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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,” …
Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee  —  (CNN)Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6 insurrection, according to a letter from his attorney to the panel, which was obtained by CNN on Tuesday.
Associated Press:
Attorney says Meadows won't cooperate with Jan. 6 panel  —  Attorney George Terwilliger said in a letter Tuesday that a deposition would be “untenable” because the Jan. 6 panel “has no intention of respecting boundaries” concerning questions that former President Donald Trump has claimed are off-limits because of executive privilege.
Discussion: Insider and USA Today
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.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Jan. 6 committee dealt two big blows  —  BREAKING — A federal judge today set a July 18 date for STEVE BANNON's trial for contempt of Congress, Kyle Cheney reports.  The date essentially splits the difference between the Justice Department's request for April 15 and Bannon's ask for Oct. 22.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Meet the reporter who always seems to get a copy of the hottest tell-all Trump book first.
Discussion: Insider
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Washington Times
New York Times:
Biden Warns Putin of Economic Consequences if Aggression Continues
Tara Copp / Defense One:
Austin Rejects ‘Red Lines’ for Taiwan, Ukraine
U.S. Wants Nord Stream 2 Halted If Putin Invaded Ukraine
Discussion: Politico, Washington Examiner and CNN
McConnell closes in on support for new debt ceiling strategy  —  Mitch McConnell is on the verge of selling a skeptical Senate Republican Conference on a path toward allowing Democrats to more easily raise the debt ceiling, a critical development as the country faces a mid-December debt cliff.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media has given Republicans a free pass on assaulting democracy
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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 …
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Pessimistic About Economy, Biden's Leadership, WSJ Poll Finds  —  First survey in The Wall Street Journal's new polling effort shows Republicans in strong position, though Democrats have advantages in some policy areas  —  WASHINGTON—Voters are heading into the midterm election year in a sour mood …
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: The Hill
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Prosecutors say they can make their case against Bannon in a day  —  Federal prosecutors told a judge that they could present their case against Steve Bannon to a jury in a single day, pushing back on the former White House strategist's efforts to delay his criminal trial over his refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge sets July trial date in Bannon case
Discussion: NBC News and Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: Politico, The Guardian and The Times
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 …
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.
Neal E. Boudette / New York Times:
A New Tesla Safety Concern: Drivers Can Play Video Games in Moving Cars  —  The feature raises fresh questions about whether Tesla is compromising safety as it rushes to add new technologies.  —  Not long after buying a Tesla Model 3 this summer, Vince Patton saw a YouTube clip highlighting …
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
He Voted to Impeach.  Can He Survive in the GOP?  —  Late at night on the second Tuesday of January, Peter Meijer, a 33-year-old freshman congressman from West Michigan, paced the half-unpacked rooms of his new rental apartment in Washington, D.C., dreading the decision he would soon have to make.
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
New Mexico GOP lawmaker met with anti-immigrant hate group to discuss border policy  —  Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) ran on a promise to ‘stand for every New Mexican.’  —  An anti-immigrant hate group is bragging about a recent meeting it had with first-term GOP New Mexico Rep. Yvette Herrell …
Washington Post:
Biden-Dole bond speaks to a bygone Washington  —  Salutations, Early Birds.  Today marks the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the end of the Pentagon's victim identification program.  President Biden is also set to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin today.  —  Tips, comments, recipes?
Real America's Voice News:
One Of The Most Anticipated And Talked About Books Of The Year Is On Store Shelves This Morning  —  America's Voice AM with Jessica Rivera and Terrance Bates December 7, 2021
Discussion: CNBC
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Group's IRS filing reveals nexus of right-wing dark money and “critical race theory” media hysteria  —  A recently released IRS filing for the right-wing activist group Parents Defending Education (PDE), which was founded to promote the ongoing scare campaign against the supposed teaching of …
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze, Breitbart and The Daily Wire
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Georgia Republicans Face a Huge Decision  —  On the menu today: With David Perdue jumping into Georgia's GOP gubernatorial primary, Peach State Republicans face a huge and consequential choice; a report from South Africa indicates that the Omicron variant may not be all that virulent …
Zack Kopplin / American Prospect:
Cowboy Drugstore  —  Traces of a kleptocrat from Iraq to Delaware to Miami  —  Masrour Barzani, Iraqi Kurdistan prime minister and owner of a Miami building housing a CVS … A few blocks from the water, in the heart of Miami's glitzy South Beach, is a drugstore not like the others.
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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Biden's Supreme Court commission set to vote on final report
David Nather / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Shrugging off Omicron
Discussion: Forbes, Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Joel Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Arresting reporters in L.A. sends a dangerous message to repressive governments
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
Who's in and who's out? Biden's ‘democracy summit’ snubs attract criticism
Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
A man planted bombs hours after a Black Lives Matter protest in Pittsburgh. He was sentenced to probation.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
Fox News is Killing Us: Here are the Receipts
Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Media isn't partisan. Democrats need to stop claiming it is.
Discussion: CNN
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Who is Jeffrey Clark and Why Does He Matter?
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Pleads for Missile-Defense Resupply as Its Arsenal Runs Low