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12:40 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.
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: Bloomberg
James Gerstenzang / Washington Post:   Robert J. Dole, longtime GOP leader who sought presidency 3 times, dies at 98
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
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN fires Chris Cuomo after law firm probes involvement in brother's harassment scandal
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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: Politico, UPI and New York Times
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Assad's tightening grip
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
Bill Adair / Air Mail:
Loving Lies  —  Stephen Glass, the most notorious fraud in journalism, decided he would live …