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1:40 PM ET, November 23, 2020

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Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Biden Will Nominate First Woman to Lead Intelligence, First Latino to Run Homeland Security  —  John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be climate czar, according to the Biden transition team.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name several top national security picks …
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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden transition names first Cabinet nominees
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Axios:
Biden's dull-by-design plan
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Week
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
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)
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David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Georgia approves emergency rules for absentee ballots
Stephen Fowler / gpb.org:
Georgia Election Board Extends Emergency Rules For Absentee Voting
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.
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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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Election 2020's Endgame
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story, Refinery29 and POLITICUSUSA
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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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Pennsylvania Republicans sue in last-ditch effort to stop election certification  —  A group of Pennsylvania Republicans have filed an emergency lawsuit seeking to block certification of the election results in the Keystone State, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes.
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American Greatness:
Something Rotten in Pennsylvania
Discussion: WITF and Bloomberg
Eric L. Muller / The Atlantic:
The One Word That Bars Trump From Pardoning Himself  —  As Donald Trump's tenure in office comes in for its landing, a major question is whether the president—facing questions about liability for offenses including bank and tax fraud—can pardon himself.  —  This might seem like the right …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company's Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups  —  Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon's Global Security Operations Center reveal the company's reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on warehouse workers and the extensive monitoring of labor unions …
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 …
 
 
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
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Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
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Bloomberg:
Canceling Student Debt Would Backfire on Biden
Discussion: The Federalist
Jeff Timmer / Michigan Advance:
Monday's state canvassers meeting could be a circus
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Biden Can Echo Trump's Favorite Phrase: 'You're Fired'
Ryan Streeter / The Dispatch:
Trumpism Is More About Culture Than Economics
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New York Times:
What Makes Trump's Subversion Efforts So Alarming? His Collaborators
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Power Line
Politico:
Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map
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