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9:10 AM ET, December 5, 2021


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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN fires Chris Cuomo  —  New York (CNN)CNN said Saturday that anchor Chris Cuomo has been “terminated” by the network, “effective immediately.”  —  The announcement came after an outside law firm was retained to review information about exactly how Cuomo aided his brother …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:   CNN fires Chris Cuomo after law firm probes involvement in brother's harassment scandal
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
CNN fires Chris Cuomo
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Bloomberg
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation  —  An estimated 22.8 million people — more than half the country's population — are expected to face potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter.  Many are already on the brink of catastrophe.
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
U.S. congressman posts family Christmas picture with guns, days after school shooting … A U.S. congressman on Saturday posted a Christmas picture of himself and what appeared to be his family, smiling and posing with an assortment of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a shooting at a Michigan high school.
Discussion: Slate and WEB OF EVIL
Acosta: Hard-right Supreme Court poised to turn back clock  —  CNN's Jim Acosta takes a look at the conservative breakdown of the US Supreme Court amidst debate about the nation's abortion and gun rights.  Source: CNN  —  CNN's Jim Acosta takes a look at the conservative breakdown …
Discussion: Insider
Daniel Wood / NPR:
Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates.  Misinformation is to blame  —  Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden.
Supreme Court justices on abortion, during confirmation and from the bench  —  As nominees, prospective jurists are typically circumspect about their leanings on an array of topics, perhaps none more so than abortion.  Oftentimes they demur on questions raised by senators during the multi …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Financial Times:
Donald Trump's social media start-up raises $1bn  —  The ex-president's media venture is aimed at challenging the platforms from which he has been banned.  —  Donald Trump's social media start-up has raised $1bn from unidentified investors as the company presses ahead with plans to go public via a Spac merger.
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Acting Extra Crazy?  —  The billionaire's son has blustered into the culture wars, signaling a potential run for higher office.  —  Billionaire's scion and Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts set a high watermark for controversy during his first six years in office.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Assad's tightening grip  —  In an escalating campaign, the Syrian leader and his financially strapped regime have raided and seized dozens of businesses, even targeting those that stuck by him during a decade of war  —  The five Syrians pulled from their homes by secret police on the same night …
Gretchen Sisson / Washington Post:
Barrett is wrong: Adoption doesn't ‘take care of’ the burden of motherhood  —  This view of adoption and abortion has failed American women  —  During Wednesday's oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Supreme Court heard a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Discussion: Althouse and The Dispatch
The Daily Beast:
White Supremacists Stage Bizarro Rally in Downtown D.C., Find Themselves Stranded  —  Though they intended to “reclaim America,” members of Patriot Front had more than enough trouble reclaiming their own ride.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—A group of white supremacists stormed through downtown Washington …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Accidentally Posts Statement Blasting His Own ‘Stupid’ Election Lies  —  WHOOPS  —  Twice-impeached former President Donald Trump blasted out a brief statement on Saturday night that appeared to unintentionally refute his own long-running (and bogus) claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Discussion: The Guardian and Slate
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
When will the people's House be returned to the people?  Not even Capitol officials know.  —  On Wednesday night, more than 15,000 fans crowded into Capital One Arena to watch the Washington Wizards secure another early-season victory.  On Thursday night, a few thousand concertgoers packed …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine  —  The Biden administration is “deeply concerned” by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.  —  Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources …
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Insider
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
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Laura Thornton / Washington Post:
Why international election observers would give Wisconsin a failing grade
Iran walks back prior nuclear concessions -U.S. official
Defense One:
Austin Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests
Discussion: Fox News and WTOP News
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson Is Completing the Work That Trump Began
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Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
‘A real fight for our existence’: Massachusetts GOP spirals in Baker exit
Diana Leonard / Washington Post:
Snow may vanish for years at a time in Mountain West with climate warming
Discussion: Twitchy
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Justice Sotomayor drops the S-bomb
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
Bill Adair / Air Mail:
Loving Lies  —  Stephen Glass, the most notorious fraud in journalism, decided he would live …