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12:30 AM ET, November 29, 2021


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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 …
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
No Severe COVID Cases Among Vaccinated Patients Infected With Omicron, Top Israeli Expert Says  —  After omicron was detected in Israel, experts add that it will be two weeks before there is credible data on the variant's vaccine resistance.  Health minister says Israel has been preparing for the arrival of a new variant for some time
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and HotAir
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’
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Inside the ‘Misinformation’ Wars  —  Journalists and academics are developing a new language for truth.  The results are not always clearer.  —  On Friday afternoons this fall, top American news executives have dialed into a series of off-the-record Zoom meetings led by Harvard academics whose goal is to …
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.
New York Times:
In a Nonbinary Pronoun, France Sees a U.S. Attack on the Republic  —  When a French dictionary included the gender-nonspecific “iel” for the first time, a virulent reaction erupted over “wokisme” exported from American universities.  —  PARIS — Perhaps France was always going to have a hard time with nonbinary pronouns.
Sarah Polus / The Hill:
McConaughey says he won't seek political office ‘at this moment’  —  Actor Matthew McConaughey on Sunday shot down swirling speculation that he might launch a gubernatorial bid in his home state of Texas.  —  The “True Detective” star announced his decision to not enter the political arena …
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 …
Discussion: Insider
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Former GOP Congresswoman Urges Voters to Oust Boebert, Greene: ‘Take Out the Trash’  —  Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of Virginia urged voters to support primary challengers to GOP Congresswomen Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, saying “take out the trash.”
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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” …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
CBS News:
Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Face the Nation,” November 28, 2021
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Iranian Brig.-Gen. urges destruction of Israel prior to nuke talks  —  “We will not back off from annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter.”  —  The spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran's armed forces, Brig.-Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, on Saturday urged the total elimination …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Jasmine Wright / CNN:
Second gentleman attends National Menorah lighting ceremony: ‘Jewish history is American history’  —  (CNN)Doug Emhoff, husband to Vice President Kamala Harris, spoke at the National Menorah lighting ceremony on Sunday for the first night of Hanukkah.  —  The first Jewish spouse of a president …
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
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump's Senate picks stumble out of the gate  —  Donald Trump's favorite in the Alabama Senate race is treading water.  His pick in Pennsylvania just bowed out of the GOP primary after losing custody of his children.  In Alaska and North Carolina, two other Trump-endorsed Senate candidates are behind in primary election polls.
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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
David Pepper / The Guardian:
Republicans are quietly rigging election maps to ensure permanent rule
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
A Capitol Hill romance: ‘Found love in a hopeless place’
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United States Navy:
U.S. Navy Ship Rescues Iranian Mariners in Gulf of Oman
Andrea Marks / Rolling Stone:
Ghislaine Maxwell's Sex-Trafficking Trial Is Starting. Here's What We'll Find Out
Discussion: The Daily Beast and USA Today
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Rule of Six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
'Doesn't Have a Clue': Trump Calls on Mitch McConnell to Resign as Senate Minority Leader
No one seems to like the Lincoln Project anymore
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America