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2:30 PM ET, November 28, 2021


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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 …
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.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads  —  What looked a few days ago to be a slow post-holiday morning on the Sunday shows will be newsy instead as America awaits updates on the new Omicron variant from South Africa.  No cases of O have been detected in the U.S. as I write this on Saturday morning …
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Lesley Wroughton / Washington Post:   Frustrated by vaccine inequity, a South African lab is on the cusp of replicating Moderna's shot
South African doctor who raised alarm about omicron variant says symptoms are ‘unusual but mild’
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.
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
For Clarence Thomas, avowed critic of Roe v. Wade, Mississippi abortion case a moment long awaited
Discussion: Althouse
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: Mediaite and Rolling Stone
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
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.
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
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 …
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: The Hill and 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
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
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 …
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
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: The Hill, Insider and Washington Times
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Local News Outlets Could Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony
German national gets 10-year sentence for murder committed in Syria
Washington Post:
Amid massive shortage, Canada taps strategic reserves — of maple syrup
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Inflation always punishes America's left
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Jan. 6 Organizer Ali Alexander Will Comply With Subpoena Because He's Broke
Discussion: 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
Erdogan orders probe into Turkish lira's slump - Anadolu
John Asbury / Newsday:
Proud Boys march, hand out flyers in Rockville Centre
Discussion: Raw Story
The National Interest:
Russian & Chinese Ambassadors: Respecting People's Democratic Rights
Discussion: TASS