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7:10 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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
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.
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, Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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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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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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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC invites 2024 hopefuls to January meeting in show of neutrality toward Trump  —  Ronna McDaniel was President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee chair.  —  Now, she's taking steps to show her independence.  —  McDaniel is inviting roughly a dozen potential 2024 …
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Axios:
Trump likely to announce 2024 bid, but GOP rivals say power will fade post-White House
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 …
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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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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Neera Tanden or Bust  —  President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating officials to his cabinet, and like clockwork, Republican senators have responded by registering objections to some of these nominees in nakedly bad faith.  —  That is: Republicans don't contend Biden's nominees …
 
 
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USA Today:
Jockeying for jobs: Tensions simmer inside Biden transition as new administration takes shape
Discussion: The New Neo and Political Wire
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 and Politico
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
Robert Sanchez / 5280:
Why Did Palantir Technologies Move Its Headquarters From Silicon Valley to Denver?