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11:25 PM ET, December 6, 2020

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New York Times:
Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services  —  The selection of Mr. Becerra, the California attorney general, is a surprise.  If confirmed, he will face a daunting challenge in leading the department at a critical moment in the pandemic.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect …
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Dan Boyd / Albuquerque Journal:
Gov. Lujan Grisham not leaving NM for Biden administration  —  SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will not be leaving New Mexico for a Cabinet position in President-elect Joe Biden's administration, the Biden transition team and the governor herself said Sunday.
CNN:
Doctor: Giuliani potentially exposed hundreds to virus  —  Responding to President Donald Trump's tweet that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus, Dr. Megan Ranney says that Giuliani could have potentially exposed “hundreds and hundreds” of people to the virus during a recent trip to Atlanta.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus, Trump says.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and President Trump's personal and campaign lawyer, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter on Sunday.  —  “@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor …
Maria Polletta / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Legislature shuts down after Rudy Giuliani possibly exposed lawmakers to COVID-19  —  The Arizona Legislature will close for a week “out of an abundance of caution” after Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal attorney, possibly exposed several Republican lawmakers to COVID-19.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Washington Post:
Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, tests positive for coronavirus, president says
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus, Trump says
New York Times:
Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump's Term Ends  —  The attorney general's future came into doubt after he acknowledged that the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud in the president's election loss.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A Powerful Reporter Got Away With Sexual Misconduct for Decades.  His Paper, and His Union, Looked the Other Way.  —  Michael Fuoco was a bigfoot reporter with a fiery personality and a reputation for harassing young women.  No one seemed to want to rein him in.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Anti-Vaccine Doctor Has Been Invited to Testify Before Senate Committee  —  The selection of Dr. Jane M. Orient as federal health officials are trying to promote a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic prompted harsh criticism from Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Cleve Wootson / Washington Post:
At Georgia Senate debate, Warnock and Loeffler argue over coronavirus relief, police funding  —  ATLANTA — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler repeatedly declined to say who won the 2020 election during Sunday's debate in one of the U.S. Senate races in Georgia that will determine the balance of power in Washington.
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New York Times:
In Georgia Debate, Kelly Loeffler Won't Say Trump Lost  —  Republicans fear that President Trump's grievances about the results might persuade his supporters to sit out Georgia's two runoff elections, including Ms. Loeffler's race, that will determine control of the Senate.
Allie Bice / Politico:
Special session over Georgia election would ‘nullify the will of the people,’ secretary of State says
Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Zappos's Tony Hsieh: A Spiral of Alcohol, Drugs and Extreme Behavior  —  The inspirational executive seemed to lose his way after giving up his corporate role, including a starvation diet and fascination with fire  —  About two weeks before Zappos.com Inc. co-founder Tony Hsieh died …
Discussion: New York Post
Tyler Pager / Politico:
To rebuild CDC, Biden picks Rochelle Walensky  —  President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rochelle Walensky, the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump mulls dramatic flight to Florida rally on Biden's Inauguration Day  —  President Trump is considering a made-for-TV grand finale: a White House departure on Marine One and final Air Force One flight to Florida for a political rally opposite Joe Biden's inauguration, sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Miriam Marini / Detroit Free Press:
Protesters descend on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's home after dark  —  A couple of dozen protesters gathered in front of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's home Saturday night shouting through megaphones against the certification of the election and demanding a forensic audit.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
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Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:   Black Michigan lawmaker posts voicemails saying she should be lynched
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump burned to the ground by GOP advisor for throwing 'world's biggest hissy fit' at Georgia rally  —  A Republican Party consultant leveled Donald Trump on Sunday morning for his performance before a rally crowd in Georgia on Saturday night that she labeled the “world's biggest hissy fit.”
Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden's already more popular than Trump's ever been  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Gallup poll finds that President-elect Joe Biden has a 55% favorable rating and a 41% unfavorable rating.  —  The same poll gives President Donald Trump a 42% favorable rating and a 57% unfavorable rating.
Discussion: Fox News
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Joe Biden's Digital Team Tamed the MAGA Internet
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Long a Holdout From Covid-19 Restrictions, Sweden Ends Its Pandemic Experiment  —  Government imposes mandatory measures after failing to contain new surge in infections  —  Sweden's Covid-19 experiment is over.  —  After a late autumn surge in infections led to rising hospitalizations and deaths …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Biden weighs taking an inaugural Amtrak ride from Delaware to D.C.  —  There's talk within Bidenworld of the president-elect ditching the typical flourish of arriving in Washington on an Air Force plane, pulling in instead on the same Amtrak train he rode to and from Delaware for 30 years as a senator.
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. preparing new sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on at least a dozen Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing's disqualification of elected opposition legislators …
Discussion: Bloomberg
American Greatness:
The Burden of Proof  —  The faith in fairness has been shattered beyond recovery, and the assumption of anything like a shared consensus seems more and more like a naïve pretense when it isn't just a cynical hustings gambit.  —  Many people, including some good friends …
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Examiner
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Two cheers for the Never Trump conservatives  —  The shameful complicity of Republican leaders in President Trump's torrent of deceit about our election tells us there is little hope for a more reasonable post-Trump GOP.  But what about conservatism as a philosophy?  Is it equally discredited?
Martha Ann Overland / NPR:
He Designed A Smartwatch App To Help Stop His Dad's Nightmares  —  Tyler Skluzacek remembers his dad as a fun, outgoing man before he left to serve in Iraq.  When Patrick Skluzacek came home in 2007, says his son, he had changed.  —  Patrick was being consumed by nightmares.
Debbie Elliott / NPR:
Tipped Service Workers Are More Vulnerable Amid Pandemic Harassment Spike: Study  —  Toggle more options  —  In the best of times, service industry workers are typically paid below the minimum wage and rely on tips to make up the difference.  Now, those still working in an industry battered …
Washington Post:
Students have already lost too much time.  They need to be back in classrooms.  —  SINCE THE outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, teachers, principals, administrators and parents across the United States have worked mightily to help students keep learning.  Schools developed new curriculums …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Robby Soave / Reason:
Chicago Teachers Union: ‘The Push To Reopen Schools Is Rooted in Sexism, Racism, and Misogyny’  —  The Chicago Teachers Union, which represents more than 28,000 educators in the nation's third largest city, tweeted on Sunday: “The push to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny.”
Discussion: Instapundit and Twitchy
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
Pompeo to Head Home to Kansas With Plenty of Alternatives
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
A centrist mandate for Joe Biden
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
After leaving GOP, David Jolly weighs his political future in Florida as an independent
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
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Mica Soellner / Washington Examiner:
Chris Wallace corrects HHS secretary for not calling Biden the president-elect
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
In 2020, Disinformation Broke The US
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
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Politico:
‘Every Day Was Like a Veep Episode’: The Veepiest Moments of the Trump Era
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