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7:30 AM ET, December 7, 2021


 Top Items: 
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.
Financial Times:
US regulators probe Donald Trump's social media Spac deal
Discussion: SPAC Track
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
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 …
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 …
Senate GOP rejects debt limit fix on must-pass defense bill
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: Outside the Beltway and 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
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
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
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 …
American Greatness:
Irony Alert: Joe Biden to Tackle Political Corruption With New ‘5 Pillar Strategy’  —  The Biden administration Monday unveiled a “5-pillar strategy” to combat corruption in the U.S. and abroad, including the same type of “pay-to-play” corruption the Biden family has become famous for over the years.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Wants to Turn His Trial Into a Search of the Biden White House
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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
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 …
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
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: Vatican News and Politico
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:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Fury as transgender UPenn swimmer who used to compete as a man smashes TWO US women's records and finishes one race 38 seconds ahead of her nearest rival  — Lia Thomas, 22, smashed two U.S. swimming records at an Akron, Ohio contest  — Thomas won the 1,650 freestyle in a record …
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.
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 …
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
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Biden's ‘Summit for Democracy’ includes countries that hardly seem to qualify
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
The Paycheck Paradox: What's Missing When We Talk About the Economy
Madeleine Lim / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg News China Staffer Haze Fan Still Detained One Year On
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
New travel restrictions take effect today for all travelers entering the U.S.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Fox News
Holden Karnofsky / Cold Takes:
Candidate for “highest-stakes question of the next several months” (rare hot take)
 Earlier Items: 
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Party Like It's January 6
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
America needs unity to rediscover its greatness
Discussion: CBS News
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
An Internal Document Shows DHS Officials Advised Against Haitian Deportations, Fearing They Could Violate Human Rights Obligations
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Abortion Will Not Be Sent Back to the States
Discussion: National Review and The 19th
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. sues Texas over redistricting, citing discrimination against Latinos
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
A White teacher taught White students about White privilege. It cost him his job.
Discussion: HotAir and The Root