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12:05 AM ET, December 11, 2021


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Trump campaign lawyer authored two memos claiming Pence could halt Biden's victory  —  A Donald Trump campaign lawyer wrote two legal memos in the week before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack that claimed then-Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to refuse to count presidential electors …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack panel obtains PowerPoint that set out plan for Trump to stage coup  —  Presentation turned over by Mark Meadows made several recommendations for Trump to pursue to retain presidency  —  Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the House select committee investigating …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Explosive PowerPoint presentation detailing plan to overturn election for Trump discovered by Jan 6 committee  —  The actions recommended in the 36-page PowerPoint presentation are similar to what Trump allies were demanding of a top Defence Department official in the days leading up to the 6 January insurrection
New York Times:
Jan. 6 Committee Examines PowerPoint Document Sent to Meadows  —  Mark Meadows's lawyer said the former White House chief of staff did not act on the document, which recommended that President Donald J. Trump declare a national emergency to keep himself in power.
Discussion: Insider
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
What can happen to Mark Meadows and other Trump advisers who are ignoring Jan. 6 subpoenas?
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The important gap between social media screenshots and the front page
Kanye West publicist pressed Georgia election worker to confess to bogus fraud charges  —  Weeks after the 2020 election, a Chicago publicist for hip-hop artist Kanye West traveled to the suburban home of Ruby Freeman, a frightened Georgia election worker who was facing death threats …
Two election workers break silence after enduring Trump backers' threats  —  Death threats from angry Trump supporters forced Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman, a 62-year-old grandmother, to flee her home of 20 years.  Some messages called for her hanging; one urged people to “hunt” her.
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:   David Perdue files election lawsuit with recycled, already-disproven claims of fraud
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Kanye West, Donald Trump and the effort to overturn the 2020 results in Georgia
Emily Smith / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo allegedly blasted Janice Dean as ‘that Fox weather bitch’ in smear plot  —  Chris Cuomo schemed to discredit Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, allegedly calling her “that Fox weather bitch” in texts after she criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for transferring COVID-19 patients to nursing homes.
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Meat packers' profit margins jumped 300% during pandemic - White House economics team  —  Four of the biggest meat-processing companies, using their market power in the highly consolidated U.S. market to drive up meat prices and underpay farmers, have tripled their own net profit margins since …
The White House:
Recent Data Show Dominant Meat Processing Companies Are Taking Advantage of Market Power to Raise Prices and Grow Profit Margins  —  The Biden Administration has been working at every level to address supply chain issues that are affecting prices.  Many such issues are related to the pandemic …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
Andy Greene / Rolling Stone:
Michael Nesmith, Monkees Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 78  —  “With infinite love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family said in a statement  —  Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
John Roberts Has Lost Control  —  When the Supreme Court released its opinions this morning on the two Texas cases around S.B. 8—the vigilante bill that allows anyone to collect $10,000 bounties against suspected abortion providers—there wasn't a lot of clarity or consistency in the news media on how to frame what had happened.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Texas Abortion Decision Is a Disaster for Constitutional Rights
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Challenge to Texas Abortion Law but Leaves It in Effect
Danielle Rhoades Ha / The New York Times Company:
New York Times Response to Senator Rubio's Follow-up Letter  —  Senator Marco Rubio, in a new letter to The Times, once again misrepresented The Times's coverage of the crackdown in China.  Read our response.  —  Dear Senator Rubio,  —  Your most recent letter again misrepresented our work …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Republicans in Texas County, in Unusual Move, Upend Primary System  —  The G.O.P. in Potter County is planning to break away from a nonpartisan election board and hold its own primary next year, in a move criticized by election experts.  —  The Republican Party in the second-largest county …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Huseman / Votebeat:   Republicans in Texas county to administer their own 2022 primary, despite officials' warnings
Blunder prevents early BuzzFeed employees from selling their shares  —  Many early BuzzFeed employees remain unable to sell their shares, even though the company went public this past Monday.  —  Why it matters: BuzzFeed stock has fallen more than 40%, and so far the company has given …
CBO Publications:
Budgetary Effects of Making Specified Policies in the Build Back Better Act Permanent  —  This letter responds to a request from Senator Graham and Congressman Jason Smith for a projection of the budgetary effects, including the effects on interest costs, of a modified version of H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Manchin alert: CBO reports BBB would add $3 *trillion* to deficit when gimmicks stripped out
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Colorado's Democratic governor: I'm not mandating masks.  The COVID emergency is over.  —  Is this guy running for president?  —  As a Republican, I mean.  These comments are disqualifying in a Democratic primary.  —  DeSantis/Polis could be the fusion ticket America needs to heal.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Trump blasts Netanyahu for disloyalty: “F**k him”  —  Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu were the closest of political allies during the four years they overlapped in office, at least in public.  Not anymore.  “I haven't spoken to him since,” Trump said of the former Israeli prime minister.
Pa. Supreme Court vacates mask mandate for schools, child care facilities effective immediately  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has vacated the mask mandate issued by the Acting State Health Secretary Alison Beam.  —  PENNSYLVANIA, USA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed …
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Biden's legal losses: Seven times courts have struck against administration
Lee Harris / American Prospect:
In Bid to Beef Up Bank Rules, Dems Stop Playing Nice  —  Republicans are crying foul as a Democratic majority at the FDIC sidesteps its Trump-appointed chair.  —  FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, May 2019.
New Yorker:
The Secret History of the U.S. Diplomatic Failure in Afghanistan  —  A trove of unreleased documents reveals a dispiriting record of misjudgment, hubris, and delusion that led to the fall of the Western-backed government. … On April 14th, President Joe Biden ended the longest war in United States history …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Tornado Warning: Two dead, five injured at Monette Manor  —  Monette Manor area damaged, mass casualty event reported  —  By Region 8 Newsdesk  —  JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Two people were killed and five others were injured Friday evening as a tornado moved through Monette at a local nursing home …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin barrels toward invading Ukraine, encouraged by Trump  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin's path toward threatening an invasion of Ukraine is marked by reckless actions.  In this move toward defiance of international norms, Putin has been subtly encouraged by former president Donald Trump, a fellow traveler in recklessness.
Discussion: Townhall, HotAir, Twitchy, Raw Story and Reuters
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J. Scott Trubey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Overwhelming Number of Diversity Officers at US Colleges Hold Anti-Israel Views, Study Says
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves
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Washington Post:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘Normal’ Republican Ron DeSantis Wants to Lock Up Anthony Fauci
Discussion: Page Array
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Someone Is Lying About Why It Took So Long for the National Guard to Deploy on January 6
Discussion: Overtime and Raw Story
Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
Southern California's Container-Ship Backlog Moves Farther Out to Sea
Discussion: New York Post
Jim Newell / Slate:
Democrats Could Have Gerrymandered Away a GOP Seat. Why Didn't They?
Discussion: The Daily Caller