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10:50 PM ET, December 6, 2021


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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 …
Donald Graham / Washington Post:
I've never known a better editor than Fred Hiatt — or a better person  —  Donald Graham was publisher of The Post from 1979 to 2000 and served as chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Co. until 2013.  —  If you are reading this in the Opinion section of the online Washington Post or …
Washington Post:   Fred Hiatt was an editor of surpassing integrity, intelligence and compassion
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.
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.
New York Times:
Omicron Is Fast Moving, but Perhaps Less Severe, Early Reports Suggest  —  Researchers in South Africa, where the variant is spreading quickly, say it may cause less serious Covid cases than other forms of the virus, but it is unclear whether that will hold true.
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN Exclusive: Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee  —  Washington (CNN)Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee, a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking …
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Lawmakers drop proposal to add women to the draft as defense bill headaches mount  —  Compromise defense policy legislation set to be filed Monday will not require women to register for a military draft, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations, a stunning turnaround …
Discussion: Roll Call and Breitbart
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   McConnell Says Republican Party Needs to Move Forward
Senate GOP rejects debt limit fix on must-pass defense bill
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A GOP lawyer issues a frantic warning to his own party about Trump and 2024  —  Benjamin Ginsberg, a veteran Republican election lawyer, just issued a stark warning to lawmakers in his own party: If you don't act now to protect our system, the losing candidate in the 2024 presidential election might seek …
New York Post:
Chris Cuomo prepping to sue CNN for more than $18M over contract: sources  —  Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo is set to sue the network if it balks at paying him at least $18 million to cover what's left on his contract, sources told The Post on Monday.  —  Cuomo, 51, has hired lawyers …
New York Times:
Trump's Blood Oxygen Level in Covid Bout Was Dangerously Low, Former Aide Says  —  Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump's former chief of staff, said in his new book that the weakened president's blood oxygen level reached 86 during a harrowing fight against the coronavirus.
Los Angeles Times:
California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to head Trump social media group  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial San Joaquin Valley Republican, is leaving Congress to head a social media company created by former President Trump.  —  “I will deeply miss being your congressman,” Nunes said in a message to his constituents on Monday.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump SPAC under investigation by federal regulators, including SEC
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Capitol riot panel finds White House metadata on letter pushing Georgia to overturn Trump election loss  —  Capitol riot investigators have found evidence possibly linking the Trump White House to the Justice Department in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
More voters would pick Trump over Biden if election were held today: poll
Discussion: Breitbart
Max Boot / Washington Post:
How can the people who have seen the worst of Trump still think the best of him?
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and Raw Story
Kamala Harris is Bluetooth-phobic  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  KAMALA HARRIS is never missing her AirPods.  That's because she's wary of them.  —  While a growing number …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
No kind way of putting this: Florida's COVID death rate is FAR worse than the NPR analysis makes it out to be.  As in, 15x worse.  Seriously.  —  Yesterday there was a bit of a brouhaha caused when NPR reporters Geoff Brumfiel and Daniel Wood published an in-depth report on the partisan divide …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Justice Department closes investigation into Emmett Till killing after failing to prove key witness lied  —  (CNN)The Justice Department has officially closed its investigation into the infamous of killing Emmett Till for a second time, two sources familiar with the investigation said …
New York Times:
Justice Department Closes Emmett Till Investigation Without Charges
Discussion: Law & Crime and Fox News
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.
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: HotAir and The Root
‘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.
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
America needs unity to rediscover its greatness  —  Bob Dole, who died on Sunday, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, including as Senate majority leader, and was the 1996 Republican nominee for president.  This column was drafted early in 2021 to be published around the time of his death.
Discussion: CBS News and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. sues Texas over redistricting, citing discrimination against Latinos  —  The Justice Department has sued Texas for the second time in a month over voting-related concerns, this time alleging that Republican state lawmakers discriminated against Latinos and other minorities …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over New Map
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 …
Letter comparing parent protests to domestic terrorism triggers funding fallout  —  The nation's leading school board advocacy group is facing a critical loss of funding and membership after sending a letter comparing parent protests and threats to domestic terrorism.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Michael Lee / Fox News:
Republicans blast Biden ‘diplomatic boycott’ of Olympics as too meager  —  Sen. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee argued that the 2022 games should be moved out of China completely  —  Biden administration underestimating China threat: Colby  —  Republican lawmakers took aim at President Biden …
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and Power Line
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
The Paycheck Paradox: What's Missing When We Talk About the Economy … On Friday, a familiar pattern played out: The Labor Department released a very, very good jobs report, and the media continued hyping what a lousy economy President Joe Biden is overseeing.
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Party Like It's January 6 … A woman in mink and diamonds steps out of a car on Park Avenue.  She struts, coiffure held high, past protesters clutching signs about Rudolph Giuliani and Joseph Goebbels.  She demands of the doorman, “Can't we have these feminazis arrested or something?”
Jordan Liles /
Did Trump Send This Phallic Christmas Card in 2021?  —  In early December 2021, former U.S. President Donald Trump appeared in a Christmas card with a festive and quite phallic design.  The image was shared heavily by left-leaning and anti-Trump social media accounts.
Discussion: Reuters, Twitchy, RedState and HuffPost
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.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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Washington Post:
Biden's ‘Summit for Democracy’ includes countries that hardly seem to qualify
Discussion: New York Times
John Sexton / HotAir:
After recount, Republicans confirmed has gaining control of VA House of Delegates
Discussion: Power Line
Pearl Harbor: A Day That Lives in Infamy
Madeleine Lim / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg News China Staffer Haze Fan Still Detained One Year On
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
New travel restrictions take effect today for all travelers entering the U.S.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Wire
Holden Karnofsky / Cold Takes:
Candidate for “highest-stakes question of the next several months” (rare hot take)
Discussion: BizPac Review
Justin Fox / Bloomberg:
Covid Can't Stop Corporate Profits From Climbing to Record Highs
Discussion: CBS News
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Abortion Will Not Be Sent Back to the States
The Daily Poster:
Six Things They're Not Telling You About Inflation
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
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
The Absence of “The Donald”  —  In the several hundred criminal cases brought …
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York City sets sweeping vaccine mandate for all private employers.