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5:20 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Western Journal
Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:
Trump SPAC under investigation by financial regulators
Discussion: Politico, Rolling Stone and Deadline
‘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:
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
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden administration sues to block Texas redistricting maps
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 …
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.
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 …
Carmen Sesin / NBC News:   ‘Latinx’ can be ‘counterproductive’ among Hispanic voters, poll finds
Carl Bildt / Washington Post:
It's time to let Russia know once and for all that Ukraine is off limits  —  Is the United States ready to defend Taiwan against an attack by China?  What about Russian attempts to militarily subdue Ukraine?  Will Washington limit its response to Moscow to sanctions and other nonmilitary measures?
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump says a bit too much about James Comey's FBI firing (again)  —  January 6th Committee encounters questions of criminality while following evidence  —  It was on May 9, 2017, when Donald Trump fired James Comey as the director of the FBI.  The Republican president hadn't yet been in office …
Discussion: USA Today, Rolling Stone and The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Root
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.
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
Allahpundit / HotAir:
“Ongoing genocide”: Biden orders diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics  —  How often do you find Joe Biden and Ted Cruz on the same side of an issue?  —  Especially when that side is the middle-ground option between a total boycott of the Games, as some Republicans want …
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.
Jon Brown / Fox News:
Former Sen. Bob Dole to lie in state Thursday in US Capitol rotunda  —  Dole will join just 40 others who have lain in the U.S. Capitol since 1852  —  Bret Baier remembers Bob Dole as the ‘personification of service’  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole will lie in state in the rotunda …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and CNN
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 …
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 …
Azeen Ghorayshi / New York Times:
Women Earn $2 Million Less Than Men in Their Careers as Doctors  —  A survey of more than 80,000 physicians estimated that women make 25 percent less than men over a 40-year career.  —  Female doctors make less than their male counterparts starting from their very first days on the job, according to a large new study.
Discussion: STAT and The 19th
The Daily Poster:
Six Things They're Not Telling You About Inflation  —  In the Great Inflation Scare of 2021, the corporate media isn't reporting the full story.  —  Inflation is punching far above its weight in the minds of Americans immersed in louder and louder media alarms about rising prices …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden's plan for a ‘no drama’ December  —  The White House is praying for a quiet December, aiming to avoid the usual political histrionics that come at the end of the year as they push the second piece of President Joe Biden's landmark economic agenda.  —  Internally, White House officials …
Discussion: NPR, The Hill, Bloomberg, Breitbart, Insider and CNN
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo claims CNN boss Jeff Zucker knew about involvement in gov scandal  —  Canned CNN host Chris Cuomo has fired back at the network — accusing his boss of knowing everything about his involvement in trying to quash ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sex scandal.
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Devin Nunes will leave Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Cohen / The American Independent:
Proud Boys and Oath Keepers subpoenas could shed light on rise of far-right extremism
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Turning outrage into power: How far right is changing GOP
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
As covid persists, nurses are leaving staff jobs — and tripling their salaries as travelers
 Earlier Items: 
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 /
Deportations Plummet Under Biden Enforcement Policies
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Brian Kemp moves swiftly to neuter David Perdue in primary poised to bloody Georgia GOP
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
The Absence of “The Donald”  —  In the several hundred criminal cases brought …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption
Associated Press:
Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin