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2:55 PM ET, December 3, 2021


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Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control  —  St, Petersburg, Florida (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.  —  DeSantis pitched the idea Thursday …
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: Twitchy, Digby's Hullabaloo and CNN
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 …
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 …
Scott Horsley / NPR:   Hiring slowed sharply in November, even before omicron, with 210,000 jobs added
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Dramatic improvement’: Biden pumps up disappointing November jobs report
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Added Just 210,000 Jobs in November
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller
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 …
Kyle Tharp / FWIW:   Where are the alarm bells?  —  Many of us listened in horror on Tuesday, as Donald Trump's …
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 …
New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: South Africa Scientists Say Omicron Is Spreading Faster Than Any Other Variant  —  The new research indicates that the variant can spread more easily than Delta, which was previously the most contagious version of the virus.  Omicron has been found in at least six states, mostly among travelers.
John Wright / Raw Story:
‘Bags and bags’ of money found stashed in bathroom wall at Joel Osteen's megachurch: report  —  A plumbing repair at televangelist Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston reportedly led to the discovery of “bags and bags” of cash and checks in a bathroom wall.  —  The discovery came several years …
Discussion: Todd Starnes and ABC13
Associated Press:
Biden warns Russia's Vladimir Putin against Ukraine invasion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday vowed to make it “very, very difficult” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine, saying his administration is putting together a comprehensive set of initiatives to curb Russian aggression.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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:
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.
Andrew Fedorov / Off the Record:
Anti-Woke-Off Breaks Out at Harper's  —  Publisher and president John R. MacArthur considers Walter Kirn's accusation that the magazine terminated him to appease young leftists an outlandish slur  —  An epistolary anti-woker-than-thou standoff over Harper's was sparked by just 23 words …
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
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,” …
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 …
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 …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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