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11:50 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.
Washington Post:
Board in key Michigan county fails, then agrees, to certify vote totals by deadline
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 …
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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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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: HotAir and New York Post
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 …
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
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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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 …
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: 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
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 is running unopposed and only needed …
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
House Democrats tap Pelosi to stand as their candidate for speaker, as floor vote looms
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
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.
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?
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
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, Raw Story and Mediaite
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
'He's a Destructive Force': Health Officials Want Scott Atlas Banished  —  Trump's favorite COVID adviser has been a thorn for others before.  But with the pandemic worsening, his counsel is now seen as particularly dangerous.  —  As communities across the U.S. scramble to treat COVID-19 patients …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Judge rules border agents can't use COVID-19 order to expel migrant kids  —  A federal judge on Wednesday ordered border authorities to stop expelling migrant children without letting them seek humanitarian refuge, dealing a severe blow to a pandemic-era policy the Trump administration has used …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure
Discussion: HotAir
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
Frank Miles / Fox News:
PA gov announces new COVID rules, including wearing a mask in your house
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration cancels Covid-19 celebrity ad campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump
Dan Froomkin / Salon:
Enough with “both sides”! Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers
Discussion: Press Watch
David Clemons / WaltonTribune.com:
Votes added in recount