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7:55 AM ET, December 8, 2021


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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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
House passes workaround to move forward on raising the debt ceiling  —  The House passed a bill Tuesday night to expedite a debt ceiling fix in the Senate, allowing Democrats to essentially raise the nation's credit limit on their own and thwart a Christmastime default.
Senate Dems launch last-ditch effort to change the rules of the chamber  —  It's the Senate version of “Waiting for Godot”: Democrats are once again trying to find an answer to their filibuster dilemma in the hopes of passing voting rights legislation before it's too late.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House approves $768 billion defense bill with strong support, despite some discord among Democrats  —  The House passed a finalized version of the $768 defense authorization bill late Tuesday night with overwhelming majority support, moving legislation hamstrung by delays …
Discussion: NPR, USA Today, UPI and New York Times
Allison Pecorin / ABC News:
Biden's vaccine mandate to face Senate challenge
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Passes $768 Billion Defense Policy Bill
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Joe Manchin Holds Back Support for Social-Spending Bill
Discussion: Washington Times
McConnell secures GOP support for new debt strategy
France 24:
Omicron variant ‘almost certainly’ not more severe than Delta, Fauci tells AFP
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
NBC New York:
Man in Custody After Allegedly Lighting Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Building on Fire  —  New York City first responders extinguished a huge Christmas tree fire outside the Fox News building in midtown Manhattan early Wednesday morning.  —  Videos posted by witnesses to the Citizen App show thick clouds …
New York Times:
French Police Arrest Man in Connection With Khashoggi Killing  —  A man with the same name, Khalid Alotaibi, is wanted in connection with the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  A Saudi official says France arrested the wrong man.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The French police arrested …
Dems begin souring on vaccine mandates  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  Three months ago, as California Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM was turning around his fate in the state's recall election …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
The pandemic worsened young people's mental health crisis.  —  The United States surgeon general on Tuesday warned that young people are facing “devastating” mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic.
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
The Fight for Ukraine From Putin's View  —  He sees Russia's loss of the country as a historic injustice.  So how far will he go?  —  An independent Ukraine is for Vladimir Putin what the Treaty of Versailles was for Hitler —a historical injustice imposed on a defeated nation at its moment …
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
Wisconsin Conservative Group Finds ‘No Evidence Of Widespread Fraud’ In 2020 Election  —  A 10-month-long review of Wisconsin's 2020 election conducted by a conservative group in the state found no signs of widespread or significant election fraud, according to a new report of its findings …
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
‘I think we need to rethink entirely how we do things,’ says Dana Milbank of the Washington Post  —  Longtime Washington Post political journalist Dana Milbank on Friday accused his colleagues of being “accessories to the murder of democracy.”  —  Milbank wrote in his biweekly opinion column:
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Washington Post:
Rep. Pressley to introduce resolution to condemn Rep. Boebert  —  Nearly a dozen House liberals want Democratic leadership to act against the Colorado Republican for anti-Muslim remarks  —  Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) plans to introduce a resolution Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert …
Discussion: Axios
Exclusive: January 6 committee casts a wide net with over 100 subpoenas for phone records  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot has formally subpoenaed the phone records of more than 100 people, a substantial number that includes former Trump officials and associates …
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
A Very Weird Interview With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  —  There are many criticisms to lob at Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and, as a result of the COVID pandemic, one of the most powerful and adored physicians in America.
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Inside Tim Cook's Secret $275 Billion Deal with Chinese Authorities  —  Interviews and internal Apple documents provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the company made concessions to Beijing and won key legal exemptions.  CEO Tim Cook personally lobbied officials over threats that would have hobbled its devices and services.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood Claims Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Under Influence of ‘the Devil’  —  ‘DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS’  —  Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood, who's embroiled in an escalating war of words with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), told The Daily Beast that he believes the far-right firebrand is under the “influence of the devil.”
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Aatif Sulleyman / Newsweek:
Unvaccinated Illinoisans Would Pay COVID Hospital Bills Under New Proposals  —  Illinois residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and refuse to take it would have to pay for their treatment if they contract the virus under a proposed new bill.  —  “I think it's time that we say …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Two years into this pandemic, the world is dangerously unprepared for the next one, report says  —  With its vast wealth and scientific capability, the United States held on to its top ranking among 195 countries, even as it scored lowest on public confidence in government — a factor associated with high numbers of cases and deaths
There's No Excuse for Shutting Down Schools Again  —  With billions in federal aid still unspent, districts need to keep their doors open — and their kids in the classroom.  —  By Editorial Board  —  Nearly two years into the pandemic, America's students are still suffering.
Discussion: Washington Post
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Michael Nutter: Larry Krasner owes an apology to the 521 families of Philly's homicide victims  —  District Attorney Larry Krasner's recent remarks about whether we are experiencing a crime crisis are some of the worst, most ignorant, and most insulting comments I have ever heard spoken …
Discussion: Fox News, Big Trial and Townhall
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
Chinese weddings fall to 13-year low as demographic crisis brews  —  Gender imbalance and high cost of tying the knot blamed for fewer couples getting married  —  China's efforts to lower the cost of marriage and boost birth rates have failed to lead to more weddings, dealing a blow …
Cancel Student Debt: $50K for Every Borrower  —  Higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status or background.  Unfortunately, that's not the reality in the United States.  —  The cost of higher education has grown exponentially in our country …
James Traub / Politico:
Inside Joe Biden's 2-Day Zoom Plan to Rescue Democracy  —  Joe Biden has never put much stock in America's self-assigned mission of fostering democracy abroad.  As a freshman senator half a century ago, he opposed the Vietnam War not because he regarded it as immoral but because he didn't …
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Dispatch
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.
Rod Dreher:
Italian Lives Matter  —  Italian reader Giuseppe Scalas says that the murder in NYC of an Italian researcher by a black gang member out on parole has turned the left-wing Milan daily Corriere della Sera against The New York Times.  He sent a translation of the Federico Rampini commentary in the Corriere today.
Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland lawmakers strip governor's power to block parole  —  Maryland's governors will no longer have the final say over whether inmates serving life sentences will be released on parole, following action by state lawmakers on Tuesday.  —  Republican Gov. Larry Hogan had objected to the change …
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:
Major antitrust adversary in Congress has daughter on Google's legal team  —  US Rep. Zoe Lofgren — a Democrat who's one of the most vocal opponents of antitrust bills now winding their way through Congress that would target Big Tech — has a daughter who works on Google's legal team.
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Yo, media: The crisis is democracy, not Biden
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
No evidence Iran has decided to weaponize nuclear program, CIA chief says
Toomas Hendrik Ilves / The Economist:
Toomas Hendrik Ilves on why liberal democracy matters
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
UPenn transgender swimmer continues dominant season with more record-breaking wins
Exclusive: SEC's internal watchdog kept job despite ‘serious misconduct’ finding
Discussion: The Hill
How Biden Is Reshaping The Courts
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
‘Her failing is not an option’ — Harris convenes Black women and charts the path ahead
Lee Brown / New York Post:
CNN's Don Lemon blasted for not mentioning his own key role in Jussie Smollett drama
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Hillary Clinton was right about the “deplorables” — and about the end of Roe v. Wade
Washington Post:
Saule Omarova, Biden's pick for top bank regulator, withdraws nomination
Karol Markowicz / Fox News:
I am leaving New York City for Florida. I never thought I would