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9:05 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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Potential HHS Nominee Gina Raimondo Has a “Mixed” Record on Abortion  —  The Rhode Island governor engineered a budget deal in 2015 that stripped abortion coverage from thousands of families.  She's a top contender to become Joe Biden's Health and Human Services Secretary.
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Lujan Grisham turned down Interior post, says transition source
Discussion: Political Wire
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:
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.
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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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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC invites 2024 hopefuls to January meeting in show of neutrality toward Trump
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 …
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 …
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: New York Times and Raw Story
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: Politico and Ann Coulter
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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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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 …
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Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Kelly Loeffler, Raphael Warnock runoff crosses a line
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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.
Kathryn Krawczyk / Yahoo News:
Freshly pardoned Michael Flynn shares message telling Trump to ‘suspend the Constitution’ to hold a new presidential election  —  Retired Gen. Michael Flynn is fresh off a presidential pardon and ready to get back into some trouble.  —  President Trump pardoned his short-lived national security adviser …
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David Brennan / Newsweek:
Michael Flynn's Call for ‘Martial Law’ Comes Amid Violent Threats Over Trump Election Defeat
Discussion: Common Dreams
Politico:
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 …
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Claudia Sahm / macromom blog:
economics truly is a disgrace
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
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: Political Wire
CNN:
US temporarily withdrawing embassy personnel from Baghdad amid tensions with Iran  —  Trump details Soleimani strike to GOP donors  —  (CNN)The US is temporarily withdrawing some staff from the US Embassy in Baghdad amid concerns of retaliation around the anniversary of the death …
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Washington Post:
U.S. to withdraw some Baghdad embassy staff as tensions with Iran and its allies spike
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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, NBC News and WTOP
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 …
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.
 
 
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Michael Gold / New York Times:
Police Break Up 400-Person Party at Long Island Mansion
Discussion: The Daily Caller, NBC News and The Hill
Jamaal Bowman / The Appeal:
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Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
Twitter is in China's pocket
Nathan Robinson / The Guardian:
Publishers are not obliged to give bigots like Jordan Peterson a platform
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Mike Lee to Seek Senate Approval of S.386 Outsourcing Bill by ‘Unanimous Consent’
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
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Ben Judah / Washington Post:
‘The Crown’ casts Prince Charles as a villain. Here's why it's wrong.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
CDC says coronavirus quarantines can be shortened from 14 days
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
It's time to admit it: Remote education is a failure
Washington Post:
Parler's got a porn problem: Adult businesses target pro-Trump social network
Justice Namaste / Jezebel:
Hey Obama... Some People Actually Do Want to Defund the Police
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and Axios
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
RNC blasts Politico over Michigan election story