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12:40 AM ET, November 10, 2020


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New York Times:
Barr Hands Prosecutors the Authority to Investigate Voter Fraud Claims  —  The attorney general said that he had authorized “instances” of investigative steps but that inquiries should not be based on specious claims.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr …
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr OKs election probes despite little evidence of fraud  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud.
Washington Post:
Top Republicans back Trump's efforts to challenge election results  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans on Monday backed President Trump's efforts to contest his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, despite the lack of evidence of significant fraud and sharp rebukes …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
DOJ's election crimes chief resigns after Barr directs prosecutors to probe voter fraud claims
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Washington Post
New York Times:
Growing Discomfort at Law Firms Representing Trump in Election Lawsuits  —  Some lawyers at Jones Day and Porter Wright, which have filed suits about the 2020 vote, said they were worried about undermining the electoral system.  —  Like many big law firms, Jones Day, whose roots …
New York Times:
Helping to Shape the Words of the President-Elect: A Presidential Historian  —  Jon Meacham, best known for writing about past presidents like Andrew Jackson and George Bush, has helped shape some of Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s most significant speeches.  —  WASHINGTON — Jon Meacham …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
MSNBC reportedly lets Jon Meacham go as contributor after not disclosing he was a speechwriter for Biden  —  MSNBC did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment  —  Bill McGurn reacts to Biden's first speech as president-elect  —  Presidential historian Jon Meacham …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
How Trump's Refusal to Concede Affects Biden's National Security Transition
Washington Post:
White House, escalating tensions, orders agencies to rebuff Biden transition team  —  The Trump White House on Monday instructed its senior government leaders to block cooperation with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, escalating a standoff that threatens to impede his takeover of the federal government in January.
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
Top USAID Official Tells Agency Leadership: ‘There Is No Transition In Place’
Discussion: Political Wire
Meadows doesn't expect GSA standoff to end before Friday
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP fears conceding Trump loss would spark base revolt and loss of seats  —  Top Republicans in Washington are reluctant to call Joe Biden the president-elect publicly, fearing a rebellion by grassroots conservatives loyal to President Trump that would sink the party's Senate majority.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell declines in floor speech to congratulate Biden as president-elect
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Top Mississippi Republicans Fail to Acknowledge Biden Victory as Fitch Joins Trump Lawsuit  —  Two days after all major national networks called the 2020 presidential election for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, none of Mississippi's top Republican leaders has acknowledged the Democrats' victory.
GOP-led states back Trump's legal drive to challenge election
Meghann Myers / Military Times:
Exclusive: Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man  —  As had long been expected, President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, cutting short what would have otherwise been his final months at the Pentagon, in anticipation of President-elect Joe Biden's transition in January.
Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Plans PAC in Hopes of Keeping Hold on G.O.P.  —  The PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people and spend to benefit other candidates, allowing the president to retain influence in a party remade largely in his image.  —  President Trump is planning to form …
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump privately discussing 2024 run  —  President Trump has already told advisers he's thinking about running for president again in 2024, two sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: This is the clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Trump's election challenge is continuing, but the campaign is already shedding staff  —  WASHINGTON — Two days after Joe Biden was declared the winner in the presidential election, President Trump and his allies have vowed to keep on fighting, but his campaign team has already let go of some staff …
Religion News Service:
Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Trump evangelical adviser, has died  —  Bishop Harry Jackson of Maryland speaks at the unveiling of the “Justice Declaration,” a statement by Christian leaders on criminal justice, in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2017.  RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks  —  Flip
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Trump campaign sues to halt Pennsylvania from certifying Biden win  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign on Monday filed a lawsuit in a Pennsylvania federal court, seeking an emergency injunction to stop state officials from certifying Joe Biden's victory in the state.
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Trump Campaign Files Federal Lawsuit Seeking to Block Pennsylvania from Certifying Election Results
Discussion: 6abc and NBC10 Philadelphia
New York Times:
Trump Administration Removes Scientist in Charge of Assessing Climate Change  —  Michael Kuperberg was told he would no longer oversee the National Climate Assessment.  The job is expected to go to a climate-change skeptic, according to people familiar with the changes.
Discussion: Politico
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump's quest to end the Affordable Care Act arrives at Supreme Court  —  The latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act comes Tuesday before a reconstituted Supreme Court, during a pandemic, in a rapidly changing political environment.  —  All of those factors are likely to play …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Biden to speak Tuesday on protecting Obamacare as Supreme Court hears case that could overturn law
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House official and former GOP political operative Michael Ellis named as NSA general counsel  —  The Pentagon general counsel has named a White House official and former GOP political operative to be the top lawyer at the National Security Agency, the U.S. government's largest …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Nate Cohn Explains What the Polls Got Wrong  —  Last week, Joe Biden was elected the forty-sixth President of the United States, defeating Donald Trump by what is likely to be several percentage points nationwide.  The margins in crucial swing states, however, were closer than polling averages suggested that they would be.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
No Evidence of Systematic Fraud in U.S. Elections, International Observer Mission Reports  —  A team of international observers invited by the Trump administration has issued a preliminary report giving high marks to the conduct of last week's elections—and it criticizes President …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook takes down a large network of pages tied to Stephen Bannon for pushing misinformation  —  The pages, which pushed the ‘Stop the Steal’ effort and other misleading messages, were removed over the weekend, while the former top Trump strategist's account was frozen
New York Times:
No, Software Glitches Are Not Affecting Vote Counts  —  President Trump and many of his supporters complained over the weekend that “software glitches” undermined the vote counts in Michigan and Georgia and argued that the problems portended wider issues in other counties and states that used the same software.
Morning Consult:
Election Trust Tracker: Republican Trust in Elections Plummets as 7 in 10 Say 2020 Election Was Not Free and Fair  —  An ongoing survey research project to gauge how voters are responding to unprecedented electoral conditions  —  Three days after every major media outlet called the election …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Cenk Uygur / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats, Let Progressives Lead
Biden camp calls for GSA to recognize victory so U.S. presidential transition can begin
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Axios
New York Times:
Democracy Required Kind of a Lot of Patience, Actually
Mariel Padilla / The 19th:
Jill Biden will be the first first lady to work full time
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Liz Navratil / Star Tribune:
Minneapolis to consider bringing in outside police officers amid shortage
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich Says Trump Commitment to Election Legal Battle Has Intensified
Manveen Rana / The Times:
I was asked to lie about Hunter Biden, admits Ukrainian businessman
Discussion: Political Wire
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John Quigley / Bloomberg:
Peru President Ousted in Surprise Impeachment Vote
Discussion: Axios
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Too many men of color got conned by Trump
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Why Trump Can't Afford to Lose
Discussion: New Republic
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
The former CEO of Google has applied to become a citizen of Cyprus
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Man featured at Giuliani press conference is a convicted sex offender