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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.
The Daily Beast:   An OAN Host Has Been Helping Rudy With Trump's Legal Efforts
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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Why Won't Emily Murphy Just Do Her Job?
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and CBS News
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.
New York Times:
After Weeks of Delay, Opening Protocols for a New White House Team
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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Detroit News:
Michigan board certifies Nov. 3 election, cementing Biden victory
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 …
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 …
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
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Majority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll  —  A majority of voters say they want Republicans to remain in control of the Senate in the new year after the Georgia runoff races, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll.  —  Fifty-six percent of voters said they want a divided government …
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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 …
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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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
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
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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: Political Wire
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
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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