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7:55 PM ET, November 23, 2020

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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump fears Giuliani, other lawyers in Biden vote challenge are ‘fools that are making him look bad’  — President Donald Trump is worried his campaign's legal team, led by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is composed of “fools that are making him look bad,” NBC News reported.
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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.
NBC News:
Behind the scenes, Trump frustrated with his legal team's maneuvers  —  WASHINGTON — While President Donald Trump has publicly praised his legal team's efforts, he has privately expressed frustration with the slapdash nature of his election defense fight, according to several people familiar with the discussions.
Axios:
Scoop: Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman says Trump lost
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Trump campaign's big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:
Trump legal team's election fearmongering could cost Republicans the Senate
CNN:
First on CNN: GSA tells Biden that transition can formally begin  —  (CNN)The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from Administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN.
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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 …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump administration officially authorizes Biden transition  —  After weeks of delay, the head of the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the official governmental transition process has been approved.  —  GSA Administrator Emily Murphy …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats reject GSA offer to delay briefing on transition
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Times
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition
Discussion: Axios, CBS News and Raw Story
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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New York Times:
Biden Will Nominate First Women to Lead Treasury and Intelligence, and First Latino to Run Homeland Security  —  John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be the international climate czar, signaling the new administration's commitment to fighting climate change.
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 …
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Politico:
Dianne Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, after facing blowback from progressives for her handling of Amy Coney Barrett's contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein won't seek top judiciary committee spot following complaints from progressives  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein will not pursue leadership of the high-profile Senate Judiciary Committee or any other committee next year, taking a dramatic step back following pressure from progressives …
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 …
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
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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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
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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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 and more key battlegrounds took steps to formalize Biden's wins.
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Detroit News:
Michigan board certifies Nov. 3 election, cementing Biden victory
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
Right-Wing Social Media Finalizes Its Divorce From Reality  —  When Fox News called Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden shortly after the polls closed there on Election Night, right-wing social media erupted in fury.  Fox is the most conservative of the nation's major news outlets …
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
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
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.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Small Gatherings Spread the Virus, but Are They Causing the Surge?  —  Yes, the coronavirus can be transmitted over cocktails and dinners.  But these get-togethers may not account for the huge rise in cases.  —  As states struggle to contain the resurgent coronavirus …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 …
CBS Pittsburgh:
COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Models Showing 22,000 Cases Per Day By December, Stay At Home Advisory Issued  —  HARRISBURG (KDKA) - The Wolf administration Monday announced new coronavirus mitigation efforts as modeling projects 22,000 daily coronavirus cases in the state come December.
 
 
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Associated Press:
GOP House candidate's lead shrinks as Iowa recount continues
Discussion: Political Wire
J.B. Shurk / The Federalist:
5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms
Discussion: USA Today and American Thinker
theepochtimes.com:
President Trump, Explain to the American People That Survival of the Republic Is at Stake
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Business Insider, HotAir and The Week
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
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Just Security:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company's Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups
Bloomberg:
Canceling Student Debt Would Backfire on Biden
Eric L. Muller / The Atlantic:
The One Word That Bars Trump From Pardoning Himself
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Raw Story
NBC News:
Trump set on veto of defense bill over renaming bases honoring Confederates
Politico:
Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map
Discussion: Raw Story