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8:00 PM ET, December 4, 2020

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Politico:
White House fires Pentagon advisory board members, installs loyalists  —  The White House removed nine members of the Pentagon's Defense Business Board on Friday and installed people loyal to President Donald Trump in their place, including presidential allies Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie.
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CNN:
Trump Pentagon nominee spreads debunked conspiracies and tweets suggesting Trump declare martial law  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's nominee to become a senior Pentagon official spread debunked conspiracies on Twitter that called Trump's election loss to Joe Biden a “coup” …
Tanni Deb / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Loeffler cancels rally plans after campaign staffer dies  —  One of Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler's campaign staffers died Friday, forcing her to cancel her plans to join Vice President Mike Pence in Savannah for a rally.Loeffler's communications director issued the following statement …
Discussion: NBC News
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CNN:
Trump's criticism of GOP Senate candidates has Republicans worried ahead of rally
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House votes to decriminalize marijuana as GOP resists national shift on pot  —  The House endorsed a landmark retreat in the nation's decades-long war on drugs Friday, voting to remove marijuana from the federal schedule of controlled substances and provide for the regulation and taxation of legal cannabis sales.
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Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Meet the lieutenant governor pushing Democrats to get serious about weed
Discussion: Vox, The Lid and Balloon Juice
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
DHS Must Post Online Notice Welcoming Dreamers, Judge Rules in Rescinding Unlawful Chad Wolf Memo  —  Formally rescinding acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf's memo on the grounds that he was illegally appointed, a federal judge on Friday ordered the DHS to unfurl the welcome mat …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Judge orders restoration of DACA, opening immigration program to new applicants for first time since 2017
Discussion: TheBlaze
Hallie Golden / Lead Stories:
Fact Check: Video From Georgia Does NOT Show Suitcases Filled With Ballots Suspiciously Pulled From Under A Table; Poll Watchers Were NOT Told To Leave  —  Fact Check  —  Does security camera video show a Fulton County, Georgia, election supervisor suspiciously pulling suitcases filled …
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Media Matters for America:
Touting efforts to subvert the election, Rush Limbaugh bemoans that Trump supporters are coming across as “kooks”  —  Contrary to Limbaugh's assertion that a majority of the American public believes there was fraud in the election, a Monmouth University poll released two weeks ago found …
Discussion: HotAir
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Trump Orders All American Troops Out of Somalia  —  While the number of troops — about 700 — is small, it is a continuation of President Trump's efforts to withdraw the United States from what he has described as endless wars.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, continuing his end …
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump orders troop withdrawal from Somalia
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like John Durham?  —  How should the next attorney general, whoever he or she turns out to be, handle the John Durham probe?  —  The more I study what Attorney General Bill Barr did in his secret October order naming the Connecticut U.S. attorney as a special counsel …
Discussion: HotAir and New York Times
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Errin Haines / The 19th:
Kellyanne Conway acknowledges ‘it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail’  —  The former adviser to President Donald Trump reflects on his presidency, women voters and her own historic role in the campaign.  —  Editor-at-large  —  Kellyanne Conway said President Donald Trump has …
Sunny Oh / MarketWatch:
Wall Street and finance workers could get COVID vaccines before most Americans  —  Financial industry workers could be second in line after healthcare workers and nursing home residents  —  Wall Street could get a shot in the arm in the coming months, while much of Main Street waits months for their COVID inoculations.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus live updates: CDC advises people to wear masks indoors at all times, except at home  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Stop Lin Wood and Sidney Powell Now, or They Will Control the GOP's Destiny  —  If significant numbers of Republican voters choose to not participate in the January 5 runoff elections for both Senate seats, and that leads to victories by Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, that will do nothing for Donald Trump …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
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Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Eleventh Circuit Dismisses Sidney Powell and Lin Wood's Appeal in Georgia Kraken Case: The Answer Is ‘No’
Discussion: National Memo
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Court of Appeals rejects another Trump lawsuit over Michigan election  —  LANSING — The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an appeal from the Trump presidential campaign challenging Michigan's election results, in the latest in a series of court defeats for the president.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Since the beginning of the pandemic, public-health experts have warned of one particular nightmare.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
RNC's highest-paid vendor of the 2020 election: A mystery company formed nine months ago  —  Digital Consulting Group made $42 million in eight months for media and marketing services.  But who's behind it?  —  In August, Salon reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Judge Questions Whether Trump's Pardon of Michael Flynn Is ‘Too Broad’  —  U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said his colleague Emmet Sullivan could find that “the wording of the pardon is too broad, in that it provides protections beyond the date of the pardon.”
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
CNN:
White House exodus begins even as Trump continues to baselessly claim victory  —  (CNN)White House staffers at all levels are plotting their departures as a growing number of aides to President Donald Trump are abandoning his quest to overturn the 2020 election results — some in frustration with the building they are leaving behind.
Discussion: HotAir and Political Wire
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Stevie Nicks Sells Stake in Songwriting Catalog  —  Music publisher Primary Wave takes 80% interest in Fleetwood Mac star's catalog  —  Stevie Nicks closed a deal to sell a majority stake in her publishing catalog late last month, on the heels of Fleetwood Mac's “Dreams” hitting the Billboard charts for the first time since 1977.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
This Is Your Brain on Newsmax  —  What it's like bingeing on the Fox-killer.  —  Since the glorious defeat of Donald Trump, I had been ensconced in my cozy coastal elite Twitter bubble, only privy to the bursts of Sidney Powell and Lin Wood crazy when it inserted itself in my feed.
Discussion: Washington Post and Bulwark+
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Conspiracy Theories Are Incompatible With Conservatism  —  It's supposed to be a worldview grounded in realism.  —  11 hr ago  —  You aren't a conservative if you believe in conspiracy theories.  —  Before I defend this statement, I should say that as a general rule …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Children of Pornhub  —  Why does Canada allow this company to profit off videos of exploitation and assault?  —  Pornhub prides itself on being the cheery, winking face of naughty, the website that buys a billboard in Times Square and provides snow plows to clear Boston streets.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Fighting to Block Red-State Bailouts  —  For eight months now, Mitch McConnell has been preventing the federal government from providing fiscal aid to America's state and municipal governments.  The Senate Majority Leader and his far-right colleagues have obstructed such aid even though:
Politico:
Meet the thorn in the Biden transition's side  —  An obscure figure just a few months ago, JEFF HAUSER has now become the media's go-to left-wing critic of the incoming Biden administration.  —  The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Associated Press …
New York Times:
How 700 Epidemiologists Are Living Now, and What They Think Is Next  —  They are going to the grocery store again, but don't see vaccines making life normal right away.  —  Even with coronavirus vaccines on the way, many epidemiologists do not expect their lives to return to pre-pandemic normal until most Americans are vaccinated.
Discussion: Reason
Cambridge Core:
Seeing Blue in Black and White: Race and Perceptions of Officer-Involved Shootings … E-mail address:  —  hakeem@stanford.edu ; fneuner@asu.edu ; jpasek@umich.edu  — Article  — Supplementary materials  —  Article contents  — Abstract  — Footnotes  — References
Tina Sfondeles / Business Insider:
Inside Rahm Emanuel's whisper campaign to get into the Biden Cabinet: 'Knowing Rahm, he's trying to will it' … - Rahm Emanuel's behind-the-scenes push to get a Cabinet position in Joe Biden's administration is pitting the White House insider against outside forces hell bent on blocking him.
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and The Nation
Brian Karem / The Bulwark:
Michael Cohen on What Trump Wants Now  —  The president's longtime lawyer, still serving out his federal sentence, explains his former boss's post-election maneuvering.  —  Donald Trump is Captain Chaos.  —  Michael Cohen, Trump's former fixer, pinned that label on him and it has stuck.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
GOP candidate rebounds from Senate loss with new super PAC, will aid in Georgia runoffs
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Politico:
Becerra among new candidates for Biden's health secretary
Discussion: CNN
Ben Wedeman / CNN:
The UAE and Israel's whirlwind honeymoon has gone beyond normalization
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Glenn Coin / Syracuse Post-Standard:
After a million-year journey, a meteor explodes above Syracuse in 2020
Discussion: Pharyngula
 Earlier Items: 
The Nation:
Senator Manchin, Your Faith Teaches You Better Than This
Eric Umansky / ProPublica:
It Wasn't the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Kotch / EXPOSEDbyCMD:
“Dark Money ATM of the Conservative Movement” Gives $1.5 Million to White Nationalist Hate Group
David Corn / Mother Jones:
274,000 Dead, and Trump Obsesses Over Election Conspiracy Theories. Where's the Outrage?
Discussion: The Mahablog, Raw Story and Bloomberg