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5:40 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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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
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
Discussion: Political Wire and Reason
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 …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Judy Shelton's Fed Candidacy Goes Down to Wire With Close Vote Expected  —  Absences could influence final tally in rare party-line vote for central-bank nominee  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans were preparing to advance Tuesday through the final steps needed to confirm a nominee of President …
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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.
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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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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
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 …
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
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.
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Obama's Memoir Is an Exercise in Ironic Realism  —  Autobiographies of famous people are almost always disappointing.  The demands of public life degrade literary prose: the euphemisms, evasions, forced optimism, and name-checking; the pressure to please different constituencies …
Aubrey Allegretti / Sky News:
Jeremy Corbyn to have Labour suspension lifted over antisemitism investigation response  —  The move is sure to reignite tensions within the party as Sir Keir Starmer is accused of “failing to stand up for British Jews”.  —  Created with Sketch.  —  Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn …
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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, Raw Story and IJR
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Facebook, Twitter take heat over Hunter Biden story during hearing; Dorsey admits ‘this action was wrong’  —  CEO said Twitter ‘corrected’ censorship of an article about Hunter Biden  —  Dorsey: It was ‘wrong’ to censor NY Post Hunter Biden article  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
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 …
Washington Post:
Vegas may be betting on a post-presidential divorce, but Melania Trump seems all in for her husband.  —  Bookies started taking bets on Election Day as gamblers considered a question on many people's minds: Will Melania Trump dump her husband when he is no longer president?
Steven Teles / New York Times:
Our Political System Is Unfair.  Liberals Need to Just Deal With It.  —  There are few if any pathways to changing either the Electoral College or the structure of the Senate in the near-term.  —  Mr. Teles is a political science professor at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center.
Robin Bravender / Business Insider:
‘Uncharted territory’: 5 Secret Service experts say there's no playbook for dragging a defiant president from the White House if he doesn't concede by Inauguration Day … - The US Secret Service has never had to drag a president out of the White House.  — But President Donald Trump's refusal …
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and IJR
 
 
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ABC News:
State officials say they're baffled, offended by false election claims
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Fight Is on To Stop Trump Loyalist From Burrowing Into NSA
Discussion: CBS News and Raw Story
Shane Shifflett / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: New York Post and Deseret News
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Pence faces a new test after 4 years of fealty to Trump