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8:50 AM ET, December 7, 2021

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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.
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Trump's new media company is a $1.6 billion mirage  —  In October, former President Trump announced the creation of a new company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG).  Its signature product is a new social media site, Truth Social.  According to an investor presentation …
Financial Times:
US regulators probe Donald Trump's social media Spac deal
Discussion: SPAC Track
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 …
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
McConnell Says Republican Party Needs to Move Forward  —  Senate minority leader addresses Fed leadership, foreign policy at Wall Street Journal CEO Council summit  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said it was time for the Republican Party to move on from the 2020 elections …
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Legislative mix-and-match combo meal  —  With Andrew Desiderio.  —  Decisions over the debt limit and defense are still driving the week and it's still not smooth sailing for either.  —  DEFENSE-DEBT COMBO ON ICE?  — A plan was percolating to attach a debt limit fix to the annual defense policy measure …
Politico:
Senate GOP rejects debt limit fix on must-pass defense bill
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Who is Jeffrey Clark and Why Does He Matter?  —  Clark wanted to do all the election subversion Bill Barr wouldn't.  —  There's no good reason you should know Jeffrey Clark's name.  —  Before the 2020 election, he was just another run-of-the-mill Republican lawyer with a cushy appointment in the federal government.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Capitol riot panel finds White House metadata on letter pushing Georgia to overturn Trump election loss
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Mediaite
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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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
Washington Post:
Biden, Putin to discuss Ukraine in video call amid growing tensions  —  President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call Tuesday morning focused on growing tensions over Ukraine.  —  The secure call, which Biden will take from the Situation Room at the White House …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Experts fear Putin ‘preparing citizens for war’ against Ukraine
American Greatness:
Irony Alert: Joe Biden to Tackle Political Corruption With New ‘5 Pillar Strategy’
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Pleads for Missile-Defense Resupply as Its Arsenal Runs Low  —  Conflict pits $1 million Patriot interceptors against Houthi rebels' $10,000 ‘flying lawn mowers’  —  WASHINGTON—Saudi Arabia is running out of the ammunition it uses to defend against weekly drone and missile attacks …
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Sarah Leah Whitson / Foreign Policy:   Congress Must Halt Biden's Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
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.
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: Twitchy and Political Wire
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
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Defendant in Case Brought by Durham Says New Evidence Undercuts Charge  —  Lawyers for Michael Sussmann, accused by the Trump-era special counsel of lying to the F.B.I., asked for a quick trial after receiving what they said was helpful material from prosecutors.
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 …
Tom Mashberg / New York Times:
Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics  —  The hedge fund pioneer is barred for life from buying more antiquities.  He turned over 180 stolen objects that had decorated his homes and office.  —  Michael H. Steinhardt, the billionaire hedge fund pioneer …
Discussion: CNBC
Axios:
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: HotAir and Twitchy
New York Times:
On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition  —  As the clean energy revolution upends the centuries-long lock of fossil fuels on the global economy, dealmakers and hustlers converge on the Fleuve Congo Hotel.  —  KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo …
ProPublica:
These Real Estate and Oil Tycoons Avoided Paying Taxes for Years  —  The Secret IRS Files … Here's a tale of two Stephen Rosses.  —  Real life Stephen Ross, who founded Related Companies, a global firm best known for developing the Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards in Manhattan, was a massive winner between 2008 and 2017.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
You'd better believe there's a war on Christmas, says ... Pope Francis?  —  As my friend Francis X. Rocca quipped today, don't say “Happy Holidays” to Pope Francis.  The oft-cited war on Christmas in the US often gets “debunked” by media focused on all of the secular celebrations of the holiday.
Discussion: Politico and Vatican News
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 …
Michael Lee / Fox News:
Trump endorses ‘conservative fighter’ Perdue in Georgia governors' race  —  Perdue announced that he would mount a primary challenge against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 6  —  Former President Donald Trump endorsed former Sen. David Perdue …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Most voters back abortion rights but are not swayed by threat to Roe, poll finds  —  Justices are expected to decide whether to scrap the half-century-old decision underpinning abortion rights and let states chose if they want to ban the procedure early in pregnancy.
Discussion: Jacobin
Janelle Bitker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. made parklets permanent — but added so many rules that many restaurants plan to tear them down  —  “It's the most uncoordinated, messed up, insulting display of government incompetence,” one supervisor said  —  Chelsea Hung spent $5,000 on the parklet to help save her family's 25-year-old restaurant …
Daily Mail:
Fury as transgender UPenn swimmer who used to compete as a man smashes TWO US women's records and finishes one race 38 seconds ahead of her nearest rival  — Lia Thomas, 22, smashed two U.S. swimming records at an Akron, Ohio contest  — Thomas won the 1,650 freestyle in a record …
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
How to Socialize Safely in the Booster Era  —  This past spring, if someone told you that they were fully vaccinated, you knew precisely what they meant: At least two weeks before, they'd received two doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, two doses of Pfizer, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.
 
 
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Financial Times:
Investigating Facebook: a fractious relationship with academia
Meduza.io:
Exhibition of prison paintings by Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout opens in Moscow
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Wants to Turn His Trial Into a Search of the Biden White House
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Sen. Bob Dole / USA Today:
Sen. Bob Dole's final column: ‘Too many of us have sacrificed too much’
Discussion: The Hill
John Sexton / HotAir:
After recount, Republicans confirmed as in control of VA House of Delegates
Discussion: Power Line
Madeleine Lim / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg News China Staffer Haze Fan Still Detained One Year On
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Holden Karnofsky / Cold Takes:
Candidate for “highest-stakes question of the next several months” (rare hot take)
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Party Like It's January 6
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
America needs unity to rediscover its greatness
Discussion: CBS News
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
A Party, and Nation, in Crisis
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
A White teacher taught White students about White privilege. It cost him his job.
Discussion: HotAir and The Root