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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.
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Makes Brief Appearance at G-20, but Skips Pandemic Meeting  —  President Trump briefly met with the Group of 20 on Saturday after facing two setbacks in his attempt to undo election results in Michigan and Georgia.  The Trump administration has scheduled the executions of three more death-row inmates.
Discussion: HotAir and Bloomberg
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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Using Last Days to Lock in Policies and Make Biden's Task More Difficult  —  At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump's political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president's legacy.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
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New York Times:
Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election
JONATHAN TURLEY:
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.
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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
Politico:
Trump bid to overturn vote crashes into wall of deadlines
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: CNN, Raw Story and Political Wire
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Caroline Linton / CBS News:
Georgia governor calls for audit after state certifies election results
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
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: Breitbart, The Hill and Political Wire
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BuzzFeed News:   Democrats' New Plan To Win Georgia's Crucial Senate Seats In A Pandemic Is To Actually Knock On Doors
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 …
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Leah Wright Rigueur / The Atlantic:   The Major Difference Between Black Male and Female Voters
Nicquel Terry Ellis / CNN:   Black women helped push Democrats to the finish line in Georgia. Here's how they can do it again
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.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
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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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
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
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 …
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
COVID-19 deniers are still all too real.  Here's how we can convince them  —  COVID-19 has killed 250,000 Americans and counting.  We're nine months into the pandemic, and our infection rates are worse than ever.  —  A majority of people across the political spectrum acknowledge the danger of COVID-19.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
No, State Legislatures May Not Reverse the Result of the Election  —  The Trump Elector Strategy That Dare Not Speak Its Name  —  How We Know Dominion Voting Machines Didn't Affect the Election Outcome  —  Lamar Alexander Calls on Trump Admin. to Give Biden Presidential Briefings
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
The Founders didn't prepare for a president who refuses to step down, historians say  —  President Trump continued Friday to deny the results of the election, pressuring state officials in Michigan and Georgia to overturn the will of voters, and increasing fears that he might refuse to cede power to President-elect Joe Biden.
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 …
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?  —  There are now businesses that sell fake people.  On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000.  If you just need a couple of fake people — for characters in a video game …
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Neo-Nazi Cabal Tied to Marines and a Porn Star  —  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
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.
 
 
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Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
When Do We Draw a Line in the Sand?
Nelson Oliveira / New York Daily News:
Accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse out of jail after posting $2M bail
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Wrap
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
Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr.:
Sidney Powell Says They Have many Smoking Guns, Some of Whom May Need Witness Protection
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Brindisi-Tenney House race shrouded in secrecy, confusion as campaigns battle over ballots
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Many College Students Head Home for Thanksgiving Lacking Covid-19 Tests
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Hinchey claims victory in 46th Senate District
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The 3 Norms Trump Could Still Break
Discussion: The Guardian
Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mitt Romney's inspirations for bucking his party: his dad and his Black grandson
Discussion: Raw Story