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9:50 PM ET, November 21, 2020


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Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking: In Total Loss for Trump Campaign in Its Most Major Remaining Election Case, Federal Court in Pennsylvania Dismisses Case and Denies Motion to File Amended Complaint [link to opinion]  —  [This post is in progress]  —  In a total loss the the Trump campaign, a federal district court …
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
In scathing opinion, federal judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania  —  A lawsuit brought by President Trump's campaign that sought to block the certification of Pennsylvania's election results was dismissed by a federal judge on Saturday evening.
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Beast
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
After Horror Show Hearing, Judge Throws Out Giuliani and Trump's Bid to ‘Disenfranchise Almost Seven Million’ Pa. Voters  —  The Trump campaign cannot block certification of Pennsylvania's election results, which made Joe Biden President-elect of the United States, based on nothing more than …
Discussion: Mediaite, Axios and CNN
Audrey McNamara / CBS News:
Trump campaign again seeks to stop certification of Pennsylvania's election results  —  The Trump campaign on Saturday filed a new brief in one of their numerous federal court cases in Pennsylvania.  The brief rehashes claims that the campaign appeared to abandon earlier this week.
Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
In scathing ruling, judge dismisses Trump campaign's effort to overturn election results in Pennsylvania  —  A Pennsylvania federal court on Saturday denied President Donald Trump's request to block certification of the state's 2020 election results in order to give his campaign lawyers …
ABC News:
Federal judge rejects Trump campaign's Pa. lawsuit with prejudice, saying it lacks factual proof  —  The judge said he could not take away the vote “of even a single person.”  —  Trump meets with Michigan officials amid controversy over certification of election results
Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Judge dismisses Trump's last Pennsylvania lawsuit capable of significantly disrupting election results  —  With a withering opinion, a federal judge on Saturday threw out President Donald Trump's last remaining legal challenge seeking to invalidate Pennsylvania's election results …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Seeking to Delay Certification in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump privately plots his next act — including a potential 2024 run  —  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: another presidential run in 2024.
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Presidential Transition Live Updates: Trump Returns to Golf Course as World Leaders Discuss Pandemic  —  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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Danger (and Ineptitude) of Trump's Failed Coup
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibodies for Treatment of COVID-19  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for casirivimab and imdevimab to be administered together for the treatment …
Washington Post:
Experimental drug given to Trump to treat covid-19 wins FDA clearance
Discussion: Axios
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: TheBlaze and Dissent
Catherine Sanz / ABC News:
Misinformation targeted Latino voters in the 2020 election
Discussion: Twitchy
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:   How Hispanic Voters Swung Miami Right
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.
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.
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 …
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Bolsonaro ran against corruption.  Now, he'll have to find another slogan.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — It was a moment when, after so many scandals and broken promises, Brazil finally seemed on cusp of change.  —  The sprawling corruption probe known as Lava Jato had ensnared scores of politicians …
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 …
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.
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.
Zeynep / Insight:
Balancing Epistemic Humility and Prior Knowledge  —  This was a textbook virus.  Why didn't we act more like it?  —  You've likely heard the disease currently ravaging the planet described as a “novel coronavirus.”  It was correct, of course, as it is novel.
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 …
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.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Joe Biden spent much of the general election in his basement.  Now, he and his aides ponder a very public inauguration.  —  Joe Biden spent months of his presidential campaign safely ensconced in his basement, communicating to the country via a television camera.
Discussion: Fox News
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The Pa. county that explains how Biden won big while other Democrats struggled
The Guardian:
Trump tells G20 leaders he wants to work with them ‘for a long time’
Discussion: Slate, Mother Jones and Reason
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Biden Considering Lisa Monaco, Sally Yates For Attorney General
Discussion: NBC Chicago
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
COVID-19 deniers are still all too real. Here's how we can convince them
Leah Wright Rigueur / The Atlantic:
The Major Difference Between Black Male and Female Voters
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
The Founders didn't prepare for a president who refuses to step down, historians say
 Earlier Items: 
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
Why You Don't Mess Around With Presidential Transitions
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. meets Trump, Giuliani vote-fraud claims with silent skepticism
Discussion: Election Law Blog and Raw Story
Katherine Morgan / Bitch Media:
How Long Do We Wait for White Women to Learn?
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Neo-Nazi Cabal Tied to Marines and a Porn Star
Discussion: Raw Story
Shannon McMahon / Washington Post:
A traveler tested negative for covid-19 before a flight. He had the virus and infected 4 passengers.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stacey Abrams' group finances grassroots efforts to win Senate runoffs
Discussion: Breitbart, Political Wire and The Hill