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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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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:
Board in key Michigan county fails, then agrees, to certify vote totals by deadline
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
Discussion: New York Post
STAT:   Pfizer and BioNTech to submit Covid-19 vaccine data to FDA as full results show 95% efficacy
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:   ‘This is not a television program’: Mulvaney slams Giuliani's role on Trump campaign legal team
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 …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump  —  The president dismissed the widely respected cybersecurity agency director Tuesday night for pushing back against election disinformation.  —  WITHIN MINUTES OF Donald Trump tweeting that he had fired Christopher Krebs as the director …
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NBC News:
Trump fires head of election cybersecurity who debunked conspiracy theories
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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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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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
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Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:   Twitter, Facebook CEOs vow election action; GOP touts curbs
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.
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?
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
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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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 …
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.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration cancels Covid-19 celebrity ad campaign  —  Democrats claimed the ad campaign was a “thinly-veiled propaganda” effort to boost Trump.  —  The Health and Human Services department has scrapped a planned ad campaign featuring celebrities discussing Covid-19 …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Proposed Biden Gun Tax Could Top $34 Billion
Discussion: Breitbart and NSSF
CBS News:
Coronavirus Task Force offers dire warnings, recommends bars close and restaurants halt indoor dining
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Frank Miles / Fox News:
PA gov announces new COVID rules, including wearing a mask in your house
NBC News:
Add to Biden's transition challenges: Imposing Covid-19 precautions on cramped West Wing
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Scoop: State Department to release Kennan-style paper on China
Discussion: StrategyPage
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
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Senator Mitt Romney:
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Clayton Guse / New York Daily News:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Mom Arrested For Murder of Fringe Legal Theorist
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Trump remains bunkered in the White House as the world spins on