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10:35 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 …
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 …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:   CNN fires Chris Cuomo after law firm probes involvement in brother's harassment scandal
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.
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
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.
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: WEB OF EVIL and Slate
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: ACA Signups
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads  —  It's a full-court press for the White House's public health brain trust on this morning's Sunday shows as Team Biden tries to calm the public about the new COVID variant tearing through South Africa.  Each show will feature a top science bureaucrat sharing the latest data on the Omicron strain.
Discussion: Politico, UPI and New York Times
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
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 …
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
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine  —  The Biden administration is “deeply concerned” by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.  —  Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources …
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Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Acting Extra Crazy?
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Financial Times:
Donald Trump's social media start-up raises $1bn
Iran walks back prior nuclear concessions -U.S. official
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
When will the people's House be returned to the people? Not even Capitol officials know.
 Earlier Items: 
Defense One:
Austin Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests
Discussion: Fox News and WTOP News
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 …