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6:45 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 …
The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Senator Bob Dole  —  A month after being sworn in as President, one of the first conversations I had with anyone outside the White House was with our dear friends, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, at their home in Washington.
Discussion: Fox News, Mother Jones and POLITICUSUSA
Associated Press:   Memorable moments from Bob Dole's life and political career
Tevi Troy / City Journal:   Senator and War Hero
Grayce McCormick / Washington Examiner:
Bob Dole, former Republican presidential candidate and longtime senator, dies at 98
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.
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
In which 2 NPR reporters pick my brain for over 2 hours, then fail to mention that.  (update) … Throughout the piece, I see quotes from:  — Liz Hamel, vice president of public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation  — Peter Hotez, dean of the National School …
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 …
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
3 words America forgot that explain gun insanity, vaccine denial, student debt, and more  —  In the middle of a crazy week signaling another long American winter of discontent, the former Montana governor Steve Bullock — that rare Democrat who could win an election in a blood-red rural state — published an op-ed in the New York Times.
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: RedState and Washington Examiner
Supreme Court justices on abortion, during confirmation and from the bench
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
US intelligence-sharing convinces allies of Russian threat to Ukraine  —  Sceptical capitals including Berlin persuaded of the need to draw up threat of robust sanctions  —  EU and Nato allies have swung behind the Biden administration's assessment that Russia may be poised to invade Ukraine …
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
China Seeks First Military Base on Africa's Atlantic Coast, U.S. Intelligence Finds  —  Alarmed officials at the White House and Pentagon urge Equatorial Guinea to rebuff Beijing's overtures  —  BATA, Equatorial Guinea—Classified American intelligence reports suggest China intends to establish …
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk  —  Vulnerable House Democrats are convinced they need to talk less about the man who helped them get elected: President Trump.  —  Why it matters: Democrats are privately concerned nationalizing the 2022 mid-terms with emotionally-charged issues …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar says Pelosi will take ‘decisive action’ on Boebert's anti-Muslim rhetoric this week  —  Omar also called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “a liar and a coward” for refusing to publicly condemn Boebert's remarks  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said she is confident House …
Washington Post:
Seven days: Following Trump's reckless coronavirus trail  —  When he first learned he had tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump was already aboard Air Force One, en route to a massive rally in Middletown, Pa.  —  With him on the plane that Saturday evening were dozens of people …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Broad overhaul of military justice system being sidelined in favor of narrower focus on sexual assault  —  A widely popular proposal to force sweeping changes in how the military prosecutes felony crimes is likely to be left out of this year's defense authorization bill …
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Dangers of the Democratic Doom Loop  —  Despite controlling the House, Senate, and White House for the first time in a dozen years and being on the cusp of passing historic legislation, Democrats are in a sour mood.  I get it.  The pandemic rages on, the Republicans are getting worse, and Trump lurks in the background.
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
Students are fed up with racist slurs and bullying.  Now they're walking out of class  —  Students and community members joined Brittany Tichenor- Cox, center, during a vigil in North Salt Lake, Utah, last month as she mourned the death of her daughter Isabella “Izzy.”
Discussion: The Root
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
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David Smith / The Guardian:
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cuomo's final straw
Discussion: Political Wire
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Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Acting Extra Crazy?
Discussion: Raw Story
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Accidentally Posts Statement Blasting His Own ‘Stupid’ Election Lies
Discussion: The Guardian and Slate
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
U.S. congressman posts family Christmas picture with guns, days after school shooting
Discussion: WEB OF EVIL, Slate and Mother Jones