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1:00 PM ET, December 3, 2021


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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
It's Different When Ron DeSantis Does It: CNN Edition  —  There's some choice DeSantis Derangement Syndrome on CNN this morning.  Check out this headline: … Gosh!  A “civilian military force in Florida that he would control”!  That sounds terrifying — especially when paired with the piece's artwork …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo, Twitchy and CNN
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
Amy Coney Barrett's Adoption Myths  —  “They're co-opting our lives and our stories.”  —  Twice in oral arguments this week for the abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked pro-choice advocates: Would banning abortion be so bad if women …
Elizabeth Spiers / New York Times:
Amy Coney Barrett Doesn't Understand the Trauma of Adoption  —  Ms. Spiers, a Democratic digital strategist, was adopted as an infant.  —  On Wednesday, as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments from state attorneys seeking to uphold Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban …
Merritt Tierce / New York Times:   The Abortion I Didn't Have  —  I never thought about ending my pregnancy.
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.
EXCLUSIVE U.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware … Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Eastman takes the Fifth with Jan. 6 committee  —  John Eastman, the attorney who helped former President Donald Trump pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election, has asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to a letter he delivered …
Raheem J. Kassam / The National Pulse:
John Eastman's Lawyers Just Destroyed the Jan 6 Committee and Its ‘Subpoenas’.
Discussion: Washington Post and Rolling Stone
Washington Post:
Parents of Michigan high school shooting suspect charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter  —  Prosecutors said Friday they would file charges against the parents of the student accused of fatally shooting classmates at a Michigan high school.  —  James and Jennifer Crumbley …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Associated Press:
Kremlin: Putin to seek guarantees over Ukraine from Biden  —  MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin will seek binding guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine during a planned call with U.S. President Joe Biden, while the Ukrainian defense minister warned …
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Sidney Powell filed false incorporation papers for non-profit, grand jury finds  —  Trump's lawyer falsely claimed two men as fellow directors of Defending the Republic in an apparent effort to attract donors  —  A federal grand jury investigating Donald Trump's former attorney Sidney Powell …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Job growth disappoints in November, with a gain of just 210,000, despite high hopes  —  November job growth falls far short of expectations, unemployment rate hits 4.2%  —  The U.S. economy created far fewer jobs than expected in November, before a new Covid threat created a scare that growth …
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Added Just 210,000 Jobs in November
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Video15:08 Inside Australia's Covid internment camp  —  Freddie Sayers spoke to Hayley Hodgson, who has returned from a 14-day detention  —  Hayley Hodgson, 26, moved to Darwin from Melbourne to escape the never-ending lockdowns — only to find herself locked up in a Covid Internment Camp without even having the virus.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene aren't fringe.  They're leading indicators.  —  In the past week or so, some of the most notorious hard-right Republican members in the House have been under fire for anti-Muslim bigotry.  So they and their media allies have now hatched a creative new defense for it:
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's End Game on Abortion  —  There are many reasons for dismay over the Supreme Court argument in the Mississippi abortion case, but it was the nonstop gaslighting that really got to me.  —  First there was Justice Clarence Thomas, pretending by his questions actually …
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
A drama professor told students they got their feelings hurt too easily.  They decided to fight back  —  It all started with a misunderstanding.  —  A Black theater student at Coastal Carolina University told a visiting drama teacher she wanted to connect with nonwhite students …
Discussion: Althouse
American Greatness:
Why I Can't Support Trump, the GOP, or Conservatism, Inc. Anymore  —  How many disappointments, betrayals, and failed promises do people need to endure before they say, “Never again?”  —  That the “woke” are anything but awake is a fact that needs no underscoring for readers of this website.
Burnout, money, concern drive Harris turnover  —  Burnout, better opportunities and concern about being permanently branded a “Harris person” is driving some of the turnover in Vice President Kamala Harris's office, people familiar with the situation tell Axios.
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Alec Baldwin on ‘Rust’ shooting: 'Someone is responsible ... but I know it's not me'  —  Actor spoke with George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive interview on ABC, Hulu.  —  On the morning of Oct. 21, Alec Baldwin had an epiphany.  —  Sitting in a church pew on the set of “Rust,” …
American Prospect:
As Buttigieg Eyes a Presidential Run, His DOT Is Floundering  —  The transportation secretary has a major role to play in easing the supply chain crisis.  Pete Buttigieg isn't doing the job.  —  The transportation secretary has had very little to say about actual transportation policy during this crisis.
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Epstein visited the White House on 14 separate days and stopped by twice in one day on three occasions during Bill Clinton's first term  —  The disclosure puts renewed scrutiny on Clinton's friendship with Epstein, who was known to have flown the former president on his private jet …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds could release ‘alternative’ Mueller report soon  —  An unpublished investigative compilation sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Mueller Report” has been located in Justice Department files and could be released soon, according to a letter filed in federal court Thursday.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden administration to ship 11 million vaccine doses abroad  —  The Biden administration is shipping 9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa and 2 million to other regions, the White House is announcing Friday.  —  White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients will announce plans …
Discussion: NBC News and POLITICUSUSA
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The U.S. has added nearly 1 million more jobs in 2021 than initially reported  —  The economic news that came first thing Friday morning was not what President Biden had hoped: the country added only 210,000 jobs in November, well below expectations and below the pace needed to replace the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic.
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Dramatic improvement’: Biden pumps up disappointing November jobs report  —  President Joe Biden claimed that Friday's disappointing November jobs report still showed the country has created 6 million new jobs since he entered office, “a record for a new president.”
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Raspy-voiced Biden says cough is due to grandson's cold, not the coronavirus  —  President Biden explained Friday that his cough and raspy voice is due to a grandson who had a cold and not the coronavirus.  He is tested for the virus every day and recent results were negative, he said.
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
Democrats, Not Republicans, Need to Defuse the Culture Wars  —  It's not exactly a secret the Republicans are running hard against the Democrats on sociocultural issues like crime, immigration, ideology in the schools and cancel culture.  Their strategy is to combine attacks …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Trump Conspiracy Is Hiding in Plain Sight  —  Antebellum pro-slavery radicals spoke freely of secession and violence; Democratic Party paramilitaries planned their attacks on Reconstruction governments in public view; and the men who codified segregation into Jim Crow did so in the open.
New York Times:
Thefts, Always an Issue for Retailers, Become More Brazen  —  In recent months, robberies have been more visible, with several involving large groups rushing into stores and coming out with armloads of goods.  —  “Flash mobs” swarm through a Nordstrom in Northern California and two Best Buy stores …
Washington Post:
December launches with exceptional warmth over large parts of Lower 48 states  —  Temperatures will be more than 30 degrees above average in some locations  —  Winter, by the meteorological definition (Dec. 1 to Feb. 28), began Wednesday morning, but the weather is feeling more like mid-fall …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
North Dakota school superintendent slams critical race theory, calls to teach ‘Christian heritage’
New York Times:
Review Finds No Answers to Mystery of Havana Syndrome
American Greatness:
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Randy Billings / Press Herald:
Sara Gideon donates $3.5 million in leftover campaign cash to help low-income families
Ilya Shapiro / Washington Examiner:
What happened when I ran for school board in Virginia
“We Were Just Trying to ... Find Any Leads about the Case”: A Police Video Raises New Questions About NBC's Rittenhouse Statement
Discussion: Law Enforcement Today
The Guardian:
Saudi warplanes carpet-bomb Yemen with US help. This must end
 Earlier Items: 
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Republicans pull back from the Covid brink — for now
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Jacob L. Nelson / Columbia Journalism Review:
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NBC News:
Avoiding shutdown, Congress approves bill to fund government through Feb. 18