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3:50 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Maya King / Politico:
How Georgia's Senate race pits the Old South against the New South
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Why Kemp won't attend Trump's Georgia rally on Saturday
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.
NBC News:
‘Havana Syndrome’ likely caused by microwave energy, government study finds  —  The mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by American diplomats in China and Cuba are consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy, according to a long-awaited report by the National Academies …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Foreign Policy
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.
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
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
Associated Press:
Judge: Trump administration must take new DACA applications  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration must accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some young immigrants from deportation, a federal judge ruled Friday …
NBC News:
Trump loyalist Kash Patel blocking some Pentagon officials from helping Biden transition  —  WASHINGTON — A Trump loyalist newly appointed as Pentagon chief of staff is controlling the Biden transition's team access to Pentagon officials, even blocking some career officials and experts …
Washington Post:
Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Raw Story
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 and The Atlantic
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Joe Biden's Balancing Act Filling His Cabinet  —  The president-elect has received generally favorable marks for his picks so far.  But there are increasing calls for more diversity as he fils out the remaining spots.  —  President-elect Joe Biden won with a large coalition.  He had the left.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Kinzinger wages a lonely fight against Trump's falsehoods and right-wing disinformation  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger arrived in Washington a decade ago as a star of the tea party revolution, a young Air Force pilot who campaigned as an outsider ready to shake up the Republican Party.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves  —  In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.  —  CHULA VISTA, Calif. — When the Chula Vista police receive a 911 call, they can dispatch a flying drone with the press of button.
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 …
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.
Mark Naymik / WKYC-TV:
Dennis Kucinich files ‘Re-Elect Mayor Kucinich’ paperwork for potential 2021 mayoral bid  —  Filing allows him to raise money for the race though Kucinich has not formally declared candidacy.  —  CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Nov. 24, 2020.
ABC News:
As lawyers keep pushing Trump election challenges, calls for sanctions mount  —  Some legal experts say attorneys have crossed the line with unsupported claims.  —  Attorney general declares no evidence of widespread voter fraud  —  Despite President Doanld Trump's claims …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: KVIA-TV
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Prominent New York Priest Is Investigated Over Sexual Assault Accusation
Discussion: New York Post and PinkNews
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Lara Trump Pushes Debunked GA Ballot Box Conspiracy on Hannity to Claim Trump Could Still Win: 'Don't Think for a Second Joe Biden Is Going to Be Sworn In'
Discussion: CNN and Law & Crime
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
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David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
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Angel Au-Yeung / Forbes:
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