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7:15 PM ET, December 5, 2020


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Washington Post:
Trump calls Georgia governor to pressure him for help overturning Biden's win in the state  —  President Trump called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Saturday morning to urge him to persuade the state legislature to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state and asked the governor …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Why Kemp won't attend Trump's Georgia rally on Saturday  —  Gov. Brian Kemp's office said Saturday he won't appear at President Donald Trump's rally in Valdosta following the death of a young aide he considered a member of his family.The governor's office said the Republican would not attend …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp again refuses Trump's demand to overturn election  —  VALDOSTA - During a lengthy Saturday morning call, Gov. Brian Kemp again refused a demand from President Donald Trump to summon state lawmakers to the Capitol for a special session to illegally overturn the November election result, according to two senior GOP officials.
Maya King / Politico:
How Georgia's Senate race pits the Old South against the New South
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Attacks on Georgia Take a Toll on Brian Kemp
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump's Final Days of Rage and Denial  —  The last act of the Trump presidency has taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House.  —  WASHINGTON — Over the past week, President Trump posted or reposted more than 130 messages …
Washington Post:
Just 27 congressional Republicans acknowledge Biden's win, Washington Post survey finds  —  Just 27 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden's win over President Trump a month after the former vice president's clear victory of more than 7 million votes nationally and a convincing electoral-vote margin …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Faith shaken in system, Trump's Georgia supporters consider skipping U.S. Senate runoffs  —  Aimee Nobile is a former Democrat who “saw the light” and became a die-hard Donald Trump supporter.  She attends conservative rallies, promotes Republican causes to friends, blows up Joe Biden and other Democrats on social media.
Violet Ikonomova / Deadline Detroit:
Giuliani's Michigan Witness Mellissa Carone Harassed, Sent Sex Videos To Boyfriend's Ex  —  Two years before she'd become the breakout star of the clown show Rudy Giuliani brought to Lansing this week, Mellissa Carone was sending her then-boyfriend's ex-wife graphic videos of the two of them having sex.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Rudy Giuliani's ‘Voter Fraud’ Witness Accused Of Framing Woman For Stealing Sex Videos  —  Mellissa Carone, aka Mellissa Wright, was until recently on probation after reaching a plea deal in a case in which she made false allegations.  —  A Donald Trump supporter who gave bizarre …
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Unnamed Pentagon officials blast use of anonymous sources … Senior defense officials on Saturday declined to go on the record yet sharply criticized the use of anonymous sources in reports that the Pentagon was slow-rolling Biden-Harris transition efforts.
NBC10 Philadelphia:
COVID-19 May Cause Erectile Dysfunction  —  Although COVID-19 treatments have improved and a vaccine is on the way, even a mild case of the virus can cause long-term complications — including the possibility of erectile dysfunction.  Infectious disease expert Dr. Dena Grayson joined LX News …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
'We've lost our moral authority': Kinzinger unwilling to back off Trump  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger is sticking around next Congress — and the Illinois Republican isn't done sticking it to Donald Trump.  —  Kinzinger, fresh off a re-election victory in his conservative district nestled between Chicago …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   GOP Rep. Kinzinger wages a lonely fight against Trump's falsehoods and right-wing disinformation
New York Times:
Report Points to Microwave ‘Attack’ as Likely Source of Mystery Illnesses That Hit Diplomats and Spies  —  A government-commissioned report provides the most definitive explanation yet for “Havana syndrome,” which struck scores of American employees, first in Cuba and then in China, Russia and other countries.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why Do So Many Americans Think the Election Was Stolen?  —  Looking for the reasons behind a seemingly unreasonable belief.  —  There have been few surprises this past month in how Donald Trump has dealt with the reality of his electoral defeat.  —  Anyone familiar with his career …
New combative Ivanka Trump sparks questions about her future  —  (CNN)A more combative Ivanka Trump has emerged with little more than one month left in her role as adviser to President Donald Trump, as the first daughter makes a conscious effort to publicly push back on her critics.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Trump's Continuing Failing Lawsuits as a Loss Leader, Grift, and Delegitimization Device  —  Three weeks ago, I and others in the election law field determined that Trump's path to use lawsuits to overturn the results of the election were dead.  The campaign had uncovered no significant fraud …
Discussion: GNEWS and WISC-TV
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
Termination of PRC-Funded Propaganda Programs  —  Today, the Department of State terminated five programs, disguised as “cultural exchanges,” with the People's Republic of China (PRC).  These programs include the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the U.S.-China Friendship Program …
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill and Axios
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google.  Here's what it says  —  The company's star ethics researcher highlighted the risks of large language models, which are key to Google's business.  —  hide  —  On the evening of Wednesday, December 2, Timnit Gebru …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
New Mexico shut down nearly everything to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by covid.  It wasn't enough.  —  The governor had been sounding the alarm for more than a month.  But by mid-November, it was clear to Michelle Lujan Grisham that she would need to take extreme measures to head off the …
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:
Arizona Legislature ‘cannot and will not’ overturn election, Republican House speaker says  —  Ryan Randazzo Jen Fifield Andrew OxfordArizona Republic  —  PHOENIX - Republican Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Rusty Bowers said Friday that pleas from some GOP lawmakers to overturn …
Glenn Greenwald:
After the Deep State Sabotaged His Presidential Bid, Bernie Sanders Mocks Those Who Believe it Exists  —  Also ridiculing “rigged elections” and “fake news” — two other weapons used on him — the Vermont Senator's relationship to the Democratic Party descends from loyal support to abject subservience.
Discussion: Raw Story
Liliana Segura / The Intercept:
Trump Prepares to Kill Brandon Bernard Even as Jurors Say His Life Should Be Spared … On a Saturday morning in November, Gary McClung sat at a picnic table with his wife overlooking a field off the banks of the Duck River in Tennessee.  It was sunny and mild.  Local vendors sold produce under a pavilion.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Is ‘Natural Immunity’ From Covid Better Than a Vaccine?  —  And if you've already had Covid-19, do you still need a vaccine?  Experts tackle questions about vaccine immunity.  —  On the heels of last month's news of stunning results from Pfizer's and Moderna's experimental Covid-19 vaccines …
Discussion: Observer
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
CIA psychological profiler who labeled Trump ‘dangerous’ dies of covid-19 at 86  —  As a pioneering psychological profiler for the Central Intelligence Agency and later as a consultant, Jerrold M. Post plumbed the lives, leadership styles and, at times, the mental illness of foreign heads around the globe.
Annie Grayer / CNN:
First shipments of coronavirus vaccine will fall short  —  (CNN)State health departments and governors' offices across the country are finally being told by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Operation Warp Speed how many doses of the coronavirus vaccine they will initially …
Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Democratic senator receives death threats after election hearing  —  An Atlanta state senator has asked for police protection after people posting on conservative social media said she should be killed over her participation in hearings on Thursday about unsubstantiated claims …
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Rick Scott / Fox News:
Sen. Rick Scott: Trump's Florida election victory has important lesson for Republicans nationwide
Discussion: Florida Politics
Benjamin L. Ginsberg / Washington Post:
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Joe Biden's Balancing Act Filling His Cabinet
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Covid-19 has already exhausted the US. And it's only the start of a dark and deadly winter
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Prominent New York Priest Is Investigated Over Sexual Assault Accusation
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Cade Metz / New York Times:
Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves
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Mark Naymik / WKYC-TV:
Dennis Kucinich files ‘Re-Elect Mayor Kucinich’ paperwork for potential 2021 mayoral bid
Las Vegas DSA:
We celebrate the decisive victory of DSA member, public defender, and District Judge-Elect Erika Ballou, one of seven female public defenders elected as judges in Clark County
David Neiwert / National Memo:
No Longer Standing By: Proud Boys Bring Thug Tactics To Post-Election Rallies
Discussion: Complex
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Clyburn flexes muscle on DNC pick
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Joe From Scranton Didn't Win Back the Working Class
ABC News:
As lawyers keep pushing Trump election challenges, calls for sanctions mount
Discussion: National Memo
Biden ‘Blitz:’ The case for flooding the zone with executive orders on Day One
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
China has lost its confidence