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7:20 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  —  CNN has fired Chris Cuomo following revelations over his involvement in managing the sexual harassment scandal that forced his brother Andrew to resign as governor of New York.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Chris Cuomo fired by CNN after aiding governor brother and other ‘new allegations’  —  Suspended for advising Andrew M. Cuomo, the star host was dismissed days later.  A new report now says a lawyer told CNN of a sexual misconduct claim.  —  Just four days after announcing …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Slate
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Woke New Jersey Dem fooled by fake rabbi's parody Twitter account  —  A lefty New Jersey Democrat learned the hard way that not all rabbis are kosher.  —  The campaign of Imani Oakley, a 31-year-old progressive activist running for Congress in Newark, thought it was in negotiations to organize …
Biden and Putin to hold video call on Tuesday, will discuss Ukraine … U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call on Tuesday to deal with military tensions over Ukraine other topics.  —  Biden wants to discuss U.S. concerns about Russia's military buildup …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It's Tough to Deter Putin Once You've Given Him the Pipeline He Wanted
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Austin Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests
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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
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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
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Voting Battles of 2022 Take Shape as G.O.P. Crafts New Election Bills
Discussion: CNN
Bill Adair / Air Mail:
Loving Lies  —  Stephen Glass, the most notorious fraud in journalism, decided he would live …