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12:20 PM ET, November 28, 2021

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Ashish Jha / New York Times:
Omicron: How to Think About the New Variant of Concern  —  Dr. Jha is the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.  —  Every few months, the world learns of a new variant of the coronavirus.  While most of these variants turn out to be inconsequential, some, like the Delta variant, are immensely consequential.
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Telegraph:
South African doctor who raised alarm about omicron variant says symptoms are ‘unusual but mild’  —  Dr Angelique Coetzee noticed otherwise healthy patients showing unusual symptoms and worries how the new variant might hurt the elderly  —  The first South African doctor to alert the authorities …
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Fauci says US must prepare for omicron variant: ‘Inevitably it will be here’  —  There's still time to “enhance our preparedness” with vaccinations, he said.  —  While the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has not yet been detected in the United States, it will “inevitably” arrive, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
Allie Bice / Politico:
Fauci: 'I'm going to be saving lives and they're going to be lying'  —  Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday said Sen. Ted Cruz's call to prosecute him smacked of bias against science.  —  “Anybody who's looking at this carefully realizes …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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.
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
'Doesn't Have a Clue': Trump Calls on Mitch McConnell to Resign as Senate Minority Leader  —  Former President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mitch McConnell to resign as Senate Minority Leader for supporting President Joe Biden's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed Congress earlier this month.
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Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Jim Acosta Rips Kevin McCarthy: ‘Not Going to Stand in the Way’ of the ‘Trump Republican Party Freak Show Caucus’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Moderate House Republican warns McCarthy over embracing far-right members
Discussion: The Guardian and Political Wire
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.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   For Clarence Thomas, avowed critic of Roe v. Wade, Mississippi abortion case a moment long awaited
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
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
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
Politico:
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.
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Canada's indigenous health expert Carrie Bourassa loses job when ancestry claims prove false  —  A Canadian medical researcher who rose to become the nation's top voice on indigenous health has been ousted from her government job and her university professorship — after suspicious colleagues investigated …
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America  —  The capital of Texas has long been an attractive place to call home.  But with an average of 180 new residents a day arriving, its popularity has created a brewing housing crisis that is reshaping the city.
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) …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
 
 
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The National Interest:
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