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11:50 AM ET, December 2, 2021

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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The religious right wants states' tax dollars, and the Supreme Court is likely to agree  —  An emboldened religious right wants the public to pay for its schools.  —  The plaintiffs in Carson v. Makin, a case being heard next Wednesday, December 8, begin their brief to the Supreme Court …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Overturning ‘Roe’ would be the easy part for the pro-life movement
Discussion: New York Times and LifeNews.com
Washington Post:
Potential collapse of Roe shakes up political landscape
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
‘Roe’ is dead. The Roberts Court's ‘stench’ will live forever.
Discussion: Slate, Zandar Versus The Stupid and Vox
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Susan Collins supports codifying Roe v. Wade abortion protections into law
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Majority of court appears poised to roll back abortion rights
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
‘Handful of fanatics’ to blame for Capitol riot, Trump ally Meadows says in book  —  Ex-chief of staff downplays Trump involvement in insurrection and says mob had ‘absolutely no urging’ from the president  —  In his new memoir, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows blames just …
Discussion: Washington Post and Insider
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Trump Voters Lived in Germany, They'd Be in the Fascist Party … A recent global poll, which came to my attention via the Liberal Patriot, framed the political choice facing the public in an interesting way.  It asked which position comes closest to the poll taker's own belief …
Discussion: The Liberal Patriot
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
We may have already missed our last, best chance to bolster American democracy  —  In last year's election, Americans did not punish Republicans for their radical, anti-democratic turn with a resounding electoral defeat.  Now, more than a year later, we can clearly see horrible and potentially irreversible implications of that.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Two Election Workers Targeted by Pro-Trump Media Sue for Defamation  —  The two Georgia workers were falsely accused of manipulating ballots by Trump allies and right-wing news sites.  Election officials said the workers did nothing wrong.  —  Two Georgia election workers who were the targets …
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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Georgia election workers suing conspiracy website over ‘campaign of lies’  —  Two Georgia election workers who became the target of conspiracy theories around the 2020 election are suing The Gateway Pundit, a far-right website that published false information about them as part of a sweeping effort …
Discussion: Raw Story and Reuters
Politico:
Symone Sanders to leave the VP's office  —  Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Two more Harris press aides leaving in addition to Sanders
Washington Post:
Symone Sanders, senior adviser to Vice President Harris, will leave post
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Biden to Announce New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Biden's winter Covid plan includes insurance reimbursement for at-home tests.  —  President Biden will announce Thursday that the more than 150 million Americans …
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The White House:
President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-19 this Winter
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
‘Magic dirt’: How the internet fueled, and defeated, the pandemic's weirdest MLM  —  The social media posts started in May: photos and videos of smiling people, mostly women, drinking Mason jars of black liquid, slathering black paste on their faces and feet, or dipping babies and dogs in tubs of the black water.
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House, Senate leaders announce government funding deal as they race to avert shutdown
Washington Examiner:
Biden's COVID failure  —  “I will end this,” then-candidate Joe Biden promised during his second presidential debate with President Donald Trump.  “220,000 Americans dead — anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Newsbusters
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Lauren Effron / ABC News:
Alec Baldwin exclusive: 'The trigger wasn't pulled.  I didn't pull the trigger'  —  George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview airs Thursday on ABC, streams on Hulu  —  Actor Alec Baldwin told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that he had “no idea” …
Washington Post:
U.S. and Mexico reach deal to restart Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program along border  —  The Biden administration has reached a deal with the Mexican government to restart the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program that requires asylum seekers to wait outside U.S. territory while their claims are processed …
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Luke Barr / ABC News:
US rolls out changes to ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy pending Mexico agreement
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Power & Light execs worked closely with consultants behind ‘ghost’ candidate scheme, records reveal |  Special Report  —  Top executives at utility giant Florida Power & Light worked closely with the political consultants who orchestrated a scheme to promote spoiler candidates …
Fox News:
Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks says he feels ‘dehumanized,’ ‘demonized’ in first jailhouse interview  —  Darrell Brooks Jr. spoke to Fox News Digital on Wednesday in Waukesha County Jail  —  The latest on Waukesha parade tragedy  —  WAUKESHA, Wis. - EXCLUSIVE …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Mace chief of staff steps down  —  The chief of staff for Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) has stepped down to pursue a “new opportunity in the private sector” in 2022, Mace's office confirmed on Thursday.  —  In an email Thursday, Mace's office pointed to a story on the conservative website Breitbart …
New York Times:
I.O.C. Says It Held Second Call With Peng Shuai  —  Olympic officials insisted they “shared the same concern as many” about the safety of the Chinese tennis star but offered no details of what they discussed with her.  —  The International Olympic Committee said Thursday that it had held …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump intervenes in Ohio Senate primary — for himself  —  The Ohio Senate race is turning into one of the most brutal contests of next year's midterm elections — and former President Donald Trump is worried it could hurt him if he waged a 2024 comeback bid.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
Inflation Causing Hardship for 45% of U.S. Households  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the peak of holiday shopping approaches and winter temperatures drive up heating costs across the U.S., 45% of American households report that recent price increases are causing their family some degree of financial hardship.
 
 
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Reuters:
Germany imposes curbs on unvaccinated, to make shots mandatory
Discussion: Mediaite
Megan Fox / pjmedia.com:
‘Gutfeld!’ Ratings Explosion Beats Late-Night Giants Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Gableman hires investigator who has brought legal challenges seeking to overturn Wisconsin's presidential results
Politico:
A Fauci no longer in the Fox house
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
The American Mind:
Own Nothing and Love It
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
Hunter Biden's Therapist Said Joe Biden ‘Triumph[ed] Over Dementia’
Washington Post:
Trump could pocket $100 million in deal for money-losing D.C. hotel
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American Greatness:
Third Worldizing America
Associated Press:
AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Chris Cuomo says he's hurt and embarrassed about his suspension from CNN
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Krasner Strikes Again! Suspect In Murder Of Temple Student Walked After D.A. Dropped Armed Carjacking Charges Against Him
Discussion: The Other McCain and Power Line
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Matter of integrity’: Top official at Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity resigns amid troubling conduct
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Michael Fanone: ‘Moron’ Capitol Rioter Who Electroshocked Me Was ‘Manipulated’ By Trump
David Brody / CBN News:
‘I Believe There Were Irregularities’ in the 2020 Election: What Pence Says to Angry MAGA Fans About What He Did on Jan. 6
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BuzzFeed News:
CIA Files Say Staff Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren't Prosecuted.