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1:45 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 …
Discussion: New Republic, Townhall and Breitbart
James Gerstenzang / Washington Post:
Robert J. Dole, longtime GOP leader who sought presidency 3 times, dies at 98  —  Former U.S. senator Robert J. Dole, who overcame the hardships of dust bowl Kansas during the Depression and devastating injuries in World War II to run three times for the presidency and serve more than a decade …
Discussion: The Guardian and Associated Press
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.
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Dole, Longtime Senator, Republican Leader, Dies at 98
Discussion: USA Today, RedState and Roll Call
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue will announce primary bid against Georgia governor this week  —  Former Sen. David Perdue plans to announce he'll challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, setting up an epic Republican Party primary clash in one of the nation's top battleground states.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: David Perdue plans to run for governor in 2022  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue plans to challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next year, according to multiple people with knowledge of his decision, setting up a divisive contest between two of the state's …
Discussion: Insider
David Siders / Politico:
Why the threat to Roe may not save Democrats in 2022  —  The quick-setting gospel in Washington, D.C. last week was that any rollback of Roe v. Wade next year would trigger a Democratic revolt, placing abortion rights at the center of the midterm elections and sparking unprecedented turnout on the left.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Supreme Court justices on abortion, during confirmation and from the bench
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Critical Moment for Roe, and the Supreme Court's Legitimacy
Discussion: RedState
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.
New York Times:
Chris Cuomo Faced Sexual Misconduct Accusation Before CNN Fired Him
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN fires Chris Cuomo
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN fires Chris Cuomo after law firm probes involvement in brother's harassment scandal
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
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: Mother Jones, WEB OF EVIL and Slate
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cuomo's final straw  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  In the past couple of years, CHRIS CUOMO has delivered some solid ratings for CNN, but also constant aggravation for the network.  —  Just to name a few:  — He bizarrely denied allegations of sexual misconduct during …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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
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.
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
3 words America forgot that explain gun insanity, vaccine denial, student debt, and more
[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
United States Department of State:
Briefing With Senior State Department Official On the Seventh Round of the JCPOA Talks
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads
Discussion: BizPac Review, Politico and UPI
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Acting Extra Crazy?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Woke New Jersey Dem fooled by fake rabbi's parody Twitter account
Laura Thornton / Washington Post:
Why international election observers would give Wisconsin a failing grade
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Assad's tightening grip
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation
Bill Adair / Air Mail:
Loving Lies  —  Stephen Glass, the most notorious fraud in journalism, decided he would live …