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12:10 PM ET, November 30, 2021


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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump called aides hours before Capitol riot to discuss how to stop Biden victory  —  Sources tell Guardian Trump pressed lieutenants at Willard hotel in Washington about ways to delay certification of election result  —  Hours before the deadly attack on the US Capitol this year …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Never Got Another Classified Intelligence Briefing After Jan. 6  —  Donald Trump skipped his classified intelligence briefings for the holidays.  And then, after his Jan. 6 briefing didn't happen, he never got another one, a new CIA book reveals.  —  After a holiday break …
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Trump effort to stymie Jan. 6 committee faces appeals court reckoning  —  Three federal appeals judges are set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could determine whether Jan. 6 investigators can piece together Donald Trump's mindset and movements as a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol.
CNN:   Appeals court judges skeptical of Trump's arguments for blocking release of his January 6 documents
Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
Moderna chief predicts existing vaccines will struggle with Omicron  —  Stéphane Bancel foresees ‘material drop’ in current jabs' effectiveness, sending stocks and oil prices lower  —  The chief executive of Moderna has predicted that existing vaccines will be much less effective …
Tina Reed / Axios:
Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters  —  The emergence of the Omicron COVID variant is turbocharging the push for vaccine boosters, and experts say a booster may soon become a requirement to be considered “fully vaccinated.”  —  Why it matters: Booster uptake has been sluggish so far …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Red America has seen the highest rates of cases and deaths, and the lowest rate of vaccinations
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Case Against Abortion  —  A striking thing about the American abortion debate is how little abortion itself is actually debated.  The sensitivity and intimacy of the issue, the mixed feelings of so many Americans, mean that most politicians and even many pundits really don't like to talk about it.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Why Conservatives Adopted a Pro-Choice Slogan
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
New York Daily News:
An errant op-ed: Rich Azzopardi, Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Tish James  —  We publish lots of op-eds.  More often than we'd like, errors make it into print.  It is rare that a guest opinion essay has misstatements rooted in an author's personal recollection that we specifically sought …
CNN to conduct ‘thorough review’ of documents showing Chris Cuomo's intimate role advising brother Andrew Cuomo
New York Times:
‘Trust Me’: Chris Cuomo Played Outsize Role in Ex-Gov. Cuomo's Defense
POLITICO Playbook: How the continuing resolution stole Christmas
Discussion: IJR, New York Post, RedState and Power Line
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
New opioids, more powerful than fentanyl, are discovered in D.C. amid deadly wave of overdoses  —  Forensic analysts have identified a new and highly potent family of synthetic opioids in the District's illicit drug supply, a worrisome discovery in a city already struggling with a wave of fatal overdoses that shows no signs of abating.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Supervised Injection Sites for Drug Users to Open in New York City
Discussion: NBC New York and National Review
Washington Post:
GOP resistance to preschool plan could imperil key Biden proposal in many states  —  His signature universal preschool plan would depend on the participation of states, which have had uneven approaches to implementing federal aid  —  The White House's proposal to create universal prekindergarten …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Greene calls fellow Republican ‘trash’ of GOP conference  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) blasted Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) after the South Carolina lawmaker criticized Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for an anti-muslim remark Boebert made about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Red states are now paying people not to get vaccinated  —  Once upon a time, states debated whether to pay people to get vaccinated.  Now, some red states are paying people not to get vaccinated, by cutting checks to workers who quit or are fired because they refuse covid-19 shots.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Pence 2024?  —  Mike Pence spent much of his vice presidency quietly catering to the whims of President Donald Trump.  But on January 6, he broke with Trump by refusing to overturn the 2020 election results.  And now, Pence is eyeing a presidential run of his own, even though his old boss hasn't ruled out a 2024 campaign.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
A shadow war in space is heating up fast  —  When Russia blows up a satellite in space with a missile (as it did this month), or when China tests a new hypersonic missile (as it did last month), the ongoing arms race in space leaps into the news.  But in between these “Sputnik”-like moments …
Discussion: The Nation
Konrad Putzier / Wall Street Journal:
Metaverse Real Estate Piles Up Record Sales in Sandbox and Other Virtual Realms  —  Firms' purchases of digital land in online worlds are bets that property values will rise as more people join in  —  The latest hot real-estate market isn't on the scenic coasts or in balmy Sunbelt cities.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Lorne Michaels still lives for Saturday night … NEW YORK — Episode 4.  Season 47.  —  “I got a lot of notes here.”  —  “Chloe, you've got to play it to camera.”  —  Fifty-three minutes to showtime.  —  “James, can we get you up in the seat?”  —  You can't see Lorne Michaels behind …
Hannah Allam / Washington Post:
‘Welcome to our world’: Muslims see disparities and dangers in Jan. 6 probe  —  “LOL!!”  Obeidallah tweeted when a rioter who bragged that she'd never go to jail ended up with a two-month sentence.  —  “FINALLY!!!” he wrote in celebration of charges against a man who allegedly punched a police officer.
Democrats' December dread builds after defense stumble  —  Senate Democrats' daunting year-end agenda started off with a face plant on a routine, popular defense bill.  That was supposed to be the easy part.  —  Senate Republicans' Monday blockade of the annual defense legislation over lack …
Wall Street Journal:
White House Considering Richard Cordray as Top Fed Banking Regulator  —  Ohio attorney served as the first confirmed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  —  President Biden is considering Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Chris Casteel / The Oklahoman:
Defense secretary Lloyd Austin says Oklahoma National Guard members must get vaccinated  —  Members of the Oklahoma National Guard must get vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of their duty status or personal beliefs, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday.
Wall Street Journal:
Powell Warns Omicron Variant Could Worsen Inflation-Boosting Bottlenecks  —  Officials could weigh whether to accelerate reduction in asset purchases at next meeting  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is grappling with how to chart policy amid an inflationary surge far larger …
A.O. Scott / New York Times:
Tony Kushner, Oracle of the Upper West Side  —  When Steven Spielberg asked Kushner, America's most important living playwright, to take on ‘West Side Story,’ he thought, 'He's lost his mind.' But he dared.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Washington Post:
Local news deserts are expanding: Here's what we'll lose  —  The state of local journalism is widely, and correctly, understood to be grim.  About 2,200 local print newspapers have closed since 2005, and the number of newspaper journalists fell by more than half between 2008 and 2020.
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