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1:20 PM ET, November 22, 2020


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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.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Cramer says it's ‘past time’ to start transition as challenges continue … WASHINGTON — Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., called on the administration Sunday to begin cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, even as he repeatedly defended President Donald Trump's attempts …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer: Transition should start “tomorrow morning”
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
Biden's Covid-19 Mission
Discussion: Business Insider
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: 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 and Digby's Hullabaloo
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:
Audrey McNamara / CBS News:
Trump campaign again seeks to stop certification of Pennsylvania's election results
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
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none
Discussion: The Hill
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-ex-president.
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, emptywheel and NPR
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Obscure Michigan board thrust into fracas over electoral results  —  Norman Shinkle, a member of the Michigan canvassing board tasked with certifying the state's 2020 election results, says he is approaching the process the same way he approached his duties as chief judge of the state tax tribunal.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press, Politico, Forbes and CNBC
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.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Breitbart and Common Dreams
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 and HotAir
Stephanie Beasley / Politico:
Liz Cheney: Trump should respect ‘the sanctity of our electoral process’
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.
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Hispanics shock Democrats in deep blue California  —  Hispanics in California sent a strong message to Democrats: Help not wanted here.  —  One of the biggest hiccups in the recent election was the emphatic 14-point defeat of Proposition 16 in deep blue California.
Natasha Doff / Bloomberg:
Putin Says He's Not Ready to Recognize Biden as U.S. President  — Russian leader says he's ready to work with Trump or Biden  — Move won't damage relations because they're ‘already ruined’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin said he's ready to work with any U.S. leader …
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 …
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Pompeo Trolls Critics in Long Goodbye as He Looks to His Future  — A 10-day swing angers Turkey's leaders, befuddles the French  — Secretary of state is seen as harboring presidential ambitions  —  By the time Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was wrapping up a 10-day swing through Europe …
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Mike Rogers / Detroit News:
Certify election results to preserve democracy
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and The Daily Beast
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
On Parler, a Pro-Trump Call For Georgia Runoff Boycott Threatens Mitch McConnell's Plan to Restrain Biden
HA Hellyer / Newsweek:
Can Biden Bring Anything New at All to the Middle East?
New York Times:
Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves
Niv Elis / The Hill:
US economy hurtles toward ‘COVID cliff’ with programs set to expire
Discussion: Business Insider
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Who Will We Be Without Donald Trump?
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
OMB Lists Positions Stripped of Job Protection Under Trump Order
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
The Fraught Politics Facing Biden's Foreign Policy
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
Obama can't credibly racialize his party's failures
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
G20 Meets On Coronavirus As Trump Makes 298th Golf Trip Of Presidency
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Hill
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Chase says Virginia Democrats ‘hate white people’ and want Richmond registrar out because she's white
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.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The Pa. county that explains how Biden won big while other Democrats struggled