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2:45 PM ET, December 2, 2021


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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 …
The White House:
President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-19 this Winter  —  New Actions Aim to Get Americans Boosted for Even Greater Protection Against the Delta and Omicron Variants, Keep Schools and Businesses Open …
Minnesota Department of Health:
Lab testing confirms state's first COVID-19 case involving Omicron variant  —  Infected Minnesota resident recently returned from domestic travel; variant was found through MDH variant surveillance program, which is one of the strongest surveillance programs in the nation
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
Second U.S. case of Omicron variant indicates domestic transmission
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The bombshell about Trump testing positive also implicates the Trump family  —  The Trump family has long treated rules and laws as nuisances that are only for the little people.  And the news that Donald Trump tested positive for covid-19 before the first 2020 presidential debate shows …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon's Jan. 6 Legal Strategy: ‘Blowing Up the Whole System’
New details shed light on ways Mark Meadows pushed federal agencies to pursue dubious election claims
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Georgia election workers suing conspiracy website over ‘campaign of lies’
Discussion: Associated Press, Reuters and Raw Story
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi hammers ‘anti-science, anti-vaccination’ Republicans for threatening shutdown  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday ripped into the Republican lawmakers threatening a government shutdown over President Biden's coronavirus vaccine mandate, accusing them of promoting a dual crisis of the economy and public health.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House, Senate leaders announce government funding deal as they race to avert shutdown
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 …
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
This doctor commutes 800 miles to provide abortion services in underserved communities  —  NEW YORK to SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With the New York City skyline melting into the distance, Meera Shah looked out over the pink sunset, trying to relax as she settled in for the nearly three-hour flight to Chicago.
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.
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” …
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.
Aaron E. Carroll / The Atlantic:
We Opened the Schools and ... It Was Fine  —  When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, many states and towns closed everything, including schools.  Public-health experts didn't know enough about how COVID was spread or how contagious it was, and the health-care system was overwhelmed in parts of the country.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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.
Germany imposes curbs on unvaccinated, to make shots mandatory … Germany on Thursday imposed restrictions on the unvaccinated as it sought to break a dramatic surge in daily coronavirus infections exacerbated by the discovery of the Omicron strain.  —  Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel …
Germany to ban unvaccinated people from shops and bars
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump  —  The former lawyer filed cases across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 election  —  Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The minoritarian third of the Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court seems likely to significantly scale back access to abortion when it rules on a Mississippi law that sharply limits the procedure — if the court doesn't overturn Roe v. Wade entirely.  That's a function of the court's shift …
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Joshua Malina / The Atlantic:
Cancel Mel Gibson
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: November 2021
Discussion: CNN
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Sebastian Kurz, former conservative wunderkind and Austrian chancellor, quits politics in shocking fall
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Will the end of abortion rights rouse the political press from its everything's-fine stupor?
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Mace chief of staff steps down
Fox News:
Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks says he feels ‘dehumanized,’ ‘demonized’ in first jailhouse interview
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The religious right wants states' tax dollars, and the Supreme Court is likely to agree
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Fox /
‘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
Discussion: Raw Story
The American Mind:
Own Nothing and Love It
Washington Post:
Trump could pocket $100 million in deal for money-losing D.C. hotel
Discussion: Insider
Associated Press:
AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world
Majority blues: House Dems not done limping for the exit