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Detroit Free Press:
Trump tweets undermine Michigan leaders; images show Chatfield drinking at Trump hotel  —  Dave Boucher Clara HendricksonDetroit Free Press  —  Public skepticism that Michigan's Republican legislative leaders focused on COVID-19 assistance during a Friday meeting with President Donald …
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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: The Mahablog and Politico
Washington Post:
Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results, in latest GOP effort to cast doubt on the vote  —  The heads of the Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party issued a joint statement Saturday calling for Michigan's state canvassing board …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Danger (and Ineptitude) of Trump's Failed Coup
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Staff of U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn says she misspoke by calling Biden ‘president-elect’
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Secret plans helped Brooklyn synagogue pull off massive, maskless wedding  —  A Hasidic synagogue in Brooklyn planned the wedding of a chief rabbi's grandson with such secrecy it was able to host thousands of maskless celebrants without the city catching on.
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.
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Associated Press:
Week offers snapshot of how Trump, Biden approach presidency
New York Times:
Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election
Washington Post:
Trump privately plots his next act — including a potential 2024 rematch  —  President Trump would have the world falsely believe that he won the election and is preparing for a second term.  —  In private huddles and phone conversations, however, Trump has been discussing an entirely different next act …
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Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:   Trump's 2024 plans have frozen the field for other likely Republican candidates.  Breaking away from him could risk an early campaign-sinking rage tweet, GOP insiders say.
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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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: ABC News and Dissent
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Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:   How Hispanic Voters Swung Miami Right
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.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Appointee Unconstitutionally Interfered With VOA, Judge Rules  —  Toggle more options  —  The chief executive over the Voice of America and its sister networks has acted unconstitutionally in investigating what he claimed was a deep-seated bias against President Trump by his own journalists, a federal judge has ruled.
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 …
Democracy Docket:
Pennsylvania VBM Certification Challenge  —  Several Republican candidates and voters filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania, the General Assembly, the governor, and Secretary of State.  The lawsuit seeks to block the state from certifying the election results and asks the court to exclude mail …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Week and Raw Story
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.
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, Political Wire and The Hill
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.
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: Election Law Blog and Raw Story
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
US coronavirus cases top 12 million.  An expert says spread is now ‘faster’ and ‘broader’ than ever  —  (CNN)The number of US coronavirus cases surpassed 12 million Saturday — an increase of more than 1 million cases in less than a week.  —  At least 12,019,960 cases have been confirmed …
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: Vox and Blue Virginia
Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Wisconsin officials: Trump observers obstructing recount  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Election officials in Wisconsin's largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.
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
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
New York Times:
Politics, Science and the Remarkable Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine  —  The furious race to develop a coronavirus vaccine played out against a presidential election, between a pharmaceutical giant and a biotech upstart, with the stakes as high as they could get.  —  WASHINGTON — The call was tense, the message discouraging.
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Why You Don't Mess Around With Presidential Transitions  —  In his new memoir, Barack Obama reveals that there was a terrorist threat on his Inauguration Day.  As he addressed the nation, he was prepared to interrupt himself to read evacuation instructions for the millions gathered on the National Mall.
 
 
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Illegal border crossings are surging as migrants anticipate Biden changes, DHS says
Washington Post:
‘I just pray God will help me’: Racial, ethnic minorities reel from higher covid-19 death rates
Discussion: Mother Jones
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A vindictive Trump seeks to undermine Biden's presidency
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BuzzFeed News:
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The Guardian:
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
One In Three Americans Didn't Vote. Should We Force Them To Next Time?
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A traveler tested negative for covid-19 before a flight. He had the virus and infected 4 passengers.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
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