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10:45 AM ET, November 18, 2020

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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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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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.
WSB-TV:
Another Georgia county has uncovered 2,700 missing votes, Secretary of State's office says
David Clemons / WaltonTribune.com:
Votes added in recount
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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CNN:
Pfizer and BioNTech say final analysis shows coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective with no safety concerns  —  (CNN)A final analysis of the Phase 3 trial of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine shows it was 95% effective in preventing infections, even in older adults, and caused no serious safety concerns, the company said Wednesday.
Pfizer:
Pfizer and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Pfizer-BioNTech to seek Covid-19 vaccine approval ‘within days’ as trial shows 95 percent efficacy
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Robert Langreth / Bloomberg:
Pfizer, BioNTech Plan Filing as Vaccine Proves 95% Effective
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
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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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 …
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 …
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: New York Post
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
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.
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.
Politico:
Pelosi to secure nomination to lead Dems amid narrow majority  —  Some in the party have openly wondered if the California Democrat still plans to step down in two years.  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pauses as she meets with reporters on Capitol Hill on Nov. 12.  J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
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The Hill:
Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election
Discussion: HotAir
ABC News:
Infighting and an attempted ‘coup’: Trump team erupts into chaos as Giuliani takes over legal efforts  —  Giuliani filed to appear in court on behalf of the campaign Tuesday.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.
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Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
As Trump's election lawsuits fizzle, Giuliani goes to court. It doesn't get better
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
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Time to drop the disappearing act.  Pence allies say the lame duck VP needs to stay in the public spotlight if he wants to be a viable 2024 presidential candidate. … - Vice President Mike Pence will have to find a way to keep his name in the spotlight if he wants to win the Republican nomination …
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?
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Fox Business:
Petition circulating at Harvard to stop former Trump administration officials from attending, teaching or speaking at the university
Discussion: Washington Times
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Right-wing trolls launch Stop the Steal PAC to cash in on election lies
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump lashes out in new bid to tarnish an election he lost
The Daily Beast:
'He's a Destructive Force': Health Officials Want Scott Atlas Banished
Discussion: Raw Story
National Review:
The Radicalism of Raphael Warnock
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Proposed Biden Gun Tax Could Top $34 Billion
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Coronavirus Task Force offers dire warnings, recommends bars close and restaurants halt indoor dining
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Miles / Fox News:
PA gov announces new COVID rules, including wearing a mask in your house
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration cancels Covid-19 celebrity ad campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Froomkin / Salon:
Enough with “both sides”! Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers
Discussion: Press Watch
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
An Ex-Cop for Mayor? Eric Adams Wants to Find Out.
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney Statement on Proposed Troop Withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq
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