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1:45 PM ET, November 29, 2021


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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is expected to step down, sources say  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is expected to step down from his executive role, sources tell CNBC's David Faber.  —  Twitter stock jumped more than 11% on the news.  —  Dorsey currently serves as both the CEO of Twitter and Square, his digital payments company.
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will step down
Discussion: CBS News, National Review and CoinDesk
Washington Post:
As omicron emerges, a tired public has little appetite for new restrictions  —  Cold weather is driving more Americans indoors.  The holiday season has prompted a wave of travel, generating new lines of covid transmission.  And the delta variant is pushing up hospitalizations.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, GOV.UK and Mother Jones
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden says ‘lockdowns’ not needed to curb coronavirus variant  —  President Biden said Monday that his administration was not recommending further restrictions on businesses or in-person gatherings to combat the coronavirus pandemic amid concerns about the new omicron variant.
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
No Severe COVID Cases Among Vaccinated Patients Infected With Omicron, Top Israeli Expert Says
Discussion: UPI, New York Times and Townhall
With Kamala Harris looking unelectable, the Democrats are considering the nuclear option  —  Whispers in Washington suggest Joe Biden's camp has a plan to find a more popular replacement ahead of the 2024 White House battle  —  Democrats desperately scrambling to find a potential successor …
New York Times:
Rep. Tom Suozzi Is Running for Governor of New York  —  Mr. Suozzi entered a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge the incumbent, Gov. Kathy Hochul.  —  Representative Thomas Suozzi, a Long Island Democrat, announced on Monday that he would enter the race for governor of New York …
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Rep. Suozzi announces bid for New York governor, joins crowded Democratic primary
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Michael Gormley / Newsday:
Rep. Suozzi announces gubernatorial run, joins crowded Dem field
Discussion: Bloomberg and THE CITY
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 …
GOP courts anti-vaxxers with jobless aid  —  Republican officials around the country are testing a creative mechanism to build loyalty with unvaccinated Americans while undermining Biden administration mandates: unemployment benefits.  —  Driving the news: Florida, Iowa …
Washington Post:
Democratic midterm fears mount as policies fail to resonate with voters  —  At a virtual fundraiser late last month, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) shared a blunt assessment about the Democratic Party.  —  “Democrats are terrible at messaging,” she said, according to notes taken by one attendee.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Dems' dicey decision: Punish Boebert or not?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IS AN APOLOGY ENOUGH?  — The drama surrounding Rep. LAUREN BOEBERT's (R-Colo.) Islamophobic comments about Rep. ILHAN OMAR (D-Minn.) is about to heat up as lawmakers return from Thanksgiving recess this week.
NBC News:   Republicans target Biden, Democrats over inflation. What would they do about it?
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'They're all begging me': Trump's 2024 veep tryouts get underway  —  The last time Donald Trump picked a running mate, he made a conventional choice in Mike Pence — a relatively safe decision with traditional presidential ticket-balancing in mind.  —  But as Trump gears up for a 2024 bid …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Great Escape  —  Why workers are quitting their jobs, after the trauma of the pandemic.  —  The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets.  “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly.  “The only thing I don't have is birds.”
Washington Post:
Trump allies work to place supporters in key election posts across the country, spurring fears about future vote challenges  —  In Michigan, local GOP leaders have sought to reshape election canvassing boards by appointing members who expressed sympathy for former president Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 vote was rigged.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How will the media cover Trump in 2024? Insiders are sounding the alarm.
Discussion: Insider
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Welcome to the Beach Cafe, the Upper East Side's Republican Cheers  —  There's this unassuming pub on the corner of 70th and Second that's a dovecote for that rarest of birds: the right-winged Manhattanite.  It's called the Beach Cafe.  Cindy Adams comes here.
Discussion: Raw Story
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
‘Gifts from the Heart’ is Biden White House Christmas theme  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — “Gifts from the Heart” is the theme of President Joe Biden's first White House Christmas.  —  First lady Jill Biden was scheduled on Monday to unveil decorations matching the theme, said to be inspired by people …
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Jill Biden unveils traditional White House holiday décor
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
A colossal flop — fawning media can't save Chris Christie's new book  —  Just 2,000 copies sold … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  It's hard to recall a former politician who was showered with more free media attention than Chris Christie this month as he peddled his new book, “Republican Rescue.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Jury selection begins in criminal trial of Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of staging hate crime on himself  —  Jury selection began Monday in the criminal trial of Jussie Smollett , a black actor who claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in Chicago only to have authorities allege he fabricated the event.
Paul Best / Fox News:
Flashback: Kamala Harris once called Jussie Smollett's claims of an attack an ‘attempted modern day lynching’
Discussion: National Review
Adam Sabes / Fox News:
Arizona university students demand administration to ‘withdraw’ Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘killer off our campus’  —  The groups claim Kyle Rittenhouse is a ‘violent blood-thirsty murderer’  —  Kyle Rittenhouse opens up about trial acquittal  —  Several left-leaning student organizations …
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney+ Drops ‘Simpsons’ Episode in Hong Kong Because of Tiananmen Square Joke  —  The 2005 episode features the Simpson family visiting Beijing, where they drop by the landmark, finding a placard that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”  —  Disney+ users in Hong Kong have noticed …
Dems want Biden to start swinging at Republicans.  Allies aren't sure he can.  —  Joe Biden spent much of his first year in office proving he could still work across the aisle.  Now, with the second year approaching, Democrats want him to turn up the heat on Republicans.
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Fauci: You don't have a problem with me, you have a problem with science
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
How far-right extremist groups face exposure from army of hacktivists
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
The Toll of NYCHA's Lead Lies: A Brooklyn Girl Poisoned as Officials Covered Up Danger
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Lessons of Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy
Leonard Shapiro / Washington Post:
Lee Elder, barrier-breaking golfer, dies at 87
Discussion: New York Times
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
The Woman on the Bridge  —  Police and prosecutors spent five years chasing a domestic violence case.
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Congress returns to work staring down fiscal deadlines and fights over Biden's agenda
Kristofer Harrison / The Bulwark:
Meet the Texas Secessionist Movement: Brought to You by Russia
Discussion: Morning Shots and Raw Story
Amy Qin / New York Times:
As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash
Discussion: Just Security
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir