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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 …
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.
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
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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
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:   Pfizer Says Vaccine Is 95% Effective in Final Data, Will Seek Authorization
Robert Langreth / Bloomberg:
Pfizer, BioNTech Plan Filing as Vaccine Proves 95% Effective
Discussion: IJR and Fortune
ProPublica:
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.
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Nicholas Connors / The Bulwark:
Lindsey Graham Is the Worst  —  A former staffer explains why Graham is everything that's wrong with American politics.  —  I worked for Lindsey Graham's 2016 presidential campaign as his national director of ballot access and delegates.  As part of his senior staff, I spent …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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: Althouse and Page Six
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 …
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.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Are Republicans Really Favored in Georgia?  —  ANALYSIS  —  Control of the Senate is going to come down to two Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia.  Sen. David Perdue came a hair's breadth from winning his race against Jon Ossoff outright, but ultimately fell just short of 50% plus one.
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
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
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.
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 …
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
Virginia police chief fired as felony charges are dropped in Confederate vandalism case … The police chief of Portsmouth, Virginia, was fired Monday in what she suggested was a politically motivated move moments before criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator …
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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Rage Against the Voting Machine  —  Trump blames the result on Dominion's systems.  Where's the evidence?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Trump has so far been unwilling to concede to Joe Biden, and his latest argument is that the voting machines must have been rigged.  Where's the evidence?
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 …
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
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Scoop: State Department to release Kennan-style paper on China
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden builds team for Senate confirmation battles
Discussion: Slow Boring, CNN, NBC News and New Republic
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
An Ex-Cop for Mayor? Eric Adams Wants to Find Out.
Evelyn Douek / Wired:
Why Isn't Susan Wojcicki Getting Grilled By Congress?
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney Statement on Proposed Troop Withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Rahm Emanuel Is Pushing for Transportation Secretary Post
Discussion: SpaceNews
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
Michael Conway / NBC News:
Why Biden should pardon Trump — and we Democrats should want him to
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and Axios
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