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11:05 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.
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Are We Doomed?  —  To head off the next insurrection, we'll need to practice envisioning the worst.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Discussion: CNBC and Bipartisan Report
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 …
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
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.
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.
Washington Post:
The GOP agenda for 2022? There isn't one yet.
Discussion: New York Times and The Message Box
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
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 …
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 …
Just Security:
The Absence of “The Donald”  —  The curious omission of a notorious social media site in the FBI criminal case files on Jan. 6  —  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 …
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 …
The White House:
A Proclamation on the Death of Robert Joseph Dole
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.
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
Washington Examiner:
Biden needlessly extends COVID misery  —  The film Please Remove Your Shoes, released in 2010, documents the development of security theater in airports after 9/11.  It shows how the Transportation Security Administration's screening for commercial flights encouraged a false sense …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, POLITICUSUSA and IJR
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
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 …
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
Myanmar Court Sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 Years in Initial Verdicts
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Biden turns to spy chief for tricky diplomatic missions  —  CIA director Bill Burns tries to re-engineer the agency while dealing with Russia and an assertive China  —  As the first career diplomat to run the CIA, director Bill Burns sometimes has to remind himself to stick to his role as US spy chief.
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
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant  —  U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations.
Discussion: and ABC News
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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Erin Aubry Kaplan / New York Times:
How to Create a Black Space in a Gentrifying Neighborhood
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Twitchy
Neri Zilber / New Lines Magazine:
Why Israel (Sort of) Misses the Iran Deal
Associated Press:
Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin
Miami Herald:
Florida's elected leader must try to prevent gun violence
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
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Merck Covid-19 Pills Are Coming Soon in the U.S., But Other Countries Will Have to Wait
Far-right French presidential hopeful promises ‘reconquest’ at rally
 Earlier Items: 
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
An upper bound on one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles
New York Times:
What an America Without Roe Would Look Like
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Success in Seating Federal Judges, Biden Hits Resistance
Discussion: Fox News