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11:10 PM ET, December 3, 2020


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Associated Press:
Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The official serving as President Donald Trump's eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive information about election fraud …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Farah resigns as White House communications director in tacit nod to Trump's loss  —  White House communications director Alyssa Farah resigned from her post Thursday after three-and-a-half years in the Trump administration.  —  Farah, 31, began her White House tenure as press secretary …
Trump mulls preemptive pardons for up to 20 allies, even as Republicans balk  —  President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 aides and associates before leaving office, frustrating Republicans who believe offering legal reprieves to his friends and family members could backfire.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Rewards His Cronies and Bundlers With Plum Posts on His Way Out the Door
Discussion: The White House and CNN
New York Times:
Trump Associates Said to Have Been Scrutinized in Suspected Pardon Scheme  —  A billionaire from San Francisco sought clemency for a psychologist convicted of monetary crimes.  The Republican donor Elliott Broidy and a lawyer for Jared Kushner were enlisted.
New York Times:
How Is Trump's Lawyer Jenna Ellis ‘Elite Strike Force’ Material?  —  She bills herself as a “constitutional law attorney.”  Her experience doesn't align with the sort of lawyer she plays on TV.  —  Jenna Ellis broke into the legal profession in 2012 as a deputy district attorney in Weld County …
Wall Street Journal:
How Jenna Ellis Rose From Traffic Court to Trump's Legal Team  —  The 36-year-old's career includes six months as a local prosecutor and a book interpreting the Constitution through a biblical lens  —  Four years ago, Jenna Ellis was a young Colorado attorney practicing in county courts …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The President Is Acting Crazy, so Why Are We Shrugging It Off?  —  The dangerous “yeah, whatever” phase of Trump's lame-duck Presidency.  —  On Wednesday, more than three thousand Americans died because of the coronavirus, the nation's deadliest day yet during the pandemic.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
David Perdue appears to tacitly acknowledge Biden's victory in video call with Republican group  —  Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) appeared to tacitly acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden's victory in a video recording obtained by The Washington Post on Thursday, speaking just days …
The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Declares War on ‘Fool’ Trumpist Lawyer Lin Wood
Dan Merica / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Biden says he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days he's in office  —  Biden will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days  —  (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday that he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days after he takes office.
John Ratcliffe / Wall Street Journal:
China Is National Security Threat No. 1  —  Resisting Beijing's attempt to reshape and dominate the world is the challenge of our generation.  —  As Director of National Intelligence, I am entrusted with access to more intelligence than any member of the U.S. government other than the president.
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
UPDATED: Prominent Democratic strategist and Newsom adviser facing domestic violence charges  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Prominent California Democratic strategist Nathan Ballard — a longtime friend and adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom — was arrested and jailed on two felony domestic violence charges …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Longtime Newsom aide Nathan Ballard charged with felony domestic violence
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Raimondo: I will not be Biden's HHS secretary  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday ruled out leaving her job to become President-elect Joe Biden's health and human services secretary, seeking to put the idea to rest after a flurry of reports that she was a finalist for the job.
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Tenants Sue Trump Over Scheme That Drove Up Their Rents  —  The latest legal front against the outbound president involves a maneuver that earned him and his siblings millions while lowering their taxes.  —  President Trump will face a raft of potential legal challenges when he leaves office …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Juan Williams of Fox News Is Said to Test Positive for Coronavirus  —  The liberal co-host of “The Five” is isolating himself, and the program's stars will appear remotely for the foreseeable future.  —  Juan Williams, a veteran Fox News personality who co-hosts the popular afternoon talk show …
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
SCOOP: Don Jr. eyes a run for NRA chief.  It's one more way the Trump family is making big plays to cement itself in GOP conservative politics for the next four years. … - President Trump and his family are looking to cement their hold on the Republican Party with a series of moves aimed …
Kate Bennett / CNN:   Plotting the future: Trump kids even look to profit from their father's fallen legacy
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Find Your Place in the Vaccine Line  —  A vaccine may be around the corner, but how long will it be until you get the shot?  Health officials are considering vaccine timelines that give some Americans priority over others.  If you're a healthy American, you may wait many months for your turn.
Matt Negrin / Washington Post:
A political litmus test for Republicans: Fail it, lose your TV slot  —  Time for a rapid test for the voter fraud delusion  —  Almost a month has passed since Joe Biden won the election, and the Republican Party still refuses to acknowledge him as president-elect.
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Young Republicans Stage Secret Gala, Ignoring Virus Concerns  —  At least 65 guests were expected at the New York group's annual event, but its location was being kept secret because of fears of “violent left-wing attacks.”  —  On Thursday evening, the New York Young Republican Club intended to hold its 108th annual gala, in person.
Samir Ferdowsi / VICE:
Mysterious Monolith Update: Racists Destroy California Monolith, Proclaim Christ Superior to Space Aliens  —  A group of men shouting “Christ is King” and “America First” destroyed a new monolith and replaced it with a wooden cross.  —  SF  —  The new California monolith was torn …
Residents in city of Los Angeles to ‘remain in their homes’ amid COVID-19 surge, mayor's office says  —  All residents within the city of Los Angeles should continue to remain in their homes and follow the city's “safer-at-home” order, which mirrors guidance from L.A. County, according to the mayor's office.
Lydia DePillis / ProPublica:
How Dozens of Trump's Political Appointees Will Stay in Government After Biden Takes Over … ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Christopher Prandoni was just 29 …
Discussion: American Prospect
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ critics show they still despise ‘deplorables’  —  Elites won't allow any sympathy for poor whites  —  Netflix's new adaptation of JD Vance's “Hillbilly Elegy” is devastating for the left's political narrative.  How do I know that?  Because so many leftists are trying to keep people from watching it.
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
I Wrote the Special Counsel Rules.  Barr Has Abused Them.  —  There is no reason for the outgoing attorney general to appoint his preferred prosecutor for the continuing Trump-Russia inquiry.  —  Mr. Katyal is a law professor at Georgetown.  —  Attorney General William Barr's decision …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Facebook for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers  —  Lawsuit Alleges Facebook Favors H-1B Visa Workers and Other Temporary Visa Holders over U.S. Workers  —  The Department of Justice announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. for discriminating against U.S. workers.
Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:
I'm 33 Years Old.  I Got COVID-19 Eight Months Ago.  I'm Still Sick.  —  I'm just one of the thousands of Americans who have long-term post-COVID symptoms.  This crisis won't end with a vaccine.  —  Copy  —  Eight months out from the first frightening peak of coronavirus cases in the US …
New York Times:
Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I.  —  Timnit Gebru, one of the few Black women in her field, had voiced exasperation over the company's response to efforts to increase minority hiring.  —  A well-respected Google researcher said she was fired …
Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times:
Angry parents won't let officials slide over closed playgrounds, packed malls  —  Sydney Beckman ran beneath the yellow caution tape surrounding the empty playground equipment and flopped her tiny body over a swing.  —  The 2-year-old had tried opening a gate blocking the big green slide …
Ruth Talbot / NPR:
Smartphone Data: Many Americans Ignored Thanksgiving Travel Warnings From The CDC  —  More Americans stayed home for Thanksgiving this year compared with last year — but by relatively small margins.  —  An NPR analysis of mobile phone location data showed that 42% of Americans with smartphones remained home, up from 36% last year.
Discussion: Forbes
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Georgia Was a Big Win for Democrats.  Black Women Did the Groundwork.  —  Before the Democratic Party invested in Georgia, or President Trump and Joe Biden saw it as a battleground, Black political organizers devoted years of hard work to turning out voters.
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St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Border Patrol gave big firepower to small Texas towns for George Floyd protests
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Official At Liberal Think Tank Offered To Give Comey The Steele Dossier Before It Was Published, Emails Show
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Mark Levin Has Been Claiming For a Month He's Going to Leave Twitter and Facebook (In Repeated Posts on Twitter and Facebook)
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Confirms Fed Economist Christopher Waller to Board Seat
Discussion: New York Times, WTOP and Roll Call
Medical Xpress:
First in line for Covid vaccine? Some US health care workers say no
Washington Post:
Reps. Meeks, Scott elected chairs of House Foreign Affairs and Agriculture committees, first Black lawmakers to lead the panels
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. in Talks With Huawei Finance Chief Meng Wanzhou About Resolving Criminal Charges
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘Russia and China have to be laughing’: Mitt Romney goes off on Trump's voter fraud conspiracy theories
Wikipedia page for Biden's new Covid czar scrubbed of politically damaging material
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Trump's live tweets show he is increasingly watching Fox's fringe-right competitors
Discussion: Mediaite
Tegan Hanlon / NPR:
Trump Rushes To Lock In Oil Drilling In Arctic Wildlife Refuge Before Biden's Term
Discussion: and Common Dreams
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Florida Masseuse Ordered to Pay $31,573 After ‘Soliciting’ Robert Kraft To ‘Commit Prostitution’
Discussion: Deadspin and Lawyers, Guns & Money