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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.
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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.
New York Times:
Michigan Republicans Backtrack After Refusing to Certify Election Results  —  G.O.P. members of the elections board in Wayne County, which includes Detroit and is heavily Democratic, reversed their decision to hold up approval of Joe Biden's victory after an outcry.
Clara Hendrickson / Detroit Free Press:
GOP members of Wayne County Board of Canvassers vote against certifying election results
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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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:   Pfizer Says Vaccine Is 95% Effective in Final Data, Will Seek Authorization
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.
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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 …
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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 …
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CNN:
Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who had rejected President's election conspiracy theories
David Clemons / WaltonTribune.com:
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
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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 …
MIGOP:
Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting  — Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting  —  The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting today where they failed to certify the election results in Wayne County.
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Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
GOP seeks to postpone Maricopa County election certification
Discussion: The Hill
WAGA-TV:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Politico:
'I'm not a f—ing socialist': Florida Democrats are having a postelection meltdown  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It wasn't just one bad cycle.  For Democrats in Florida, Election Day 2020 was a tipping point in a long, painful buildup to irrelevancy.  —  After suffering crushing losses …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Half of Republicans say Biden won because of a ‘rigged’ election: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - About half of all Republicans believe President Donald Trump “rightfully won” the U.S. election but that it was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud that favored Democratic President-elect Joe Biden …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
If Congress doesn't act, 12 million Americans could lose unemployment aid by the end of the year  —  Deadlines set by Congress early in the pandemic will result in about 12 million Americans losing unemployment insurance by the year's end, according to a report released Wednesday …
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 …
CNN:
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 …
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Blue Virginia
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
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.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden builds team for Senate confirmation battles  —  President-elect Joe Biden hasn't nominated anyone for his Cabinet yet, but he's assembling the team to get his future picks confirmed.  —  With Republicans favored to retain their majority in the Senate next year, Biden's Cabinet is poised …
Discussion: Slow Boring, CNN, NBC News and New Republic
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
 
 
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration cancels Covid-19 celebrity ad campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Froomkin / Salon:
Enough with “both sides”! Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers
Discussion: Press Watch
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Scoop: State Department to release Kennan-style paper on China
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Rahm Emanuel Is Pushing for Transportation Secretary Post
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David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Mom Arrested For Murder of Fringe Legal Theorist
Discussion: Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim of problems with ballot observers