Senate Republicans pay Iowa firm $270K to investigate Pennsylvania elections | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Republicans hire vendor to ‘investigate’ 2020 election, Dems question qualifications and GOP motivations (abc27.com)

What we know about the firm hired by the GOP to review Pennsylvania’s 2020 election | WITF

State Sen. Comitta hosting Toys for Tots donation drive – Daily Local

Sen. Tartaglione Calls on the Legislature to Pass Pro-Worker Legislation – NewsBreak

Funding approved to reduce delays at Route 1 and Route 202 intersection in Chadds Ford (dailylocal.com)

Downingtown students get legislative ‘thank you’ for helping to collect food for needy – Daily Local

Legislation expands options for Pennsylvania home-school students | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Legislation expands options for Pennsylvania home-school students (broadandliberty.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania COVID cases jump 18% before Thanksgiving (ydr.com)

Hundreds of Bucks County kids get first COVID vaccine shot (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pfizer: Vaccine is 100 percent effective in adolescents (abc27.com)

COVID-19 booster vaccines approval for 18+ creates scheduling headaches (abc27.com)

Erie hospital’s COVID-19 units: Seeing the battle to beat the virus (goerie.com)

As Virus Cases Rise in Europe, an Economic Toll Returns – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Unvaccinated workers pay more for health insurance at some companies : NPR

Many men don’t take good care of themselves. COVID-19 vaccine rates are the latest in a problem as old as medicine. (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania’s data lags on COVID-19 breakthrough cases (inquirer.com)

More than 90% of federal workers have gotten vaccines by the deadline (inquirer.com)

Franklin Regional board bans using schools for covid-19 vaccination clinics | TribLIVE.com

Defying a COVID-19 vaccination mandate may get you a different jab: $50-$100 testing bills – pennlive.com



Is the Four-Day Workweek Finally Within Our Grasp? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

SBA EIDL program, direct lending under fire from lawmakers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Inflation surges food costs around the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

🎁 Holiday shopping with a broken supply chain | Business Weekly Newsletter (inquirer.com)



David Strowhouer as resentenced Monday for a 2019 fatal DUI (dailylocal.com)

What you need to know about the killing of Christian Hall, 19, by Pennsylvania State Police | WITF

Robert Vicosa case private criminal complaint against police chief (ydr.com)

Fake websites reinvent failed telecom firm ‘Norvergence,’ blurring real estate fund figure’s past (inquirer.com)

Former CEO of Philly’s massive produce market gets 10 years in prison for nearly $8 million in theft, fraud (inquirer.com)



PASSHE’s Greenstein: school funding is vital to PA’s economic growth | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

WCU Resource Pantry gets $75,000 to help college students struggling with food insecurity – Daily Local

Why families are seeing more abrupt school closures : NPR

PASSHE Chancellor discusses future of Pa.’s 14 state-owned universities (abc27.com)

Cheyney University announces new Council of Trustees members | Local News | phillytrib.com

Nurturing international students | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scranton students ‘happy, thrilled’ to be back in school after strike | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Crestwood delays vote on masks until Dec. 3 | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com



A lawsuit claims election officials engaged in fraud and a cover-up in the 2020 Presidential Election (delcotimes.com)

Lehigh County vote count remains in limbo over challenge to mail-in ballots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

A Pa. state lawmaker hasn’t become governor in 70 years. Jake Corman hopes to be the exception | WITF

Activist announces independent run against 20-term western Pa. Democratic lawmaker – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Activist Zarah Livingston to run against Pittsburgh-area Dem lawmaker Tony DeLuca | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pa.’s Latino community has growing political clout – and they’re going to use it | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Sean Parnell suspends campaign after losing custody battle – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell suspends campaign | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Luzerne election results to be certified Wednesday; eight apply for election director job | Election | standardspeaker.com



Thanksgiving travel expected to rebound near pre-pandemic levels | News | citizensvoice.com



Tower Health finds a new owner for Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals (delcotimes.com)

Telehealth visits by phone may soon end unless legislators act : Shots – Health News : NPR


State News

Pa. Republican Scott Perry is about to lead far-right House Freedom Caucus (inquirer.com)

Two top Pennsylvania pension employees retire after resignation calls | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PUC tells Pa. residents to expect rising winter energy costs starting Dec. 1 (abc27.com)

With energy prices high, Pennsylvanians urged to review utility options | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

AARP warns scammers target all ages, discourage debit card purchases (abc27.com)

Pa. drops plan to use $1.2B in stimulus cash for services for Medicaid recipients | Tuesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Conservancy saves 130-acre Pa. forest: ‘For us, this property was critical to protect’ – pennlive.com


National News

Closing arguments begin in trial of 3 men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery : NPR

Families of Parkland shooting victims settle lawsuit with DOJ for about $130 million : NPR

Alex Jones, Roger Stone and other Trump allies subpoenaed by House Jan. 6 panel : NPR

Former gun industry insider Ryan Busse takes on the NRA and the weapons industry : NPR

AARP warns scammers target all ages, discourage debit card purchases (abc27.com)

US to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease energy costs – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease gas prices | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Malikah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, found dead at her home in New York | Obituaries | phillytrib.com

Colorado city to pay $15 million to family of Elijah McClain, settling lawsuit over deadly police encounter | Across America | phillytrib.com


Local News

Ephrata trucking company helps take 80-ton NASA telescope across the country | News | lancasteronline.com

Chester County Economic Development council updates stakeholders [Economic Development] (dailylocal.com)

Ida victims thankful for volunteers who helped them recover (ydr.com)

Council to vote on proposal to use Rescue Plan funds for transit funding matches | News | citizensvoice.com

Hazleton council member to pitch tax increase for code enforcement hires | News | standardspeaker.com



Port Authority announces housing and walkability plans for South Hills Junction station | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh City Council introduces single-use plastic bag ban | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Community members voice strong opinions on Pittsburgh schools’ proposed discipline policy reversal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools support staff ratify multi-year contracts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Johnny Doc’s exit puts Philadelphia business community ‘at a crossroads’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘Extremely disturbing’: Philly approaches 500 people murdered in 2021 | WITF

Philadelphia D.A.’s Office looks at parole reforms | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘You are going to see a renaissance’: New coalition rises to broker a ceasefire in Philly | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly’s unvaccinated aren’t all conspiracy theorists or anti-vaxxers. They’ve just got bigger problems than COVID. | Opinion (inquirer.com)



‘Tis the season: First lady Jill Biden receives official White House Christmas tree – CNNPolitics

To lower gas prices, Biden authorizes release from US strategic oil reserve – ABC News (go.com)

Biden avoids new clash with GOP with Powell pick – POLITICO

Congress braces for a December to dread – POLITICO