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12:50 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 …
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?  —  Perhaps I should revisit my earlier skepticism about oral arguments on Dobbs v Jackson Womens Health.  Chief Justice John Roberts will hold the key as to whether the Supreme Court reverses nearly 50 years …
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
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,” …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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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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
John Wright / Raw Story:
Trump supporter arrested after allegedly casting multiple ballots in Florida
Discussion: Villages-News
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
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
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
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 …
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.