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2:45 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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Tested Positive for Virus Days Before Debate, 2 Ex-Officials Say  —  The former president first received a positive coronavirus test days ahead of his first debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr., and then received a negative result, two former officials say.
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
House Freedom Caucus asks McConnell to force government shutdown over Biden's vaccine mandate
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Washington Post
Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Dickens wins runoff election, will become Atlanta's 61st mayor
Discussion: UPI and The Root
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.
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
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 …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
4 takeaways from the Supreme Court arguments on abortion
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Discussion: CNN, CBS News, NBC News, and The Hill
Boston Herald:
Full Text: Gov Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito letter on not seeking re-election
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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
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
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Chris Cuomo: Suspension from CNN ‘embarrassing’  —  CNN's Chris Cuomo said he is embarrassed after being suspended by the network on Tuesday following new revelations about his involvement in his brother, former N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D), campaign to defend himself from allegations of sexual harassment.
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Buttigieg remains silent on former top aide helping Andrew Cuomo fight sexual harassment accusations
Discussion: Washington Examiner
First confirmed US case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in California  —  Tonight, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta host a global town hall on the Omicron coronavirus variant and Dr. Anthony Fauci will answer viewer questions.  Watch live at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.
Discussion: Yale Daily News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge: Trump and allies ‘stoked the flames of fear’ that led to Jan. 6 violence  —  A federal judge said Wednesday that those who organized a pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol “stoked the flames of fear” and deserve to be held accountable for what they unleashed.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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: HotAir and The Hill
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
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
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Dark-Money Group Paid Former Trump AG to Ask for Pardons—and He Never Registered as a Lobbyist  —  Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker left the Trump administration and almost immediately started asking for presidential pardons—without registering as a lobbyist.
Discussion: Raw Story
Leighton Woodhouse / Glenn Greenwald:
How the Corporate Media Launched a Disinformation Campaign to Protect Fauci  —  As public anger grew over gruesome and medically useless dog experiments funded by Fauci's agencies and budgets, his media allies came to the rescue with a pack of lies. … Its pro-Fauci mission …
Discussion: The Hill
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Congressman Peter DeFazio:
Congressman Peter DeFazio Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election
Megan Basham / The Daily Wire:
Biden Family Christmas Stocking Photo Leaves Out Hunter Biden's 3-Year-Old Daughter, Born Out Of Wedlock
Discussion: Slate
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
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Nancy Pelosi Goes Maskless at Crowded DC Event
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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 …
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
E. Jean Carroll / Ask E. Jean:
Trump v. Me  —  On Friday, December 3rd, in this Year of Our Lord, 2021, Donald Trump's lawyers …