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11:05 AM ET, December 7, 2021

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Fox News:
Former WH chief of staff Mark Meadows will cease cooperation with Jan. 6 committee  —  The former Trump administration official had previously been working with the committee  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 7  —  Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will no longer …
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says  —  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, his attorney told Fox News Tuesday.
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Guardian
CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee
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 …
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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.
CNN:
Who has the power?  —  As the senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee …
Financial Times:
US regulators probe Donald Trump's social media Spac deal
Discussion: SPAC Track
CNN:
Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is exploring options for a potential evacuation of US citizens from Ukraine if Russia were to invade the country and create a dire security situation, half a dozen sources tell CNN.
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Washington Post:
Biden, Putin to discuss Ukraine in video call amid growing tensions
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Experts fear Putin ‘preparing citizens for war’ against Ukraine
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   McConnell Says Republican Party Needs to Move Forward
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Legislative mix-and-match combo meal
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Raw Story and Washington Post
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Zachary Faria / Washington Examiner:
Abortion isn't going to save Democrats in 2022  —  Some Democrats would have you think that, if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion would become a major election issue.  But abortion doesn't put gas in your car or food on your table, and it seems that Democratic strategists recognize it won't save them in 2022.
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Most voters back abortion rights but are not swayed by threat to Roe, poll finds
Discussion: HotAir, Jacobin and Power Line
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:   How is the GOP's coronavirus recklessness compatible with being pro-life?
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: The Daily Caller and CNBC
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.
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser and Hollywood Reporter
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 …
Discussion: Defense One and Al Jazeera
Katie Honan / THE CITY:
City Hall Withheld COVID Neighborhood Death Data During NYC's 2020 Pandemic Peak, Emails Show  —  The city Department of Health prepared a map breaking down COVID fatalities by ZIP code in early April 2020, just as New York was about to hit the height of deaths, THE CITY has learned.
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Media isn't partisan.  Democrats need to stop claiming it is.  —  Too often, Democrats make the dangerous mistake of viewing the media as an ally.  It's got to stop.  —  Donald Trump “may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS,” Les Moonves, CBS president at the time, declared during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Talmon Joseph Smith / New York Times:
Americans' Pandemic-Era ‘Excess Savings’ Are Dwindling for Many  —  The drop in cash reserves has vast implications for the working class and could dampen consumer spending, a large share of economic activity.  —  Infusions of government cash that warded off an economic calamity have left millions …
Discussion: Eschaton
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: Mediaite and The Western Journal
Jessica Schneider / CNN:
How a Bannon lawyer with civil rights creds became a Trump world go-to  —  Keilar to attorney: Bannon is using executive privilege as a ‘cop-out’  —  (CNN)David Schoen has stepped forward to represent conservative firebrand Steve Bannon in his contempt of Congress case after two previous …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Wants to Turn His Trial Into a Search of the Biden White House
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Scott Reed / The Dispatch:
Not With Rhetoric, but With Deeds  —  The morning after he was named the Republican nominee for president in 1996, Bob Dole sat upstairs in his suite at a San Diego hotel doing the math.  He was running behind Bill Clinton in the polls, had just named Jack Kemp to be his running mate, and—as usual—he didn't love what he saw.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Robby Soave / Reason:
Jussie Smollett Tries To Convince the Court ‘There Was No Hoax’  —  Taking a page out of the Kyle Rittenhouse playbook—though with a very different outcome likely in store—former Empire star Jussie Smollett testified at his own trial on Monday.  Authorities have accused the actor of hiring …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Daniel Uria / UPI:
Survivors return to Pearl Harbor to mark 80th anniversary of WWII attack
Discussion: HotAir, Associated Press and CBS News
Axios:
Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Manchin and Sinema get star billing in Pa. Senate race
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
He Voted to Impeach. Can He Survive in the GOP?
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
NYTimes replaces ‘anti-Semitism’ with ‘antisemitism’ in updated style guidance
Ed Shanahan / New York Times:
Man Charged With Sending Dozens of Violent Threats to L.G.B.T.Q. Groups
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Financial Times:
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Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
How to Socialize Safely in the Booster Era
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
You'd better believe there's a war on Christmas, says ... Pope Francis?
Discussion: Politico and Vatican News
Sen. Bob Dole / USA Today:
Sen. Bob Dole's final column: ‘Too many of us have sacrificed too much’
Discussion: The Hill