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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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Pfizer:
Pfizer and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints
Robert Langreth / Bloomberg:
Pfizer, BioNTech Plan Filing as Vaccine Proves 95% Effective
Discussion: IJR
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Pfizer-BioNTech to seek Covid-19 vaccine approval ‘within days’ as trial shows 95 percent efficacy
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
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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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Majority of Voters Back Biden's Handling of the Transition, Say Trump Isn't Helping Enough
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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
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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 …
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
Washington Post:
In reversal, GOP officials in key Michigan county certify ballot count after striking a compromise with Democrats
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 …
Politico:
Pelosi secures nomination to lead Dems amid narrow majority  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi secured her caucus' nomination for another term leading the House on Wednesday as Democrats kicked off their multiday leadership elections for the new Congress.  —  Pelosi ran unopposed and only needed …
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The Hill:
Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election
Discussion: HotAir
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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Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Photos surface of maskless Newsom breaking own coronavirus restrictions to attend swanky party
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and Townhall
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 …
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.
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 and New York Post
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.
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NBC News:
FDA authorizes first at-home Covid-19 test that gives users results quickly
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Matt Egan / CNN:
Joe Biden fires an early warning shot at Wall Street  —  New York (CNN Business)Elizabeth Warren's fingerprints are all over the Biden transition, much to Wall Street's dismay.  —  President-elect Joe Biden's agency review teams include several people who share Warren's reputation for being tough on the financial industry.
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, Townhall and Power Line
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump lashes out in new bid to tarnish an election he lost  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump flexed the power of his office Tuesday to tarnish America's free and fair election, sacking the official who declared the vote the most secure in US history, even as more of his false claims of massive fraud were exposed as baseless in court.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Raw Story
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?
Julie Jordan / People.com:
Michael B. Jordan Is PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2020: ‘The Women in My Family Are Proud of This One’  —  The driven and compassionate actor, who will next star in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, is doing more than his fair share to help change the world  —  What a difference seven years can make.
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.
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
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
More Americans Happy About Trump Loss Than Biden Win  —  Most confident that election was fair  —  West Long Branch, NJ - A third of the country is “happy” that Donald Trump lost the election - which is slightly more than the one-quarter who feels the same about Joe Biden winning.
National Review:
The Radicalism of Raphael Warnock  —  Marching into Georgia, with the Senate in Sight  —  No, Joe Biden Did Not Only Improve in Four Major Swing-State Cities  —  Trump Encourages Primary Challenge after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Acknowledges Biden Victory  —  Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock …
 
 
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Craig Karmin / Wall Street Journal:
New York Hotel Owners to Pay $500 Million to Pandemic-Hit Workers
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Trump faces Wednesday deadline for Wisconsin recount
Discussion: Reuters and HotAir
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
The Daily Beast:
'He's a Destructive Force': Health Officials Want Scott Atlas Banished
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Proposed Biden Gun Tax Could Top $34 Billion
Discussion: HotAir and Breitbart
CBS News:
Coronavirus Task Force offers dire warnings, recommends bars close and restaurants halt indoor dining
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Frank Miles / Fox News:
PA gov announces new COVID rules, including wearing a mask in your house
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump
WAGA-TV:
FOX 5 Poll: Senate runoff extremely tight, Gov. Kemp's approval rating slips