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11:15 PM ET, December 6, 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 …
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  —  Fred Hiatt, who edited these pages for nearly 22 years before his death on Monday at the age of 66, was a consummate journalist: a dogged reporter, a brilliant editor, a graceful writer.
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.
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 …
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Are We Doomed?  —  A year after the insurrection, I'm trying to imagine the death of American democracy.
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 …
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: Bipartisan Report, Raw Story and 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 …
‘Absolute liars’: Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6
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 …
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: Roll Call and Breitbart
Senate GOP rejects debt limit fix on must-pass defense bill
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
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.
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.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump SPAC under investigation by federal regulators, including SEC
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 …
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
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 and Outside the Beltway
Sen. Bob Dole / USA Today:
Sen. Bob Dole's final column: ‘Too many of us have sacrificed too much’
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
Michael Lee / Fox News:
Republicans blast Biden ‘diplomatic boycott’ of Olympics as too meager
Discussion: HotAir, Power Line and The Hill
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
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 …
Right wing builds its own echo chamber  —  Conservatives are aggressively building their own apps, phones, cryptocurrencies and publishing houses in an attempt to circumvent what they see as an increasingly liberal internet and media ecosystem.  —  Why it matters: Many of these efforts …
Washington Post:
Sidney Powell group raised more than $14 million spreading election falsehoods  —  In the months after President Donald Trump lost the November election, lawyer Sidney Powell raised large sums from donors inspired by her fight to reverse the outcome of the vote.
Democrats fall flat with ‘Latinx’ language  —  As Democrats seek to reach out to Latino voters in a more gender-neutral way, they've increasingly begun using the word Latinx, a term that first began to get traction among academics and activists on the left.  —  But that very effort …
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
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
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?”
John Sexton / HotAir:
After recount, Republicans confirmed has gaining 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
Jordan Liles /
Did Trump Send This Phallic Christmas Card in 2021?  —  In early December 2021, former U.S. President Donald Trump appeared in a Christmas card with a festive and quite phallic design.  The image was shared heavily by left-leaning and anti-Trump social media accounts.
Discussion: Reuters, Twitchy, RedState and HuffPost
Michael Shellenberger:
Why Violent Crime Is Rising  —  Aarial Maynor (left), suspected killer of Jacqueline Avant (right) with husband Clarence  —  Clarence and Jacqueline Avant may not be household names but they are giants of black American music and philanthropy.  Clarence is the former chairman of Motown Records …
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Court ruling stops 2022 candidate filing in new NC districts  —  The North Carolina Court of Appeals has halted candidate filing in U.S. House, state Senate and state House districts, according to the state elections board.  —  Candidate filing starts at noon Monday in federal, state and local races across North Carolina.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Pearl Harbor: A Day That Lives in Infamy … On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor.  It was one of the most successful—and failed—surprise attacks in military history.  —  The attack shocked America and the world.
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
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Discussion: BizPac Review
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Discussion: CBS News
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
Jamie Raskin's Year of Grief and Purpose
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
The Absence of “The Donald”  —  In the several hundred criminal cases brought …
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York City sets sweeping vaccine mandate for all private employers.