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10:45 PM ET, November 22, 2020

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New York Times:
Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State  —  Formerly the State Department's No. 2, Mr. Blinken is expected to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally ready to rejoin global agreements and court multilateral efforts to confront China.
Discussion: USA Today, The Week and New York Post
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Bloomberg:
Biden to Name Longtime Aide Blinken as Secretary of State  — Jake Sullivan likely pick for national security adviser  — President-elect begins building government before concession  —  President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, Breitbart and Japan Times
Washington Post:
Joe Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state  —  Jake Sullivan, another top Biden advisers, is expected to be named as national security adviser.  —  President-elect Joe Biden is planning to announce that he has selected Antony Blinken, one of his closest and longest-serving …
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Trump legal team shuns Sidney Powell as insiders and national security officials see no evidence supporting her voting machine claims  —  With Trump-allied insiders distancing themselves from massive and unproven election fraud allegations being made by Sidney Powell, the president's legal team announced …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump campaign cuts Sidney Powell from president's legal team  —  President Donald Trump appears to have cut ties with Sidney Powell, a key member of his legal team who also represents former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his long-running attempt to unravel a guilty plea for lying about his 2016 contacts with Russia.
Washington Post:
Giuliani releases statement distancing Trump campaign from lawyer Sidney Powell  —  Powell lobbed some of the most convoluted false claims about the election, alleging a conspiracy that involved ‘communist money’  —  The president's legal team was thrown into tumult Sunday when two Trump attorneys …
American Greatness:
Waiting for Sidney  —  The pressure to make these allegations disappear is enormous.  Where is the evidence?
Discussion: Townhall
Tim Miller / Bulwark+:
Goodbye To All That  —  Leaving the GOP.  —  1 hr ago  —  Welcome to Tim's bonus weekend Triad.  —  Join  —  1. TimoGOP 1995-2020  —  In 1992 as a puckish elementary school student I bet my lifelong Republican, FDR-hating, Washington Times subscribing grandmother $1 that Bill Clinton would beat George H.W. Bush.
New York Times:
Republicans Rewrite an Old Playbook on Disenfranchising Black Americans  —  As they try to somehow reverse Joe Biden's victory, President Trump and his allies have targeted heavily Black cities, painting them as corrupt and trying to throw out huge numbers of votes.
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah hospitals have begun informal rationing of care, doctors say, as they cope with surge of COVID-19 patients  —  Editor's note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus.  Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republicans plot to sink potential anti-Trump nominees including Vindman, Yates  —  Republicans are making plans to torpedo some of President-elect Biden's prospective Cabinet, agency and judicial nominees if the GOP keeps its majority, aides involved in the discussions tell me.
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump team making false argument about his 2016 transition  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just President-elect Joe Biden's transition that's under a microscope.  —  President Donald Trump and his allies are harking back to his own transition four years ago to make a false argument …
Discussion: USA Today
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New York Times:   Our National Security Depends on Joe Biden's Transition
CNN:
Key GOP Michigan canvassing board member expected to vote against certifying results  —  (CNN)A key Republican on the Michigan canvassing board is expected to vote against certifying the state's election results on Monday, a potential boon for the Trump campaign's conspiracy theory-fueled effort to delay the finalization of results.
Discussion: Lawfare
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Democrats expect Biden to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield UN ambassador  —  Democrats close to President-elect Biden expect him to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations, looking to a Black woman and respected diplomat to restore morale.
Discussion: CNN, Los Angeles Times and Fox News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump threatens to wreak havoc on GOP from beyond the White House  —  President Donald Trump has spent the three weeks since he lost the election savaging a pair of GOP governors for not backing his claims he was robbed.  —  Republicans are worried it's just the start of what's in store from the soon-to-be-former president.
Discussion: CNN, Newsweek, The Hill, New Yorker and Raw Story
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Exits Open Skies Treaty, Moves to Discard Observation Planes  —  Without specialized aircraft and equipment, Biden administration would have difficult time re-entering post-Cold War pact  —  The Trump administration formally shut the door on the Open Skies treaty Sunday …
New York Times:
Biden Team, Pushing Quick Stimulus Deal, Prepares for Renewed Recession  —  Economists warn that lawmakers must pass aid now, as a renewed coronavirus surge chills consumer spending and business activity.  —  WASHINGTON — Advisers to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. are planning …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Beijing-Controlled News Outlet Paid US Newspapers Millions To Publish Propaganda This Year  —  An English-language newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party's propaganda department paid U.S. media companies nearly $2 million for printing and advertising expenses over the past six months …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Republicans serve Trump a heap of reality  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HAPPY SUNDAY.  BREAKING: Incoming W.H. COS RON KLAIN on ABC's “THIS WEEK”: JOE BIDEN will announce his first Cabinet picks — plural — Tuesday.  BIDEN transition officials tell us Treasury could be one — Bloomberg's JEN EPSTEIN said the same.
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Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges  —  L.A. County public health officials on Sunday announced they will issue an order suspending outdoor dining at restaurants amid a surge of new coronavirus cases.  —  The new rule takes effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday …
Discussion: KTLA and Twitchy
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Trump requests Georgia recount; FBI, GBI investigate threats  —  Georgia is preparing to tally about 5 million votes in the presidential election for a third time as the FBI and GBI investigate threats against some state election officials.On Saturday, President Donald Trump's campaign filed …
Discussion: RedState and Business Insider
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
A noisy president goes (relatively) quiet in wake of election defeat  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  The president who likes to put on a show is mostly offstage these days.  —  Since President Trump was declared the election's loser earlier this month …
Discussion: Raw Story
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich Says GOP Is ‘Afraid’ Of Trump  —  Few high-profile Republican members of Congress have publicly acknowledged Joe Biden's presidential win.  —  And many Republican politicians have refused to denounce Trump's legal challenges and false allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inside Republicans' troubled Election Day operations  —  As President Trump unsuccessfully argues fraudulent voter claims, campaign operatives tell Axios the reality is the joint EDO (Election Day operations) by the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee left them feeling largely unprepared to challenge ballots in real time.
Discussion: Reuters and Political Wire
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Biden to name first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, top aide says  —  President-elect Joe Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ronald A. Klain, said Sunday that some of Biden's first Cabinet picks will be revealed Tuesday, although he declined to say who or what positions will be announced.
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Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:   Biden and his team are lowering expectations for their management of the pandemic
 
 
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New York Times:
A Great Election, Against All Odds
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Longtime diplomat says Trump conspiracies hurt U.S. more than Russia, China
Discussion: ABC News
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump, GOP's ridiculous, flailing coup isn't a joke. It's a crime. There must be consequences
Reuters:
U.S. Navy rear admiral makes unannounced visit to Taiwan: sources
Steve Bannon / Media Matters for America:
Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood to Steve Bannon: Trump supporters must do what “our Founding Fathers did in 1776”
 Earlier Items: 
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign
Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
NYC Dead Stay in Freezer Trucks Set Up During Spring Covid-19 Surge
Discussion: New York Post and NBC New York
David Edwards / Raw Story:
White House adviser Peter Navarro: ‘President Trump is going to get a second term’
NBC News:
‘A huge catastrophe’: Democrats grapple with congressional and state election losses
New York Times:
Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden reaches out. The GOP slaps him in the face.