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3:45 PM ET, December 7, 2021


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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.
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,” …
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 …
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.
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: Politico, 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.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge sets July trial date in Bannon case
Discussion: Law & Crime and Balloon Juice
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Meet the reporter who always seems to get a copy of the hottest tell-all Trump book first.
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.
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
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
Terry Jones / tippinsights:
I&I/TIPP Poll Stunner: Just 22% Of Americans Want Joe Biden To Run For President Again
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
Real America's Voice News:   One Of The Most Anticipated And Talked About Books Of The Year Is On Store Shelves This Morning
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Close In on Debt-Ceiling Deal  —  Proposed legislation would pave the way for Democrats to raise the limit in the Senate without Republican support  —  WASHINGTON—House leaders introduced legislation that would pave the way for Democrats to raise the debt ceiling …
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 …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Kamala Harris: VP's Approval Remains Low
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Political Wire
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.
Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:
The latest sign of President Biden's inflation politics problem comes from Main Street  — The small business demographic skews conservative and Republican respondent views of a Democratic president and economy are expected to be low, but independents are the primary reason for the decline …
Discussion: Breitbart
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?
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 …
Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
Fox News is Killing Us: Here are the Receipts  —  'Tis the holiday season and the heroes of Fox News are valiantly arraying their forces in the War On Christmas, even as ICU beds are filling up and a new strain of COVID has arrived.  —  In the spirit of the season I am making a special plea …
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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Biden's Supreme Court commission set to vote on final report
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, 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: 
Zack Kopplin / American Prospect:
Cowboy Drugstore  —  Traces of a kleptocrat from Iraq to Delaware to Miami
Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech
Talmon Joseph Smith / New York Times:
Americans' Pandemic-Era ‘Excess Savings’ Are Dwindling for Many
Discussion: Eschaton
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Who is Jeffrey Clark and Why Does He Matter?
Discussion: Raw Story
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