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4:10 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 …
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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:
Biden, Harris to meet with mayors as Covid cases soar
Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Former GOP national security officials urge Trump to concede
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden transition names first Cabinet nominees
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Biden Transition Live Updates: 2 States Will Consider Certifying Election Results
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 …
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CNBC:
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.
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Biden names Janet Yellen treasury secretary, making her the first woman nominated for the post
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Slams Trump Legal Team: ‘They Promised Blockbuster Stuff and Then Nothing Happened’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is unimpressed by the efforts of President Donald Trump's legal team to advance his baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
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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.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why the Trump campaign's big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans
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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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?
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 …
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
Discussion: gpb.org and Washington Examiner
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
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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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 …
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
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 …
Axios:
Biden's dull-by-design plan  —  The most remarkable part of President-elect Biden's campaign and early picks for positions of true power is the unremarkable — and predictable — nature of his big moves.  —  Why it matters: Biden is obsessed with bringing stability and conventional sanity back to governance.
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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 …
CBS Pittsburgh:
COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Models Showing 22,000 Cases Per Day By December, Stay At Home Advisory Issued  —  HARRISBURG (KDKA) - The Wolf administration Monday announced new coronavirus mitigation efforts as modeling projects 22,000 daily coronavirus cases in the state come December.
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Dan Bongino Floats 2024 Presidential Bid If Trump Isn't On The Ballot: ‘I Will Consider Entering Politics Again’  —  Pro-Trump pundit Dan Bongino floated on his podcast Monday that he would consider running for president of the United States in 2024.  —  “I hate politics,” Bongino said.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Absurd ‘You Did It First’ Argument for Stealing the Election  —  Senator Kevin Cramer appeared on Meet the Press Sunday to deliver the freshest version of the Republican party line on President Trump's efforts to cancel the elections and reinstall himself in office.
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 …
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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Associated Press:
Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine
Discussion: The Hill
Donita Naylor / The Providence Journal:
One in four Rhode Islanders can't meet basic food needs, food bank's annual report says
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
What does Biden have in mind for Rahm Emanuel?
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Canceling Student Debt Would Backfire on Biden
Jeff Timmer / Michigan Advance:
Monday's state canvassers meeting could be a circus
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
Antiracism Icon Robin DiAngelo Paid More Than Black Woman for Same Job
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Power Line
Associated Press:
3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper
Politico:
Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map
Discussion: Raw Story