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10:40 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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The Daily Beast:
An OAN Host Has Been Helping Rudy With Trump's Legal Efforts  —  Cable-news host Christina Bobb, a lawyer by trade, is actively working with Trump's counsel as it seeks to overturn the 2020 election. … As it seeks to overturn the election results and keep President-elect Joe Biden from assuming power …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
CNN:
Trump's bizarro-world ‘elite strike force’ legal challenge is about to implode  —  Analyst on if electors can vote against their state's popular vote  —  Elie Honig is a CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion on CNN.
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.
CNN:
First on CNN: Key government agency acknowledges Biden's win and begins formal transition  —  (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 …
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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?
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 said Monday she will not pursue leadership of the high-profile Senate Judiciary Committee or any other committee next year, taking a dramatic step back following pressure …
Detroit News:
Michigan board certifies Nov. 3 election, cementing Biden victory  —  Lansing — The Michigan board in charge of certifying election results cast a pivotal vote Monday to validate the state's tallies, cementing Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory despite unproven claims of fraud levied by Republican President Donald Trump.
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Detroit Free Press:
Refusing to certify legitimate votes is a felony
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Biden's choice for secretary of Defense still in flux  —  President-elect Joe Biden's transition team unveiled his picks for top national security positions on Monday.  But one post was notably absent from the list: secretary of Defense.  —  Biden-watchers and national security veterans saw …
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
Biden names diplomatic chiefs, aiming to convey momentum and avoid fights  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden announced a diverse set of nominees for top diplomatic and foreign policy posts Monday — including the first Latino and first immigrant as homeland security secretary …
Discussion: Fox News, New York Times and CBS News
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Brian Naylor / NPR:
Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's Pick For DHS Head, Would Be 1st Latino In Post
Washington Post:
Republican national security experts call on Trump to concede, begin transition
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
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Trump campaign's big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans  —  The Trump campaign has experienced almost nothing but setbacks in its efforts to overturn the election results.  But its recent, particularly brutal flameout in court in Pennsylvania …
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Axios:
Scoop: Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman says Trump lost
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:
Trump legal team's election fearmongering could cost Republicans the Senate
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
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 …
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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New York Times:
What Donald Trump Liked About Being President  —  He preferred the parts of the job that combined pomp, splendor and a world amenable to his decisions.  In other words, he always seemed to genuinely enjoy pardoning turkeys.  —  In November 2018, after a vote that did not matter enough …
ABC News:
Trump campaign loses 5 more cases in Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision  —  All 10,678 ballots will count towards the 2020 election.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday issued opinions rejecting five lawsuits filed …
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
GOP House candidate's lead shrinks as Iowa recount continues  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A slim lead held by a Republican candidate for an open congressional seat in Iowa has gotten even smaller as counties recount their votes.  —  Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks led Democrat Rita Hart …
Discussion: HotAir
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: Fox News and Washington Post
J.B. Shurk / The Federalist:
5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms  —  Surely the journalist class should be intrigued by the historic implausibility of Joe Biden's victory.  That they are not is curious, to say the least.  —  In all the excitement among objective journalists for Joe Biden's declared victory …
Discussion: USA Today and American Thinker
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
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 …
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.
Sharyl Attkisson / RealClearBooks:
The New “Woke” Times  —  If there were any hope that the cacophony of high-profile embarrassments at the Times would prompt a rational reexamination of the newspaper's slant, it was not to be.  The exclamation point was added in June 2020 in what became perhaps the most bizarre of the incidents.
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Eric L. Muller / The Atlantic:
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Associated Press:
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NBC News:
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