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8:25 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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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.
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 …
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Washington Post:   Fred Hiatt was an editor of surpassing integrity, intelligence and compassion
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Nunes quits Congress for Trump Media job  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, a close ally of former President Donald Trump and the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, will resign from Congress later this month to run Trump's new social media company.  —  Nunes (R-Calif.) …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump SPAC under investigation by federal regulators, including SEC
Washington Post:   Rep. Devin Nunes to leave Congress to become Trump media company CEO
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Who Just Gave Trump $1 Billion? Let's Find Out.
Fox News:
House Republican Rep. Devin Nunes to resign
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 …
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Lee Brown / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo claims CNN boss Jeff Zucker knew about involvement in gov scandal
CNN:
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 …
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
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 …
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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:
Senate GOP rejects debt limit fix on must-pass defense bill  —  Senate Republicans are rejecting a proposal floated by congressional Democratic leaders to attach a debt limit fix to the annual defense policy measure — typically treated as a must-pass bill.  —  Senior Democrats …
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Lawmakers drop proposal to add women to the draft as defense bill headaches mount
Discussion: Breitbart and Maryland Matters
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 …
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Carmen Sesin / NBC News:
‘Latinx’ can be ‘counterproductive’ among Hispanic voters, poll finds
Discussion: RedState
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.
Discussion: Insider
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 …
Politico:
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
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 …
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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
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
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.
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Abortion Will Not Be Sent Back to the States  —  Republican jurists invoke democracy in preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, but democracy functionally doesn't exist in much of the country.  —  Abortion rights advocates demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, December 1, 2021.
Jordan Liles / Snopes.com:
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: HuffPost, Reuters, RedState and Twitchy
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 …
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
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.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
New travel restrictions take effect today for all travelers entering the U.S.  —  Last week new air travel restrictions were announced by the Biden administration.  Biden announced that he would tighten pre-departure testing protocols by requiring all inbound international travelers …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Wire
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 …
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
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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