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11:25 AM ET, November 21, 2020

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Washington Post:
Michigan attorney general ponders criminal probes of state and local officials who bend to Trump's will on overturning election results  —  Michigan's attorney general is exploring whether officials there risk committing crimes if they bend to President Trump's wishes in seeking to block …
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Politico:
Trump bid to overturn vote crashes into wall of deadlines  —  President Donald Trump's effort to overturn the election results is about to smash into reality: a gauntlet of battleground state deadlines that are poised to extinguish his increasingly desperate attempts to hold onto the presidency.
Washington Post:
Trump suffers twin defeats in his effort to overturn Biden's victory in key states  —  President Trump received twin blows to his effort to overturn his defeat on Friday, with Georgia officials certifying President-elect Joe Biden's slim victory there and Michigan Republicans declaring …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Analysis: With silence, GOP enables Trump's risky endgame
Discussion: Al Jazeera, Breitbart and CBS News
JONATHAN TURLEY:   Michigan Legislators Face Calls For Possible Criminal Charges After Meeting With President Trump On Certification
Caroline Linton / CBS News:
Georgia governor calls for audit after state certifies election results  —  Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp certified the state's election results Friday, saying that now that the results are certified, the Trump campaign can pursue other legal options to call for a recount.
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Trump tries to drum out GOP election officials who won't play his games  —  President Donald Trump has driven senators into retirement and tweeted wayward Republicans into primary defeat during four years leading the GOP.  Now, as a lame duck, he's launched a new campaign against GOP election officials who won't bend to his will.
Discussion: Raw Story and Twin Cities
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Interview: Why Kemp formalized Georgia's election despite Trump's pushback
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and CBS News
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
This Was Always the Plan  —  President Trump telegraphed that he would try to steal the election if he didn't win.  —  Dear Reader (including those of you who are starting to layer up like Steve Bannon to deal with the cold),  —  I rather enjoy not writing about Donald Trump.
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The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Leaders, Including Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Have No Faith in Rudy
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Robert De Niro says Giuliani is now ‘representing a mob family’
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jonah Goldberg Goes Off on Trump Team's ‘Unpatriotic Lie’: Trying to Steal Election With an ‘Insane Bat Guano Conspiracy Theory’
Discussion: HotAir
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Staff of U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn says she misspoke by calling Biden ‘president-elect’  —  U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a stalwart supporter of President Donald Trump, on Friday referred to Joe Biden as the country's “president-elect,” a comment her staff later said was a mistake.
Wall Street Journal:
Georgia Certifies: Donald Trump Lost  —  A recount changed little, as the evidence of ballot fraud fails to appear.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The recount in Georgia is finished, after workers examined five million ballots by hand, but President Trump still lags Joe Biden by 12,000 votes.
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
It's Bill vs. Andy vs. you and me  —  “What we have here,” a famously perverse patriarch once said, “is failure to communicate.”  —  For months, the question was what America would learn from New York City's brutal experience as the coronavirus rapidly overwhelmed our “disease detectives” …
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Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo and the perils of pandemic stardom
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Danger (and Ineptitude) of Trump's Failed Coup  —  In his address to the Democratic National Convention in August, Barack Obama warned that the Trump administration “has shown it will tear our democracy down if that's what it takes to win.”  Kamala Harris began her first speech …
Sean McMinn / NPR:
1,000 U.S. Hospitals Are ‘Critically’ Short On Staff — And More Expect To Be Soon  —  More than 1,000 hospitals across the United States are “critically” short on staff, according to numbers released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson Dared Question a Trump Lawyer.  The Backlash Was Quick.  —  The president's allies quickly closed ranks behind Sidney Powell and her pro-Trump conspiracy theory, accusing the Fox host of betrayal.  —  For more than a week, a plain-spoken former federal prosecutor named Sidney Powell …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stacey Abrams' group finances grassroots efforts to win Senate runoffs  —  The voting rights group founded by Stacey Abrams is pumping $2.7 million to boost the work of a network of grassroots organizations ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs - not to finance more TV ads but to strengthen their get-out-the-vote apparatus.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The 3 Norms Trump Could Still Break  —  America has seen little of Donald Trump since the election.  Speaking to the nation largely through Twitter, he's barely strayed outside the White House as he absorbs a defeat that shattered the myth he created of his own invincibility.
Discussion: Washington Post
Shannon McMahon / Washington Post:
A traveler tested negative for covid-19 before a flight.  He had the virus and infected 4 passengers.  —  The study details an outbreak linked to one passenger on an 18-hour flight from Dubai to New Zealand in September.  —  Health officials in New Zealand, a country that has a strict 14 …
New York Times:
Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election  —  President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is seizing the moment, not to aggressively confront the president he defeated, but to act presidential in his stead.  —  WASHINGTON — Inside the wrought-iron fences that surround …
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Brindisi-Tenney House race shrouded in secrecy, confusion as campaigns battle over ballots  —  Central New Yorkers who voted in one of the most competitive House races in the nation still don't know the results 18 days after the election, whether their vote counted, or exactly what's happening …
Washington Post:
Anger builds in Black community over Trump's claims of voter fraud in big cities  —  When Wisconsin Republicans opened an office earlier this year in the historical Bronzeville neighborhood, it was meant to be a physical symbol of President Trump's commitment to urban voters.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Daily Kos and Bloomberg
Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr.:
Sidney Powell Says They Have many Smoking Guns, Some of Whom May Need Witness Protection  —  Attorney Sidney Powell was on the Howie Carr Show and she claimed that their team is in possession of many smoking guns.  —  Some of them may require witness protection.
Dan Hinkel / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Rittenhouse freed from Kenosha jail after attorneys post $2 million bail despite pleas from families of men he shot  —  Kyle Rittenhouse was released from jail in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon after his attorneys posted $2 million bail, setting the teenager free as he awaits trial …
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Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mitt Romney's inspirations for bucking his party: his dad and his Black grandson  —  Mitt Romney is once again showing himself to be a GOP maverick, this week calling the president's efforts to overturn election results “undemocratic” while most of his Republican colleagues stay aboard the Trump train.
Discussion: Raw Story
HudsonValley360:
Hinchey claims victory in 46th Senate District  —  Democrat Michelle Hinchey declared victory Friday afternoon in the 46th Senate District race more than two weeks after Election Day while absentee ballots continue to be finalized for retiring state Sen. George Amedore's position.
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
The Desperate Final Gasps of Team Trump's Flailing ‘Mini-Coup’  —  Experts agree: Trump's legal effort is dead, and rigor mortis is setting in.  —  The past week saw Team Trump piling up losses and running out of road.  —  The campaign dropped its lawsuit to stop the certification …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Culture wars fuel Trump's blue-collar Latino gains  —  Donald Trump lost the presidency, but showed Republicans a way to win the culture wars with working-class Hispanics.  —  Despite four years of being defined as a racist for his rhetoric and harsh immigration policies …
Discussion: Dissent
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Twitter will hand @POTUS to Biden on Inauguration Day, even if Trump doesn't concede  —  The presidential @POTUS Twitter handle will automatically transfer to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he's sworn in at noon on Inauguration Day — whether or not President Donald Trump has conceded, the company confirmed to POLITICO on Friday.
New York Times:
Mnuchin's Inglorious Endgame  —  The Trump administration's abrupt decision to curtail the Federal Reserve's emergency lending programs is a gamble with no upside.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate, IJR and Daily Kos
New York Times:
In All 50 States, Deaths Are Now Higher Than Normal  —  Brazil Canada France Germany India Italy Mexico Spain U.K.  —  Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dustin Jones / NPR:
Ben Carson Says He Was ‘Desperately Ill’ With The Coronavirus  —  Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson took to Facebook Friday to report he has been “extremely sick” with the coronavirus.  But Carson, one of several individuals in the Trump administration …
 
 
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