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1:56 PM ET, November 21, 2020


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Michigan Legislators Face Calls For Possible Criminal Charges After Meeting With President Trump On Certification  —  We have been discussing the campaign of The Lincoln Project and others to harass and abuse lawyers who represent the Trump campaign or other parties bringing election challenges.
Discussion: Politico and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Michigan attorney general ponders criminal probes of state and local officials who bend to Trump's will on overturning election results
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:   The Founders didn't prepare for a president who refuses to step down, historians say
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Analysis: With silence, GOP enables Trump's risky endgame
Discussion: Breitbart and Al Jazeera
Washington Post:
Trump suffers twin defeats in his effort to overturn Biden's victory in key states
Trump bid to overturn vote crashes into wall of deadlines
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Townhall and The Western Journal
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
New York Times:
Duty or Party?  For Republicans, a Choice on Whether to Enable Trump  —  In pushing his false claims to the limits and cowing Republicans into acquiescence or silence, President Trump has revealed the fragility of the electoral system — and shaken it.  —  For the next three weeks …
Associated Press:
Week offers snapshot of how Trump, Biden approach presidency  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — One spent the week at his home in Delaware carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a pandemic.  —  The other largely kept to himself behind closed doors at a mostly empty White House …
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.
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Why You Don't Mess Around With Presidential Transitions  —  Being president is a tremendously difficult job.  Starting the first day without preparation could set up a presidency to fail.  —  Contributing writer at The Atlantic  —  In his new memoir, Barack Obama reveals that there was a terrorist threat on his Inauguration Day.
Kevin M. Kruse / MSNBC:
Trump's accusations of fraud in Georgia echo decades of racial violence  —  As the 2020 election season draws to a merciful close, all eyes remain on Georgia.  The state voted Democratic in the presidential election — for the first time since 1992 — with Georgia Secretary …
Discussion: CNN
Jmartinez / NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund:
LDF Files Lawsuit Against President Trump and the Trump Campaign's Attempts to Overturn the Election by Disenfranchising Black Voters in Michigan
Discussion: The Root and Vox
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
People Think Mnuchin Accidentally Said Trump Admin's Most Honest Thing About COVID-19  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, “We're working on mass distribution of the virus,” and Twitter users unanimously agreed.  —  People think Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's slip of the tongue …
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 …
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. meets Trump, Giuliani vote-fraud claims with silent skepticism  —  The Justice Department has met President Trump's fantastical claims of widespread voter fraud with two weeks of skeptical silence, not taking any overt moves to investigate what Trump's lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Katherine Morgan / Bitch Media:
How Long Do We Wait for White Women to Learn?  —  A few days before the 2020 presidential election, I started seeing a message becoming more and more prominent on my social-media feed.  Often shared in graphic format, the gist was simple: “No matter who you voted for, we can remain friends.
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: New York Times and Dissent
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Inside a Gun-Smuggling Neo-Nazi Cabal Tied to Marines  —  The evidence includes a sickening video of live-fire weapons training that ended with the masked participants giving “Heil Hitler” salutes.  —  An active-duty Marine assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has been charged …
Discussion: Raw Story
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Michigan, national GOP seek to delay certification of election results  —  The state and national Republican parties have asked the Board of State Canvassers to delay certification of the state's election results in a bid to investigate “anomalies and irregularities” alleged to have occurred in Michigan's Nov. 3 election.
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
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Democrats' New Plan To Win Georgia's Crucial Senate Seats In A Pandemic Is To Actually Knock On Doors  —  With the Senate majority up for grabs, supporters of Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are embracing a strategy in the January runoffs that Democrats largely avoided during …
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 …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Bypassing McConnell: Democrats push Biden to aggressively use executive power  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic senators are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to use executive power to advance goals such as tackling climate change, relieving student debt and creating a more progressive immigration system.
Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
The Guardian:
Donald Trump Jr says he will pass time in Covid isolation by cleaning his guns … Play Video  —  Donald Trump Jr, the president's son who has tested positive for the coronavirus, has said he will pass the time in isolation battling with the virus by cleaning his collection of guns.
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 and The Guardian
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: Bloomberg, Daily Kos and Reuters
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 …
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Melanie Arter / CNSNews:
Congresswoman-Elect Marjorie Greene: ‘Congress Is Just Broken, and Everyone Is Tired of It’
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
One In Three Americans Didn't Vote. Should We Force Them To Next Time?
Bill McKibben / New Yorker:
When “Creatives” Turn Destructive: Image-Makers and the Climate Crisis
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Brindisi-Tenney House race shrouded in secrecy, confusion as campaigns battle over ballots
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
It's Bill vs. Andy vs. you and me
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Many College Students Head Home for Thanksgiving Lacking Covid-19 Tests
Hinchey claims victory in 46th Senate District
 Earlier Items: 
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
The Desperate Final Gasps of Team Trump's Flailing ‘Mini-Coup’
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Leaders, Including Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Have No Faith in Rudy
Discussion: and Raw Story
Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mitt Romney's inspirations for bucking his party: his dad and his Black grandson
Discussion: Raw Story