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8:00 AM ET, November 18, 2020


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Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Wayne Co. canvassers deadlock on certifying Nov. 3 election results  —  The Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 Tuesday along party lines on whether the county's Nov. 3 election results should be certified as at least four state and federal lawsuits sought to stop the process.
Washington Post:
Board in key Michigan county fails, then agrees, to certify vote totals by deadline  —  DETROIT — The Wayne County Board of Canvassers unanimously certified its ballot count Tuesday evening, reversing itself just hours after Republicans on the board blocked the typically uneventful task …
Washington Post:
In reversal, GOP officials in key Michigan county certify ballot count after striking a compromise with Democrats  —  Please note: The Washington Post is providing this important election information free to all readers.  Get election results and other major news delivered to your inbox by signing up for breaking news email alerts.
Clara Hendrickson / Detroit Free Press:
GOP members of Wayne County Board of Canvassers vote against certifying election results
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Pfizer-BioNTech to seek Covid-19 vaccine approval ‘within days’ as trial shows 95 percent efficacy  —  LONDON — A leading coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Pfizer and BioNTech will be submitted for regulatory approval “within days,” the companies announced Wednesday …
Robert Langreth / Bloomberg:
Pfizer, BioNTech Plan Filing as Vaccine Proves 95% Effective  — Application for U.S. emergency authorization expected in days  — Shot staved off severe cases and also worked in older people  —  Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical-trial data showed its Covid-19 vaccine was 95% effective …
Discussion: IJR and Fortune
New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Seek $20,000 a Day Payment for Trump Legal Work  —  Last week, the president put the former New York mayor in charge of the court challenges to his loss in the election.  Since then they have suffered nothing but setbacks.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee …
NBC News:
Trump fires head of election cybersecurity who debunked conspiracy theories  —  Christopher Krebs, who led the federal government's election cybersecurity efforts, has been fired by President Donald Trump via Twitter.  —  Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency …
Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who had rejected President's election conspiracy theories
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump
Discussion: The Week, and Breitbart
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Magazine:
Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says  —  LANSING — Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect, and while Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is investigating the election, it will not award the state's 16 electors to GOP President Donald Trump …
David Clemons /
Votes added in recount  —  Floyd elections manager asked to resign after 2,600 uncounted votes found … MONROE, Ga. — The audit of votes in the presidential race revealed missing votes in Walton County.  —  Two hundred eighty-four ballots were added from the Between precinct.
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
The Daily Beast:
Trump Fumes That Biden Will Get the Praise He Craves for a COVID Vaccine  —  The president had big plans for a vaccine introduction.  But the rallies, celebrations and told-ya-sos for the media are now shelved.  —  As prospects for an effective vaccination for the coronavirus have improved …
FOX 5 Poll: Senate runoff extremely tight, Gov. Kemp's approval rating slips  —  ATLANTA - A new exclusive InsiderAdvantage/FOX5 Atlanta Poll released on Tuesday takes a look at Georgia's Senate races, Gov. Brian Kemp's approval rating, and if Georgians believe the last election was fair.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's one-man voting probe prompts confusion  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) started off the day by saying he had talked with the secretaries of state in Arizona and Nevada, in addition to the conversation he had acknowledged earlier with Georgia's top election official.
'I'm not a f—ing socialist': Florida Democrats are having a postelection meltdown  —  The state party recorded one of the worst election performances in the country.  Now comes an identity crisis.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It wasn't just one bad cycle.  For Democrats in Florida …
Discussion: The Nation
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general  —  DALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.
New York Times:
In Georgia, a Republican Feud With Trump at the Center  —  Double-crossing.  Accusations of lying and incompetence.  And a bitter divide over whether to endorse President Trump's false claims of fraud.  The G.O.P. in Georgia has a messy feud unfolding, with two Senate seats up for grabs.
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results.
Trump Campaign Officials Started Pressuring Georgia's Secretary of State Long Before the Election  —  The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, rejected repeated demands to endorse Trump.  As the official overseeing the voting, he believed he should remain neutral.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Voter Fraud: The Crime That Must Not Be Mentioned  —  Following the election, the social media monopolies did their best to ban discussion of voter fraud, lest confidence in Joe Biden's “victory” be shaken.  Today, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified …
Discussion: Axios
Washington Examiner:
Student loan forgiveness would be a bailout for elites  —  American voters sent a clear signal in this election that while they are ready to move on from President Trump, they are wary of giving Democrats the power to impose a sweeping left-wing agenda.  —  In a best-case scenario for Democrats …
Trump remains bunkered in the White House as the world spins on  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's agenda listed “no public events” on Tuesday — the 10th time since the election that those words have appeared on his daily schedule.  —  He has answered no questions from reporters …
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
As Trump dominates transition, does that mean America is addicted?  —  the president continues to utterly dominate the news, while Joe Biden remains almost a sidebar story.  —  Turley says Trump's legal battle is ‘running out of runway’  —  If you returned from a SpaceX flight to Mars …
New York Times:
A Trump Memoir Would Sell.  Will Publishers Buy It?  —  Some publishing executives worry their authors and staff might rebel, but they say their bigger concern would be ensuring the book's accuracy.  —  When American presidents leave office, regardless of their parties or approval ratings …
Discussion: Page Six
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden builds team for Senate confirmation battles  —  The president-elect has tapped a group of veteran Democrats to act as “sherpas” for his Cabinet nominees.  —  President-elect Joe Biden waves as he leaves the Queen Theater after receiving a briefing on national security with advisors on Nov. 17, 2020.
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
An Ex-Cop for Mayor?  Eric Adams Wants to Find Out.  —  “I am not the Ivy League guy in this race, you know.  I mean, I am CUNY,” Eric Adams says with a laugh on a late-morning F-train back to Borough Hall in Brooklyn after a rally for more mental-health beds at a Park Slope hospital.
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney Statement on Proposed Troop Withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement after the Pentagon announced that the U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15, 2021.
SE Cupp / CNN:
Post-Trump, the need for fact checking isn't going away  —  Watch the full conversation with SE Cupp and John Avlon on “What Comes Next?” here.  John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst.  The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author.  View more opinions at CNN.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, IJR and Mediaite
Clayton Guse / New York Daily News:
‘An end to the New York way of life’: MTA proposes catastrophic service cuts amid COVID-19 budget crunch  —  A 40% cut in weekday subway service and layoffs of more than 9,000 transit workers are on the table as MTA honchos battle a COVID-19 financial catastrophe, the Daily News has learned.
Dan Froomkin / Salon:
Enough with “both sides”!  Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers  —  With Trump defeated, journalists can't just retreat back to “objectivity” — not with America's future at stake  —  The conventional wisdom among the leaders of our major newsrooms is that the best …
Discussion: Press Watch
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Mom Arrested For Murder of Fringe Legal Theorist  —  Neely Petrie-Blanchard allegedly shot the amateur legal expert who she'd turned to to reclaim custody of her kid.  —  A once murky alliance forged in a world of internet conspiracy theories appears to have ended in murder this past Sunday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim of problems with ballot observers  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the Trump campaign's claim that Philadelphia violated state election law in the way it handled observers at a city ballot counting center.
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
GOP seeks to postpone Maricopa County election certification
Discussion: The Hill
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Malinowski defeats Kean in close race
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign