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12:45 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.
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump SPAC under investigation by federal regulators, including SEC  — Federal regulators are investigating former President Donald Trump's SPAC deal.  — The Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA probes were disclosed in a filing by Digital World Acquisition Corp., the special purpose acquisition company.
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 …
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Trump SPAC faces SEC investigation
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 …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Wire
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.
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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Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump brokers deal to remake the field in N.C. Senate race
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 Guardian and 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 …
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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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump backed former GOP Sen. Perdue launches Georgia gubernatorial bid; charges Gov. Kemp ‘failed all of us’
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.
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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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 …
Nelson Warfield / New York Times:
I Was Bob Dole's Press Secretary.  This Is What I Learned From Him.  —  Mr. Warfield, a Republican, is a political media consultant who was national press secretary for Senator Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.  —  Early in the 1996 race for the White House, the senior leadership …
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Washington Post:
The GOP agenda for 2022? There isn't one yet.
Discussion: The Message Box
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.
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
Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
GOP congressman's gun-toting family Christmas photo sparks outrage days after school shooting  —  Officials on both sides of the aisle, Michigan residents and parents of gun violence victims condemned the image from Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky  —  They are looking straight at the camera, smiling wide.
Discussion: CBS News, TheBlaze and Mother Jones
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Miami Herald:   Florida's elected leader must try to prevent gun violence
Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
Jamie Raskin's Year of Grief and Purpose  —  A son's suicide, an attack on the Capitol and a congressman's renewed sense of mission  —  When Jamie Raskin revisits those shattered days of January, what surfaces in his memory are the sounds.  Among them: a hideous pounding …
Jessica M. Vaughan / CIS.org:
Deportations Plummet Under Biden Enforcement Policies  —  Jessica Vaughan is the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.  —  Immigration enforcement, as measured by the number of aliens removed from the country, has collapsed to the lowest level since the mid-1990s …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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 …
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
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden considers sanctions against Putin's inner circle ahead of this week's key call  —  On GPS: What will Russia do next?  —  (CNN)US officials are currently weighing a wide set of sanctions on Russia meant to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from launching an invasion into Ukraine …
Discussion: Defense One and Raw Story
 
 
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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
The White House:
Fact Sheet: U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Biden turns to spy chief for tricky diplomatic missions
Washington Examiner:
Biden needlessly extends COVID misery
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant
Discussion: Boston.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Merck Covid-19 Pills Are Coming Soon in the U.S., But Other Countries Will Have to Wait
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away
Discussion: Fox News
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