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10:00 PM ET, December 8, 2021


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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Senate votes to reverse Biden vaccine mandate for private companies  —  The Senate voted to block the Biden administration's mandate that large private companies require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  —  The measure passed under the Congressional Review Act, which requires only 51 votes instead of the typical 60 votes.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Senate Votes to Scrap Biden Vaccine Mandate as Republicans Eye 2022
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Manchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   GOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal
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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Interview: Inside Perdue's plan to defeat Kemp in 2022
Discussion: Forbes
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Mark Meadows sues House January 6 committee  —  Meadows says Covid-19 made Trump so weak he couldn't hold a briefcase  —  (CNN)Former Trump White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows is suing the House select committee investigating January 6 and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Meadows sues Pelosi, Jan. 6 panel and its members  —  Mark Meadows, facing the looming prospect of criminal contempt of Congress charges, is suing to block a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee, arguing that it unconstitutionally intrudes on former President Donald Trump's powers to invoke executive privilege.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Pence does not commit to cooperating with Jan. 6th congressional committee
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Jackson Richman / Mediaite:
Fox News to Light New Christmas Tree After Previous One Torched  —  Fox News Media announced on Wednesday that a new tree will be lit on Thursday evening after its original one was allegedly burned by an arsonist early Wednesday morning.  —  The event on Fox Square in New York will include network personalities, clergymen and others.
Discussion: Raw Story, abc7NY and
Greg Pollowitz / Twitchy:
Meet Craig Tamanaha, the 49-year-old arrested for allegedly setting fire to the Fox News Christmas tree  —  World, meet Craig Tamanaha, the 49-year-old homeless man who allegedly set fire to the Fox News Christmas tree this morning:  —  The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Probed by New York State Over Ex-Host's Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Claims
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Low-profile heiress who ‘played a strong role’ in financing Jan. 6 rally is thrust into spotlight  —  Eight days before the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, a little-known Trump donor living thousands of miles away in the Tuscan countryside quietly wired a total of $650,000 to three organizations that helped stage and promote the event.
Discussion: CREW and Raw Story
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 …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Biden to award three Medals of Honor for combat actions in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  The Biden administration is planning to award Medals of Honor to three U.S. soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to people familiar with the matter, a group that includes the first Black service member …
Discussion: Fox News
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:   Alwyn Cashe to finally receive posthumous Medal of Honor for Iraq War heroism
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: The Hill, NPR and CNN
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Cawthorn ‘likely’ violated rules by bringing candidate on House floor
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Amid Legal Jeopardy, Jussie Smollett Is Shopping New Projects
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Attacks Fat Tissue, Scientists Find  —  The research may help explain why people who are overweight and obese have been at higher risk of severe illness and death from Covid.  —  From the start of the pandemic, the coronavirus seemed to target people carrying extra pounds.
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California plans to be abortion sanctuary if Roe overturned  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With more than two dozen states poised to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court gives them the OK next year, California clinics and their allies in the state Legislature on Wednesday revealed a plan to make the state a …
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: HotAir, Fox News and Political Wire
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Believe it or not, Fox News once knew shame  —  It wasn't so very long ago that Fox News had some standards for what was unacceptable.  —  In 2008, a Fox host named E.D. Hill suggested that a playful fist bump between Barack and Michelle Obama looked like a “terrorist fist jab.”
Discussion: Twitchy and Mercury News
New England Journal of Medicine:
BNT162b2 Vaccine Booster and Mortality Due to Covid-19  —  Abstract  —  The emergence of the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and the reduced effectiveness over time of the BNT162b2 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) led to a resurgence of coronavirus disease 2019 …
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.
Sarah Vogelsong / Virginia Mercury:
Youngkin pledges to pull Virginia from carbon market by executive order  —  Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin is pledging to use executive action to pull Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon market involving 10 other Mid-Atlantic and New England states.
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Heritage Foundation:
Inclusion Delusion: The Antisemitism of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff at Universities
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
The Turn  —  When I saw the left give up everything I believe in, I changed politically.  You can, too.
Olayemi Olurin / Teen Vogue:
Law & Order Taught Americans to Root for the Police
Aaron Elstein / Crain's New York Business:
Historic blunder?! State moves to protect Penn Station and MSG, jeopardizing redevelopment
Eric Garcia / MSNBC:
Tracing America's Covid vaccine conspiracies to autism fearmongering
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Backroom defense bill lets dictators and kleptocrats off the hook
Discussion: Defense One, New Jersey Monitor and CNN
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Davis Winkie / Army Times:
Death, drugs and a disbanded unit: How the Guard's Mexico border mission fell apart
Discussion: Raw Story
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
I Was the Only Man Allowed Into Joanna Coles's Power 100 Lunch. (Well, Just for Cocktails.)
Benjamin Wittes / The Bulwark:
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post, and America's Moral and Political Seriousness
Discussion: Overtime
An Update on Vaccine Roll-Out for 5-11 Year-olds in the U.S.
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Texas school district pulls 400 books from library shelves for review after legislator's inquiry