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3:25 PM ET, November 23, 2020


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Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Biden Will Nominate First Woman to Lead Intelligence and First Latino to Run Homeland Security  —  John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be the climate czar, signaling the new administration's commitment to fighting climate change.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans …
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 …
Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador
Biden's dull-by-design plan
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Week
New York Times:
Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden transition names first Cabinet nominees
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Biden's Pick For National Security Adviser Sent Classified Emails On Clinton's Server, Hyped Fake Trump-Russia Collusion Story
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Biden to Name Longtime Aide Blinken as Secretary of State
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.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Slams Trump Legal Team: ‘They Promised Blockbuster Stuff and Then Nothing Happened’
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Election 2020's Endgame
Discussion: Reason, Vox and Washington Post
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Trump placed a ticking time bomb at the center of our system  —  So is this really how it's going to be?  Will it now become a fact of our political life that Democrats will be required to win future presidential elections by steal-proof margins in order to prevail?
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)
David Wickert / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Georgia approves emergency rules for absentee ballots
Stephen Fowler /
Georgia Election Board Extends Emergency Rules For Absentee Voting
Wall Street Journal:
Janet Yellen Is Biden's Pick for Treasury Secretary  —  If confirmed by Senate, former Fed chief would be first woman to hold job  —  President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, an economist at the forefront of policy-making for three decades …
Biden chooses former Fed Chair Janet Yellen to be Treasury secretary  — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary.  — If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to lead the department.
Rob Portman /
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 …
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
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
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 …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
All Base All the Time Fails to Deliver  —  One of the theories given for why pre-election polling underestimated President Trump's share of the vote was that pollsters failed to anticipate the huge surge in turnout among Trump's base.  One hypothesis is that these voters presented themselves …
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
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 …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden  —  General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump's lawsuit seeking to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.  —  WASHINGTON — General Motors abandoned President Trump's battle …
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 Gittleson / ABC News:
White House planning holiday parties indoors despite pandemic warnings  —  The gatherings contradict government advice as COVID-19 surges in the U.S.  —  Surgeon general discusses White House holiday party, vaccines  —  Dr. Jerome Adams explains the decision to have indoor Hannukah …
Surgeon General Adams: All Americans, even at the White House, should avoid large holiday gatherings
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
American Greatness:
Something Rotten in Pennsylvania  —  Americans deserve to know whether the most consequential state in the most consequential presidential race in modern history handled everything on the up-and-up.  Right now, it seems they didn't.  —  An October 29 story in the Philadelphia Inquirer reported …
Discussion: WITF, Reason and Bloomberg
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Todd Frankel / Washington Post:
A major Trump donor's company got a 3 percent government-backed pandemic loan. It sells title loans at a 350 percent annual rate.
NATO Secretary General spoke with U.S. President-elect Biden
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox's Janice Dean Trashes Gov. Cuomo in Emotional Tear Against His Emmy: ‘While He Accepts His Award,’ We Got ‘Caskets and Urns’
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company's Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups
Canceling Student Debt Would Backfire on Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Timmer / Michigan Advance:
Monday's state canvassers meeting could be a circus
Ryan Streeter / The Dispatch:
Trumpism Is More About Culture Than Economics
Discussion: USA Today and RedState
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
Antiracism Icon Robin DiAngelo Paid More Than Black Woman for Same Job
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper
Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Netanyahu Held Secret Meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, Israeli Media Reports