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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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and Twitchy
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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 …
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump SPAC under investigation by federal regulators, including SEC  — The publicly traded SPAC that has announced plans to merge with former President Donald Trump's new social media company said in a new filing that the SEC and FINRA regulatory agencies have asked for information regarding stock trading …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
CNN President Jeff Zucker Protected Chris Cuomo.  Then Came a U-Turn.  —  Network boss fired the star anchor on Saturday, leaving a hole in the channel's prime-time lineup  —  CNN President Jeff Zucker stood by Chris Cuomo last spring after revelations that the star anchor had helped his brother …
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden administration expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics this week  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Won't Send Officials to Beijing Winter Olympics
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump backed former GOP Sen. Perdue launches Georgia gubernatorial bid; charges Gov. Kemp ‘failed all of us’  —  Perdue, declaring his candidacy for Georgia governor, argues that Kemp ‘caved to Abrams’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 6  —  EXCLUSIVE - Former Republican …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Brian Kemp moves swiftly to neuter David Perdue in primary poised to bloody Georgia GOP
Politico:
Dems plot escape from Biden's poll woes  —  Rep. Jared Golden is facing one of the toughest reelection battles in the country.  One thing he says doesn't keep him up at night, though, is President Joe Biden's sinking approval rating.  —  “I really don't care at all.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away
Discussion: Fox News
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump brokers deal to remake the field in N.C. Senate race  —  Donald Trump brokered a deal this weekend to clear the North Carolina GOP Senate field for Rep. Ted Budd, the candidate he endorsed in June but who has failed to emerge so far as the clear frontrunner.
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Washington Post:
The GOP agenda for 2022? There isn't one yet.
Discussion: New York Times and The Message Box
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How TikTok Reads Your Mind  —  It's the most successful video app in the world.  Our columnist has obtained an internal company document that offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.  —  There are four main goals for TikTok's algorithm: .户价值, .户 …
Associated Press:
Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin  —  MADISON, Wisc.  (AP) — A group formed to support former President Donald Trump's agenda is working with Wisconsin Republicans on a ballot measure that would bypass the state's Democratic governor to change how elections are run in the battleground state.
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
On “Succession,” Jeremy Strong Doesn't Get the Joke  —  “I take him as seriously as I take my own life,” he says of his character, Kendall Roy. … When Jeremy Strong was a teen-ager, in suburban Massachusetts, he had three posters thumbtacked to his bedroom wall: Daniel Day-Lewis in …
Miami Herald:
Florida's elected leader must try to prevent gun violence  —  OPINION AND COMMENTARY  —  Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters.  —  Eight Floridians die every day because of gun violence.
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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  —  Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday, conservative commentator and Bulwark editor attacked Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) after he posted a Christmas photo of him with his family in their pajamas with a bunch of guns.
Discussion: Morning Shots and HuffPost
The White House:
Fact Sheet: U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption  —  “Corruption threatens United States national security, economic equity, global anti-poverty and development efforts, and democracy itself.  But by effectively preventing and countering corruption and demonstrating the advantages …
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The White House:
A Proclamation on the Death of Robert Joseph Dole
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 …
Discussion: Sky News and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Seven days: Following Trump's coronavirus trail  —  When he first learned he had tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump was already aboard Air Force One, en route to a massive rally in Middletown, Pa.  —  With him on the plane that Saturday evening were dozens of people …
 
 
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden considers sanctions against Putin's inner circle ahead of this week's key call
Discussion: Raw Story
John Binder / Breitbart:
NY Times: Biden's Refugee Camp ‘Larger than Half the Towns in New Jersey’
Erin Feher / Datebook:
‘Not a safe space’: Black cast members boycott Dickens Christmas Fair over failure to prevent racist, sexist behavior
Erin Aubry Kaplan / New York Times:
How to Create a Black Space in a Gentrifying Neighborhood
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Twitchy
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Biden turns to spy chief for tricky diplomatic missions
Washington Examiner:
Biden needlessly extends COVID misery
Neri Zilber / New Lines Magazine:
Why Israel (Sort of) Misses the Iran Deal
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant
Discussion: Boston.com
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Eric Dezenhall / Wall Street Journal:
The Media Stonewalls on the Steele Dossier
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Fort Worth School Board Racial Equity Committee co-chair owns up to attacks on parents
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Biden is approving more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands than Trump, analysis finds
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Merck Covid-19 Pills Are Coming Soon in the U.S., But Other Countries Will Have to Wait
Feliz Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Myanmar Prison
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
“I am not a traitor”: Reality Winner explains why she leaked a classified document
Discussion: Reason and BizPac Review
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
Denmark sees ‘concerning’ jump in omicron cases — a warning sign for Europe