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10:30 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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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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Election 2020's Endgame  —  Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil.  —  The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down  —  Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow.
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Trump legal team shuns Sidney Powell as insiders and national security officials see no evidence supporting her voting machine claims
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Sound and Fury Will Signify Nothing
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
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
Axios:   Biden's dull-by-design plan
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.
Discussion: Voter Protection Program and UPI
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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
Jeff Timmer / Michigan Advance:   Monday's state canvassers meeting could be a circus
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 …
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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 …
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
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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Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Hold First Known Meeting
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
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 …
Derrick Ward / NBC4 Washington:
Trump Supporter Accused of Breathing on Protesters Charged With Assault  —  A man accused of breathing on anti-Trump protesters outside the president's golf club in Sterling, Virginia, was charged with misdemeanor assault.  —  Kathy Beynette told News4 that she and another woman …
Discussion: Business Insider
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Biden Can Echo Trump's Favorite Phrase: 'You're Fired'  —  The president-elect has the power to get rid of Trump loyalists in a number of agencies on day one.  —  A good number of appointees throughout the government serve at the pleasure of the president, and Biden should use that power.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Bloomberg
 
 
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Politico:
Biden to spotlight CDC officials shunned by Trump
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John Ellis / Medium:
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Newsom faces pressure to fill Harris seat with woman of color instead of presumed favorite
Discussion: Vox and Fox News
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
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