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8:55 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.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Susan Collins supports codifying Roe v. Wade abortion protections into law  —  Future of Roe v. Wade at stake after Supreme Court arguments  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, the moderate Republican from Maine, favors passing legislation to enshrine the protections of Roe v. Wade into law, her office said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story, MSNBC and UPI
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
David Brody / CBN News:
‘I Believe There Were Irregularities’ in the 2020 Election: What Pence Says to Angry MAGA Fans About What He Did on Jan. 6  —  ‘I Believe There Were Irregularities’ in the 2020 Election: What Pence Says to Angry MAGA Fans About Jan. 6  —  For former Vice President Mike Pence …
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
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Roe v. Wade's future is in doubt after historic arguments at Supreme Court
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh, who told Senate Roe v. Wade was ‘settled as precedent,’ signals openness to overturning abortion decision
Discussion: National Review, ABC News and Fox News
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Majority of court appears poised to roll back abortion rights
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
4 takeaways from the Supreme Court arguments on abortion
Discussion: Twitchy
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  —  It turns out that Trump knew he had COVID at the first presidential debate, but lied about it.  And then covered it up.  —  Of all the insane moments from 2020, this one still stands out: The former president of the United States knowingly …
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Gov. Brian Kemp, announces bid for Georgia governor in a potential rematch
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.
NBC News:
Jeffrey Epstein introduced me to Trump at 14, Ghislaine Maxwell accuser says  —  Youngest accuser takes stand in Ghislaine Maxwell trial  —  One of the four women who say they were “groomed” for sex by Ghislaine Maxwell testified Wednesday that disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump when she was just 14.
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: Washington Examiner
Trump SPAC social media company appears to miss its first product deadline
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Matthew Futterman / New York Times:
WTA Suspends Tournaments in China Over Treatment of Peng Shuai
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Michael Fanone: ‘Moron’ Capitol Rioter Who Electroshocked Me Was ‘Manipulated’ By Trump  —  Danny Rodriguez drove a stun gun into Fanone's neck on Jan. 6.  The D.C. police officer says Rodriguez's FBI confession tape is revealing.  —  D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
We may have already missed our last, best chance to bolster American democracy  —  In last year's election, Americans did not punish Republicans for their radical, anti-democratic turn with a resounding electoral defeat.  Now, more than a year later, we can clearly see horrible and potentially irreversible implications of that.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Abortion Will Be Outlawed in Purple States Too  —  The only mild saving grace to today's SCOTUS arguments is that the pretenses are removed.  These are ideologues and politicians.  Their entire political movement has been propelled by the goal of overturning Roe v Wade and outlawing abortion.
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 …
David French / The Atlantic:
The New Right's Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness  —  Last month, at the National Conservatism conference, a gathering of hundreds of leaders and members of a movement that hopes to represent a new, less libertarian American right, one of the speakers, a lawyer named Josh Hammer, delivered a strange denunciation of “fusionism.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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Zachary Pleat / Media Matters for America:
Media missed the mark with their gloomy Thanksgiving coverage
Discussion: TechCrunch
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:
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BuzzFeed News:
CIA Files Say Staff Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren't Prosecuted.
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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