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11:35 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: The Guardian
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
CNN:
Read: Mark Meadows' letter to January 6 committee
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee
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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
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   The media has given Republicans a free pass on assaulting democracy
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   McConnell Says Republican Party Needs to Move Forward
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
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How is the GOP's coronavirus recklessness compatible with being pro-life?  —  Under the intellectual and moral leadership of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Republicans in the House have done their best to set a standard of deadly misinformation, poisonous bigotry and mental vacuity.
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Zachary Faria / Washington Examiner:
Abortion isn't going to save Democrats in 2022
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
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.
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, Raw Story and 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
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.
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
In new podcast interview, Kyle Rittenhouse says traveling to Kenosha was ‘not the best idea’  —  About 24 minutes into the podcast “You Are Here” on the right-wing network the Blaze on Monday night, co-host Sydney Watson told her guest, Kyle Rittenhouse, that it was “kind of impressive” that …
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
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
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.
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.
Axios:
Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech  —  Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Meet the reporter who always seems to get a copy of the hottest tell-all Trump book first.  —  Mark Meadows's new memoir about his time as Donald Trump's White House chief of staff was still a week away from its official release date, but reporter Martin Pengelly already had the most eye-opening part.
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
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:
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Discussion: HotAir, Associated Press and CBS News
Jessica Schneider / CNN:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
He Voted to Impeach. Can He Survive in the GOP?
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Media isn't partisan. Democrats need to stop claiming it is.
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
NYTimes replaces ‘anti-Semitism’ with ‘antisemitism’ in updated style guidance
Ed Shanahan / New York 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
Politico:
Kamala Harris is Bluetooth-phobic
Discussion: Mediaite and The Western Journal