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5:50 PM ET, November 23, 2020

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Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Biden Will Nominate First Woman to Lead Intelligence and First Latino to Run Homeland Security  —  John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be the climate czar, signaling the new administration's commitment to fighting climate change.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans …
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Washington Post:
Republican national security experts call on Trump to concede, begin transition  —  A group of leading GOP national security experts — including former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge — urged congressional Republicans on Monday to demand President Trump concede the election …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden transition names first Cabinet nominees
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Slams Trump Legal Team: ‘They Promised Blockbuster Stuff and Then Nothing Happened’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is unimpressed by the efforts of President Donald Trump's legal team to advance his baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
Axios:
Scoop: Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman says Trump lost  —  It's over.  That's what Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder Steve Schwarzman — one of President Trump's most loyal allies — and other top Republicans are signaling to the defeated president, 16 days after Joe Biden clinched the win.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Trump campaign's big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans
Wall Street Journal:
Janet Yellen Is Biden's Pick for Treasury Secretary  —  If confirmed by Senate, former Fed chief would be first woman to hold job  —  President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, an economist at the forefront of policy-making for three decades …
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Detroit Free Press:
Refusing to certify legitimate votes is a felony  —  The people have spoken.  They delivered Joe Biden a decisive electoral victory, including a 150,000-vote margin in Michigan.  Yet Republican Party officials have asked the Michigan Board of State Canvassers to delay certification on Monday.
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Washington Post:
Michigan board votes to certify the state's election results, dealing Trump another blow
New York Times:
Business Leaders, Citing Damage to Country, Urge Trump to Begin Transition  —  At the urging of New York's attorney general, business leaders in New York push for the Trump administration to begin a transfer of power.  —  Concerned that President Trump's refusal to accept the election results …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition
Discussion: CBS News, Axios and Raw Story
Rob Portman / Cincinnati.com:
No proof of mass fraud that would change election result  —  I have supported the Trump campaign's right to count every lawful vote, request state recounts and pursue lawsuits regarding election fraud or other irregularities.  —  Based on polling, a substantial majority of the nearly 74 million Americans …
Brock Colyar / The Cut:
Sin City New York nightlife never stopped.  It just moved underground.  —  It's 2 a.m., or, per the guy sitting next to me, “the hour where nothing is awkward,” on a Friday night less than two weeks before the presidential election and three weeks before COVID-19 positivity rates would creep …
Discussion: HotAir
James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Trump attorney Lin Wood tells Republican supporters NOT to back GOP candidates in the Georgia runoff election because they've ‘failed’ to help the President's fight to overturn the election  — Trump Attorney Lin Wood has suggested voters should not back Republican candidates David Perdue (R-GA) and Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA)
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ABC News:
Secret Service members asked about protecting soon-to-be-former president Trump full time in Florida: Sources  —  Agents in Trump's detail have been asked about relocating to West Palm Beach.  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tells Trump to concede  —  As Michigan state officials decide …
Discussion: Raw Story
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden  —  General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump's lawsuit seeking to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.  —  WASHINGTON — General Motors abandoned President Trump's battle …
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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Why Won't Emily Murphy Just Do Her Job?  —  I don't know for certain that Emily Murphy gets up in the morning, looks in the mirror and says to herself, “You are a good person.”  But I am willing to bet that she does.  Most people in her position—most people who are undermining the rules of their group …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Dan Bongino Floats 2024 Presidential Bid If Trump Isn't On The Ballot: ‘I Will Consider Entering Politics Again’  —  Pro-Trump pundit Dan Bongino floated on his podcast Monday that he would consider running for president of the United States in 2024.  —  “I hate politics,” Bongino said.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Absurd ‘You Did It First’ Argument for Stealing the Election  —  Senator Kevin Cramer appeared on Meet the Press Sunday to deliver the freshest version of the Republican party line on President Trump's efforts to cancel the elections and reinstall himself in office.
NBC News:
Trump set on veto of defense bill over renaming bases honoring Confederates  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto legislation to fund the military as one of his final acts in office unless a widely supported, bipartisan provision to rename military bases honoring …
Eric L. Muller / The Atlantic:
The One Word That Bars Trump From Pardoning Himself  —  As Donald Trump's tenure in office comes in for its landing, a major question is whether the president—facing questions about liability for offenses including bank and tax fraud—can pardon himself.  —  This might seem like the right …
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard L. Hasen / New York Times:
Trump's Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results  —  There is nothing funny about the Republican Party's multipronged attack on voting rights.  —  Mr. Hasen is the author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust and the Threat to American Democracy.”  —  Even as the campaign lawsuits brought …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company's Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups  —  Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon's Global Security Operations Center reveal the company's reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on warehouse workers and the extensive monitoring of labor unions …
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
What does Biden have in mind for Rahm Emanuel?  —  Chicago's former mayor was rumored to be in line for transportation secretary.  But there might be another powerful post for him in the new administration.  —  By On Politics  —  As President-elect Joe Biden begins to roll out members of his cabinet …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans created an anti-democratic mob  —  CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” summed up the state of the Republican Party on Sunday: “State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
All Base All the Time Fails to Deliver  —  One of the theories given for why pre-election polling underestimated President Trump's share of the vote was that pollsters failed to anticipate the huge surge in turnout among Trump's base.  One hypothesis is that these voters presented themselves …
Politico:
Michigan certifies Biden's win as Trump efforts to challenge election slip  —  President Donald Trump's push to subvert the 2020 election results took a potentially fatal hit Monday, as election officials in Michigan certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state and more key battlegrounds prepare to formalize Biden's wins.
Margaret Besheer / Voice of America:
Biden Taps Veteran US Diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN Ambassador   —  NEW YORK - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has named veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to join his forthcoming Cabinet as his pick for U.N. ambassador, his transition team announced Monday.
 
 
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CBS Pittsburgh:
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