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6:20 PM ET, November 28, 2021


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Kai Kupferschmidt / Science:
‘Patience is crucial’: Why we won't know for weeks how dangerous Omicron is  —  Lab tests and patterns of spread will show whether the new SARS-CoV-2 variant's many mutations are a serious threat  —  At 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday, Kristian Andersen, an infectious disease researcher at Scripps Research …
Lesley Wroughton / Washington Post:   Frustrated by vaccine inequity, a South African lab is on the cusp of replicating Moderna's shot
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Fauci says US must prepare for omicron variant: ‘Inevitably it will be here’
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Covert Operatives Seized Kabul, Other Afghan Cities From Within  —  Success of Kabul's undercover network, loyal to the Haqqanis, changed balance of power within Taliban after U.S. withdrawal  —  KABUL—Undercover Taliban agents—often clean-shaven, dressed in jeans and sporting sunglasses …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
CBS News:
Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Face the Nation,” November 28, 2021  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, that aired on Sunday, November 28, 2021, on “Face the Nation.”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: Dr. Fauci, thank you very much for making time.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
‘More money than God:’ Chinese titan lavished Hunter Biden with 3-carat gem, offer of $30 million  —  The Biden family offered their services to a huge, Chinese-government-linked energy consortium to expand its business around the world.  How do we know?  Because of hundreds of emails documenting …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Melissa Koenig / Daily Mail:
Chinese energy firm chairman gifted Hunter Biden an $80,000 diamond after he agreed to help expand the business by making ‘introductions’ for $10MILLION a year  — A new book, Laptop from Hell, claims that Hunter Biden helped expand Chinese influence in America for $10 million a year and an $80,000 diamond
Discussion: New York Post
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Michael Cohen: prosecutors could ‘indict Trump tomorrow’ if they wanted  —  New York investigation of Trump Organization is one of a number of sources of legal jeopardy for the former president  —  Prosecutors in New York could “indict Donald Trump tomorrow if they really wanted and be successful” …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Hill
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir  —  The former defense secretary sued the agency, saying that portions of the book were being concealed “under the guise of classification.”  —  Former Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Sunday sued the agency he once led …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Throws a Fit and Pulls His Ads From Right-Wing Christian Salem Radio Network  —  STATIC  —  Election dead-ender Mike Lindell announced Saturday evening during his 96-hour “thanks-a-thon” event that he had pulled the plug on airing MyPillow advertisements with the right-wing …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ian Urbina / New Yorker:
The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of Europe  —  Acollection of makeshift warehouses sits along the highway in Ghout al-Shaal, a worn neighborhood of auto-repair shops and scrap yards in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.  Formerly a storage depot for cement, the site was reopened in January …
David Pepper / The Guardian:
Republicans are quietly rigging election maps to ensure permanent rule  —  The past decade in Ohio shows how bad it can get - and how quickly.  Despite the state's voters often swinging Democratic, 75% of its congressional delegates are Republican  —  The long-term health of American democracy …
Associated Press:
In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again  —  France is inducting Missouri-born cabaret dancer Josephine Baker who was also a French World War II spy and civil rights activist into its Pantheon  —  PARIS — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer …
Gabriel Katz / Common Sense:
Jew vs. Jew  —  On the real lessons of the Hanukkah story. … On Friday July 16, I moved across the country and into a Moishe House, one of a network of communal Jewish houses in cities including Boston, New York, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh.  On Thursday, July 22, my two roommates asked me to move out.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The dangerous extremism that's killing the Democrats is extreme centrism  —  Long ago, in a United States that now seems far, far away, the coming-to-America story of Saule Omarova would be hailed as a stirring endorsement of our nation as a beacon for democracy seekers.
Discussion: New York Post
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Hero Michael Flynn Secretly Said QAnon Is ‘Total Nonsense’  —  Lin Wood released a recording of a call in which Flynn says QAnon is a CIA-created disinformation campaign.  —  Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has embraced his position as a hero to QAnon conspiracy theorists.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Mediaite
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony  —  With the Senate facing a do-or-die moment on whether it will protect the right to vote and honest counts in elections, opponents of much-needed reforms want to shift the topic to whether liberals are hypocrites about filibuster rules.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Rule of Six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation  —  Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., the Eisenhower appointee who became the liberal lion of the Warren Court, had a tradition for introducing every new batch of law clerks to the realities of the institution.
No one seems to like the Lincoln Project anymore  —  It was the darling of the resistance for savagely attacking Donald Trump.  But now, everyone keeps rolling their eyes at the Lincoln Project and fears they may be clearing a path for the former president's reemergence.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
ABC News:
Build Back Better plan will be completed by Christmas, Klobuchar says  —  The senator appeared on ABC's “This Week” to discuss the economy.  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she's confident the Build Back Better plan will be completed by Christmas, though Republicans are still pushing back on the bill.
Discussion: Vox, Washington Times, The Hill and Insider
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
A Capitol Hill romance: ‘Found love in a hopeless place’  —  Andy Eichar had just entered the wood-paneled elevator on the fourth floor of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill when Gloria Nlewedim breezed in behind him with a friend.  The ride to the lobby on that June …
United States Navy:
U.S. Navy Ship Rescues Iranian Mariners in Gulf of Oman  —  From NAVCENT Public Affairs  —  GULF OF OMAN - A U.S. Navy vessel rescued two Iranian mariners Nov. 27 from a fishing vessel after it was adrift for eight days in the Gulf of Oman.  —  Dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) …
Ralph Vartabedian / New York Times:
Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure  —  The nation's most ambitious engineering projects are mired in postponements and skyrocketing costs.  Delivering $1.2 trillion in new infrastructure will be tough.  —  As Honolulu sprawled into new suburbs west …
Andrea Marks / Rolling Stone:
Ghislaine Maxwell's Sex-Trafficking Trial Is Starting.  Here's What We'll Find Out  —  Who are the alleged co-conspirators?  Will she testify?  Opening arguments begin Nov. 29 in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged procurer
Discussion: The Daily Beast and USA Today
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Youngkin tests activists' patience as he pushes abortion and guns aside
Nick Reisman / Spectrum News 1 Central NY:
Rep. Suozzi to announce whether he'll run for governor
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Local News Outlets Could Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid
Discussion: Insider
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests
German national gets 10-year sentence for murder committed in Syria
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Amid massive shortage, Canada taps strategic reserves — of maple syrup
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Inflation always punishes America's left
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Jan. 6 Organizer Ali Alexander Will Comply With Subpoena Because He's Broke
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
If Merrick Garland Doesn't Charge Trump and His Coup Plotters, Our Democracy Is Toast
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
First lady Jill Biden to unveil the holiday theme and decor for the White House Monday
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill