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7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2020

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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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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Rudy Giuliani joins Trump campaign's sputtering legal effort in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, Law & Crime and CNN
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani Has Sought $20,000 a Day From Trump Campaign for Post-Election Work
Discussion: CNBC
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Georgia secretary of state had witnesses on call when Lindsey Graham plotted to ‘throw out’ ballots  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that at least two members of his staff witnessed Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) apparent effort to suppress the counting of legal votes in the state.
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Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Georgia's GOP Secretary of State at Odds With GOP Senator Graham Over Counting Ballots  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested he throw out certain legal ballots during the recount of the presidential race, an allegation that Mr. Graham denied.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We need an investigation into Lindsey Graham's intervention in Georgia  —  The Post reports on an interview with Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who said he spoke on Friday to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.):
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A Disturbing Number of Republicans Support Trump's Coup Attempt
Discussion: Newsbusters
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Second Georgia county finds previously uncounted votes
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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Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim that Republicans lacked access to Philly vote count
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
House asks justices to put off case over Russia grand jury
NBC News:
President-elect Biden wary of Trump-focused investigations, sources say  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has privately told advisers that he doesn't want his presidency to be consumed by investigations of his predecessor, according to five people familiar with the discussions …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Obama gets right — and very wrong — about the media  —  Everybody's a media critic these days — and Barack Obama is an astute one.  But for those who remember certain aspects of his presidency, he's got a bit of a credibility problem.  —  He's certainly right when he frets that America …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
McConnell says there will be ‘orderly transfer’ of power … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said there will be an “orderly transfer” between administrations on Jan. 20, though he did not mention President-elect Joe Biden or President Donald Trump, who is refusing to concede, by name.
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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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint  —  Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported.  —  How long might immunity to the coronavirus last?  Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study …
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Chuck Grassley tests positive for COVID-19  —  Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced Tuesday evening that he tested positive for COVID-19.  —  Grassley, 87, announced earlier in the day that he was quarantining after finding out that he had been exposed to the coronavirus.
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley, the Senate's oldest Republican, tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: CNBC, Axios, CNN and Washington Examiner
National Review:
No to Shelton  —  There are two reasons senators should vote down Judy Shelton's nomination to the Federal Reserve.  The first is her long record, and the second is her recent sprint away from it.  —  For many years, Shelton advocated tirelessly for a gold-backed dollar, zero percent inflation, and higher interest rates.
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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 …
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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
FLASHBACK: Raphael Warnock in 2011: ‘America, nobody can serve God and the military’  —  Sen. Loeffler has repeatedly attacked Warnock over the content of his sermons since Election Day  —  Sen. Loeffler responds to ‘radical’ Warnock's call for more debates
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Warnock: ‘Nobody Can Serve God and the Military’
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A Popular Political Site Made a Sharp Right Turn.  What Steered It?  —  Real Clear Politics has been catering to campaign obsessives since 2000.  It pitches itself as a “trusted, go-to source” for unbiased polling.  The Trump era changed its tone, and funding sources.
Laura Snapes / The Guardian:
Dolly Parton partly funded Moderna Covid vaccine research  —  The country music icon's $1m donation supported the latest breakthrough by Moderna and several research papers  —  It's truly the greatest gift of all: a $1m donation by Dolly Parton to coronavirus vaccine research supported …
Discussion: Vulture, The Week, Stereogum, Vanity Fair and UPI
ABC News:
Biden announces slate of White House senior staffers  —  The team will join incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain in the White House.  —  Biden warns transition delay could affect COVID-19 vaccine distribution  —  President-elect Joe Biden cautioned Monday that if the transition of power continues …
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NBC Los Angeles:
Pair Charged With Voter Fraud Allegedly Submitted Thousands of Fraudulent Applications on Behalf of Homeless People  —  A man who tried to run for mayor in Hawthorne is among two people charged in a voter fraud case in which thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications …
Lysandra Ohrstrom / Vanity Fair:
Ivanka Trump Was My Best Friend.  Now She's MAGA Royalty  —  We met at an all-girls' school on the Upper East Side and were inseparable for more than a decade.  Gradually, though, our differences divided us—"Why would you tell me to read a book about fucking poor people?" she once asked …
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign was powered by a cellphone app that allowed staff to monitor the movements of his millions of supporters, and offered intimate access to their social networks.
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Attorney General Barr wants to drop U.S. drug case against former Mexican defense minister … The Justice Department has asked a judge to drop criminal charges against Mexico's former defense secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who had been accused of helping one of Mexico's drug cartels …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Why ‘Socialism’ Killed Democrats in Florida  —  “It was a McCarthyism type of pounding,” said Congresswoman Donna Shalala, looking back on the election she narrowly lost this month.  Shalala had spent eight years serving in the Cabinet of Bill Clinton, the paragon of Democratic moderates …
Reuters:
Fact check: The U.S. military has not seized election servers in Germany  —  Social media users have been sharing posts which allege that the U.S. military raided the offices of electronic voting company Scytl in Germany to seize their servers for evidence of manipulation in the 2020 U.S. elections.
Discussion: Check Your Fact and CNN
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Alabama Sorority Gets Official Blessing for 600-Person Farm Party Just in Time for Holidays  —  “Alcohol will be served, but we're expecting them to wear their masks.  Are you serious?  Do you know college students?  Do you see how they behave at football games?”
Discussion: Forbes
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Why Trumpism is here to stay  —  Ask a female suburban Joe Biden voter why she didn't pull the lever for Donald Trump, and you'll likely get an answer about how the president isn't a good role model for her children or about how “words matter” and our leadership's rhetoric is detrimental to our national discourse.
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Raw Story
 
 
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Jason Sattler / USA Today:
Please stop trying to get Gov. Whitmer killed. She's doing her job to protect us from COVID.
Discussion: The Hill, New Republic, SHERO and HuffPost
Luke Savage / Jacobin:
Joe Biden Is Freezing Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Out of His Cabinet
Discussion: Fox News
The Hill:
Haaland being vetted by Biden team for Interior Secretary
Discussion: Political Wire
Natalie Jackson, Ph.D. / PRRI:
Religion Divides Hispanic Opinion in the U.S.
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Obama's Memoir Is an Exercise in Ironic Realism
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Helen Branswell / STAT:
Pfizer may be within days of filing emergency authorization request for Covid-19 vaccine
Discussion: WSVN-TV and Issues & Insights
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Facebook, Twitter take heat over Hunter Biden story during hearing; Dorsey admits ‘this action was wrong’
New York Times:
Corporations and Foreign Nations Pivot to Lobby Biden
Discussion: NPR, Al Jazeera and Washington Times
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Nancy Pelosi Snuck $350M for 50 Richest Zip Codes into COVID Relief Bill, Analysis Reveals