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4:20 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
Tevi Troy / City Journal:   Senator and War Hero
Grayce McCormick / Washington Examiner:
Bob Dole, former Republican presidential candidate and longtime senator, dies at 98
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Dole, Longtime Senator, Republican Leader, Dies at 98
Discussion: USA Today, Mediaite, RedState and Roll Call
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Former Sen. Bob Dole 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 …
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
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.
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: Raw Story, Twitchy, Insider and Althouse
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 …
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 …
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.
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Epidemic of smash-and-grab crime is definitely man-made  —  Crime is raging across the country, from violent attacks to brazen shoplifting to mob “smash and grab” attacks.  The White House this week had a simple answer for the cause of this rising lawlessness: It was not “defund the police” …
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
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
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
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Liza Featherstone / New York Times:
Josh Hawley and the Republican Obsession With Manliness
[Multimedia]  —  Thank you for your kind words.  I am grateful to you, Madam President, for your presence and your words.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors
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
Jesse O'Neill / New York Post:
Sexual misconduct allegation leveled against fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Acting Extra Crazy?
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
Woke New Jersey Dem fooled by fake rabbi's parody Twitter account
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: Mother Jones, WEB OF EVIL and Slate
Laura Thornton / Washington Post:
Why international election observers would give Wisconsin a failing grade
Washington Post:
Assad's tightening grip
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation
Discussion: Outside the Beltway