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9:55 AM ET, November 25, 2020


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Brad Raffensperger / USA Today:
Georgia secretary of state: My family voted for Trump.  He threw us under the bus anyway.  —  I have fought to uphold the integrity of elections in Georgia.  It doesn't matter if the attacks come from the guy I voted for or not.  —  The past few weeks have been difficult for the voters of the Peach State.
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Mediaite
Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn  —  President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.
Pardon for Michael Flynn under discussion at the White House  —  (CNN)The White House has discussed a possible pardon for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, and others, three sources told CNN on Tuesday.  —  However, those sources cautioned that Trump …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Political Wire
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Is Said to Plan Pardon of Flynn  —  Michael T. Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, twice pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I.  —  President Trump has told aides that he plans to issue a pardon to his former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Tim Alberta / Politico:
The Inside Story of Michigan's Fake Voter Fraud Scandal  —  After five years spent bullying the Republican Party into submission, President Donald Trump finally met his match in Aaron Van Langevelde.  —  Who?  —  That's right.  In the end, it wasn't a senator or a judge or a general who stood up to the leader of the free world.
Associated Press:
With US in COVID-19 panic, Sen. Perdue saw stock opportunity  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low.
Manisha Krishnan / VICE:
Penguin Random House Staff Confront Publisher About New Jordan Peterson Book  —  During a tense town hall, staff cried and expressed dismay with the publishing giant's decision to publish ‘Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.’  —  Several Penguin Random House Canada employees confronted management …
Wall Street Journal:
Penguin Random House Parent Near Deal to Buy Simon & Schuster From ViacomCBS
Donald Trump / USA Today:
Trump's concession speech, as if he'd actually give one  —  Here is a parody of Trump's concession speech if he decides he's had enough presidenting.  —  Sexual objects and gentlemen, Diamond, Silk, and distinguished guesses:  —  I want to thank myself for being here.
Glenn Rifkin / New York Times:
Honestie Hodges, Handcuffed by the Police at 11, Is Dead at 14  —  The incident caused a national uproar and soul-searching in the Grand Rapids, Mich., police department.  Honestie died of Covid-19. … Honestie Hodges, who was handcuffed by the police outside her home in Grand Rapids …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran  —  The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Fox paid seven figures to settle lawsuit over bogus Seth Rich conspiracy story  —  WASHINGTON — Just as star anchor Sean Hannity and other high-profile Fox News figures were due to be deposed about their promotion of a bogus conspiracy theory about the death of former Democratic National …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Media have no intention of being tough on Biden presidency  —  Establishment journalists and commentators have no intention of covering the incoming Biden administration as vigorously and combatively as they covered the Trump White House.  —  Don't take my word for it.
Wall Street Journal:
After Setbacks, Trump Looks Beyond Legal Fight
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump is expected to join Giuliani at Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers' voter fraud event  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is expected to join his attorney Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, where Republican state lawmakers are holding a “hearing” on allegations of fraud …
Alyssa Fowers / Washington Post:
Andrew Van Dam and By Andrew Van Dam  —  Graphics reporter focusing on data visualization and analysis  —  It was 5 a.m., not a hint of sun in the Houston sky, as Randy Young and his mom pulled into the line for a free Thanksgiving meal.  They were three hours early.
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Jonathan Swan on migrating to the Biden beat … Jonathan Swan, the star national political correspondent at Axios, has built a reputation as one of the most enterprising and deeply sourced reporters covering the White House.  But for a brief period over the summer, his exasperated visage …
Discussion: Business Insider
Meghan / New York Times:
The Losses We Share  —  Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK?  —  The writer is a mother, feminist and advocate.  —  It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast.  Feed the dogs.  Take vitamins.  Find that missing sock.
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
‘Fantasy world’: Pompeo knocks Biden administration picks as out of touch on foreign policy  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday criticized members of President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration, saying they've lived in a “fantasy world” and “led from behind.”
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
National Democrats' misguided re-embrace of gun control  —  It costs votes and doesn't produce any gun control  —  Merry Thanksgiving Eve!  —  Hope everyone manages to have a fun and safe holiday tomorrow.  —  My plan was to keep things pretty wonkish this week and then stir the pot next week, but I couldn't resist.
Discussion: Althouse
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Biden Promises Bill Providing Pathway to Citizenship for 11 Million Illegal Immigrants in First 100 Days  —  Joe Biden vowed on Tuesday to send a bill to the Senate that would set up a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.  —  The president-elect's team has already indicated …
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Texts: US census manager told counters to use fake answers  —  The texts from an Alabama census supervisor had an urgent tone.  “THIS JUST IN ...,” one of them began.  It then laid out how census takers should fake data to mark households as having only one resident even if they had no idea how many people actually lived there.
POLITICO Playbook PM: NEW: What Paul Ryan is saying about Biden and Trump
New York Times:
A Detailed Map of Where Americans Are Staying Home for Thanksgiving  —  Public health officials have been pleading with Americans to stay home this year for Thanksgiving.  And, despite busy airports this past weekend, most people plan to follow their advice, according to a huge survey asking Americans about their holiday plans.
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
North Korean Former Gymnast Fled To South Korea By Jumping Fence  —  A North Korean man seeking to escape his homeland took a nearly 10-foot leap of faith earlier this month.  The jump, which occurred under — or more accurately over — the noses of soldiers, brought him to safety in South Korea …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
McConnell's Newest Judge Is Seriously ‘Not Qualified’—and Dangerous  —  Eight years after graduating law school, she just got approved for a lifetime appointment by a lame-duck Senate.  —  BEAST INSIDE … Attorney Kathryn Kimball Mizelle just landed a lifetime seat on the federal court at age 33.
Discussion: Raw Story
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black female senator, eyes interior secretary post  —  While she would be an unconventional pick, Moseley Braun served with Joe Biden and campaigned for him this year  —  Former senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), an early supporter of Joe Biden's bid for the presidency …
Discussion: The Hill
Maggie Fox / CNN:
CDC director cites this website to back in-school learning.  Its designer calls that ‘bananas’  —  NYT: WH pressured CDC to downplay risks of reopening schools  —  (CNN)A Brown University economics professor said she is surprised to hear the director of the US Centers for Disease Control …
Discussion: Eschaton
Cassandra Fairbanks / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: Ballot Count Upload Error in Arizona — Over 6,000 False Biden Votes Discovered  —  Joe Biden's lead in Arizona dropped from 10,377 votes to 4,202 after a machine error was discovered on Tuesday.  —  The error was from a faulty upload from Greenlee County, which showed 22,110 votes — but should have been 3,723.
Discussion: Townhall
Biden eyes New Mexico governor, Obama surgeon general for health secretary  —  New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have emerged as top contenders to be President-elect Joe Biden's health secretary, with Hispanic advocacy groups making a strong push for Lujan Grisham.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Richard McGregor / Financial Times:
China sends a message with Australian crackdown  —  Pressure by Beijing offers a glimpse of the road map for a more illiberal order  —  The author is a senior fellow with the Lowy Institute  —  For a glimpse of the future in a world dominated by China, a good starting point is Australia.
Jon Miltimore / Foundation for Economic Education:
Lockdowns Not Linked With Lower COVID Death Rates, New Study Finds  —  The researchers found that the criteria most associated with a high death rate was life expectancy, though higher COVID death rates were also observed in certain geographic regions.  —  Many US states and countries around …
John Moritz / Arkansas Online:
Arkansas Supreme Court invalidates Democratic candidate, GOP declares victory  —  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Democrat Jimmie Wilson is ineligible to serve in the state Legislature due to decades-old misdemeanor convictions in federal court, wiping out Wilson's victory …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Jake Sullivan Trashed Trump's Israel Policy In Interview With Chinese Propaganda Outlet  —  Jake Sullivan, the incoming national security adviser, criticized President Donald Trump's policies related to the Middle East during an interview in late 2017 with CGTN, a Beijing-based media outlet controlled by the Chinese government.
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Liam Stack / New York Times:
$15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests  —  “This was amazingly irresponsible,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  —  Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate a wedding inside a cavernous hall in Brooklyn's Williamsburg …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
William Adkins / Politico:
Global terror-related deaths at a five-year low, says report  —  Though Western countries have experienced the highest levels of terror deaths since the 1970s.  —  The global number of deaths relating to terrorism has fallen by 59 percent since 2014, according to findings by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
Discussion: PR Newswire
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Karl Baker / USA Today:
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