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5:15 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.
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Raphael Warnock Decried The ‘Moral Bankruptcy Of The American Church’ Because Of Lopsided Support For Trump
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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 …
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 and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints
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.
FOX 11 Los Angeles:
FOX 11 obtains exclusive photos of Gov. Newsom at French restaurant allegedly not following COVID-19 protocols
Trump's legal adviser Jenna Ellis in 2016 called him an ‘idiot’ and said his supporters didn't care about ‘facts or logic’  —  (CNN)Jenna Ellis has been one of President Donald Trump's most ardent defenders since joining his campaign as a legal adviser and surrogate a year ago …
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.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The disturbing GOP attempt to block certification of Biden's Michigan win, explained
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.
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:   Trump appoints speechwriter fired for attending conference with white nationalists to commission that preserves Holocaust memorials
'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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
McConaughey says he'd consider running for Texas governor  —  Matthew McConaughey says he'd consider trading acting for politics by running for governor of Texas.  —  “I don't know.  I mean, that wouldn't be up to me.  It would be up to the people more than it would me,” the “True Detective” …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Election Night with Biden's Data Guru  —  The last time chief analytics officer Becca Siegel had been inside Joe Biden's sprawling campaign headquarters in Center City Philadelphia, her department had about 15 staffers on its payroll.  That was in March.  In late October, her team had ballooned …
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 …
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
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Trump Campaign Attorneys Admit ‘There Is No Evidence’ of ‘Any Fraud’ in Connection with Challenged Ballots in Bucks County, Pa.  —  Attorneys representing President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in challenging thousands of ballots in Bucks County on Wednesday agreed to sign court documents informing …
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 …
‘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” …
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 and Mashable
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Trump's bid for a Supreme Court election intervention fails to materialize  —  The justices haven't taken up a GOP request to review Pennsylvania mail ballots.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
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 …
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
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 …
8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications filed by pair in Hawthorne election  —  A man who tried to run for mayor in Hawthorne is among two people charged in a voter fraud case in which thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications were allegedly submitted on behalf of homeless people.
Discussion: Mercury News, TheBlaze, Reason and The Hill
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 …
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.
Republicans Won Almost Every Election Where Redistricting Was At Stake  —  Joe Biden may have won the White House, but down-ballot races were much better for Republicans.  In fact, the GOP's victories in state-level elections could pay dividends long after Biden leaves office …
1,707 coronavirus deaths were reported in 1 day.  That's the highest daily death toll in 6 months  —  (CNN)At this rate, coronavirus is killing at least one American every minute of the day.  —  At least 1,707 new Covid-19 deaths were reported Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Mexico, Outraged at Arrest of Ex-Official, Threatened to Toss U.S. Agents  —  Mexican officials made the threat after weeks of anger at the surprise arrest of a former defense minister.  Their gambit appears to have worked — the charges were dropped.  —  From the moment U.S. federal agents arrested …
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 …
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.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Trump's Strategy for Contesting the Election: Throw Out Black People's Votes
Discussion: Raw Story, Truthout and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
In Minnesota and Beyond, ‘Defund the Police’ Weighed on Democrats
Matt Egan / CNN:
Joe Biden fires an early warning shot at Wall Street
Discussion: Daily Kos
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