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8:30 PM ET, November 22, 2020


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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 …
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.
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?
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.
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 …
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
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.
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, New Yorker and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
“Attorney heading up Trump campaign's Wisconsin recount effort is seeking to throw out his own vote”
Discussion: Law & Crime
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:
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
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 …
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump, GOP's ridiculous, flailing coup isn't a joke.  It's a crime.  There must be consequences  —  OK, so you haven't seen so many slam dunks since the USA “Dream Team” won the 1992 Olympics, as Team Trump's ace legal department actually embraces My Cousin Vinny while racking …
Melissa Ryan:
We Need to Calm Down  —  Let's talk about transition anxiety.  —  Transition anxiety is a thing.  Last week, I received several emails from readers asking me if I was worried about a coup.  I told everyone that I'm not worried about a coup and that Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, but I understand the anxiety.
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
Niv Elis / The Hill:
US economy hurtles toward ‘COVID cliff’ with programs set to expire
Discussion: Business Insider
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: UPI
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.
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”  —  Fox host: “Mandates crush your soul, they crush your spirit, they bring you down”  —  Fox host: “It is premature to declare that Joe Biden is the President-elect”
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.
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
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Longtime diplomat says Trump conspiracies hurt U.S. more than Russia, China
Discussion: ABC News
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign
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
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump's post-presidency will be cluttered with potentially serious legal battles
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Edwards / Raw Story:
White House adviser Peter Navarro: ‘President Trump is going to get a second term’
New York Times:
Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
'It's over': Michigan GOP House member defies Trump by saying there was no election fraud in his state
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Pompeo Trolls Critics in Long Goodbye as He Looks to His Future
Associated Press:
Trump team requests recount of Georgia presidential vote