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11:50 PM ET, December 2, 2021


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McConnell: No legislative agenda for 2022 midterms  —  Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won't release a legislative agenda before next year's midterms, according to people who've attended private meetings with the minority leader.
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
Avoiding shutdown, Congress approves bill to fund government through Feb. 18  —  House deal on government funding bill could face challenge in the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday passed a short-term government funding bill that will prevent a shutdown before the Friday night deadline …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP tactics herald a grim new era of governing for Biden and Democrats
Discussion: HuffPost and Talking Points Memo
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
John Kennedy Tells Biden Nominee Dale Ho He's Too ‘Angry’ To Be A Federal Judge  —  “We don't need federal judges who are angry,” said the GOP senator, who voted to put angry guy Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.  —  Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told President Joe Biden's judicial nominee Dale Ho …
Discussion: HotAir and RedState
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
More Democratic senators are willing to weigh changes to Supreme Court  —  This week's Supreme Court argument on abortion has accelerated an urgency among Senate Democrats to fundamentally alter how the court operates, fueled in part by lingering anger over Republican confirmation maneuvers …
Mariel Fernandez / NAACP Legal Defense …:   LDF Issues Statement on Misleading References to Brown v. Board of Education by Supreme Court Justices
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:   In case you missed the abortion argument, here's about how it went
Washington Post:
Abortion battles intensify in the states ahead of court ruling expected to undermine Roe v. Wade
Discussion: USA Today
Washington Post:
As world focuses on omicron, delta variant overwhelms parts of U.S.  —  While the U.S. braces for the unknowns of omicron, which has now been detected in Minnesota, St. Cloud Hospital in the central part of the state is still deep in a battle with the delta variant of the coronavirus.
Discussion: CBS News, Shore News Network and Vox
Minnesota Department of Health:
Lab testing confirms state's first COVID-19 case involving Omicron variant
Exclusive: Sinema won't commit to voting for Biden's sweeping social safety net expansion  —  (CNN)Kyrsten Sinema, the influential moderate Democratic senator from Arizona, did not commit to voting for President Joe Biden's sweeping social safety net legislation in a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday …
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
Alec Baldwin's Gun Could Have Fired Without Him Pulling the Trigger, But Did It?  —  In his first major interview since being involved in a fatal shooting on the set of his latest movie, Alec Baldwin made a surprising new claim about his actions that day.  —  Baldwin said the gun went off without him ever actually pulling its trigger.
Meadows' book possible ‘waiver’ of executive privilege, Jan. 6 investigators say  —  Jan. 6 investigators have tried to pry information from Mark Meadows for months.  Now, excerpts from his forthcoming book have piqued the select committee's interest.  —  In interviews, members of the committee …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Shock Jock Confronts Mark Meadows on Alleged Ties to China
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Why a Pollster is Warning Democrats About the 2022 Midterm Elections  —  Focus groups with Virginia voters led to a bluntly worded memo on what Democrats need to do going into the midterms.  —  Brian Stryker, a Democratic pollster, didn't work for Terry McAuliffe's campaign in the Virginia governor's race.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
A CIA Report Shows Trump Abandoned His Duty as Commander in Chief  —  The CIA is too polite to say this directly, but it has issued a report that shows that Donald Trump, while obsessing over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, abandoned one of his primary duties as president …
Discussion: Washington Post and Lawfare
BuzzFeed News:
CIA Files Say Staffers 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.
Ailan Evans / The Daily Caller:   CIA Covered Up Staff Sex Crimes Committed Against Minors
General Michael Hayden / The Cipher Brief:
My Worry for America  —  OPINION — I was a Brigadier General 30 years ago, assigned in Europe as the head of intelligence.  Most of the time I was looking at the Balkans because there was a war going on.  Yugoslavia lasted for 72 years and then it was gone; it fell apart.  —  These were bitter rivalries.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds could release ‘alternative’ Mueller report soon  —  “Primary processing” of compendium mentioned in Mueller aide's book should be complete next month, court filing says.  —  An unpublished investigative compilation sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Mueller Report” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Joshua Malina / The Atlantic:
Cancel Mel Gibson  —  Every day, as dawn's rosy fingers reach through my window, I arise and check in with Twitter, to see what fresh hell awaits.  Generally, by about 6:30, I've been made furious by the outrage du jour.  But recently, I experienced more of a sense of bemusement than ire …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Congress needs to act on Xi Jinping's genocide now  —  This week, a private U.K.-based investigative panel released what it says are classified Chinese government documents that appear to show how Chinese President Xi Jinping personally laid the groundwork for the systematic forced assimilation of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Kayleigh McEnany says she didn't lie in the White House briefing room because she went to Oxford, Harvard, and Georgetown and is a Christian  — Former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claims she didn't lie in the White House briefing room.  — She writes in her upcoming book …
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Liberty University professor charged in alleged abduction, sexual battery of student  —  A professor at Liberty University is accused in the abduction and sexual battery of a student, according to the evangelical school and court records in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and Yahoo
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: No COVID in Cabo!  California governor Gavin Newsom does it again - with a Thanksgiving vacation at $29,000-a-night villa owned by Russian oligarch who admitted dodging $248M in taxes - days after extending state's state of emergency  — Governor Gavin Newsom spent Thanksgiving …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Far right is using Twitter's new rule against anti-extremism researchers  —  Researchers fear the new ban on posts sharing people's private information will be ‘emboldening to the fascists’ eager to keep their identities concealed.  ‘Things now unexpectedly work more in our favor,’ one Nazi sympathizer wrote.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
U.S. hedge-fund billionaire on China disappearing people: They're behaving like a “strict parent”  —  I missed this yesterday.  If you did too, make amends.  Not just because the contrast this clip draws with the moral righteousness displayed by the Women's Tennis Association is so sharp …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Senate candidate Mehmet Oz says he's a Pennsylvania resident now.  So why's he still hanging out in his New Jersey mansion?  —  Mehmet Oz lived in North Jersey for more than three decades.  The celebrity known as “Dr. Oz” has invited magazines and TV cameras to his home overlooking …
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Didi Global Plans to Delist From New York Stock Exchange  —  Chinese ride-hailing giant says it plans to pursue a listing in Hong Kong  —  Didi Global Inc. plans to delist its shares in the U.S. and pursue a listing in Hong Kong, a dramatic reversal just months after the Chinese ride-hailing …
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Republicans defy COVID vaccine policy at the N.J. Statehouse, ignoring troopers who tried to stop them  —  1,456  —  A number of Republican members of the state Assembly openly defied a new COVID-19 vaccine policy at the New Jersey Statehouse on Thursday and took their seats to cast votes anyway …
Sophie Cocke / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Rep. Kai Kahele calls Navy water contamination ‘a crisis of astronomical proportions in Hawaii’  —  Hawaii Rep. Kai Kahele today said that the Navy “is currently experiencing a crisis of astronomical proportions in Hawaii” as military officials scramble to respond to hundreds of reports …
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Phoebe Wall Howard / Detroit Free Press:
School districts across metro Detroit closed Thursday due to threats  —  In the wake of a deadly school shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday, school districts across the area began announcing late Wednesday plans to call off classes on Thursday.  —  Superintendent Pat Watson …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: In three swing states, abortion bans could be on the midterm ballot
Discussion: WKOW and HotAir
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook sold ads comparing vaccine to Holocaust
Washington Post:
Trump asks to dismiss E. Jean Carroll defamation case, citing N.Y. law that would force her to pay fees
William D. Cohan / Puck:
Carlos Watson Has a Cold
Commsdirector / Democratic Socialists of America:
On the Question of Expelling Congressman Bowman
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
FBI Arrests Capitol Rioter With The Help Of The ‘F**k You’ Tattoo On His Middle Finger
Discussion: Detroit News and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Max Read / Read Max:
Is web3 bullshit?  —  And is that even the right question? … Is web3 bullshit?
New York Post:
Ex-Gov. Cuomo under federal probe over sexual harassment claims
Jerusalem Demsas / Vox:
I changed my mind on rent control
Aaron E. Carroll / The Atlantic:
We Opened the Schools and ... It Was Fine
Discussion: Twitchy
Fox News:
Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks says he feels ‘dehumanized,’ ‘demonized’ in first jailhouse interview
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
‘Magic dirt’: How the internet fueled, and defeated, the pandemic's weirdest MLM