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Politico:

Pelosi eyes combine Covid help with mammoth spending deal

She said Mitch McConnell also agrees to bring the two together.

Pelosi said the $ 908 billion proposal released this week by a centrist group of Senate and House members helped resume business talks, which fell apart with little real movement shortly before the elections after months of hesitation.

"There's a dynamic – there's a dynamic in the action that senators and members of the House of Representatives have taken in bipartisan fashion," Pelosi said Friday on the latest sign of negotiators closing a deal. "The tone of our conversations is an indication of the decision to get the job done."

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If this turns out to be correct, there could be 2 approvals by Christmas … CBER needs about a week to complete the COVID vaccine assessment according to the Advisory Cmte. To complete, says Marks https://t.co/GilTiFlFRv

– Derrick (@dgingery) December 4, 2020

Amanda Marcotte / Salon:

Dr. Fauci's gambling pays off – White knuckling by Trump prepared him to take control of Biden

For months, Fauci endured calls to resign in protest, but it's good that he didn't – now he can shape vaccination policy

To add insult to injury, Fauci was also told to resign. Not from Trump's loyal supporters who want to believe that COVID-19 is somehow a "joke" (although they certainly asked Trump to fire him), but from people who take the virus seriously. For months, Fauci has heard repeated calls to quit his job in protest of Trump's malicious and incompetent handling of the pandemic.

But Fauci's strategy of following Trump's vitriol with boring reactions, while not dramatically satisfying, turned out to be successful: Joe Biden, the president-elect, plans not only to keep Fauci in his current role, the new president, too famous disease experts as his chief medical officer.

This is not all good news for Dr. Fauci – probably not good news for him personally either, as his life is going to be much more difficult – but it is good news for the nation.

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"It's an amazing thing to see what kind of neutral silence they think … This is beyond the party before the country or the power before the country. It's really trying to break the system and it's unforgivable" – A.B. Stoddard with @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/9Bfoq71KJM

– Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) December 3, 2020

New York Times:

Biden urges Congress to "act now" to stimulate the weak economy amid stimulus talks.

He urged lawmakers to return to another wave of support after inauguration, in part to speed up the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine. Mr Biden also said it will be important for lawmakers to pass more comprehensive laws to meet long-term needs of the economy such as infrastructure rebuilding.

"To really end this crisis, Congress needs to fund more testing and a more equitable and free distribution of the vaccine," said Biden. "We will need more economic relief to build a bridge by 2021, when this pandemic and economic crisis are over."

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Read my latest Visuals blog post. I show "before and after" photos from the last shots and tell how to transform images. https://t.co/2NTaVVQNYd

– Emily Petersen (@EmilyRosePete) December 4, 2020

David Remnick / New Yorker:

Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Perspectives on Ending the Pandemic

The New Yorker Staff write when a vaccine might be ready for distribution, who should receive it, and whether the virus can be eradicated.

When this began I read "The Great Influenza," John M. Barry's book about 1918 and the terrible flu that killed millions around the world and many hundreds of thousands in the US. I thought to myself, well, it is impossible for us to repeat these mistakes because we will learn from history after all, even if the President of the United States doesn't. How is it possible that we made the same mistakes on such a mass scale? Are you putting everything at the feet of the president?

There is a large part of it that I am at the feet of the President. Imagine if Pearl Harbor happened and then we spent seven or eight months deciding whether to fight back or not. And then, seven or eight months later, a new president will come in and say, O.K., us are will fight now. But by now you have already raised significant parts of the country against the idea that it is worth fighting against. Meanwhile, some states have fought the attack and others have not, and they have had to compete for supplies. This is the mess we have.

Amanda Carpenter / Bulwark:

You agree to this

Republicans have no concerns about Trump's dangerous conspiracy theories – until they get caught up in them.

Why aren't more Republicans standing up and talking about Donald Trump's reprehensible acts? It's the Trump-era eternal question that was renewed this week after GOP officials in Georgia publicly asked Republicans to curb the president's dangerous election conspiracies.

After four long years, it's finally time to stop analyzing the motivations behind their collective silence and saying what the real answer is, which is almost too scary to admit.

You agree to this. All of it.

Really.

Greg Sargent / WaPo:

David Perdue's grubby new Fox News interview shows the Trump Effect

It is often alleged that Republicans who refuse to admit Trump's loss suffer from "cowardice" or that he has held them "hostage". In this narrative, Republicans secretly know the truth but aren't telling it simply because the political price tag is too high for weathering his fearsome anger tweets.

That will not do. It undermines the bottomless evil faith and dishonorable instrumentalism that Republicans employ here. Yes, Republicans know that Trump has lost and that contradiction on this point could cost them some of his supporters.

However, they take the opportunity to use this situation to their advantage and do not do so because they see no other option. They are trying to use and channel all of this depraved Trumpian anger to their instrumental advantage without bypassing it, despite its extraordinarily destructive potential.

The imagination that "cowardice" is the driving force here imagines that these Republicans are secretly cherishing principles they would have to like to honor, if only they could safely do so. And while there have been honorable Republicans who defended our political system at great personal risk, there is no evidence that Republicans like Perdue have such principles.

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Republican officials lied about the election; Many Republican voters were convinced they believed the lie. Jim Jordan therefore feels obliged to examine the lie more closely.

That's not how logic works. https://t.co/waRCnppbbG

– Steve Benen (@stevebenen) December 4, 2020

Jill Lawrence / USA Today:

Georgia, if you listen, you are ignoring conservatives who hallucinate the Socialist Senate

It's been a tired political year, no question about it, but only you can give America this gift: a constructive presidency that will improve people's lives.

Please don't turn these races off, especially if you live in Georgia. Anyone can send money anywhere, but only you can vote. It's been a tired political year, no question about it, but if you choose, you can give your country a great gift: a constructive presidency that will improve people's lives.

And no, you haven't done that by voting for Joe Biden.

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