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12:00 AM ET, December 3, 2020


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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
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
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Conspiracy Theory That Could Hand Joe Biden the Senate  —  There is no evidence that Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are secretly working for the Democratic National Committee, but no one has definitively disproved it, either.  —  That's the kind of the conspiratorial reasoning that the Wood-Powell duo …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Might Just Fade Away
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
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 …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Potential HHS Nominee Gina Raimondo Has a “Mixed” Record on Abortion
Discussion: The Hill
Nicole Carr / WSB-TV:
Florida attorney under investigation for registering to vote in Georgia, encouraging others to do the same  —  PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — A Florida attorney is at the center of a new state investigation after elections officials say he recently attempted to register to vote in Georgia and instructed …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
US Department of Transportation:
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it is revising its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system.
U.S. Labor Board Alleges Google Retaliated Against Activists  — Agency's complaint says company violated workplace rights law  — Alphabet unit says employees breached ‘trusted responsibility’  —  Google illegally fired, interrogated and surveilled activist employees …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill  —  Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: “This is the only chance to get our bill passed,” a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and The Verge
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. police chief says city officials are ‘seriously contemplating’ laying off police officers  —  Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Wednesday that city officials are “seriously contemplating” layoffs of police officers as part of the effort to close a projected budget deficit expected to reach or exceed $600 million.
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
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 …
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.
U.S. states plan to sue Facebook next week: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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 …
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
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
Lila Seidman / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County must show evidence for outdoor dining ban, judge orders  —  A judge on Wednesday ordered Los Angeles County public health officials to show scientific evidence justifying the outdoor dining ban imposed last week amid soaring coronavirus cases.  —  Outdoor dining had offered …
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 …
Discussion: macromom blog and The Daily Caller
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Issues Detention Order on Cotton Products Made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Using Prison Labor  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain shipments containing cotton …
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and CNN
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
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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Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
President Trump's lawyers push Michigan lawmakers to overturn election
Donald J. Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
Walter Williams, R.I.P.
Discussion: Reason and Cafe Hayek
Sridhar Natarajan / Bloomberg:
Gary Cohn Plays Hardball With Goldman to Defend Millions in Pay Over 1MDB Scandal
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Nicole Powers / Greg Palast:
Georgia Lawsuit to Restore Voters to Rolls Ahead of Runoff
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Who Struggled to Transform France, Dies at 94
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
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Associated Press:
NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested
Washington Post:
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NBC News:
Release of PPP loan recipients data reveals troubling patterns