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6:00 PM ET, December 3, 2021


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Mike Martindale / Detroit News:
Oakland County fugitive team searching for parents of Oxford High suspect  —  Pontiac — The Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team is searching Friday for the parents of an Oxford High teenager charged in Tuesday's school shooting after the couple stopped responding to their attorney, according to authorities.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Facing Charges, Parents of Michigan Shooting Suspect Are Now Fugitives  —  Prosecutors charged the parents of the 15-year-old accused of killing four classmates with involuntary manslaughter, saying they failed to act on troubling signs.  Law-enforcement officials say they are now missing.
Detroit Free Press:
Parents of Oxford school shooting suspect charged with involuntary manslaughter  —  Gina Kaufman Elisha Anderson Emma SteinDetroit Free Press  —  As news broke Tuesday of a mass shooting at Oxford High School, the mother of the teen suspect sent her son a text message.  —  “Ethan, don't do it,” Jennifer Crumbley wrote.
New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Scientists Say Omicron Is Spreading Faster in South Africa 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.
Governor Larry Hogan / The Office of Governor …:
Governor Hogan Announces First Three Confirmed Cases of Omicron Variant in Maryland  —  State Health Officials Continue to Urge Boosters, Strongly Recommend Testing If Symptomatic or Recently Returned From International Travel  —  ANNAPOLIS, MD—  Governor Larry Hogan today announced …
Maureen Breslin / The Hill:
Three omicron cases of COVID-19 identified in Maryland: Gov. Hogan
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:   Top Trump official to plead the fifth to Capitol attack committee
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
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo, Twitchy and CNN
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
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
Discussion: Political Junkie
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
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.
Jeremy Pelzer / Plain Dealer:
Ohio Republican Party leaders stop meeting, call in sheriff's deputies because of anti-DeWine demonstrators  —  LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — An Ohio Republican Party Central Committee meeting ended abruptly Friday after raucous opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine in the audience refused to leave …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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:
US Capitol rioter ‘sought to physically remove’ Pelosi and McConnell, prosecutors say  —  (CNN)Justice Department prosecutors say they have evidence that an alleged rioter who brought a gun to the US Capitol on January 6 was targeting both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
David Lat / Original Jurisdiction:
As The Yale Law School World Turns  —  Happy Friday.  It's time for some updates in everyone's favorite legal-academic soap opera, As the Yale Law School World Turns.1  —  As usual, I assume familiarity with all recent scandals and controversies at Yale Law School, including Dinner Party-gate …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Reason
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Haley has ‘positive’ meeting with Trump  —  Former President Trump and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley met at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort last week amid speculation both are eyeing White House runs in 2024.  —  Two sources familiar with the meeting confirmed to The Hill that the two sat down, with one calling it “positive.”
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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Jeff Charles / RedState:
Black Lives Matter Trashes Capitalism, Forgets Very Important Detail
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Covid Quagmire
Discussion: Power Line
Victoria Starbuck / ACLED:
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Russell Contreras / Axios:
A critical race theory founder says he's being inundated with threats
Discussion: The Hill and Jo's Blog
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Origins of Herschel Walker's Complicated Views on Race
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Andrew Fedorov / Off the Record:
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New York Times:
Review Finds No Answers to Mystery of Havana Syndrome
American Greatness:
How the FBI Downplays Leftist Terror Activity
New York Times:
Thefts, Always an Issue for Retailers, Become More Brazen
“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
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Trump Conspiracy Is Hiding in Plain Sight
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