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5:05 PM ET, December 7, 2021

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CNN:
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.
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 …
CNN:
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:   POLITICO Playbook PM: Jan. 6 committee dealt two big blows
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Times
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, is withdrawing from consideration for the post.
Discussion: CNBC, more at Techmeme »
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Washington Post:
Saule Omarova, Biden's pick for top bank regulator, withdraws nomination
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Cuomo Will Not Receive Severance, CNN President Says  —  Star anchor was fired on Saturday after probe into his involvement in Andrew Cuomo's defense  —  CNN President Jeff Zucker told employees in a meeting Tuesday that the network won't pay anchor Chris Cuomo a severance after firing …
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Daily Mail:
Jussie Smollett reveals CNN's Don Lemon warned him via text in 2019 that cops didn't believe his account of attack: Host is accused of unethical behavior …
CNBC:
Chris Cuomo book cancelled by publisher HarperCollins after CNN host's firing
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
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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 …
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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New York Times:
Biden Warns Putin of Economic Consequences if Aggression Continues
Tara Copp / Defense One:
Austin Rejects ‘Red Lines’ for Taiwan, Ukraine
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Second Senate Democrat to back vote against Biden vaccine mandate  —  Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), a centrist Democrat from a state that voted heavily in favor of former President Trump, is planning to vote for a Republican resolution to nullify President Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: Did McConnell just win the debt-ceiling standoff?
Discussion: New York Post and Politico
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 …
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Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Charlottesville's Statue of Robert E. Lee Will Be Melted Down
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
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
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge sets July trial date in Bannon case
Discussion: Law & Crime and Balloon Juice
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
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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
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Jamal Khashoggi: Suspect in murder of journalist arrested  —  A Saudi man suspected of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested in France, reports say.  —  Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi was arrested at Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Tuesday, French media report.
John Cádiz Klemack / NBC Los Angeles:
Mom Says Son Vaccinated in Exchange for Pizza at LAUSD Without Her Consent  —  Maribel Duarte says her 13-year-old son, a student at the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South LA, brought home a vaccine card after having accepted the COVID-19 vaccine at school.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
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Karol Markowicz / Fox News:
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Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:
The latest sign of President Biden's inflation politics problem comes from Main Street
Discussion: Breitbart
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Biden's Supreme Court commission set to vote on final report
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
New Mexico GOP lawmaker met with anti-immigrant hate group to discuss border policy
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Group's IRS filing reveals nexus of right-wing dark money and “critical race theory” media hysteria
David Nather / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Shrugging off Omicron
Discussion: Forbes, The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Joel Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Arresting reporters in L.A. sends a dangerous message to repressive governments
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media has given Republicans a free pass on assaulting democracy
Discussion: NBC News and Al Jazeera
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Meet the reporter who always seems to get a copy of the hottest tell-all Trump book first.
Zack Kopplin / American Prospect:
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Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
Fox News is Killing Us: Here are the Receipts
Janelle Bitker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. made parklets permanent — but added so many rules that many restaurants plan to tear them down
Discussion: HotAir