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10:40 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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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?  —  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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Biden to Name Longtime Aide 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.
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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
Jeff Timmer / Michigan Advance:   Monday's state canvassers meeting could be a circus
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)
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
New York Times:
Republicans Rewrite an Old Playbook on Disenfranchising Black Americans  —  As they try to somehow reverse Joe Biden's victory, President Trump and his allies have targeted heavily Black cities, painting them as corrupt and trying to throw out huge numbers of votes.
 
 
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
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Leila Fadel / NPR:
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
A noisy president goes (relatively) quiet in wake of election defeat
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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