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11:35 PM ET, December 1, 2021


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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 …
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.
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.
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Majority of court appears poised to roll back abortion rights  —  It has been nearly 30 years since the Supreme Court's decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed the constitutional right to abortion that the court first recognized in Roe v. Wade.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Mississippi Abortion Law  —  “What hasn't been at issue in the last 30 years is the line that Casey drew of viability.  There has been some difference of opinion with respect to undue burden, but the right of a woman to choose the right to control her own body …
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.
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.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Mississippi Asks: If Women Can Have It All, Is Roe Necessary?
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court's pro-gun, pro-life problem
Discussion: New Republic, Mother Jones and Fox News
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.
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 …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Stacey Abrams Says She's Running for Georgia Governor
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 …
Trump SPAC social media company appears to miss its first product deadline  — Former President Donald Trump's new social media company appears to have missed its own November deadline to launch an invitation-only beta version of “Truth Social,” its purported alternative to Twitter.
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Political Wire
Krystal Hu / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump's social media venture seeks $1 billion raise, sources say
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Krasner Strikes Again!  Suspect In Murder Of Temple Student Walked After D.A. Dropped Armed Carjacking Charges Against Him  —  for  —  The suspect in the murder of a 21 year-old Temple University student was arrested on Aug. 14th and charged with eight crimes in connection …
Discussion: Power Line
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
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.
Teenagers from remote NT community arrested after escape from Howard Springs COVID quarantine facility … Northern Territory police say they don't believe three teenagers who allegedly absconded from Darwin's Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility this morning came into contact with members of the community.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
GOP Wayne County election official in 2020 ballot dispute dies from COVID-19  —  DETROIT - A Republican election official who caused controversy by initially refusing to certify 2020 Detroit-area results in favor of President Joe Biden has died after being admitted to a hospital with COVID-19.
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Michael R. Bloomberg / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Backing Charter Schools
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Biden Has Slipped With Independents, Can He Win Them Back?
Lizzie Presser / New York Times:
How ‘Shadow’ Foster Care Is Tearing Families Apart
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
The best response to Russia's threats is a closer relationship with Ukraine
Discussion: Insider and National Review
Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: RAW BodyCam Footage of NBC Producer Following Jury Vehicle
Emma Platoff / The Boston Globe:
Governor Charlie Baker telling allies he isn't running for reelection
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Marcus Lamb, head of Daystar, a large Christian network that discouraged vaccines, dies after getting covid-19