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12:05 AM ET, November 23, 2020


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New York Times:
Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State  —  The president-elect is also expected to name Jake Sullivan, another close aide of his, as national security adviser, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a 35-year Foreign Service veteran, as his ambassador to the U.N.
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 …
Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador  —  Jake Sullivan, another top Biden adviser, is also expected to be named as national security adviser  —  President-elect Joe Biden is planning to announce that he has selected Antony Blinken …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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.
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.
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 …
Tim Miller / Bulwark+:
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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.
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Newsom faces pressure to fill Harris seat with woman of color instead of presumed favorite  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — As speculation grows that Gov. Gavin Newsom is leaning toward California elections chief Alex Padilla to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris's Senate seat with a woman of color
Discussion: Fox News
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: HotAir and Lawfare
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
New York Times:   Our National Security Depends on Joe Biden's Transition
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 …
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
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, Raw Story and New Yorker
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
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: The Week, KTLA and Twitchy
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.
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
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 …
New York Times:
A Great Election, Against All Odds  —  Democracy is hard work.  That work paid off.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Discussion: 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.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking: In Federal Case in Pennsylvania, Trump Campaign Seeks Very Limited Emergency Remedy in Third Circuit, and Does Not Ask for a Delay in Certification  —  In a new filing in the Third Circuit (that should appear on the docket tomorrow), the Trump campaign did not ask for the appeals court …
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Longtime diplomat says Trump conspiracies hurt U.S. more than Russia, China
Discussion: ABC News
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inside Republicans' troubled Election Day operations
Discussion: Reuters and Political Wire
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump, GOP's ridiculous, flailing coup isn't a joke. It's a crime. There must be consequences
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
New York Times:
Along Russia's ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair
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
New York Times:
Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves