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5:40 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.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Dominion Rep Swats Down Election Fraud Conspiracy Theories: Team Trump Hasn't ‘Offered a Scintilla of Proof’ Against Us  —  Fox News' Eric Shawn held an interview on Sunday with a representative for Dominion Voting Systems, who systematically dissected the conspiracy theories President Donald Trump …
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
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.
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 …
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, New Yorker, Newsweek and Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
Jeremy Olson / Star Tribune:   ‘No beds anywhere’: Minnesota hospitals strained to limit by COVID-19
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 …
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Chris Christie: Trump's legal challenges against election results have been “a national embarrassment”
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none
Discussion: HotAir and The Hill
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Biden and his team are lowering expectations for their management of the pandemic  —  It's lucky for President-elect Joe Biden and team that no one in the national media has any critical questions for them because it's painfully obvious otherwise that they have no sure plan to beat back the coronavirus and quickly restore the economy.
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
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: HotAir and The Hill
Mike Rogers / Detroit News:
Certify election results to preserve democracy
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and CBS News
Washington Post:
In last-gasp maneuver, Trump campaign tries to invalidate thousands of votes as Wisconsin recount gets underway  —  President Trump's campaign is seeking to use a recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin to attempt to invalidate tens of thousands of votes in the state …
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.
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.
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 …
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign  —  When Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008, he and his team were practically canonized by the media.  Team Obama were hailed as stars throughout the Washington D.C. firmament.  An entire hagiography was built around their genius.
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 …
U.S. Navy rear admiral makes unannounced visit to Taiwan: sources  —  TAIPEI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two star Navy admiral overseeing U.S. military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region has made an unannounced visit to Taiwan, two sources told Reuters on Sunday, in a high-level trip that could vex China.
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 …
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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”
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
McMaster blasts “abhorrent” Trump plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan
Discussion: Breitbart
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Report: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anti-Trump Hero, Paid for Flawed Coronavirus Tests from South Korea
New York Times:
Along Russia's ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair
New York Times:
No, a Negative Coronavirus Test Does Not Mean You Can Safely Socialize
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump's post-presidency will be cluttered with potentially serious legal battles
 Earlier Items: 
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
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
'It's over': Michigan GOP House member defies Trump by saying there was no election fraud in his state
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Hispanics shock Democrats in deep blue California
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Pompeo Trolls Critics in Long Goodbye as He Looks to His Future