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11:15 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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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Sound and Fury Will Signify Nothing  —  He's just a bully, after all.  They get thumped in the end.  —  A classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” from 1961, “It's a Good Life,” features a telepathic, malicious 6-year-old brat named Anthony who holds an entire town hostage.
Discussion: The Root, Raw Story and NBC News
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What next for Trump legal team?
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Trump legal team shuns Sidney Powell as insiders and national security officials see no evidence supporting her voting machine claims
New York Times:
Trump Team Disavows Lawyer Who Peddled Conspiracy Theories on Voting
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump campaign cuts Sidney Powell from president's legal team
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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Bloomberg:
Biden to Name Longtime Aide Blinken as Secretary of State
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:   Power Up: This was my experience with the novel coronavirus
Axios:
Biden's dull-by-design plan
Discussion: The Week
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.
Jeff Timmer / Michigan Advance:
Monday's state canvassers meeting could be a circus  —  Ladies and gentlemen.  Children of all ages.  Step right up.  Get your tickets and find your seats.  Prepare to be dazzled, amazed and amused.  The circus is about to begin!  —  Everyone is watching Michigan.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans created an anti-democratic mob  —  CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” summed up the state of the Republican Party on Sunday: “State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington …
Discussion: Reuters and POLITICUSUSA
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Washington Post:
Republican national security experts call on Trump to concede, begin transition  —  A group of leading GOP national security experts — including former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge — urged congressional Republicans on Monday to demand President Trump concede the election …
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 …
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Hold First Known Meeting
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Secretly Flew to Saudi Arabia, Met MBS and Pompeo, Israeli Sources Say
Discussion: Breitbart
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)
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 …
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 …
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.
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The Daily Beast:
Trump and Fox News Are at War and Democrats Can't Decide What to Do About It
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Bloomberg
 
 
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