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3:40 PM ET, December 6, 2021

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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.  It's somehow easier to picture the Earth blasted and bleached by global warming, or the human brain overtaken by the tyranny of artificial intelligence, than to foresee the end of our 250-year experiment in self-government.
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 …
Axios:
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 …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump's media company deal is being investigated by securities regulators.  —  Securities regulators have opened investigations into the planned merger of a nascent social media company backed by former President Donald J. Trump with a so-called blank-check company that raised nearly $300 million …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Who Just Gave Trump $1 Billion?  Let's Find Out.  —  Investments in a blank-check company backing the former president could turn out to be IOUs if he wins back the White House.  —  Donald Trump's new social media enterprise announced on Saturday that the blank-check company it set …
Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:   Trump SPAC under investigation by financial regulators
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Social-Media SPAC Deal Being Investigated By SEC
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Politico:
‘Absolute liars’: Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6  —  A former D.C. National Guard official is accusing two senior Army leaders of lying to Congress and participating in a secret attempt to rewrite the history of the military's response to the Capitol riot.
Politico:
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 …
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Carmen Sesin / NBC News:   ‘Latinx’ can be ‘counterproductive’ among Hispanic voters, poll finds
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. sues Texas over state redistricting maps, citing discrimination against Latinos  —  The Justice Department on Monday sued Texas for the second time in a month over new voting laws, this time alleging that Republican state lawmakers discriminated against Latinos and other minorities …
Discussion: Bipartisan Report
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Won't Send Officials to Beijing Winter Olympics  —  Biden administration to announce diplomatic boycott this week; China criticizes decision  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration won't send U.S. officials to attend the coming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, staging a diplomatic boycott …
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden administration expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics this week
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.
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York City sets sweeping vaccine mandate for all private employers.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping Covid vaccine mandate for all private employers in New York City on Monday morning to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.  —  Mr. de Blasio said the aggressive measure …
New York Times:
Inside Tesla as Elon Musk Pushed an Unflinching Vision for Self-Driving Cars  —  The automaker may have undermined safety in designing its Autopilot driver-assistance system to fit its chief executive's vision, former employees say.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times …
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Cuomo absent from SiriusXM radio show following firing from CNN  —  Chris Cuomo was absent from his weekday radio show on SiriusXM, two days after being fired by CNN following a scandal involving his effort to help his brother deal with accusations of sexual harassment.
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Lee Brown / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo claims CNN boss Jeff Zucker knew about involvement in gov scandal
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Associated Press:
Jussie Smollett takes the stand in his own defense  —  CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett took the witness stand Monday at his trial where he is facing charges accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself and lying to Chicago police about it.  —  The former actor from the TV show …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
The Absence of “The Donald”  —  In the several hundred criminal cases brought against individuals involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Department of Justice and FBI have included scores of incriminating communications posted by defendants on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Parler.
Washington Post:
‘Rife’ cocaine use reported in U.K. Parliament — just as Boris Johnson announces crackdown on drug crime  —  LONDON — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons says he is calling in police to investigate reports that drug use is “rife” in Parliament — as Prime Minister Boris Johnson dressed …
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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Brian Kemp moves swiftly to neuter David Perdue in primary poised to bloody Georgia GOP  —  Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday struck former Sen. David Perdue fast and hard, foreshadowing a bloody, months-long primary poised to tear the Georgia Republican Party asunder and elevate Democrats to power in a key battleground state.
 
 
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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
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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
Jessica M. Vaughan / CIS.org:
Deportations Plummet Under Biden Enforcement Policies
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
The White House:
Fact Sheet: U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption
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Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Biden turns to spy chief for tricky diplomatic missions
Washington Examiner:
Biden needlessly extends COVID misery
Associated Press:
Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant
Discussion: Boston.com
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Charlie Sykes stuns MSNBC host with lewd description of Thomas Massie's gun photo as like pic of his privates
Discussion: Morning Shots and HuffPost
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How TikTok Reads Your Mind
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
On “Succession,” Jeremy Strong Doesn't Get the Joke