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6:05 PM ET, December 1, 2021

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Live Updates: Mississippi Abortion Law Arguments Conclude at Supreme Court  —  The arguments are over.  Here's what happens next.  —  The justices will cast tentative votes at a private conference in the coming days.  The senior justice in the majority will then assign the majority opinion to a colleague or, just as likely, keep it.
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Washington Post:
Fate of Roe v. Wade in the hands of the Supreme Court after spirited arguments … The Supreme Court on Wednesday signaled that it is on the verge of a major shift in its abortion jurisprudence after hearing nearly two hours of arguments from attorneys for Mississippi, an abortion provider from the state and the Biden administration.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court conservatives look ready to gut Roe v. Wade during arguments in Mississippi abortion case
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
4 takeaways from the Supreme Court arguments on abortion
Discussion: Twitchy
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
This Is How Roe Ends  —  This is how Roe v. Wade ends — without pretense or pretext …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and Jezebel
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Roberts wonders: Is it a good thing that our abortion laws are closest to ... North Korea and China?
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Washington Examiner:
Dobbs abortion case threatens Democrats' house of cards
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump tested positive for Covid few days before Biden debate, chief of staff says in new book  —  Mark Meadows makes stunning admission in new memoir obtained by Guardian, saying a second test returned negative  —  Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Tested Positive for Virus Days Before Debate, 2 Ex-Officials Say
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Stacey Abrams is running for Georgia governor in 2022  —  Stacey Abrams launched a campaign for Georgia governor on Wednesday with a pledge to fight for economic equality and expand healthcare access, setting up a potential rematch against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in one of the nation's …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Stacey Abrams Says She's Running for Georgia Governor
CNN:
First confirmed US case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in California  —  Tonight, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta host a global town hall on the Omicron coronavirus variant and Dr. Anthony Fauci will answer viewer questions.  Watch live at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.
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CNBC:
Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Sex crimes accuser testifies Jeffrey Epstein took her to meet Trump when she was 14  — A woman who says she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell testified that Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump at his Florida club when she was 14 years old.
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Anders Anglesey / Newsweek:
QAnon Followers Rush to Defend Donald Trump After Pilot Testifies He Was on Jeffrey Epstein's Jet
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Michigan Gunman's Parents Had Been Called Into School on Morning of Shooting  —  Ethan Crumbley, 15, had displayed “behavior in the classroom” that school officials “felt was concerning.”  —  The shooter who allegedly killed four students and injured seven, including a teacher …
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New York Times:
Michigan School Shooting Live Updates: Suspect Faces Murder and Terrorism Charges
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Marcus Lamb, head of Daystar, a large Christian network that discouraged vaccines, dies after getting covid-19  —  Marcus Lamb, founder of the large Christian network Daystar, died Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus.  Lamb's network during the pandemic has made the virus a huge focus …
Asher Notheis / Washington Examiner:
IOC member says Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is ‘fine’ after video call  —  A long-standing member of the International Olympic Committee said people who spoke to missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai have reached the “unanimous conclusion” that she is “fine.”
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Joshua Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
Women's Tennis Suspends Events in China Following Allegation Against Government Official
Krystal Hu / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump's social media venture seeks $1 billion raise, sources say … Former President Donald Trump's new social media venture is seeking to raise up to $1 billion by selling shares to hedge funds and family offices at several times the valuation it commanded in a deal …
Discussion: Political Wire
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CNBC:   Trump SPAC social media company appears to miss its first product deadline
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Katie Curran O'Malley, retired judge and former first lady, launches bid for Maryland attorney general  —  Katie Curran O'Malley is running for Maryland attorney general, setting the stage for an unprecedented battle between the former first lady and her husband's lieutenant governor.
Politico:
Marty Walsh is weighing a run for Massachusetts governor  —  BOSTON — Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is weighing whether to return home to Massachusetts and run for governor next year, according to two sources with knowledge of his deliberations.  —  A number of Democrats have called Walsh …
Emma Platoff / The Boston Globe:
Governor Charlie Baker telling allies he isn't running for reelection  —  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the Republican who maintained the enduring support of his blue state constituents through boom times, the Trump presidency, and in the face of mass death during the COVID-19 pandemic …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Why the Discredited Dossier Does Not Undercut the Russia Investigation  —  Donald J. Trump and his backers say revelations about the Steele dossier show the Russia investigation was a “hoax.”  That is not what the facts indicate.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald J. Trump and his allies …
Discussion: Twitchy and Just Security
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Conservatives plot government shutdown over vaccine mandate  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FRIDAY'S SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN GETS REAL — Conservatives on both sides of the Capitol are privately plotting to force a government shutdown Friday in an effort to defund …
BuzzFeed News:
CIA Files Say Staff Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children.  They Weren't Prosecuted.  —  Over the past 14 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
America Is Running Out of New Ideas  —  Sign up for Derek's newsletter here.  —  Let's start with a simple mystery: What happened to original blockbuster movies?  —  Throughout the 20th century, Hollywood produced a healthy number of entirely new stories.
Emily Baker-White / BuzzFeed News:
“This Is Blackface”: Inside The Virtual Reality Company Trying To Scale Diversity Training  —  Mursion tells big corporate clients that its VR simulations will help teach racial sensitivity.  But the actors playing its Black characters are often white.  —  Copy
Discussion: HotAir
Harvard University:
1. A majority (52%) of young Americans believe that our democracy is either “in trouble,” or “failing”  — Only 7% of young Americans view the United States as a “healthy democracy”; 27% described the nation as a “somewhat functioning democracy,” 39% a “democracy in trouble,” …
 
 
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Reuters:
Inside Trump's campaign to demonize two Georgia election workers
Discussion: Raw Story
New England Journal of Medicine:
Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness in New York State
Missouri Independent:
Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn't make findings public
Tim Redmond / 48 hills:
Supes pass key affordable housing bill with a veto-proof majority
Kim Ghattas / The Atlantic:
Iran Feels Cornered by the Biden Administration
Discussion: New York Times and Defense One
Washington Post:
The best response to Russia's threats is a closer relationship with Ukraine
Discussion: Insider and National Review
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YouTube:
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John Wright / Raw Story:
Trump supporter arrested after allegedly casting multiple ballots in Florida
Discussion: Villages-News
Wall Street Journal:
Racy Affair Saga Between Jeff Bezos and Enquirer Reaches Final Chapter
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Dr. Oz Quacks the Code of Republican Politics
Axios:
Clinton Foundation donations plummet 75%
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze