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2:20 PM ET, November 22, 2020


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Jack Phillips /
Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Promises ‘Biblical’ Lawsuit in Coming Days  —  Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell on Saturday said that the president's lawyers will file a lawsuit of “biblical” proportions, alleging that some elections officials were embroiled in a pay-to-play scheme with a prominent manufacturer of voting software.
Discussion: Mediaite, HotAir, CNBC, Newsmax and RedState
American Greatness:
Waiting for Sidney  —  The pressure to make these allegations disappear is enormous.  Where is the evidence? … Lawyers as well as front-line election canvassers working for Trump campaign have been doxxed, harassed, threatened. … Many big claims have been made, and not only by Sidney Powell.
Discussion: Townhall
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Chris Christie: Trump's legal challenges against election results have been “a national embarrassment”  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday denounced a lack of evidence in President Trump's legal challenges against election results as “a national embarrassment,” …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Associated Press:
Trump team requests recount of Georgia presidential vote  —  President Donald Trump's legal team said Saturday that his campaign has requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race after results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.  —  Republican Secretary …
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none
Discussion: The Hill
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden reaches out.  The GOP slaps him in the face.  —  President-elect Joe Biden's victory offered the cheerful prospect that we might begin to detoxify our politics.  Maybe we could forget Donald Trump for a while and argue with at least a touch of civility about the actual problems our country faces.
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
Biden's Covid-19 Mission
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
How Trump Hopes to Use Party Machinery to Retain Control of the G.O.P.  —  Ronna McDaniel, a close ally of President Trump, wants to remain head of the Republican National Committee, worrying party members who believe the president will try to use the group to keep control of the G.O.P.
Discussion: Raw Story, Forbes, emptywheel and NPR
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.
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.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer: Transition should start “tomorrow morning”  —  Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that it is “past time to cooperate with the transition” to President-elect Joe Biden, adding that he believes President Trump still has the right to continue fighting in court over election results.
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Mike Rogers / Detroit News:
Certify election results to preserve democracy
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and The Daily Beast
Senator Pat Toomey:
Release: Toomey Statement on PA Federal Court Decision, Congratulates President-elect Biden  —  Allentown, Pa. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after Judge Matthew Brann's decision to dismiss the Trump campaign's lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania:
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
In scathing opinion, federal judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania
Audrey McNamara / CBS News:
Trump campaign again seeks to stop certification of Pennsylvania's election results
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The disinformation system that Trump unleashed will outlast him.  Here's what reality-based journalists must do about it.  —  President Trump didn't create the media cesspool that he'll bequeath to a troubled nation.  He just made it exponentially worse — not only with his own constant lies …
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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Biden to name first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, top aide says
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press, Forbes and CNBC
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Breaking: Loeffler self-isolating after positive, then inconclusive, coronavirus tests  —  U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler's campaign said Saturday she is self-isolating after she tested positive for the coronavirus and later received an inconclusive result.  —  It's not clear how the diagnosis …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
White House adviser Peter Navarro: ‘President Trump is going to get a second term’  —  White House trade adviser Peter Navarro insisted over the weekend that President Donald Trump will have a second term regardless of the election results.  —  During an interview with Eric Bolling of Sinclair broadcasting …
NBC News:
‘A huge catastrophe’: Democrats grapple with congressional and state election losses  —  But President-Elect Joe Biden's victory ended up looking more like the horror movie Alien, with the last bedraggled survivor kicking the monster out the airlock and then drifting off to an uncertain fate in deep dark space.
Benjamin Ginsberg / Detroit Free Press:
I represented George W. Bush in 2000.  Michigan must certify for Biden  —  As a longtime Republican election lawyer, I have sympathy for what the Republican members of the Board of State Canvassers are going through.  President Donald Trump and his allies are putting enormous pressure …
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home  —  President Trump blasted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) after the Republican Conference chair suggested he should accept the results of the presidential election, saying she is “unhappy” he is bring U.S. troops home.
Discussion: RedState
Stephanie Beasley / Politico:
Liz Cheney: Trump should respect ‘the sanctity of our electoral process’
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
'It's over': Michigan GOP House member defies Trump by saying there was no election fraud in his state  —  Appearing on CNN's “Inside Politics” with host Dana Bash, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) insisted that there was no election fraud in his state and that it is time for Donald Trump to accept that he lost the 2020 presidential election.
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
On Parler, a Pro-Trump Call For Georgia Runoff Boycott Threatens Mitch McConnell's Plan to Restrain Biden  —  Supporters of President Donald Trump have called for a boycott of the crucial Georgia Senate runoff elections in a move that threatens Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to restrain President-elect Joe Biden.
Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
NYC Dead Stay in Freezer Trucks Set Up During Spring Covid-19 Surge  —  Hundreds of bodies are still in storage at pandemic disaster morgue on Brooklyn waterfront  —  The bodies of hundreds of people who died in New York City during the Covid-19 surge in the spring are still in storage in freezer trucks on the Brooklyn waterfront.
New York Times:
Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves  —  A once-niche conservative cable network, owned by a longtime friend of the president, lures audiences by refusing to declare an electoral winner.  —  Flanked by aides in the Oval Office on Wednesday …
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