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2:40 AM ET, December 7, 2021

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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Fred Hiatt, Washington Post editorial page editor, dies at 66  —  Fred Hiatt, a onetime foreign correspondent who in 2000 became The Washington Post's editorial page editor and greatly expanded the global reach of the newspaper's opinion writers in the era of 9/11, the election of Barack Obama …
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Donald Graham / Washington Post:
I've never known a better editor than Fred Hiatt — or a better person  —  Donald Graham was publisher of The Post from 1979 to 2000 and served as chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Co. until 2013.  —  If you are reading this in the Opinion section of the online Washington Post or …
Washington Post:   Fred Hiatt was an editor of surpassing integrity, intelligence and compassion
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A GOP lawyer issues a frantic warning to his own party about Trump and 2024  —  Benjamin Ginsberg, a veteran Republican election lawyer, just issued a stark warning to lawmakers in his own party: If you don't act now to protect our system, the losing candidate in the 2024 presidential election might seek …
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Capitol riot panel finds White House metadata on letter pushing Georgia to overturn Trump election loss  —  Capitol riot investigators have found evidence possibly linking the Trump White House to the Justice Department in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
More voters would pick Trump over Biden if election were held today: poll
Discussion: Breitbart
Max Boot / Washington Post:
How can the people who have seen the worst of Trump still think the best of him?
Discussion: Raw Story, Bipartisan Report and CNN
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
McConnell Says Republican Party Needs to Move Forward  —  Senate minority leader addresses Fed leadership, foreign policy at Wall Street Journal CEO Council summit  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said it was time for the Republican Party to move on from the 2020 elections …
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Lawmakers drop proposal to add women to the draft as defense bill headaches mount  —  Compromise defense policy legislation set to be filed Monday will not require women to register for a military draft, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations, a stunning turnaround …
Discussion: Breitbart and Roll Call
Politico:
Senate GOP rejects debt limit fix on must-pass defense bill
CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee  —  Washington (CNN)Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee, a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking …
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Politico:
‘Absolute liars’: Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6
New York Times:
Trump's Blood Oxygen Level in Covid Bout Was Dangerously Low, Former Aide Says  —  Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump's former chief of staff, said in his new book that the weakened president's blood oxygen level reached 86 during a harrowing fight against the coronavirus.
New York Times:
Omicron Is Fast Moving, but Perhaps Less Severe, Early Reports Suggest  —  Researchers in South Africa, where the variant is spreading quickly, say it may cause less serious Covid cases than other forms of the virus, but it is unclear whether that will hold true.
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Kamala Harris is Bluetooth-phobic  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  KAMALA HARRIS is never missing her AirPods.  That's because she's wary of them.  —  While a growing number …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to head Trump social media group  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial San Joaquin Valley Republican, is leaving Congress to head a social media company created by former President Trump.  —  “I will deeply miss being your congressman,” Nunes said in a message to his constituents on Monday.
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New York Post:
Chris Cuomo prepping to sue CNN for more than $18M over contract: sources  —  Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo is set to sue the network if it balks at paying him at least $18 million to cover what's left on his contract, sources told The Post on Monday.  —  Cuomo, 51, has hired lawyers …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Defendant in Case Brought by Durham Says New Evidence Undercuts Charge  —  Lawyers for Michael Sussmann, accused by the Trump-era special counsel of lying to the F.B.I., asked for a quick trial after receiving what they said was helpful material from prosecutors.
Tom Mashberg / New York Times:
Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics  —  The hedge fund pioneer is barred for life from buying more antiquities.  He turned over 180 stolen objects that had decorated his homes and office.  —  Michael H. Steinhardt, the billionaire hedge fund pioneer …
Discussion: CNBC
Axios:
Letter comparing parent protests to domestic terrorism triggers funding fallout  —  The nation's leading school board advocacy group is facing a critical loss of funding and membership after sending a letter comparing parent protests and threats to domestic terrorism.
Discussion: Twitchy
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
A White teacher taught White students about White privilege.  It cost him his job. … KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Matthew Hawn checked his phone to see if the wait was finally over.  —  It had been five months since he was fired for teaching about White privilege at a high school in rural Tennessee.
Discussion: HotAir and The Root
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
A Party, and Nation, in Crisis  —  In October of 1860, The Atlantic's first editor, James Russell Lowell, wrote of Abraham Lincoln that he “had experience enough in public affairs to make him a statesman, and not enough to make him a politician.”  Lowell, in his endorsement …
Michael Lee / Fox News:
Trump endorses ‘conservative fighter’ Perdue in Georgia governors' race  —  Perdue announced that he would mount a primary challenge against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 6  —  Former President Donald Trump endorsed former Sen. David Perdue …
Sarah Leah Whitson / Foreign Policy:
Congress Must Halt Biden's Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia  —  The U.S. president is reneging on his campaign promises in an effort to appease Riyadh.  A bipartisan team of lawmakers can stop him.  —  This week, U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders, Ron Wyden, and Mike Lee are expected to push …
Janelle Bitker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. made parklets permanent — but added so many rules that many restaurants plan to tear them down  —  “It's the most uncoordinated, messed up, insulting display of government incompetence,” one supervisor said  —  Chelsea Hung spent $5,000 on the parklet to help save her family's 25-year-old restaurant …
Meduza.io:
Exhibition of prison paintings by Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout opens in Moscow  —  A four day exhibition of paintings by convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States, opened in Russia's Civic Chamber building in Moscow on Monday, December 6.
Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
Trump's Next Coup Has Already Begun  —  Technically, the next attempt to overthrow a national election may not qualify as a coup.  It will rely on subversion more than violence, although each will have its place.  If the plot succeeds, the ballots cast by American voters will not decide the presidency in 2024.
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
Are We Doomed?  —  A year after the insurrection, I'm trying to imagine the death of American democracy.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
U.S. Will Not Send Government Officials to Beijing Olympics  —  American athletes will still be able to compete in the Winter Games, but the diplomatic boycott is a slap at China for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States will not send government officials …
Discussion: Townhall, Fox News, Japan Times and The Hill
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump says a bit too much about James Comey's FBI firing (again)  —  January 6th Committee encounters questions of criminality while following evidence  —  It was on May 9, 2017, when Donald Trump fired James Comey as the director of the FBI.  The Republican president hadn't yet been in office …
John Sexton / HotAir:
After recount, Republicans confirmed as in control of VA House of Delegates  —  Last month it looked like Republicans were poised to not only win the governorship. lt. governorship and attorney general in Virginia but to also take control over the VA House of Delegates after flipping 7 seats.
Discussion: Power Line
Sen. Bob Dole / USA Today:
Sen. Bob Dole's final column: ‘Too many of us have sacrificed too much’  —  This is Sen. Dole's final op-ed. He began drafting it, with pen and paper, in October and finished it on Nov. 23.  He died on Sunday.  —  Dwight Eisenhower said America is best described by the word “freedom.”
Discussion: The Hill
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
You'd better believe there's a war on Christmas, says ... Pope Francis?  —  As my friend Francis X. Rocca quipped today, don't say “Happy Holidays” to Pope Francis.  The oft-cited war on Christmas in the US often gets “debunked” by media focused on all of the secular celebrations of the holiday.
Discussion: Politico and Vatican News
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Experts fear Putin ‘preparing citizens for war’ against Ukraine  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin's government is making diplomatic and military preparations for a new invasion of Ukraine in an apparent bid to exert pressure on Kyiv, perhaps even through violence.
Discussion: Politico and The National Interest
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
America needs unity to rediscover its greatness  —  Bob Dole, who died on Sunday, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, including as Senate majority leader, and was the 1996 Republican nominee for president.  This column was drafted early in 2021 to be published around the time of his death.
Discussion: CBS News
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Party Like It's January 6 … A woman in mink and diamonds steps out of a car on Park Avenue.  She struts, coiffure held high, past protesters clutching signs about Rudolph Giuliani and Joseph Goebbels.  She demands of the doorman, “Can't we have these feminazis arrested or something?”
 
 
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
New travel restrictions take effect today for all travelers entering the U.S.
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Discussion: CBS News
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Abortion Will Not Be Sent Back to the States
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. sues Texas over redistricting, citing discrimination against Latinos
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
A Utah group is going door to door looking for election fraud. But they don't want you to know about it
Raleigh News & Observer:
Court rulings stop, start 2022 candidate filing in NC districts
Discussion: Election Law Blog and WTOP News