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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 …
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ABC News:
Barr had ‘intense’ meeting with Trump after AG's interview undercutting voter fraud claims: Sources  —  A source who was briefed on the meeting described it as “intense.”  —  Attorney General William Barr contradicts Trump claims of fraud  —  Barr said, “we have not seen fraud on a scale …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:   David Perdue bought Pfizer stock — a week before company said it would develop a vaccine
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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Associated Press:
In video, Trump unspools unsubstantiated voter fraud charges
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.
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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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Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Might Just Fade Away  —  President Donald Trump has made one thing painfully clear: After he grudgingly leaves the White House, he will keep doing what he can to stay in the news.  He will tweet insults and conspiracy theories.  He may start his own television channel.
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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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 »
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.
J. Christian Adams / pjmedia.com:
The Real Kraken: What Really Happened to Donald Trump in the 2020 Election  —  Eric Holder was a big loser on election night.  He was the guy raising tens of millions of dollars to make America safe for Democratic redistricting.  A red wave turned Holder's dreams into dust in state legislative races.
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 …
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.
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
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Confirmed: Navy's previously unreported 2019 Triangle UFO incident  —  On Wednesday, The Debrief's Tim McMillan gave us the most detailed look yet at the Pentagon's ongoing research of unidentified flying objects, UFOs, or what the government refers to as “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
BBC:
Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai detained for fraud  —  Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai has been charged with fraud and detained until a court hearing in April next year.  —  On Thursday a court denied him bail over a charge relating to the illegal use of his company's premises.
Discussion: Axios, New York Times, Al Jazeera and WTMJ
Reuters:
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.
CNN:
Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton volunteer to get coronavirus vaccine publicly to prove it's safe  —  (CNN)Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to get their Covid-19 vaccines on camera to promote public confidence in the vaccine's safety once …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
Twitter is in China's pocket … Twitter has been quick on the draw when responding to tweets by President Trump in the last month, as he furiously and mistakenly attempts to make his case for winning an election he did not win.  Within minutes, Trump's tweets are flagged as containing disputed information regarding the election.
 
 
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Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
President Trump's lawyers push Michigan lawmakers to overturn election
Lila Seidman / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County must show evidence for outdoor dining ban, judge orders
Donald J. Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
Walter Williams, R.I.P.
Discussion: Reason and Cafe Hayek
Nicole Powers / Greg Palast:
Georgia Lawsuit to Restore Voters to Rolls Ahead of Runoff
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
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Nathan Robinson / The Guardian:
Publishers are not obliged to give bigots like Jordan Peterson a platform
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Inside Ivanka Trump's failed attempt to have Congress secure her legacy
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested
Washington Post:
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