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3:50 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.
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.
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Biden says he will reenter Iran deal without new conditions, then negotiate for a new agreement
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Hill:
GOP chairman: Defense bill to include renaming Confederate bases, but not Section 230 repeal  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Wednesday that President Trump is prepared to accept language regarding a plan to remove Confederate names …
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 Playbook PM: Why to be optimistic — and pessimistic — about Covid relief
New York Times:
Presidential Transition Live Updates: Biden to Discuss Virus-Weakened Economy Amid Stalemate Over Aid  —  President-elect Joe Biden is set to meet virtually with small-business owners and workers hurt by the pandemic.  The Justice Department is investigating a potential bribery scheme for a Trump pardon.
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Moves Forward With Changes to Federal Hiring, Firing
Annie Karni / New York Times:
In a Fox News interview, Parscale blames Trump's lack of coronavirus empathy for his election loss.
Discussion: Conservative News Today and IJR
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and Axios
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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Authorizes Pfizer, BioNTech's Covid-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use
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 …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Democrat Mark Kelly sworn in to U.S. Senate  —  Astronaut Mark Kelly (D) was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday after defeating incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) last month for the seat once held by the late Sen. John McCain.  —  Why it matters: Kelly's swearing-in narrows …
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 …
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
GOP leader McDaniel to run for 3rd term with Trump's backing
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.
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.
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.
Washington Post:
U.S. to withdraw some Baghdad embassy staff as tensions with Iran and its allies spike  —  BAGHDAD — The U.S. government has decided to withdraw some staff from its embassy in Baghdad through the final weeks of the Trump administration, officials say, as tensions rise throughout the region.
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
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.
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 and We Love Trump
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar and Tlaib Headline Anti-Israel Hatefest  —  Democratic representatives Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), and Betty McCollum (Minn.) headlined a conference this weekend run by one of the nation's most prolific anti-Israel advocacy groups, lending their support to an organization …
Discussion: Jacobin and Judicial Watch
There Wasn't That Much Split-Ticket Voting In 2020  —  The narrative of the 2020 election is that Joe Biden did pretty well ... but down-ballot Democrats, not so much.  And while this is true if you look simply at the results — Republicans defended most of their vulnerable Senate seats …
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first time  —  Singapore's approval of chicken cells grown in bioreactors is seen as landmark moment across industry  —  Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marginal REVOLUTION
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John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Media Elites, Not Trump Supporters, Are Disconnected From Reality
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Parler's got a porn problem: Adult businesses target pro-Trump social network
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
CDC director: Winter could be ‘most difficult time in the public health history of this nation’
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Week
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Hungary's rightwing rulers downplay MEP ‘gay orgy’ scandal amid hypocrisy accusations
Discussion: Politico, PinkNews and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Robert Mueller does rare interview in ‘Oath’ podcast
Discussion: NBC News and Fox News
Robert Sanchez / 5280:
Why Did Palantir Technologies Move Its Headquarters From Silicon Valley to Denver?
Tyler O'Neil /
WHISTLEBLOWER: I Drove ‘Thousands of Ballots’ From New York to Pennsylvania
Discussion: Townhall and Power Line
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
The “racial wealth gap” is a class gap