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2:05 PM ET, December 4, 2021


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Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect arrested after manhunt  —  James and Jennifer Crumbley entered not guilty pleas to all charges against them during their arraignment Saturday morning.  —  The couple “fully intended” to turn themselves in “first thing this morning for arraignment …
There is a manhunt for parents of the Michigan high school shooting suspect, but two attorneys say they are not fleeing  —  (CNN)Hours after a prosecutor announced involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old accused of killing four fellow students …
The Daily Beast:
School Gunman's ‘Fugitive’ Parents Laugh, Cry in Court After Wild Manhunt  —  James and Jennifer Crumbley fronted court Saturday after fugitive teams tracked them down in an industrial building in east Detroit.  —  The parents of alleged school shooter Ethan Crumbley pleaded not guilty …
ABC News:
Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect plead not guilty, held on $500K bond each
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The media treats Biden as badly as — or worse than — Trump.  Here's proof.  —  A sampling of headlines atop the influential Politico Playbook newsletter over the past month:  —  “Let the Democratic freakout begin.”  —  “Dems start to face the hard questions.”  —  “Does the WH owe Larry Summers an apology?”
Washington Post:
Russia planning massive military offensive against Ukraine involving 175,000 troops, U.S. intelligence warns  —  As tensions mount between Washington and Moscow over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence has found the Kremlin is planning a multi-front offensive as soon …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It's Tough to Deter Putin Once You've Given Him the Pipeline He Wanted
Biden and Putin to hold video call on Tuesday, will discuss Ukraine
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Defense One
Bill Adair / Air Mail:
Loving Lies  —  Stephen Glass, the most notorious fraud in journalism, decided he would live by one simple rule: Always tell the truth.  Then he broke that rule  —  PORTRAITS BY SHARON SUH  —  I've never liked liars.  I was a newspaper reporter for 20 years and got so frustrated …
Washington Post:
A Kamala Harris staff exodus reignites questions about her leadership style — and her future ambitions  —  The rumors started circulating in July: Vice President Harris's staff was wilting in a dysfunctional and frustrated office, burned out just a few months after her historic swearing-in and pondering exit strategies.
Harris allies want her to take the reins as a staff shakeup looms  —  Kamala Harris is undergoing yet another transition.  —  Less than a year after assembling a mostly new team to help settle her into the vice presidency, key members of Harris' orbit are leaving and even more are eyeing the exits.
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Doug Emhoff's miracle of light
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Ashley Wong / New York Times:
How a Cream Cheese Shortage Is Affecting N.Y.C. Bagel Shops  —  Supply chain problems that have hit businesses across the country now threaten a quintessential New York treat.  —  Zabar's is running low.  Tompkins Square Bagels is down to sticks.  Pick-a-Bagel has only a few days' supply left.
New York Times:
Fearing a Repeat of Jan. 6, Congress Eyes Changes to Electoral Count Law  —  Members of the special House committee investigating the Capitol riot are among those arguing for an overhaul of a more than century-old statute enacted to address disputed elections.
The Guardian:
WHO says no deaths reported from Omicron yet as Covid variant spreads  —  US and Australia become latest countries to confirm locally transmitted cases  —  The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the World Health Organization has said …
Discussion: Japan Times
Washington Free Beacon:
Media Blame Vaccine Hoarding for Omicron's Emergence in Africa. They're Wrong.
Discussion: Instapundit
Joshua Zitser / Insider:
A Trump-loving former KKK leader who was jailed for beating a Black man is running for office as a Republican in Georgia, report says  — Chester Doles is running as a Republican for a spot on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners.  — He spent decades involved with the Ku Klux Klan …
Eileen O'Grady / Concord Monitor:
‘Teacher Loyalty’ bill would restrict how U.S. history, especially racism, can be discussed in school … Just one year after New Hampshire legislators first introduced a bill that banned the teaching or discussion of “divisive concepts” like systemic racism, another bill will be debated …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Manchin: Yes, I'll vote to end Bidens private-sector vaccine mandate  —  Shadow President Joe Manchin continues to wreak havoc with the Democrats' agenda in the Senate.  As Ed already reported, Manchin was all set to support an amendment in the continuing resolution this week …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden's $2T bill
Discussion: Insider and Outside the Beltway
Audrey Conklin / Fox News:
National School Board Association fallout continues as half of US states push back against organization  —  The votes to withdraw membership come after the NSBA sent a controversial letter to the White House  —  NSBA coordinated with White House before sending school board memo
Discussion: 1819news and National Review
Washington Post:
Friends who attended anime convention with man who contracted omicron have tested positive for coronavirus, health official says  —  The Minnesota man who contracted the omicron variant of the coronavirus met up with about 35 friends at a New York City anime convention and about half …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Marcus Lamb died of covid-19 after his network discouraged vaccines.  But some Christian leaders don't want to talk about it.  —  When famed televangelist Marcus Lamb died this week at 64 after contracting covid-19, a who's who of conservative Christian leaders sent out regrets.
Clea Caulcutt / Politico:
French conservative party chooses its first female presidential candidate to take on Macron  —  PARIS - Members of France's conservative party Les Républicains have chosen the head of the Paris region Valérie Pécresse as their candidate in April's presidential election.
A blizzard warning is in effect for Hawaii as the lower 48 contends with a snow drought  —  (CNN)As of Friday morning, only two states in the US have blizzard warnings — and they are Alaska and Hawaii.  Yes, you read that correctly.  In fact, more snow has fallen in Hawaii this season than in Denver, Colorado.
Discussion: Mercury News, CBS News and Gizmodo
Roger Kerson / Slate:
Meet the Trump Fanatics Who Have Taken Over Elections in a Critical Swing State  —  When Donald Trump was scrambling in November of 2020 to overturn an election he clearly lost, my home state of Michigan was directly in his crosshairs.  Nancy Tiseo, a Republican activist from Macomb County …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Justice Sotomayor drops the S-bomb  —  Stench.  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor said stench, about her own court, during oral argument Wednesday in the Mississippi abortion case.  Specifically, observing that states were passing ever-stricter abortion laws, explicitly inspired by the court's …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Alex Kotch / EXPOSEDbyCMD:
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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Conrad Swanson / Denver Post:
“No such thing as bad publicity”: Lauren Boebert maintains hold over CD3, despite Islamophobic comments
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Former Fox News Editor Chris Stirewalt Decries Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 Series: ‘Beyond Reckless,’ ‘Infowars-ian Garbage’
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Influential Koch network rocked by an alleged affair scandal, donor departures and a discrimination lawsuit
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
It's time to say it: The conservatives on the Supreme Court lied to us all