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11:15 PM ET, November 23, 2020


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Business Leaders, Citing Damage to Country, Urge Trump to Begin Transition
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Why Won't Emily Murphy Just Do Her Job?
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 …
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.
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: Common Dreams
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.
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.
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 /
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Dr. Scott Atlas / The Stanford Review:
Dr. Scott Atlas Responds to the Stanford Faculty Senate Resolution  —  I was disappointed to learn that the Faculty Senate of Stanford University on November 19, 2020 adopted a resolution criticizing my work for the United States government.  We all wish to guide our nation through this pandemic …
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:
The mullah report: is Biden bringing back the Iran Deal?  —  'We're going to be back in the game,' our presumptive and somewhat previous new president tells us.  'It's not America alone.' But America was never out of the game under Donald Trump and never alone.
Discussion: Instapundit and The Guardian
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 and Political Wire
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
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania counties certify election results despite isolated pushback from Trump allies  —  Pennsylvania counties rushed Monday to certify results from the Nov. 3 election, even as President Donald Trump and his Republican allies continued to press their increasingly long-shot effort …
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
DOD Statement on Transition Activities  —  The Department has received notice that pursuant to the Presidential Transition Act, the GSA Administrator is making certain post-election resources and services available to the Biden-Harris Transition Team.  This evening, DOD has been contacted …
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 …
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Biden's Pick For Homeland Security Chief ‘Exerted Improper Influence’ In Visa Program For Rich Foreign Investors  —  President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security was accused in a government watchdog report during the Obama administration of exerting improper influence …
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart, BuzzFeed News and Roll Call
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 …
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
Biden's Sleepily Reassuring Appointments  —  If you wonder how Biden's appointees will govern, just close your eyes and imagine yourself back to 2016.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  The name “Sleepy Joe” was meant to be pejorative rather than prophetic.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Biden's Cabinet: The Return of the Blob  —  Stubborn Facts Facing Biden on Iran  —  Memo to Raphael Warnock: Hundreds of U.S. Chaplains Have Been Killed in the Line of Duty  —  Bring Our Troops Home — the Right Way  —  Biden wants Antony Blinken — an establishment favorite who has been wrong …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Discussion: Roll Call
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
How Misinformation ‘Superspreaders’ Seed False Election Theories
Sharyl Attkisson / RealClearBooks:
The New “Woke” Times  —  If there were any hope that the cacophony of high-profile embarrassments …
Discussion: Instapundit
Astra Taylor / New Yorker:
How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt
Discussion: Business Insider
President Trump, Explain to the American People That Survival of the Republic Is at Stake
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden's National Security Picks Are the Best in Decades
Margaret Besheer / Voice of America:
Biden Taps Veteran US Diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN Ambassador 
Discussion: Reuters, Associated Press, NPR and The 19th
 Earlier Items: 
Donita Naylor / The Providence Journal:
One in four Rhode Islanders can't meet basic food needs, food bank's annual report says
CBS Pittsburgh:
COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Models Showing 22,000 Cases Per Day By December, Stay At Home Advisory Issued
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Trump campaign's big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans
Todd Frankel / Washington Post:
A major Trump donor's company got a 3 percent government-backed pandemic loan. It sells title loans at a 350 percent annual rate.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
All Base All the Time Fails to Deliver
Eric L. Muller / The Atlantic:
The One Word That Bars Trump From Pardoning Himself
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Raw Story
Associated Press:
3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper