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10:50 PM ET, December 5, 2020


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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:
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 …
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.
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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Attacks on Georgia Take a Toll on Brian Kemp
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
John Binder / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Georgia Sens. David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler Vow ‘Never’ to Support Amnesty for Illegal Aliens  —  Georgia Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are vowing “never” to support amnesty for illegal aliens as they both face Democrat challenges in a January runoff election …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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
PEN America:
“James Baldwin Didn't Have to Go Out and Get Votes.”  Obama Reflects on Race, Dialogue, and Disinformation in PEN America Interview  —  In excerpts released today, the former president reflects on his own role as writer and politician as he receives the PEN America Voice of Influence Award …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Neera Tanden, Biden's pick for budget chief, runs a think tank backed by corporate and foreign interests  —  She leads the liberal Center for American Progress  —  In her nine years helming Washington's leading liberal think tank, Neera Tanden mingled with deep-pocketed donors who made their fortunes …
Discussion: Power Line
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
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
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Politico's Alex Thompson Peels Back Curtain on Trump-Biden Transition on The Interview  —  With less than 50 days until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the transition to his administration from the current one is well underway.  It's a massive undertaking …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Raw Story, GNEWS and WISC-TV
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 …
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
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Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Historians sue Trump administration to stop ‘bonfire of records in the Rose Garden’
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
Republicans Pushed to Restrict Voting. Millions of Americans Pushed Back.
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:
America may not be so lucky next time
Mattie Kahn / Glamour:
Yamiche Alcindor Wants America to See Its Flaws
Liliana Segura / The Intercept:
Trump Prepares to Kill Brandon Bernard Even as Jurors Say His Life Should Be Spared
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Joe Biden's Balancing Act Filling His Cabinet
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Arizona Legislature ‘cannot and will not’ overturn election, Republican House speaker says
Annie Grayer / CNN:
First shipments of coronavirus vaccine will fall short
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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves
Mark Naymik / WKYC-TV:
Dennis Kucinich files ‘Re-Elect Mayor Kucinich’ paperwork for potential 2021 mayoral bid
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
New Mexico shut down nearly everything to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by covid. It wasn't enough.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Clyburn flexes muscle on DNC pick
ABC News:
As lawyers keep pushing Trump election challenges, calls for sanctions mount
Discussion: National Memo