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5:20 PM ET, December 8, 2021


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Emma Hurt / Axios:
Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn't have certified Georgia 2020 results  —  Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn't have signed the certification of the state's 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and Forbes
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Interview: Inside Perdue's plan to defeat Kemp in 2022  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue wasn't planning to jump in the race for Georgia governor so soon.  But Democrat Stacey Abrams scrambled his schedule when she made the leap last week, presenting the Republican with a gut-check moment.
Discussion: Forbes
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   GOP hopefuls in 2022 want to eliminate state income tax
Sanna Marin: Finland's PM sorry for clubbing after Covid contact  —  Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin has apologised for going clubbing after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 case.  —  Sanna Marin went on a night out in Helsinki on Saturday, hours after her foreign minister had tested positive.
Pfizer and BioNTech Provide Update on Omicron Variant  — Preliminary laboratory studies demonstrate that three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine neutralize the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529 lineage) while two doses show significantly reduced neutralization titers
Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
The AP Interview: CDC chief says omicron mostly mild so far  —  NEW YORK (AP) — More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday.
Discussion: Political Wire
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / NBC News:
Pfizer says booster dose of vaccine protects against omicron variant  —  Pfizer releases new data about effectiveness of its booster against omicron  —  A booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine appears to provide strong protection against the omicron variant, the companies announced Wednesday.
Discussion: Substack
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
What Happened to American Conservatism?  —  I fell in love with conservatism in my 20s.  As a politics and crime reporter in Chicago, I often found myself around public-housing projects like Cabrini-Green and the Robert Taylor Homes, which had been built with the best of intentions but had become nightmares.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Won't Let America Go.  Can Democrats Pry It Away?  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Do you believe, as many political activists and theorists do, that the contemporary Republican Party poses a threat to democracy?
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Manchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), a key Democratic holdout on reforming the filibuster, is discussing small changes to Senate rules with Republicans.  —  Manchin's discussions with GOP colleagues — which haven't been previously reported …
Discussion: Washington Times
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   GOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Republicans ready new push to defund, repeal Biden vaccine and testing policies
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
'It's just crazy': 12 major cities hit all-time homicide records  —  “It's worse than a war zone around here lately,” police official said.  —  At least 12 major U.S. cities have broken annual homicide records in 2021 — and there's still three weeks to go in the year.
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Hispanic Voters Now Evenly Split Between Parties, WSJ Poll Finds  —  Republicans have made rapid gains among a crucial voting demographic that has long favored Democrats  —  The nation's large and diverse group of Hispanic voters is showing signs of dividing its support between Democrats …
Sonny Bunch / The Bulwark:
Against “Latinx”  —  A politically dubious neologism, sure, but one that makes up for it by also being monstrously ugly.
Discussion: Breitbart
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian State TV Drops Deranged Love Letter to Its Darling ‘Trumpushka’
New York Times:
Jan. 6 Rally Planner to Tell House Panel He Played No Role in Violence  —  Ali Alexander, a right-wing activist who helped organize the gathering that drew Trump supporters to Washington on Jan. 6, is cooperating with the committee investigating the riot.  —  Ali Alexander, a prominent organizer …
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:   Pelosi says she'll ‘never forgive’ Trump, lackeys over Jan. 6
Scott Stump /
Hillary Clinton chokes up as she reads parts of the victory speech she hoped to deliver in 2016  —  For the first time, Hillary Clinton is sharing the speech she would have made if she had won the 2016 presidential election.  —  The former first lady and secretary of state grows emotional …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Young Dems more likely to despise the other party  —  Nearly a quarter of college students wouldn't be friends with someone who voted for the other presidential candidate — with Democrats far more likely to dismiss people than Republicans — according to new Generation Lab/Axios polling.
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:   The Crocodile Tears of Conservatives
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Former President Trump On Boris Johnson's Woes, Sidney Powell's Dough And More  —  Former President Trump joined me this morning:  —  Audio:  —  12-08hhs-trump  —  Transcript:  —  HH: I'm joined now by former president of the United States, Donald Trump.  Mr. President, good morning.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Signs Executive Order Catalyzing America's Clean Energy Economy Through Federal Sustainability  —  U.S. Government Will Lead by Example to Leverage Scale and Procurement Power to Drive Clean, Healthy, and Resilient Operations  —  Today, President Biden will sign …
The White House:
Executive Order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Texas school district pulls 400 books from library shelves for review after legislator's inquiry  —  Texas school librarians reviewing hundreds of books for ‘obscene or vulgar text’  —  A Texas school district pre-emptively pulled more than 400 books from its libraries for review following an inquiry from a Republican state lawmaker.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Five key takeaways from Jussie Smollett's trial  —  News that actor Jussie Smollett had been the victim of a vicious racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29, 2019, quickly made national headlines.  —  Celebrities and politicians rallied behind the openly gay actor …
Giulia Heyward / New York Times:
Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays.  Parents Are Furious.  —  Desperate to keep teachers, some districts have turned to remote teaching for one day a week — and sometimes more.  Families have been left scrambling to find child care.  —  DETROIT — Caitlin Reynolds, a single mother …
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
William Neuman / New York Times:
De Blasio Fought for 2 Years to Keep Ethics Warning Secret.  Here's Why.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio was warned that he created an “appearance of coercion and improper access” by directly contacting donors who had business before the city.  —  When Bill de Blasio was first elected mayor of New York …
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Gov. Whitmer says President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate a ‘problem,’ report says  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her strongest public remarks to date about President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for employers, said Monday that the requirement is “a problem” for her and state government, according to a published report.
Will Doran / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC gerrymandering lawsuits delay 2022 election primary  —  North Carolina's 2022 primary election must be delayed — as gerrymandering lawsuits play out that could lead to redrawn districts — the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  —  It's a win for the liberal voters and groups …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Ghislaine Maxwell and the Ecstasy of the Feet  —  Photos reveal just how close the pedophile billionaire and his accused madam were.  —  When the feds raided Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion in 2019, they unearthed a trove of evidence including binders of CDs containing tens of thousands of photographs.
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Torrance police traded racist, homophobic texts.  It could jeopardize hundreds of cases  —  The caption read “hanging with the homies.”  —  The picture above it showed several Black men who had been lynched.  —  Another photo asked what someone should do if their girlfriend was having an affair with a Black man.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Gillibrand Slams ‘Four Men’ for Watering Down Military Sexual Assault Reform  —  The New York senator worked for a decade and assembled two-thirds of the Senate to support her reform, only to see it wither in a closed-door conference.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) …
New York Times:
Beijing Silenced Peng Shuai in 20 Minutes, Then Spent Weeks on Damage Control  —  This article is published with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom.  —  When inconvenient news erupts on the Chinese internet, the censors jump into action.  —  Twenty minutes was all it took …
Discussion: Insider
Benjamin Wittes / The Bulwark:
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post, and America's Moral and Political Seriousness  —  Remembering the man and the page.  —  Sometime in the spring of 1999, shortly after the death of the Washington Post's longtime editorial page editor, Meg Greenfield, the paper's then-chairman, Donald Graham …
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Davis Winkie / Army Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
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Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
China is the world's ‘biggest captor of journalists’ with 127 detained, report says
Dan Primack / Axios:
Ex-FDA chief: COVID jabs could become as common as flu shots
Discussion: The Hill
Sarah Grace Taylor / The Seattle Times:
Effort to recall Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant leads in first vote count
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California plans to be abortion sanctuary if Roe overturned
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