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10:05 AM ET, November 23, 2020

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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.
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Trump legal team shuns Sidney Powell as insiders and national security officials see no evidence supporting her voting machine claims  —  With Trump-allied insiders distancing themselves from massive and unproven election fraud allegations being made by Sidney Powell, the president's legal team announced …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What next for Trump legal team?  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHAT NEXT FOR TRUMP LEGAL TEAM?  The Trump campaign's top lawyers — Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell …
Discussion: IJR and Power Line
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Election 2020's Endgame
New York Times:
Trump Team Disavows Lawyer Who Peddled Conspiracy Theories on Voting
New York Times:
Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State  —  The president-elect is also expected to name Jake Sullivan, another close aide of his, as national security adviser, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a 35-year Foreign Service veteran, as his ambassador to the U.N.
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Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador  —  Jake Sullivan, another top Biden adviser, is also expected to be named as national security adviser  —  President-elect Joe Biden is planning to announce that he has selected Antony Blinken …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Democrats expect Biden to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield UN ambassador  —  Democrats close to President-elect Biden expect him to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations, looking to a Black woman and respected diplomat to restore morale.
Bloomberg:
Biden to Name Longtime Aide Blinken as Secretary of State  — Jake Sullivan likely pick for national security adviser  — President-elect begins building government before concession  —  President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State …
Axios:   Biden's dull-by-design plan
NBC News:
With nearly all votes counted, the 2020 presidential election wasn't that close  —  WASHINGTON — What's gotten lost in all of the focus on President Trump's lawsuits, his baseless accusations of voter fraud and his administration's unwillingness so far to begin the transition is a simple fact.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Detroit Free Press:
Refusing to certify legitimate votes is a felony
Discussion: Voter Protection Program and UPI
Detroit Free Press:
Board of State Canvassers faces potential deadlock: Is it time for reform?
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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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)
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 …
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 …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Netanyahu Held Secret Meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, Israeli Media Reports  —  The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel flew to Saudi Arabia …
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Politico:
Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley will be 89 when the 2022 midterm campaign rolls around.  Republicans are counting on him to run for an eighth term.  —  “I hope Chuck Grassley comes back.  He's very healthy and I hope he comes back really strong.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper  —  LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Get Me Meacham!  Biden Brings Back the Media's Good Old Days  —  The next president promises to do for old-line newspaper columnists what Donald Trump did for cable.  What a time to be George Will!  —  One afternoon in the spring of 2009, Jon Meacham sat in front of the freighted wooden bookshelf …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Republican Party has split in two.  Let's keep it that way.  —  The Republican Party has split in two.  The dividing line is not ideological.  To the contrary, if anything, the collapse of a once great party during the Trump era demonstrates that ideology is secondary in politics; values, norms and character are primary.
Ryan Streeter / The Dispatch:
Trumpism Is More About Culture Than Economics  —  And it's not a reason for the GOP to embrace protectionism and populism.  —  2 hr ago  —  The question of whether Trumpism will survive a Trump presidency was answered affirmatively after the November 3 election by a number of commentators and politicians …
Discussion: USA Today and RedState
John Ellis / Medium:
Trump 2024.  —  Losing a presidential election is a crushing experience.  In 2004, shortly before midnight on the day of the election, it became clear that President Bush would win Ohio and thus win re-election.  The networks, out of an abundance of caution, didn't call it until later the next day.
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
Antiracism Icon Robin DiAngelo Paid More Than Black Woman for Same Job  —  The prominent diversity consultant Robin DiAngelo raked in $12,750 for a speaking gig last month at the University of Wisconsin—70 percent more than the other keynote speaker, black female author Austin Channing Brown.
Discussion: Power Line
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking: In Federal Case in Pennsylvania, Trump Campaign Seeks Very Limited Emergency Remedy in Third Circuit, and Does Not Ask for a Delay in Certification  —  In a new filing in the Third Circuit (that should appear on the docket tomorrow), the Trump campaign did not ask for the appeals court …
Discussion: Politico
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Republicans: Calculating, not Cowards  —  The sense that the GOP only puts up with Trump out of fear masks the much scarier reality of who they are and what they are capable of doing.  —  1 hr ago  —  First, let's get a few things straight:  — Joe Biden is going to be the next President.
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Biden Can Echo Trump's Favorite Phrase: 'You're Fired'
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Bloomberg
Derrick Ward / NBC4 Washington:
Trump Supporter Accused of Breathing on Protesters Charged With Assault
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
What Makes Trump's Subversion Efforts So Alarming? His Collaborators
New York Post:
A vaccine miracle — if Democrats and the media don't screw things up
Discussion: Breitbart
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Inauthenticity Behind Black Lives Matter
Politico:
Biden to spotlight CDC officials shunned by Trump
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Outgoing Syria Envoy Admits Hiding US Troop Numbers; Praises Trump's Mideast Record
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Newsom faces pressure to fill Harris seat with woman of color instead of presumed favorite
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
A Great Election, Against All Odds
Discussion: Raw Story
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich Says GOP Is ‘Afraid’ Of Trump
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
A noisy president goes (relatively) quiet in wake of election defeat
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
New York Times:
Our National Security Depends on Joe Biden's Transition
New York Times:
Biden Team, Pushing Quick Stimulus Deal, Prepares for Renewed Recession
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Republicans plot to sink potential anti-Trump nominees including Vindman, Yates
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah hospitals have begun informal rationing of care, doctors say, as they cope with surge of COVID-19 patients