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4:00 PM ET, November 28, 2021


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Kai Kupferschmidt / Science:
‘Patience is crucial’: Why we won't know for weeks how dangerous Omicron is  —  Lab tests and patterns of spread will show whether the new SARS-CoV-2 variant's many mutations are a serious threat  —  At 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday, Kristian Andersen, an infectious disease researcher at Scripps Research …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads  —  What looked a few days ago to be a slow post-holiday morning on the Sunday shows will be newsy instead as America awaits updates on the new Omicron variant from South Africa.  No cases of O have been detected in the U.S. as I write this on Saturday morning …
Lesley Wroughton / Washington Post:   Frustrated by vaccine inequity, a South African lab is on the cusp of replicating Moderna's shot
CBS News:
Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Face the Nation,” November 28, 2021  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, that aired on Sunday, November 28, 2021, on “Face the Nation.”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: Dr. Fauci, thank you very much for making time.
Allie Bice / Politico:
Fauci: 'I'm going to be saving lives and they're going to be lying'  —  Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday said Sen. Ted Cruz's call to prosecute him smacked of bias against science.  —  “Anybody who's looking at this carefully realizes …
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Covert Operatives Seized Kabul, Other Afghan Cities From Within  —  Success of Kabul's undercover network, loyal to the Haqqanis, changed balance of power within Taliban after U.S. withdrawal  —  KABUL—Undercover Taliban agents—often clean-shaven, dressed in jeans and sporting sunglasses …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Rule of Six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation  —  Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., the Eisenhower appointee who became the liberal lion of the Warren Court, had a tradition for introducing every new batch of law clerks to the realities of the institution.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
For Clarence Thomas, avowed critic of Roe v. Wade, Mississippi abortion case a moment long awaited
Discussion: Althouse
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Hero Michael Flynn Secretly Said QAnon Is ‘Total Nonsense’  —  Lin Wood released a recording of a call in which Flynn says QAnon is a CIA-created disinformation campaign.  —  Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has embraced his position as a hero to QAnon conspiracy theorists.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Mediaite
No one seems to like the Lincoln Project anymore  —  It was the darling of the resistance for savagely attacking Donald Trump.  But now, everyone keeps rolling their eyes at the Lincoln Project and fears they may be clearing a path for the former president's reemergence.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Michael Cohen: prosecutors could ‘indict Trump tomorrow’ if they wanted  —  New York investigation of Trump Organization is one of a number of sources of legal jeopardy for the former president  —  Prosecutors in New York could “indict Donald Trump tomorrow if they really wanted and be successful” …
Discussion: The Hill and Rolling Stone
David Pepper / The Guardian:
Republicans are quietly rigging election maps to ensure permanent rule  —  The past decade in Ohio shows how bad it can get - and how quickly.  Despite the state's voters often swinging Democratic, 75% of its congressional delegates are Republican  —  The long-term health of American democracy …
Andrea Marks / Rolling Stone:
Ghislaine Maxwell's Sex-Trafficking Trial Is Starting.  Here's What We'll Find Out  —  Who are the alleged co-conspirators?  Will she testify?  Opening arguments begin Nov. 29 in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged procurer
Discussion: The Daily Beast and USA Today
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
'Doesn't Have a Clue': Trump Calls on Mitch McConnell to Resign as Senate Minority Leader  —  Former President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mitch McConnell to resign as Senate Minority Leader for supporting President Joe Biden's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed Congress earlier this month.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Jim Acosta Rips Kevin McCarthy: ‘Not Going to Stand in the Way’ of the ‘Trump Republican Party Freak Show Caucus’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
A Capitol Hill romance: ‘Found love in a hopeless place’  —  Andy Eichar had just entered the wood-paneled elevator on the fourth floor of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill when Gloria Nlewedim breezed in behind him with a friend.  The ride to the lobby on that June …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony  —  With the Senate facing a do-or-die moment on whether it will protect the right to vote and honest counts in elections, opponents of much-needed reforms want to shift the topic to whether liberals are hypocrites about filibuster rules.
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America  —  The capital of Texas has long been an attractive place to call home.  But with an average of 180 new residents a day arriving, its popularity has created a brewing housing crisis that is reshaping the city.
Associated Press:25 minutes ago
In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again  —  France is inducting Missouri-born cabaret dancer Josephine Baker who was also a French World War II spy and civil rights activist into its Pantheon  —  PARIS — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer …
United States Navy:
U.S. Navy Ship Rescues Iranian Mariners in Gulf of Oman  —  From NAVCENT Public Affairs  —  GULF OF OMAN - A U.S. Navy vessel rescued two Iranian mariners Nov. 27 from a fishing vessel after it was adrift for eight days in the Gulf of Oman.  —  Dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Buttigieg responds to criticism over racist roads comment: ‘The point is not to make America feel guilty’  —  'I don't know why anybody would be against reconnecting people,' the transportation secretary said  —  Will Cain: Buttigieg's racist roads comment has a kernel of truth, but avoids the big issues facing minorities
Discussion: Townhall and Instapundit
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Local News Outlets Could Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests
German national gets 10-year sentence for murder committed in Syria
Washington Post:
Amid massive shortage, Canada taps strategic reserves — of maple syrup
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
‘More money than God:’ Chinese titan lavished Hunter Biden with 3-carat gem, offer of $30 million
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Inflation always punishes America's left
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Jan. 6 Organizer Ali Alexander Will Comply With Subpoena Because He's Broke
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
If Merrick Garland Doesn't Charge Trump and His Coup Plotters, Our Democracy Is Toast
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
First lady Jill Biden to unveil the holiday theme and decor for the White House Monday
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Erdogan orders probe into Turkish lira's slump - Anadolu
John Asbury / Newsday:
Proud Boys march, hand out flyers in Rockville Centre
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story