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9:25 AM 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.
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.
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 …
‘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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Political Wire
Feliz Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Myanmar Prison  —  Guilty verdicts for incitement and breaching pandemic rules are first in raft of charges brought against the ousted leader by the military  —  Myanmar's ousted civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to four years imprisonment …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away
Discussion: Fox News
David Siders / Politico:
Why the threat to Roe may not save Democrats in 2022
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 …
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
A Chicken-Fried McGovern, Newt's Good Ideas and the Senate Zoo: A Dole One-Liner Sampler  —  Bob Dole, who died on Sunday at age 98, was generous with his sarcastic wit, using it against Democrats, Republicans and often himself.  —  At a vice-presidential debate against Walter Mondale in 1976 …
The White House:
A Proclamation on the Death of Robert Joseph Dole  —  As a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman like few in our history and a war hero among the greatest of the Greatest Generation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution …
Discussion: The Hill
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The goodness of Bob Dole
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
Denmark sees ‘concerning’ jump in omicron cases — a warning sign for Europe  —  The country is a leader in the sequencing of variants, acting as an early-warning system for the continent.  —  Danish health authorities on Sunday reported a “concerning” jump in cases of the omicron coronavirus variant …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Bloomberg
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: Political 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 …
Washington Post:
Biden is approving more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands than Trump, analysis finds  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202!  We chuckled at the line about Politico journalists in HBO's “Succession” last night.  But first:  —  Biden is approving more drilling permits on public lands than Trump, analysis shows
Discussion: The Guardian, Todd Starnes and Slate
New York Times:
Ex-Senator David Perdue to Run for Governor of Georgia  —  Mr. Perdue, an ally of Donald Trump, will challenge the incumbent governor, Brian Kemp, in a Republican primary.  —  ATLANTA — David Perdue, the former U.S. senator from Georgia and ally of Donald Trump,plans to announce Monday …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: David Perdue plans to run for governor in 2022
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: HuffPost
New York Times:
What an America Without Roe Would Look Like  —  Legal abortions would fall, particularly among poor women in the South and Midwest, and out-of-state travel and abortion pills would play a bigger role.  —  Last week's Supreme Court arguments on a Mississippi abortion law raised the prospect …
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Fort Worth School Board Racial Equity Committee co-chair owns up to attacks on parents  —  Garcia-Lopez admitted she cursed out parent on the phone, but insisted her voicemail included ‘no threats’  —  Fort Worth ISD Racial Equity Committee defends member who doxxed parents, sent profane voicemail
Discussion: National Review
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
“I am not a traitor”: Reality Winner explains why she leaked a classified document  —  A story about someone named Reality Winner has to start with the name.  Her father, playing on the family name, explained he wanted “a real winner.”  And so, Reality.  Maybe that still doesn't make sense …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Democrats fall flat with ‘Latinx’ language  —  “Why are we using a word that is preferred by only 2 percent, but offends as many as 40 percent of those voters we want to win?” said one pollster.  —  As Democrats seek to reach out to Latino voters in a more gender-neutral way …
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Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Merck Covid-19 Pills Are Coming Soon in the U.S., But Other Countries Will Have to Wait
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Say it loud, Democrats: Economic issues are ‘values’ issues, too
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump brokers deal to remake the field in N.C. Senate race
Far-right French presidential hopeful promises ‘reconquest’ at rally
An upper bound on one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles
New York Times:
He Never Touched the Murder Weapon. Alabama Sentenced Him to Die.
 Earlier Items: 
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Broad overhaul of military justice system being sidelined in favor of narrower focus on sexual assault
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk
Discussion: HotAir and A More Balanced Force
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
Students are fed up with racist slurs and bullying. Now they're walking out of class
Discussion: The Root
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
US intelligence-sharing convinces allies of Russian threat to Ukraine
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
David Smith / The Guardian:
Congressman Jamie Raskin: 'I'll never forget the terrible sound of them trying to barrel into the chamber'
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
In which 2 NPR reporters pick my brain for over 2 hours, then fail to mention that. (update)
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
China Seeks First Military Base on Africa's Atlantic Coast, U.S. Intelligence Finds
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Fox News