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7:35 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.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Mississippi Asks: If Women Can Have It All, Is Roe Necessary?  —  One argument in the abortion case before the Supreme Court is that balancing work and family is now less of a challenge, but research shows becoming a mother still has a large economic impact on women.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court's pro-gun, pro-life problem  —  On Tuesday, four high school students — ages 14, 16 and 17 — were shot dead in Oxford, Mich., by a 15-year-old classmate firing a 9mm pistol with 15-round magazines.  —  Less than 24 hours later, a Supreme Court majority that seems …
Discussion: The Hill
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Amy Coney Barrett Suggests Forced Pregnancy Is Fine Because of Adoption  —  YIKES  —  Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday indicated she might not be inclined to protect a woman's right to an abortion, suggesting it wasn't necessary thanks to the option to give a child up for adoption.
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
The Supreme Court Seems Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Washington Post
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
This Is How Roe Ends  —  This is how Roe v. Wade ends — without pretense or pretext …
Discussion: Raw Story, Jezebel and Off the Kuff
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
4 takeaways from the Supreme Court arguments on abortion
Discussion: Twitchy
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Majority of court appears poised to roll back abortion rights
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court conservatives look ready to gut Roe v. Wade during arguments in Mississippi abortion case
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh, who told Senate Roe v. Wade was ‘settled as precedent,’ signals openness to overturning abortion decision
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 …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump Tried To Kill Biden With COVID-19
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Insider
Washington Post:
Trump tested positive for coronavirus before first debate with Biden, three former aides 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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Gov. Brian Kemp, announces bid for Georgia governor in a potential rematch
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.”
Joshua Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
Women's Tennis Suspends Events in China Following Allegation Against Government Official
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.
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
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 …
CNBC:   Trump SPAC social media company appears to miss its first product deadline
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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Chilling Videos, Journal Found as Parents Face Scrutiny in Michigan School Shooting  —  Ethan Crumbley, 15, had displayed “behavior in the classroom” that school officials “felt was concerning.”  —  OXFORD, Michigan—The shooter who allegedly killed four students and injured seven …
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times and WTOP News
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says hack breached about 400,000 patients' information  —  A hacker gained access to the personal information of hundreds of thousands of Planned Parenthood patients last month, the reproductive health-care group's Los Angeles branch said Wednesday.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Those Cute Cats Online?  They Help Spread Misinformation.  —  A mainstay of the internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.  —  On Oct. 2, New Tang Dynasty Television, a station linked to the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong …
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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
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 …
Hedge fund CEO readies Senate bid despite Oz announcement  —  PHILADELPHIA — Hedge fund CEO David McCormick is preparing a run for Senate in Pennsylvania, a move that would upend the Republican primary for the third time in as many weeks.  —  McCormick, who runs Bridgewater Associates …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
America is Running on Fumes  —  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.  The top movies of 1998—including Titanic …
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 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 …
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Zachary Pleat / Media Matters for America:
Media missed the mark with their gloomy Thanksgiving coverage
Discussion: TechCrunch
David French / The Atlantic:
The New Right's Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Peggy McGlone / Washington Post:
The Bidens will attend Sunday's Kennedy Center Honors, restoring a tradition that Trump rejected
Discussion: The Hill
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
Rudi Keller / Missouri Independent:
Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn't make findings public
BuzzFeed News:
CIA Files Say Staff Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren't Prosecuted.
 Earlier Items: 
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: National Review and Insider
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Dr. Oz Quacks the Code of Republican Politics