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3:45 PM ET, December 3, 2021


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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 Supreme Court openly deliberated reversing Roe v. Wade.  That horror, however, did not translate into significant engagement on top pro-abortion posts online.  As conservative media personalities …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Junkie
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: Digby's Hullabaloo, Twitchy 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 …
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 …
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
Plumber discovers money, checks in wall of Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church years after $600K burglary  —  The 500 envelopes full of cash and checks were found behind a loose toilet as workers moved insulation out of the wall.  —  Re'Chelle Turner, Reporter, Houston
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
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Dramatic improvement’: Biden pumps up disappointing November jobs report
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
Scott Horsley / NPR:
Hiring slowed sharply in November, even before omicron, with 210,000 jobs added
Discussion: New York Times and Al Jazeera
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 …
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Koch Industries buys GOP Senate candidate's company  —  A division of industrial giant Koch Industries has bought Senate hopeful Jim Lamon's company, likely providing a cash infusion for the Arizona Republican as he pours huge sums of his own money into the race.
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.
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.
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 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
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 …
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 …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Western negotiators tell Iran new nuclear proposals are “not serious”  —  The nuclear negotiators for the E3 - France, Germany and the U.K. - told Iranian negotiators in coordination with the U.S. that the opening proposals they presented in Vienna nuclear talks this week were unserious and unacceptable …
Washington Post:
Biden signs bill to fund the government through Feb. 18, averting a shutdown  —  President Biden signed legislation to fund the government through Feb. 18, averting a government shutdown that would have kept multiple federal services closed and employees out of work days before the holidays.
David Gilbert / VICE:
Tucker Carlson Asked Hunter Biden to Help His Son Get Into College  —  The email exchange was leaked as a part of the ongoing civil war inside QAnon.  —  DG  —  A leaked copy of an email exchange between Hunter Biden and Tucker Carlson suggests that the Fox News host once asked …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Mediaite
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Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Origins of Herschel Walker's Complicated Views on Race
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
North Dakota school superintendent slams critical race theory, calls to teach ‘Christian heritage’
New York Times:
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American Greatness:
How the FBI Downplays Leftist Terror Activity
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The U.S. has added nearly 1 million more jobs in 2021 than initially reported
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Alec Baldwin on ‘Rust’ shooting: 'Someone is responsible ... but I know it's not me'
New York Times:
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Ilya Shapiro / Washington Examiner:
What happened when I ran for school board in Virginia
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Discussion: Law Enforcement Today
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Trump Conspiracy Is Hiding in Plain Sight
Jason D. Hill / Front Page Magazine:
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