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9:40 PM ET, December 7, 2021


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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Meadows: Trump considered yanking Kavanaugh over ‘I like beer’ comments and apologetic tone  —  During Brett Kavanaugh's controversial 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, President Donald Trump “strongly considered” dropping the nominee and instead going with a “stronger candidate,” …
Read: Mark Meadows' letter to January 6 committee  —  By CNN  —  (CNN)Former Donald Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, according to a letter obtained by CNN from his attorney to the panel.
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
President Biden's pick for a key banking regulator backs out.  —  Saule Omarova, a Cornell Law School professor whom critics painted as a communist after President Biden picked her for a key banking regulator job, withdrew from consideration for the post on Tuesday.
Washington Post:
Saule Omarova, Biden's pick for top bank regulator, withdraws nomination  —  Saule Omarova, President Biden's pick to serve as a top banking regulator, has withdrawn her nomination for the office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  —  The Cornell University law professor …
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Saule Omarova, Biden's Nominee to Oversee National Banks, Withdraws
Discussion: NPR and CNN
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Controversial Biden banking nominee drops out of contention after bruising hearing
Discussion: Washington Times
The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden and Nominee for Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Saule Omarova
McConnell secures GOP support for new debt strategy  —  Mitch McConnell believes he's convinced a skeptical Senate Republican Conference to allow Democrats to more easily raise the debt ceiling, a critical development as the country faces a mid-December debt cliff.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: Did McConnell just win the debt-ceiling standoff?
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media has given Republicans a free pass on assaulting democracy
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Close In on Debt-Ceiling Deal
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
So you think Kamala Harris has it rough.  Remember Dan Quayle?  —  Kamala Harris can't catch a break.  —  When she's not being ignored — which is much of the time — the vice president is portrayed as inept, impossible to work for or depicted as an anchor weighing down the listing Biden administration.
Eugene Daniels / Politico:   ‘Her failing is not an option’ — Harris convenes Black women and charts the path ahead
Charlotte Clymer / Charlotte's Web Thoughts:
The Media Coverage of Kamala Harris and Bluetooth is Ridiculous
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Cybersect
D. Patrick Rodgers / Nashville Scene:
Nathan Bedford Forrest Has Fallen  —  A widely mocked Nashville statue of the early KKK leader was removed Tuesday morning  —  The Confederacy has fallen.  Again.  —  A notorious statue of Confederate general and early KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest that has stood beside I-65 …
Nick Beres / WTVF-TV:
Nathan Bedford Forrest statue along I-65 removed after more than 2 decades
Discussion: WKRN-TV, The Hill and New York Magazine
The Tennessean:
Nathan Bedford Forrest statue along Interstate 65 taken down
Discussion: CBS News and Mother Jones
Tara Copp / Defense One:
Austin Rejects ‘Red Lines’ for Taiwan, Ukraine  —  As crises loom, defense secretary reveals a bit of his diplomacy-first thinking.  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who served as a general during several Middle East wars, is used to the military charting the U.S. path in conflict zones.
The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Video Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia
Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
‘I think we need to rethink entirely how we do things,’ says Dana Milbank of the Washington Post  —  Longtime Washington Post political journalist Dana Milbank on Friday accused his colleagues of being “accessories to the murder of democracy.”  —  Milbank wrote in his biweekly opinion column:
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
Wisconsin Conservative Group Finds ‘No Evidence Of Widespread Fraud’ In 2020 Election  —  A 10-month-long review of Wisconsin's 2020 election conducted by a conservative group in the state found no signs of widespread or significant election fraud, according to a new report of its findings …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Hillary Clinton was right about the “deplorables” — and about the end of Roe v. Wade  —  Still hate Hillary's guts?  Fine.  But let's admit that she saw all this coming — and way before the rise of Trump  —  During her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton warned us that Donald Trump and his …
Discussion: The Left Place
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
An angry rift between Trump and Bannon signals the far-right's future
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue will be melted down by city's African American history museum  —  The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that once provoked a deadly weekend of violence in Charlottesville will soon be melted down and turned into a new piece of public artwork …
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Charlottesville's Statue of Robert E. Lee Will Be Melted Down
Discussion: NPR and The Hill
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: WSJ taps Biden, Trump pollsters for 2022  —  The Wall Street Journal and its parent company Dow Jones are making big changes to its polling strategy ahead of the midterms, executives tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: The company had partnered with NBC News for the past three decades on polling.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Lee Brown / New York Post:
CNN's Don Lemon blasted for not mentioning his own key role in Jussie Smollett drama  —  CNN host Don Lemon is getting blasted for covering his pal Jussie Smollett's trial on his late-night show — without mentioning his own central role in tipping off the “Empire” star that he was being investigated by police.
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
A Very Weird Interview With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  —  There are many criticisms to lob at Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and, as a result of the COVID pandemic, one of the most powerful and adored physicians in America.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Yamiche Alcindor Joins NBC News as Washington Correspondent (EXCLUSIVE) … Alcindor, who is expected to start with NBC in March, will cover the Biden administration as well as the impact of federal policies on communities across the country and issues at the intersection of race …
ITV News:
Downing Street staff shown joking in leaked recording about Christmas party they later denied  —  Senior Downing Street staff joked about holding a Christmas party in Number 10 just four days after the event is alleged to have taken place last December, a recording leaked to ITV News has revealed.
Karol Markowicz / Fox News:
I am leaving New York City for Florida.  I never thought I would  —  I was raised in Brooklyn, my husband in Queens.  Our three children were born in Manhattan  —  Parents should ‘speak up on behalf of their kids’: Karol Markowicz  —  I always hated the “Goodbye, New York” genre of writing.
Cancel Student Debt: $50K for Every Borrower  —  Higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status or background.  Unfortunately, that's not the reality in the United States.  —  The cost of higher education has grown exponentially in our country …
Dems begin souring on vaccine mandates  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  Three months ago, as California Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM was turning around his fate in the state's recall election …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Michael Nutter: Larry Krasner owes an apology to the 521 families of Philly's homicide victims  —  District Attorney Larry Krasner's recent remarks about whether we are experiencing a crime crisis are some of the worst, most ignorant, and most insulting comments I have ever heard spoken …
Discussion: Big Trial and Townhall
How Biden Is Reshaping The Courts  —  When former President Donald Trump left office in January, one of the most formidable aspects of his legacy was his imprint on the federal courts.  In Trump's four years in the White House, he appointed three Supreme Court justices …
Julio Ricardo Varela / MSNBC:
‘Latinx’ is an unpopular term but Democrats shouldn't panic  —  New poll finds only 2% of U.S. Hispanics use term ‘Latinx’  —  Once again, the term “Latinx” is trending — and once again, it is all for the wrong reasons.  —  Like a modern-day Hydra, a term based on a Spanish gender-inclusive …
Discussion: Reason, Breitbart and Washington Times
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France 24:
Omicron variant ‘almost certainly’ not more severe than Delta, Fauci tells AFP
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Exclusive: SEC's internal watchdog kept job despite ‘serious misconduct’ finding
Discussion: The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Second Senate Democrat to back vote against Biden vaccine mandate
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
He Voted to Impeach. Can He Survive in the GOP?
Discussion: Overtime and Raw Story