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11:40 PM ET, December 4, 2020


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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE Is Trying To Force BuzzFeed News To Divulge Its Sources  —  “This is embarrassing for ICE,” the former acting director of the agency said.  “When you're trying to intimidate the press, you cross a line.”  —  Copy  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators issued a subpoena …
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 …
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Biden Clinches Electoral College Win as California Certifies  —  Joe Biden now officially has more than the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to claim the presidency after California certified its election results on Friday evening.  —  Secretary of State Alex Padilla approved the results …
Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
After Trump team calls them ‘cowards’ and ‘traitors,’ state GOP leaders urge Congress to reject Pa. election results  —  Just hours after GOP leadership in the state House indicated they would not move to upend Pennsylvania's election results in Harrisburg, Speaker Bryan Cutler …
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants  —  Thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children are immediately eligible to apply for an Obama-era program that grants them work permits, a federal judge in New York ruled Friday.
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA
New York Times:
Judge Orders Government to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Times
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
DHS Must Post Online Notice Welcoming Dreamers, Judge Rules in Rescinding Unlawful Chad Wolf Memo
Discussion: Boing Boing
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Judge orders restoration of DACA, opening immigration program to new applicants for first time since 2017
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TheBlaze
New York Times:
A Gathering Political Storm Hits Georgia, With Trump on the Way  —  With two crucial Senate seats up for grabs, Mike Pence and Barack Obama joined the fray in support of their party's candidates, and President Trump is headed there on Saturday.  —  ATLANTA — Some of the biggest names …
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: The Hill, Fox News and NBC News
Trump's criticism of GOP Senate candidates has Republicans worried ahead of rally
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Eleventh Circuit Dismisses Sidney Powell and Lin Wood's Appeal in Georgia Kraken Case: The Answer Is ‘No’  —  A federal appellate court bookended a roller coaster of a week by rejecting Sidney Powell and Lin Wood's appeal in the so-called Kraken case that they filed in the state of Georgia.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
This Is Your Brain on Newsmax  —  Since the glorious defeat of Donald Trump …
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Newsweek
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Stop Lin Wood and Sidney Powell Now, or They Will Control the GOP's Destiny
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
Washington Post:
Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team  —  The Trump administration has refused to allow members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team to meet with officials at U.S. intelligence agencies that are controlled by the Pentagon, undermining prospects …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Raw Story and Boing Boing
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.
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
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
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Georgia elections chief refutes claims about secret ‘suitcases’ of ballots seen in surveillance video
Discussion: RedState and HotAir
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Judges turn back claims by Trump and his allies in six states as the president's legal effort founders  —  President Trump and his allies faced a crush of defeats in post-election litigation Friday, a further sign of their ongoing failure to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory through …
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
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.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Meet the lieutenant governor pushing Democrats to get serious about weed
Discussion: Vox, Balloon Juice and The Lid
Angel Au-Yeung / Forbes:
Tony Hsieh's American Tragedy: The Self-Destructive Last Months Of The Zappos Visionary  —  When the business icon died in a fire last week, questions abounded.  The answers seem rooted in a Covid-period spiral, where he turned to drugs and shunned old friends.
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 …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
How Melbourne eradicated Covid-19  —  Life is almost back to normal in Melbourne, Australia.  Here's how they did it.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  In July and August, the Australian state of Victoria was going through a second Covid-19 wave.  Local leaders set an improbable goal in the face of that challenge.
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 …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Progressive judicial group to Biden: Pick a Black woman for solicitor general
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Mak / Slate:
We'll Be Stuck With Trump's Postmaster General for a While  —  One of President Donald Trump's most controversial officials is very likely to keep his job under the Biden administration: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.  Over the summer, the former logistics executive and major Trump donor …
Erin Burnett Out Front / CNN:
Hear what a protest organizer said to a CNN reporter  —  Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the election are being used to raise money from Trump supporters.  Websites supporting “Stop the Steal” ask for cash, and since election day the Trump campaign and other related groups have pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
AP, NPR and others suddenly sounding all tough on Trump, but it's too little and too late  —  “AP not mincing words,” said the viral tweet from Queens College radicalization expert Amarnath Amarasingam.  —  He linked to the Associated Press story from Wednesday by Aamer Madhani and Kevin Freking, which started off:
ED News:
Secretary DeVos Extends Student Loan Forbearance Period Through January 31, 2021, in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576,  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the extension of the federal student …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, NBC Los Angeles and UPI
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
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The size of Joe Biden's victory matters.  And it is huge.  —  The refusal by Republicans to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden's election victory is remarkable in its contempt for democracy and defiance of reality.  But while much time has been spent trying to get Republicans to admit that Biden won …
Discussion: Daily Kos and NBC News
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
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Cambridge Core:
Seeing Blue in Black and White: Race and Perceptions of Officer-Involved Shootings
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Court of Appeals rejects another Trump lawsuit over Michigan election
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Associated Press
Richard Goldberg / Newsweek:
The Time Is Now for Saudi Arabia To Normalize Relations With Israel
Tina Sfondeles / Business Insider:
Inside Rahm Emanuel's whisper campaign to get into the Biden Cabinet: 'Knowing Rahm, he's trying to will it'
Discussion: Politico and CBS News
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Conspiracy Theories Are Incompatible With Conservatism
Ben Wedeman / CNN:
The UAE and Israel's whirlwind honeymoon has gone beyond normalization
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Stevie Nicks Sells Stake in Songwriting Catalog
Washington Post:
Coronavirus live updates: CDC advises people to wear masks indoors at all times, except at home
Brian Karem / The Bulwark:
Michael Cohen on What Trump Wants Now
Discussion: National Memo and Raw Story
Jacqueline Thomsen /
Judge Questions Whether Trump's Pardon of Michael Flynn Is ‘Too Broad’
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
New York Times:
How 700 Epidemiologists Are Living Now, and What They Think Is Next
Discussion: Reason