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3:55 PM ET, November 27, 2021

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Erin Banco / Politico:
New Covid variant triggers urgent moment for Biden health team  —  The emergence of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 has sparked urgent conversations among top Biden administration health officials about how to fend off a potential new surge in the U.S. and about the need to significantly ramp …
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
New Virus Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines Still Likely to Work  —  The Omicron variant carries worrisome mutations that may let it evade antibodies, scientists said.  But it will take more research to know how it fares against vaccinated people.  —  Scientific experts …
Reuters:
U.S. President Biden calls for intellectual property protection waivers after Omicron discovery  —  U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations expected to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Gov. Kathy Hochul orders halt on elective surgery amid COVID spike, Omicron
Discussion: The Guardian and Trending Politics
Charles Sykes / MSNBC:
Charlottesville verdict another missed opportunity for Republicans to disavow hate  —  Despite a jury's $25 million verdict against a group of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and organizers of the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, “Unite the Right” rally, Republican leaders, once again …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: MTG plays cat and mouse with McCarthy  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Just a few days after Rep. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE called KEVIN MCCARTHY “weak” and said he needed to earn her vote to become speaker, the Republican lawmaker from Georgia took a different tone toward the GOP leader Friday night.
Discussion: Associated Press and Boston Herald
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
In Minneapolis Schools, White Families Are Asked to Help Do the Integrating  —  In a citywide overhaul, a beloved Black high school was rezoned to include white students from a richer neighborhood.  It has been hard for everyone.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — When Mauri Friestleben learned that Minneapolis …
NBC News:
Laser-focused on 2020, Trump seeks a Michigan Legislature that could help him in 2024  —  Jon Rocha was settling in to watch the new “Ghostbusters” with his young daughter at the movies last week when he got the news: Former President Donald Trump had endorsed his bid for state representative in Michigan.
Danny Lee / South China Morning Post:
BA to temporarily suspend passenger flights to and from Hong Kong  —  Two separate sources say British flag carrier took decision after at least one of its aircrew members tested positive for Covid-19 at Hong Kong airport Most of the BA staff on flight were then taken to Penny's Bay quarantine centre …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Bloomberg
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Los Angeles-area looters target Home Depot, Bottega Veneta stores on Black Friday: reports  —  Tools stolen Friday from a Home Depot store — such as crowbars, mallets and sledgehammers — will likely be used in future crimes, authorities fear  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for November 26
Associated Press:
Court blocks Covid-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons  —  WHO calls Omicron strain a ‘variant of concern’ as U.S. adds travel restrictions  —  A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked an order that all California prison workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption.
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and The Hill
David Zipper / The Atlantic:
The Deadly Myth That Human Error Causes Most Car Crashes  —  More than 20,000 people died on American roadways from January to June, the highest total for the first half of any year since 2006.  U.S. road fatalities have risen by more than 10 percent over the past decade, even as they have fallen across most of the developed world.
Tunku Varadarajan / Wall Street Journal:
Walter Kirn Is Middle America's Defiant Defender  —  The novelist discusses the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and urban elites' illiberal attitudes toward those who live between the East and West coasts.  —  The Kyle Rittenhouse case reminds Walter Kirn of an incident from his youth in rural Minnesota.
Voice of America:
Iran Forces Fire on Water Protesters in Most Violent Crackdown Since July  —  Iranian security forces appear to have fired tear gas and pellet guns at protesters in the central city of Isfahan in what activists say is the most violent government crackdown on dissent in the Islamic republic since July.
 
 
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Sonam Sheth / Insider:
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Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill