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12:05 AM ET, November 30, 2021


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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
CNN host Chris Cuomo used his media sources to find out info on brother Andrew's accusers, records show  — Chris Cuomo was actively in touch with a top aide to his brother Andrew Cuomo about incoming reports that detailed alleged sexual harassment by the then-New York governor, new records show.
New York Times:
‘Trust Me’: Chris Cuomo Played Outsize Role in Ex-Gov. Cuomo's Defense  —  Chris Cuomo, the CNN host, participated in strategy discussions and shared a tip on at least one woman who had accused his brother, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.  —  Thousands of pages of new evidence …
Cassie Werber / Quartz:
The doctor who discovered omicron described her patients' symptoms  —  The South African doctor who first identified the omicron variant that is spreading in the country and abroad has described the symptoms as she observed them in her patients, stating that the strain is so far producing “very, very mild” effects in them.
Washington Post:
As omicron emerges, a tired public has little appetite for new restrictions
Representative Ilhan Omar:
Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on Conversation with Rep. Lauren Boebert  —  WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar released the following statement after she spoke with Rep. Lauren Boebert.  —  “Today, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Omar, Boebert blast one another after tense call  —  Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) clashed in what both described as a tense phone call on Monday after video surfaced of the far-right lawmaker making Islamophobic remarks about her colleague.
Michele Goodwin / The Atlantic:
Whatever Happened to the Exceptions for Rape and Incest?  —  Amid all the attention paid to the legal drama surrounding both Mississippi's and Texas's contested abortion laws, one striking detail seems to have escaped much notice: Neither state makes an exception for rape or incest.
John McCormack / National Review:
Will the Supreme Court Overrule Roe and Casey?
Discussion: Reason
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 …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Judge halts Biden vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states
Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will replace Jack Dorsey as CEO  — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief of the social media company.  — Dorsey, 45, was serving as both the CEO of Twitter and Square, his digital payments company.  — Parag Agrawal, the company's chief technology officer …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Jack Dorsey's Exit From Twitter Could Worsen Tech Censorship
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Times and The Verge
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Conservative Media Makes Up a Fake Florida Mansion for Nancy Pelosi  —  Over the weekend, Conservatism Inc. found a new scandal to promote: A false report that Nancy Pelosi had purchased a $25 million mansion in Florida, home to 2024 hopeful, Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Mercury News
Althea Legaspi / Rolling Stone:
Marilyn Manson's Address Raided by L.A. County Sheriff in Sexual Assault Investigation  —  It's confirmed it was his address, his location," a L.A. County Sherriff's source tells Rolling Stone  —  The L.A. County Sheriff's investigators raided an address associated with Marilyn Manson on Monday morning …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Dr. Oz is expected to join Pa.'s U.S. Senate race  —  WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Republican insiders say celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz is likely to join Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, perhaps as soon as this week.Widely known as Dr. Oz, he has already hired top campaign aides and has reached …
Discussion: Political Wire
Katie Hunt / CNN:
World's first living robots can now reproduce, scientists say  —  (CNN)The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce — and in a way not seen in plants and animals.  —  Formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog …
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
As ‘Nutcracker’ Returns, Companies Rethink Depictions of Asians  —  Ballet companies are reworking the holiday classic partly in response to a wave of anti-Asian hate that has intensified during the pandemic.  —  A new character is featured in the Land of Sweets in Pacific Northwest Ballet's …
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Labor board calls for revote at Amazon warehouse in Alabama in major victory for union  —  A hearing officer found that Amazon improperly pressured workers at its Bessemer, Ala., warehouse to oppose unionizing in the first election  —  SEATTLE — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer …
Mike Deehan /
Gov. Baker: QR code vaccine passport coming soon  —  Gov. Charlie Baker expects a state-sanctioned COVID-19 vaccination passport program to be implemented in Massachusetts and several other states soon.  —  During an appearance on GBH News' Boston Public Radio, Baker said a scannable quick response code …
Angela Wang / Insider:
The FAA accidentally disclosed more than 2,000 flight records associated with Jeffrey Epstein's private jets … - Insider filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Aviation Administration, seeking all flight history data associated with four planes owned by Jeffrey Epstein.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Bret Baier's missing courage  —  What happens on Brian Kilmeade's Fox News Radio show has a tendency to stay on Brian Kilmeade's Fox News Radio show.  An exception, however, went down before the Thanksgiving holiday, when Kilmeade, also one of the mainstays of the “Fox & Friends” franchise, chatted with colleague Bret Baier.
Isabel Van Brugen / Newsweek:
Who Is Maurene Comey?  James Comey's Daughter Is Lead Prosecutor in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial  —  A federal prosecutor working on the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, which is set to go to trial on Monday, is the daughter of former FBI Director James Comey.  —  Maurene Comey, an assistant U.S. attorney …
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Republicans stall defense bill over amendment dispute  —  Must-pass defense policy legislation hit a fresh snag in the Senate on Monday as Republicans blocked the bill from advancing, with no clear path to resolving a partisan dispute over amendment votes.  —  An effort to cut off debate …
EXCLUSIVE World Bank works to redirect frozen funds to Afghanistan for humanitarian aid only -sources … The World Bank is finalizing a proposal to deliver up to $500 million from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told Reuters …
Zach Everson / Forbes:
A Third Trump Golf Course Appears To Be Violating Law By Using The Presidential Seal  —  A third Trump golf course appears to have deployed the presidential seal as a tee marker, possibly in violation of a federal law.  —  On Nov. 21, an Instagram user posted a photo showing the presidential seal set …
Discussion: Raw Story
How Steve Bannon Has Exploited Google Ads to Monetize Extremism  —  Google kicked Bannon off YouTube because of his violent rhetoric but still sent ad dollars to his website that promotes misinformation about the election and the pandemic. … Almost a year ago, Google took a major step …
Teaganne Finn / NBC News:
Manchin indicates ‘pathway’ to resolving debt ceiling standoff  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Monday suggested there was a path forward to vote on the debt ceiling and avoid what would be the nation's first ever default.  —  “I understand there was an agreement …
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.”
Background Checks Top 687,000 During Black Friday ‘Week’  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, revealed that the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed 687,788 background checks during …
The White House:
Holidays at The White House  —  2021 White House Holiday Theme:  —  Gifts from the Heart  —  Inspired by the small acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year and throughout the pandemic, rooms throughout the White House are decorated to reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Red America has seen the highest rates of cases and deaths, and the lowest rate of vaccinations
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
‘Patriots 45 MAGA Gang’ planned violence on January 6, prosecutors say
Associated Press:
Food, gas prices pinch families as inflation surges globally
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Salem Media Unbothered By Mike Lindell Pulling His MyPillow Ads From Network
Discussion: Raw Story
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
FBI Document Says the Feds Can Get Your WhatsApp Data — in Real Time
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Withholds Report on Illegal Immigrant Population
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Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida House redistricting map targets Stephanie Murphy's seat, gives GOP big advantage
Discussion: Breitbart and Florida Politics
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators prepare to hold former Trump admin official in contempt
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Lessons of Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
A colossal flop — fawning media can't save Chris Christie's new book
Discussion: Political Wire