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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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The reckless timeline of Trump's positive coronavirus test  —  Donald Trump claimed more than a dozen times that he was the most transparent president in history.  But according to a top aide and ally, when he tested positive for the coronavirus for the first time in the fall of 2020 …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court conservatives look ready to gut Roe v. Wade during arguments in Mississippi abortion case  — The Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday appeared poised to side with Mississippi in its bid to uphold a 15-week abortion ban.  — If so, that ruling …
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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.
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Post
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Roberts wonders: Is it a good thing that our abortion laws are closest to ... North Korea and China?
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
There's No Such Thing As a Pro-Life Feminist
Discussion: New York Times
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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CNN:
CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely  —  New York (CNN Business)CNN said Tuesday that it has suspended Chris Cuomo “indefinitely” after new documents released this week indicated that the anchor was more intimately involved than previously known in helping his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo …
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Buttigieg remains silent on former top aide helping Andrew Cuomo fight sexual harassment accusations
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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Boston Herald:
Full Text: Gov Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito letter on not seeking re-election  —  To Our Friends & Colleagues -  —  After several months of discussion with our families, we have decided not to seek re election in 2022.  This was an extremely difficult decision for us.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection  —  BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, one of the nation's most popular governors, won't seek reelection next year, he said Wednesday in a move that blew Massachusetts' gubernatorial contest wide open and will ripple across down-ballot races in 2022.
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 …
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Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
Anti-vaccine Christian broadcaster Marcus Lamb dies at 64 after contracting Covid
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 …
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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: Just Security
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. voters angry, frustrated over homeless crisis, demand faster action, poll finds  —  Amid deep frustration over widespread, visible homelessness, Los Angeles voters want the government to act faster and focus on shelter for people living in the streets, even if those efforts are short-term …
Discussion: HotAir and The Hill
Anders Anglesey / Newsweek:
QAnon Followers Rush to Defend Donald Trump After Pilot Testifies He Was on Jeffrey Epstein's Jet  —  QAnon followers and commentators have rushed to defend Donald Trump after Jeffrey Epstein's former pilot testified in Ghislaine Maxwell's trial that the former president had traveled on one of the pedophile's private planes.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Dr. Oz Quacks the Code of Republican Politics  —  Having peddled snake oil for years, he's found his true calling in the GOP.  —  Sean Parnell, the Trump-anointed candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, dropped out of the race a week ago after a custody hearing that featured lurid details of his relationship with his ex-wife.
John Wright / Raw Story:
Trump supporter arrested after allegedly casting multiple ballots in Florida  —  A registered Republican and apparent supporter of former president Donald Trump has been arrested and charged with casting more than one ballot in an election.  —  Joan Halstead, a 72-year-old resident of the Villages …
Discussion: Villages-News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why the CIA is so worried about Russia and Ukraine  —  The CIA discovered something scary in October: Russia was moving troops toward the Ukrainian border — and, unlike in previous border thrusts, was making secret plans about how to use them.  —  The agency also worried that the potential conflict zone …
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Axios:
Clinton Foundation donations plummet 75%  —  Donations to the Clinton Foundation plummeted to $16 million last year, down nearly 75% from the organization's peak when former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was running for president, records reviewed by Axios show.
Discussion: Breitbart and TheBlaze
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Nancy Pelosi Goes Maskless at Crowded DC Event  —  Photos granted exclusively to Breitbart News show Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi going maskless at a crowded indoor event, just a day after President Biden urged all Americans to once again start wearing masks indoors.
 
 
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CREW:
Boosted by 8-figure donations, McConnell-aligned nonprofit raised $172 million in 2020
Erin Banco / Politico:
How Trump's ‘America First’ edict delayed the global Covid fight
New York Times:
Build Back Better Act Would Patch Holes in Health Coverage
Wall Street Journal:
Racy Affair Saga Between Jeff Bezos and Enquirer Reaches Final Chapter
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
Is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the new ‘Angel of Death’?
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
GOP targets Wisconsin elections system, nonpartisan director
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Kamala Stopped FBI From Monitoring Black Supremacists Like Waukesha Killer
Andrew Fedorov / Off the Record:
Curse of the Byline Doppelgängers  —  As The New York Times's Julian Barnes …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Private payrolls post better-than-expected growth of 534,000 in November, ADP says
Discussion: UPI and Political Wire
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's Iran Policy Has Become a Disaster for the U.S. and Israel
Discussion: The Atlantic
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Dark-Money Group Paid Former Trump AG to Ask for Pardons—and He Never Registered as a Lobbyist
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Morgan / WGCL-TV:
Khalid Kamau wins mayoral election in South Fulton
E. Jean Carroll / Ask E. Jean:
Trump v. Me  —  On Friday, December 3rd, in this Year of Our Lord, 2021, Donald Trump's lawyers …
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Dickens wins runoff election, will become Atlanta's 61st mayor
Discussion: UPI and The Root
Washington Post:
Stricter coronavirus testing being weighed for all travelers to U.S.