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4:05 PM ET, November 18, 2020

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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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: How Republicans see what Trump is doing  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  HOW REPUBLICANS SEE WHAT TRUMP IS DOING: It's been 15 days since the presidential election …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Time to call out the GOP's new Jim Crow tactics  —  The Wayne County Board of Canvassers, which oversees elections in Detroit, provoked outrage Tuesday night after its members deadlocked over whether to certify its county's results for the presidential election.
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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The disturbing GOP attempt to block certification of Biden's Michigan win, explained
New York Times:
Michigan Republicans Backtrack After Refusing to Certify Election Results
FOX 11 Los Angeles:
FOX 11 obtains exclusive photos of Gov. Newsom at French restaurant allegedly not following COVID-19 protocols  —  FOX 11 obtains exclusive photos of dinner Newsom attended  —  A FOX 11 exclusive on a story that has been making headlines across the state and the country.
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Politico:
California doctors' top brass attended French Laundry dinner with Newsom  —  OAKLAND — California Medical Association officials were among the guests seated next to Gov. Gavin Newsom at a top California political operative's opulent birthday dinner at the French Laundry restaurant this month.
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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.
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective  —  The company said it planned to apply for emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration “within days.”  —  The drug maker Pfizer said on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was 95 percent effective …
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The Americano:
These Four Groups Will Likely Be First to Get COVID-19 Vaccine  —  A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19.  —  Vaccine supplies will be limited at first, yet getting the shots to the right people …
Discussion: The Guardian
Pfizer:
Pfizer and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints
CNN:
'It's a terrible situation': Inside a government bureaucrat's pressure-filled decision to delay the transition  —  What's at risk when the President doesn't concede  —  Washington (CNN)As the only obstacle between President-elect Joe Biden and the formal start of the presidential transition …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Vaccines are moving fast. So is the virus.
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise  —  In a big setback for the city's recovery, the schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, said the nation's largest district would return to all-remote learning.  —  New York City's entire public school system will shutter on Thursday …
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CBS News:
Watch Live: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives COVID-19 update as fate of NYC schools hangs in balance
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 …
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Sources say outgoing Democratic Rep. Max Rose is mulling run for NYC mayor  —  Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., is considering a quick return to politics after losing his House seat this month.  Rose has begun laying the groundwork for a potential mayoral campaign in New York City, according to three different sources.
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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 …
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NBC News:
Trump's effort to overturn the election results may be inept.  But it's still a scandal.  —  WASHINGTON — Forget Russia's interference in the 2016 election.  Or Trump's impeachment for asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.  —  Arguably the biggest political scandal we've ever seen …
Politico:
‘Confusion and chaos’: Republicans denounce Trump's latest purge  —  Sen. Shelley Moore Capito was scheduled to speak with the government's top cybersecurity official on Wednesday.  But the night before, Christopher Krebs was cast out of a job.  —  “I was going to tell him thank you for a good job” …
Paul John Scott / Twin Cities:
900 on Mayo Clinic staff have contracted coronavirus in last two weeks  —  All 32 beds in dedicated Covid ICU at Mayo are now full, clinic adding more beds  —  ROCHESTER, Minn. — Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to a Tuesday briefing by Dr. Amy Williams, dean of clinical practice.
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and New York Post
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, Doesn't Think Trump Is Going Away  —  The California Republican believes his party's victories in 2020 came thanks to the president, not in spite of him: “He brought turnout.”  —  WASHINGTON — For all the drama around the presidential race …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘This is not a television program’: Mulvaney slams Giuliani's role on Trump campaign legal team  —  Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday slammed Rudy Giuliani's leadership of the Trump campaign's election-related legal challenges, saying the effort to reverse …
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. investigators were told to take ‘no further action’ on Caterpillar, ex-client of Barr  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before William Barr became President Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, he represented Caterpillar Inc, a Fortune 100 company, in a federal criminal investigation by the department.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Raphael Warnock Decried The ‘Moral Bankruptcy Of The American Church’ Because Of Lopsided Support For Trump  —  Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock decried the “moral bankruptcy of the American church” following the 2016 presidential election, citing heavy support among white evangelicals and Catholics for Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Danish Study Questions Use of Masks to Protect Wearers  —  Masks prevent people from transmitting the coronavirus to others, scientists now agree.  But a new trial failed to document protection from the virus among the wearers.  —  Researchers in Denmark reported on Wednesday that surgical masks …
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 …
Politico:
Pelosi suggests she'll serve her last term as speaker  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi easily secured her caucus' nomination to lead the House on Wednesday and later seemed to reaffirm that this would be her last term as speaker, a jolting revelation after nearly two decades in power.
Associated Press:
Trump faces Wednesday deadline for Wisconsin recount  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump faces a deadline Wednesday to file for a recount in Wisconsin.  —  Canvassed vote results submitted by all 72 counties show Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump by 20,608 votes.
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 …
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How Georgia Turned Blue  —  In 2008, Barack Obama won about 47 percent of the vote in Georgia, a huge improvement for the Democrats from four years earlier, when John Kerry received just 41 percent in the state.  And with the Atlanta metro area booming in population, it seemed like a state …
Discussion: Business Insider
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Trump's Strategy for Contesting the Election: Throw Out Black People's Votes  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  On Tuesday night, when two Republicans on the canvassing board in Wayne County …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Stephen Moore / The Hill:
The return of lockdown lunacy  —  In the wake of rising numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, as many states, notably those run by Democrats, are going back toward economic lockdowns.  They include New York, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, California, and Washington.
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
‘Just ridiculous’: CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely accused of casting ballot in the name of a dead woman  —  Blitzer asks GOP official about Graham accusation  —  Atlanta (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign and Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged last week …
 
 
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FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Won Almost Every Election Where Redistricting Was At Stake
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
McConaughey says he'd consider running for Texas governor
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Top Biden advisor could face ethics pressure as his brother lobbies for pharma firms
Cabot Phillips / The Daily Wire:
‘Experts’ Listed 27 House Races As Toss-Ups. Republicans Won All 27
CNN:
What the Greatest Generation had that the Covid generation lacks
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Army Green Beret Pleads Guilty to Russian Espionage Conspiracy
Matt Egan / CNN:
Joe Biden fires an early warning shot at Wall Street
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump lashes out in new bid to tarnish an election he lost
The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: COURIER and Raw Story
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Voter Fraud: The Crime That Must Not Be Mentioned
Discussion: RedState and Axios