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7:25 AM ET, December 5, 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 …
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: Raw Story, The Hill and Boing Boing
Pentagon blocked Biden's intelligence transition team from meeting with agencies  —  (CNN)The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden's transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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.
Donald Trump's brutal day in court  —  President Donald Trump and his legal allies earned a platinum sombrero Friday, striking out five times in a matter of hours in states pivotal to the president's push to overturn the election results — and losing a sixth in Minnesota for good measure.
Washington Post:
Judges turn back claims by Trump and his allies in six states as the president's legal effort founders
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 …
New York Times:
Judge Orders Government to Fully Reinstate DACA Program  —  Up to 300,000 additional undocumented immigrants could be allowed to apply for protection from deportation under a new court ruling.  President Trump had sought to cancel the program.  —  A federal judge on Friday ordered …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Times
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants
Discussion: HotAir and Business Insider
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
DHS Must Post Online Notice Welcoming Dreamers, Judge Rules in Rescinding Unlawful Chad Wolf Memo
Discussion: Boing Boing
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA
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 …
Trump's criticism of GOP Senate candidates has Republicans worried ahead of rally
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: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
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.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
The Virus Is Devastating the U.S., and Leaving an Uneven Toll  —  The United States saw the most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic on Thursday, with deaths and hospitalizations also rising.  Underlying conditions largely determine who survives.  —  HOUSTON — The United States is winding …
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.
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, NBC Los Angeles, Axios and UPI
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
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 …
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
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
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
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
This Is Your Brain on Newsmax  —  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.  So when Ben Smith fed the blue-check tigers this juicy morsel …
Discussion: Bulwark+
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Stop Lin Wood and Sidney Powell Now, or They Will Control the GOP's Destiny
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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:
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
China has lost its confidence  —  China's wrong turn, away from freedom and toward repression, has been masked for a time by the country's remarkable economic progress.  Awestruck Western leaders have wondered whether there might be something to the idea of prosperity divorced from human rights.
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 …
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Elie Honig / CAFE:
Note From Elie: Death Row Sticks With You
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
FBI lawyer who lied to surveil Trump aide asks judge to spare him from prison
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Politico
Jorge Ramos / New York Times:
Trump's Lesson for the Media
Cambridge Core:
Seeing Blue in Black and White: Race and Perceptions of Officer-Involved Shootings
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
GOP candidate rebounds from Senate loss with new super PAC, will aid in Georgia runoffs
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Conspiracy Theories Are Incompatible With Conservatism
Ben Wedeman / CNN:
The UAE and Israel's whirlwind honeymoon has gone beyond normalization
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Fighting to Block Red-State Bailouts
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Stevie Nicks Sells Stake in Songwriting Catalog
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
RNC's highest-paid vendor of the 2020 election: A mystery company formed nine months ago
Discussion: The Intellectualist