ Train Wreck  —  'The vice president doesn't want to go down with this ship...and believes much of the legal work has been unhelpful.'  —  Vice President Mike Pence has been a go-to fundraising draw for the president's campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC invites 2024 hopefuls to January meeting in show of neutrality toward Trump
New York Times:
A day after Justice Dept. found no evidence of widespread election fraud, Trump posts video filled with falsehoods.  —  President-elect Joe Biden met virtually with small-business owners and workers hurt by the pandemic.  The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme for a Trump pardon.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump escalates baseless attacks on election with 46-minute video rant  —  Escalating his attack on democracy from within the White House, President Trump on Wednesday distributed an astonishing 46-minute video rant filled with baseless allegations of voter fraud and outright falsehoods …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Joseph diGenova resigns from Gridiron Club after saying fired cybersecurity official should be shot  —  The elite Washington journalism social organization asked the Trump campaign lawyer to step down  —  Joseph diGenova, the Trump campaign lawyer who had been a fixture in Washington legal circles …
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.
Associated Press:
Trump's grievances feed menacing undertow after the election  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The last throes of Donald Trump's presidency have turned ugly — even dangerous.  —  Death threats are on the rise.  Local and state election officials are being hounded into hiding.
Discussion: Business Insider and The Hill
Biden top economic adviser facing accusations of mismanagement, verbal abuse  —  A former colleague of Heather Boushey, a top economic adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, is publicly airing prior accusations that Boushey mismanaged the think tank she runs and verbally abused her and other subordinates …
Claudia Sahm / macromom blog:
economics truly is a disgrace
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.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Substantial Likelihood Of Wrongdoing’ By VOA Parent Agency, Government Watchdog Says  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a federal watchdog, disclosed Wednesday that it had found “a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” at the parent agency of the Voice of America under the leadership of the CEO appointed by President Trump.
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
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 …
Justice News:
Member Of “Boogaloo” Movement Group Charged With Enticement Of A Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity  —  Defendant Enticed a 15-Year-Old Girl to Produce Child Pornography  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Robert Jesus Blancas, a/k/a “Orgotloth” a/k/a “MuskOx,” made his initial appearance today after being charged …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Raphael Warnock might really be too radical for Georgia  —  The Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic nominee for one of Georgia's Senate runoff elections on Jan. 5, has been labeled “radical Raphael” by his Republican opponent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler.  One person's radical is another's sensible …
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Police Break Up 400-Person Party at Long Island Mansion  —  Flouting the state's pandemic restrictions on gatherings, hundreds of people flocked to a castle-like estate in Brookhaven on Sunday night.  —  The first calls that police received about an enormous gathering at a castle-like mansion …
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Caller and The Hill
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
The Daily Beast:
'When the Bombs Go Off, the Blood Is on Mike Flynn's Hands': Retired Officers Blast His Calls for Martial Law  —  The pardoned Army three-star promoted a call to suspend the Constitution for an election do over.  “Grant and Lincoln are rolling over in their graves,” said one retired general.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It's already too late for Trump  —  By the time President Trump released a lengthy recorded speech Wednesday delineating his various false and debunked claims about fraud in the presidential election, it was already too late.  —  He insisted it wasn't, of course.
Jamaal Bowman / The Appeal:
We Can't Restore The Soul Of The Nation With Rahm Emanuel In Public Office  —  It doesn't matter whether it's Transportation Secretary or Assistant to the Transportation Secretary, Rahm doesn't belong in any of D.C.'s halls of power.  —  If Laquan McDonald could have three wishes …
NBC News:
Lawyers say Trump admin has handed over new data that will help reunite separated migrant families … WASHINGTON — Legal advocates tasked by a federal judge to help locate migrant families separated at the U.S. border in 2017 and 2018 say after months of pleas the government last week handed …
Discussion: CNN and INSIDER
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 …
Nicole Powers / Greg Palast:
Georgia Lawsuit to Restore Voters to Rolls Ahead of Runoff  — by Nicole Powers- December 2, 2020December 2, 2020,  —  Black Voters Matter Sues the State of Georgia for Violating the National Voter Registration Act and Purging 198,000 Citizens from the Voter Rolls
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Sarah Honosky / News & Advance:
Campbell County passes resolution opposing Gov. Northam's recent executive order
Discussion: NPR, Washington Times, The Hill and WSET-TV
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Might Just Fade Away
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Donald J. Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
Walter Williams, R.I.P.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Reason
Sridhar Natarajan / Bloomberg:
Gary Cohn Plays Hardball With Goldman to Defend Millions in Pay Over 1MDB Scandal
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Michigan funeral home to pay $250K in settlement over transgender discrimination case
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Who Struggled to Transform France, Dies at 94
USA Today:
Trump has already left the building, but there's lots we can do while waiting for Biden
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
Twitter is in China's pocket
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Robinson / The Guardian:
Publishers are not obliged to give bigots like Jordan Peterson a platform
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
It's time to admit it: Remote education is a failure
Associated Press:
NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested
Washington Post:
Parler's got a porn problem: Adult businesses target pro-Trump social network
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Congress shoots down Trump's threat to veto defense bill
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The GOP's electoral mischief
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Confessions of a Clintonworld Exile