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12:40 PM ET, December 1, 2021


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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 …
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 …
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,” …
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 …
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
Anti-vaccine Christian broadcaster Marcus Lamb dies at 64 after contracting Covid
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
‘How will we survive?’  Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor sounds alarm in fight to overturn Roe v. Wade  — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday expressed fear that a bid to overturn decades-old abortion rights, if successful, would irreparably damage the court.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Live Updates: Mississippi Abortion Law Arguments Conclude at Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
There's No Such Thing As a Pro-Life Feminist
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
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 …
Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates  —  Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, Insider, New York Post and CBS News
Ukraine urges NATO to be ready with sanctions in case of Russian invasion
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Mace and Greene keep feuding, despite McCarthy's effort to intervene  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried — without success — Tuesday night to end an ugly battle between two of his GOP freshmen.  —  The California Republican implored Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) …
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.
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: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Racy Affair Saga Between Jeff Bezos and Enquirer Reaches Final Chapter  —  Probes by federal officials on phone-hack, extortion claims haven't led to public action  —  In 2019, Inc. founder Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of attempting to extort him with embarrassing texts and photos …
Erin Banco / Politico:
How Trump's ‘America First’ edict delayed the global Covid fight  —  With Omicron emerging in countries deprived of vaccines, the failure to develop a strategy to inoculate the world looms large.  —  Decisions by top officials responding to President Donald Trump's edict to protect …
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
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
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
Is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the new ‘Angel of Death’?  —  In August, Vanity Fair published an article labeling Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the “Angel of Death” because of increased COVID-19 infections.  The narrative was that DeSantis was an incompetent governor whose policies led to an “unnecessary” increase in deaths.
Discussion: The Hill
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's Iran Policy Has Become a Disaster for the U.S. and Israel  —  The judges have voted and the results are in: President Donald Trump's decision to tear up the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 — a decision urged on by his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Israel's prime minister …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Jerusalem Post:
COVID: First signs that vaccine protects against Omicron - health minister  —  So far, Israel has registered four cases infected with the new variant, while general morbidity remains low.  —  There are indications that individuals fully vaccinated against corona within six months …
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New York Times:
Build Back Better Act Would Patch Holes in Health Coverage
John Wright / Raw Story:
Trump supporter arrested after allegedly casting multiple ballots in Florida
Discussion: Villages-News
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Nancy Pelosi Goes Maskless at Crowded DC Event
Associated Press:
GOP targets Wisconsin elections system, nonpartisan director
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Virginia Democrat Plays Up Defense as Build Back Better Stalks Sidelines
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 …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Private payrolls post better-than-expected growth of 534,000 in November, ADP says
Discussion: UPI and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Steven Cohen's Venture Firm Backs 24-Hour Stock-Trading Startup
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 …
Christopher Dinsmore / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Sun Media proposes moving printing of newspapers to Delaware, laying off 100+ workers
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Dickens wins runoff election, will become Atlanta's 61st mayor
Discussion: The Root
Washington Post:
Stricter coronavirus testing being weighed for all travelers to U.S.