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12:30 PM ET, December 5, 2021


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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Bob Dole, Old Soldier and Stalwart of the Senate, Dies at 98  —  Mr. Dole, a son of the Kansas prairie who was left for dead on a World War II battlefield, became one of the longest-serving Republican leaders.  —  Bob Dole, the plain-spoken son of the prairie who overcame Dust Bowl deprivation …
Lauren King / ABC News:
Bob Dole, longtime public servant and WWII veteran, dies  —  In a memoir, Dole wrote that his experiences in World War II defined his life.  —  Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, who will be remembered for the tenacity that defined his career and his work on behalf of fellow military veterans, died Sunday morning.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Dole, Longtime Senator, Republican Leader, Dies at 98  —  The Kansas native who was grievously wounded in battle during World War II fought his way back to health and eventually served 36 years in Congress  —  Bob Dole went from the plains of Kansas to the battlefields of Italy …
Kansas City Star:
Bob Dole, former Kansas senator, dead at 98  —  Bob Dole, a son of the Kansas Dust Bowl who survived a crippling barrage of Nazi fire on an Italian hillside to lead his party in the U.S. Senate, but who fell short of his highest ambition, the presidency, died Sunday.  —  He was 98.
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
New York Times:
CNN Fires Chris Cuomo After New Details on Help He Gave His Brother  —  The cable news network said it had “terminated him, effective immediately,” a move that came four months after Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor of New York.  —  The star anchor Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN on Saturday amid …
Jesse O'Neill / New York Post:
Sexual misconduct allegation leveled against fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo  —  A former co-worker of Chris Cuomo made a sexual misconduct allegation against the former CNN anchor, who was fired Saturday for misleading the cable network about the extent of the role he played trying to mitigate …
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
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Mississippi Gov. Reeves: ‘No guaranteed right to an abortion’ in Constitution  —  ‘This has been a watershed moment in American history,’ GOP governor says, as decades of abortion rights precedence under review  —  Gov. Tate Reeves reacts to Biden's solution to high gas prices
Discussion: Politico and CNN
David Siders / Politico:
Why the threat to Roe may not save Democrats in 2022
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Supreme Court justices on abortion, during confirmation and from the bench
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Acosta: Hard-right Supreme Court poised to turn back clock
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.
Discussion: Phil's Newsletter
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 …
Discussion: Insider, Twitchy and Althouse
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors  —  Donald Trump's social media startup on Saturday announced that it secured $1 billion in new investment as part of its ongoing efforts to become publicly traded via a blank check company.
Financial Times:   Donald Trump's social media start-up raises $1bn
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
David French / The Dispatch:
Don't Denigrate Adoption to Defend Roe  —  America's adoptive families are instruments of love.  —  From the moment I listened to the oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, I had a sinking feeling that we were about to have a cultural argument about adoption.
Gretchen Sisson / Washington Post:
Barrett is wrong: Adoption doesn't ‘take care of’ the burden of motherhood
Discussion: Althouse
Fact check: Biden tells inaccurate story about his 1973 meeting with Israeli prime minister  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has a favorite story about his long relationship with Israel.  For decades, he has been publicly recounting his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir …
Discussion: Twitchy and The Western Journal
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
United States Department of State:
Briefing With Senior State Department Official On the Seventh Round of the JCPOA Talks  —  MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and thanks very much for joining us, and especially so on a Saturday morning.  We thought it important to have a timely opportunity to hear - for you to hear …
Iran walks back prior nuclear concessions -U.S. official
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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cuomo's final straw
Discussion: Political Wire
[Multimedia]  —  Thank you for your kind words.  I am grateful to you, Madam President, for your presence and your words.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Omar says she's ‘confident’ Pelosi will take action in Islamophobia controversy
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads
Discussion: Politico, UPI and New York Times
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Woke New Jersey Dem fooled by fake rabbi's parody Twitter account
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Accidentally Posts Statement Blasting His Own ‘Stupid’ Election Lies
Discussion: The Guardian and Slate
Laura Thornton / Washington Post:
Why international election observers would give Wisconsin a failing grade
Washington Post:
Assad's tightening grip
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
When will the people's House be returned to the people? Not even Capitol officials know.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson Is Completing the Work That Trump Began
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
Bill Adair / Air Mail:
Loving Lies  —  Stephen Glass, the most notorious fraud in journalism, decided he would live …