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8:55 AM ET, December 2, 2021


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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.
Washington Post:
Potential collapse of Roe shakes up political landscape  —  The volatile issue of abortion catapulted to the center of the political debate Wednesday after the Supreme Court signaled it would uphold a law undermining Roe v. Wade, creating the potential for the polarizing issue to reshape the electoral battlefield.
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
The Supreme Court Seems Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade  —  The chief justice suggested a way to restrict abortion without going that far, but the swing voters didn't engage his potential compromise.  —  Chief Justice John Roberts is searching for a compromise to preserve some basic right …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
SCOTUS Will Gaslight Us Until the End  —  Perhaps it would be refreshing if the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court no longer felt the need to lie to us.  The lying, after all, is becoming nearly untenable—especially for an institution that relies on public confidence.
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.
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.
Michael Lee / Fox News:
Supreme Court abortion case: 5 key moments from oral arguments
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Majority of court appears poised to roll back abortion rights
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Mississippi Asks: If Women Can Have It All, Is Roe Necessary?
Symone Sanders to leave the VP's office  —  Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter.
Associated Press:
Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House
Discussion: The Hill, Inquirer News and CNN
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. to extend transit mask mandate through mid-March - sources … President Joe Biden's administration will extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through mid-March, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
‘Handful of fanatics’ to blame for Capitol riot, Trump ally Meadows says in book  —  Ex-chief of staff downplays Trump involvement in insurrection and says mob had ‘absolutely no urging’ from the president  —  In his new memoir, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows blames just …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stacey Abrams is mounting a rematch against Kemp.  What's next?  —  Stacey Abrams ended the guessing game about her future when she announced a second bid for Georgia governor, setting up a possible rematch against her archnemesis Brian Kemp.  —  She focused her campaign launch on the several …
Discussion: Georgia Recorder and Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Stacey Abrams is running for Georgia governor in 2022
Washington Post:
U.S. and Mexico reach deal to restart Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program along border  —  The Biden administration has reached a deal with the Mexican government to restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program that requires asylum seekers to wait outside U.S. territory while their claims are processed …
Discussion: Forbes
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Biden to Announce New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Biden's winter Covid plan includes insurance reimbursement for at-home tests.  —  President Biden will announce Thursday that the more than 150 million Americans …
Washington Post:
Trump could pocket $100 million in deal for money-losing D.C. hotel  —  He lost millions running his D.C. hotel, according to financial documents, but could set a record with a $375 million sale  —  When Donald Trump offered to spend $200 million overhauling one of Washington's …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
‘Magic dirt’: How the internet fueled, and defeated, the pandemic's weirdest MLM  —  The social media posts started in May: photos and videos of smiling people, mostly women, drinking Mason jars of black liquid, slathering black paste on their faces and feet, or dipping babies and dogs in tubs of the black water.
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
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.
Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
Inflation Causing Hardship for 45% of U.S. Households  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the peak of holiday shopping approaches and winter temperatures drive up heating costs across the U.S., 45% of American households report that recent price increases are causing their family some degree of financial hardship.
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 …
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump intervenes in Ohio Senate primary — for himself  —  The Ohio Senate race is turning into one of the most brutal contests of next year's midterm elections — and former President Donald Trump is worried it could hurt him if he waged a 2024 comeback bid.
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: WTOP News and The Hill
Rudi Keller / Missouri Independent:
Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn't make findings public  —  Mask mandates saved lives and prevented COVID-19 infections in Missouri's biggest cities during the worst part of the delta variant wave, an analysis by the state Department of Health and Senior Services shows.
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Chris Cuomo says he's hurt and embarrassed about his suspension from CNN  —  Chris Cuomo says he's hurt and embarrassed about being indefinitely suspended as a primetime host from CNN.  —  A day after the cable news network distanced itself from the top-rated host, Cuomo addressed …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Matter of integrity’: Top official at Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity resigns amid troubling conduct  —  Tim Phillips has resigned as the president of Americans for Prosperity after the Koch-backed conservative organization made clear he was no longer welcome following an internal investigation …
Discussion: Washington Post
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