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3:25 AM ET, November 21, 2020


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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.
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jonah Goldberg Goes Off on Trump Team's ‘Unpatriotic Lie’: Trying to Steal Election With an ‘Insane Bat Guano Conspiracy Theory’  —  Jonah Goldberg, editor in chief of The Dispatch, went off on President Donald Trump and his legal team on Fox News' Special Report Friday …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Americans Deserve the Truth, Even If It's Unpleasant
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 …
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump lawyers to avoid Michigan lawmaker meeting after COVID exposure  —  Rudy Giuliani and other key members of President Trump's outside legal team won't be attending today's meeting with two Michigan lawmakers because they've been exposed to the coronavirus, two sources familiar with the internal discussions tell Axios.
Washington Post:
Trump suffers twin defeats in his effort to overturn Biden's victory in key states
New York Times:
Transition Live Updates: After Trump Meeting, Michigan Lawmakers Maintain They Will Follow the Law
New York Times:
Here's What We Know About Trump's Meeting With Michigan Lawmakers
Washington Post:
Most Republicans greet Trump's push to overturn the election with a customary response: Silence
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Ben Carson says he was ‘desperately ill’ from Covid but is now ‘out of the woods’  —  (CNN)Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Friday he became “desperately ill” from Covid-19, but now believes he is “out of the woods” after receiving an antibody treatment.
Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a personal spokesman told CNN on Friday.  —  “Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result,” the spokesman said.
Discussion: The Wrap
Donald Trump Jr. Infected by Coronavirus and in Isolation  — Giuliani's son, Pence aide also recently tested positive  — Infections add to dozens of cases associated with president  —  President Donald Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for coronavirus earlier …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Rudy Giuliani's son tests positive for coronavirus
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.
Discussion: Reuters and TheBlaze
Laura Wagner / VICE:
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy Alive, Mad We Emailed Her  —  The government bureaucrat holding up the peaceful transfer of presidential power refuses to explain herself.  —  Laura Wagner  —  Emily Murphy is the Trump appointee who heads up the General Services Administration and is therefore in charge of …
Discussion: RedState
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Interview: Why Kemp formalized Georgia's election despite Trump's pushback  —  When Gov. Brian Kemp certified the state's 16 presidential electors, he not only brought Georgia one step closer to ending a tumultuous vote-counting process but he also defied calls from President Donald Trump and his allies to delay the decision.
Discussion: Fox News and CBS News
Exclusive: Mexico agreed with U.S. Attorney General Barr to arrest drug capo in deal for general - source  —  MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexico has committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to drop U.S. drug trafficking charges …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
No, Trump's sister did not publicly back him.  He was duped by a fake account.  —  On Friday morning, President Trump shared a seemingly innocuous article on Twitter.  The piece said that his sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, had publicly voiced her support for her brother amid his baseless claims that he won the 2020 election.
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: Washington Monthly
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
Washington Examiner:
It's time for Trump to concede and move on  —  When President Trump refused to concede the election to Joe Biden in the immediate aftermath of Nov. 3, we argued that he had the right to mount legal challenges if he believed there had been irregularities, mistakes, fraud, or all three.
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Biden's margin of victory over Trump surpasses 6 million votes  —  What's at risk when the President doesn't concede  —  (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's margin of victory over President Donald Trump surpassed 6 million votes on Friday, as ballots continue to be counted across the nation.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Merrick Garland Among Biden Candidates For Attorney General, Sources Say  —  Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is under consideration to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, NPR has learned from two people closely following the process.
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report
Discussion: Power Line
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
‘People of Color’ Do Not Belong to the Democratic Party  —  It's past time to start seeing voters the way they see themselves.  —  Mr. Kang is a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine.  —  Every immigrant arrives in this country with an implied debt.
The New York Times Company:
Ezra Klein Joins Times Opinion as Columnist and Podcast Host  —  Ezra, in his columns and on his podcast, will be able to help our readers and listeners navigate the political future as Washington moves into a new era.  Read more in this note from Kathleen Kingsbury and Paula Szuchman.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Executions Scheduled for Inmates Convicted of Brutal Murders Many Years Ago  —  Attorney General William P. Barr today directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of three federal-death row inmates sentenced to death for staggeringly brutal murders, including the murder of a child and …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
There Was a Second Pro-Trump Conspiracy Hearing Thursday We Didn't Even Notice  —  Yesterday, a prominent Republican who has squandered his reputation for sobriety plunged headlong into nuttery by promoting a series of wild conspiracies promoted by Donald Trump.  —  Wait.  Actually this happened twice yesterday.
Why Republican voters say there's ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost  —  SUNDOWN, Texas (Reuters) - Brett Fryar is a middle-class Republican.  A 50-year-old chiropractor in this west Texas town, he owns a small business.  He has two undergraduate degrees and a master's degree, in organic chemistry.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republican leaders swore an oath to defend the Constitution.  That means telling Trump it's over.  —  Where is our Barry Goldwater?  Our John Rhodes?  Our Hugh Scott?  —  As President Trump becomes more and more detached from reality, it is past time for him to hear directly from senior members …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Voice of America's 5 Months Under Trump CEO: Lawsuits, Bias Claims, And A Sex Scandal  —  Crisis has been the defining constant at the Voice of America and its parent agency for the past five months.  —  That's how long Michael Pack, the conservative documentary maker picked by President …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Robert De Niro says Giuliani is now ‘representing a mob family’
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
Data Heroes of Covid Tracking Project Are Still Filling U.S. Government Void
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
This Is How the Outbreak Is Resurging Across New York City
Discussion: Gothamist and Eater NY
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Our hypocritical leaders refuse to obey their own COVID-19 rules
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
House Democrats back slower timeline for changing Confederate base names
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden aims to deflect fights over first Cabinet picks
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and Politico
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Trump Keeps Dropping Hints He Knows He Lost The Election
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Trump tweet further complicates Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's path to re-election in 2022
Jennifer Shutt / Roll Call:
Hoyer: Earmarks are likely coming back next year
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
GOP Senate candidate John James asks Board of State Canvassers to delay certification
Discussion: News & Views … and The Intercept
JR Radcliffe / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin recount live: Dane County election officials reject initial attempts to throw out ballots
Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb Executive Resigned Last Year Over Chinese Request for More Data Sharing