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11:55 AM ET, November 24, 2020

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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Why Newsmax Supports Trump's False Voter-Fraud Claims  —  Even as Fox News acknowledges that Joe Biden is the President-elect, Newsmax Media—a conservative multimedia company that includes a Web site and a television channel—has supported Donald Trump's claims of voter fraud …
New York Times:
Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth  —  Employees and executives are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company's bottom line.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the tense days after the presidential election …
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘People are pissed’: Tensions rise amid scramble for Biden jobs  —  In late 2008, during the transition from George W. Bush to Barack Obama, there was a mantra that took hold among Washington insiders: Obama won the election but Hillary won the transition.  —  The most loyal denizens …
Discussion: The Week
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John F. Harris / Politico:   Joe Biden's Team of Careerists
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Not Hugging It Out: Schumer Boots Feinstein From Judiciary Leadership  —  So much for comity, eh?  Progressives put a target on Dianne Feinstein's back from the moment she embraced Lindsey Graham at the end of Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing.
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Zoë Richards / Talking Points Memo:
Graham Warns Of ‘Trifecta From Hell’ If Dems Win Georgia Runoffs  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) continued hustling Fox News viewers for money on Monday night, urging them to donate to GOP campaigns in Georgia to avoid what he called a “trifecta from hell.”
Politico:
Dianne Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel
New York Post:
David Dinkins, NYC's first black mayor, dead at 93  —  David Dinkins, who was elected New York City's first black mayor in 1989 and famously referred to the nation's largest metropolis as a “gorgeous mosaic,” died Monday night at his home, sources told The Post.  —  He was 93 years old.
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Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
A ‘trend of more failing’: Online school has sent F's spiking by 83 percent in Virginia's largest school system  —  Online learning is causing a serious drop in academic achievement in Virginia's largest school system, according to a Fairfax County Public Schools study, and the most vulnerable students …
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Mike Allen / Axios:
Charles Koch: I “screwed up”  —  In his first on-camera interview in four years, Charles Koch told “Axios on HBO” that he “screwed up by being partisan,” rather than approaching his network's big-spending political action in a more nonpartisan way.  —  Why it matters: Koch …
Discussion: Forbes and Crooks and Liars
The Daily Beast:
A Fox News Host Got COVID, and Staffers Say They Were Never Told  —  COVID-CARELESS … The ‘Fox & Friends First’ co-host's coronavirus case demonstrates the network's cavalier attitude towards the virus, staffers said.  —  Fox News' apparent split personality—a more polite term here than …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Polling Shows Why Trump Will Retain His Bully Pulpit With the GOP Base Even After He Leaves Office  —  GOP voters see the president — not his allies in Congress — as their champion, and most would back him in 2024  — 68% of Republicans say Trump is more in touch with the party's rank and file than congressional Republicans.
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USA Today:
‘Almost impossible’: As education divide deepens, Democrats fear a demographic problem for future power
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Jaime Harrison: “We have to transform the Democratic Party”  —  Jaime Harrison, who lost his bid to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) after raising record-breaking amounts of money, told CNN on Tuesday that he is open to working with the Biden administration in any capacity, including chairing the Democratic National Committee.
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
After senate run, Harrison launching PAC to boost Democrats
Discussion: The Hill and Post and Courier
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
DOD Statement on Transition Activities  —  The Department has received notice that pursuant to the Presidential Transition Act, the GSA Administrator is making certain post-election resources and services available to the Biden-Harris Transition Team.  This evening, DOD has been contacted …
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New York Times:
Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden
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Politico:
Biden's choice for secretary of Defense still in flux  —  President-elect Joe Biden's transition team unveiled his picks for top national security positions on Monday.  But one post was notably absent from the list: secretary of Defense.  —  Biden-watchers and national security veterans saw …
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Foreign Policy:
Biden's Likely Defense Secretary Pick Flournoy Faces Progressive Pushback
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Obama the pretender  —  As a socialist, I have a confession to make: Back in 2008, I was a campaign volunteer for Barack Obama.  I supported him over Hillary Clinton in that year's Democratic primary for the obvious reason — she had supported the Iraq War, and he had not …
Penny Starr / Breitbart:
Poll: 79% of Trump Voters Believe ‘Election Was Stolen Through Illegal Voting and Fraud’  —  Politico conducted its 2020 Voter Priorities Survey and results show that a vast majority of Trump voters believe the election results are not valid and that illegal voting and fraud took place during the election.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's national security adviser floats a 2024 bid with friends  —  No national security adviser has ever run for president.  Few people outside of Washington policy circles even know who the White House's national security adviser is at any given moment.  —  Yet Robert O'Brien …
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
Since Election Day, a Lot of Tweeting and Not Much Else for Trump  —  In the three weeks since Election Day, President Trump's most visible presence has been on Twitter.  Since Nov. 3, he has posted some 550 tweets — about three-quarters of which attempted to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election results.
Ashish Jha / New York Times:
Why Is Congress Still Discussing Hydroxychloroquine?  —  There is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine helps Covid-19 patients.  So why is Congress still holding hearings on it?  —  Dr. Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, testified at a Senate hearing last week about hydroxychloroquine.
Discussion: Raw Story
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Want to understand Biden voters?  Here's your reading list.  —  Who are they and what drove them to vote in such huge numbers, even during a pandemic?  What makes them tick?  Is it culture?  Tribalism?  Race?  How did they come to their worldview, and why do they cling to it so passionately?
Discussion: NPR
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
A new model projects Covid-19 cases in the US will nearly double over the next two months  —  (CNN)Covid-19 is running unabated across almost every American community, and one model projects it will take the country just under two months to reach a staggering 20 million cases.
Discussion: CBS Boston
Federation Of American Scientists:
2020 Declassification Deadline Remains in Force  —  Classified records that turn 25 years old this year will be automatically declassified on December 31 — despite requests from agencies to extend the deadline due to the pandemic — unless the records are reviewed and specifically found to be subject to an authorized exemption.
Philip Allen Lacovara / Washington Post:
Yes, the Biden administration should hold Trump accountable  —  Philip Allen Lacovara, a former president of the D.C. Bar, served as counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor.  —  After the final tumultuous months of the Nixon presidency, Gerald R. Ford decided to end the “long national nightmare” …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
San Francisco officer is charged with on-duty homicide.  The DA says it's a first  —  (CNN)A former San Francisco Police officer was charged with homicide Monday in connection with a 2017 on-duty shooting.  The city's district attorney's office said in a news release that it believes …
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and CBS News
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Congressman seeks to have Rudolph Giuliani disbarred over attempts to overturn election  —  In the three weeks since Election Day, Rudolph W. Giuliani has waged a prodigiously unsuccessful legal fight on behalf of President Trump's campaign to overturn the election results.
Discussion: Political Wire and TheBlaze
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Beyond an embarrassment,’ legal experts say of Trump and Giuliani's floundering efforts in court  —  Rudy Giuliani was brought in to lead an “elite strike force” of lawyers to guide President Donald Trump's legal challenges to the 2020 election, but their efforts have been “dysfunctional” …
Associated Press:
Newly elected Rep. Boebert asks about carrying a gun on Capitol grounds  —  WASHINGTON — A firearms-toting congresswoman-elect who owns a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, has already asked Capitol Police about carrying her weapon on Capitol grounds, her office has acknowledged.
 
 
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Yes, the election was rigged for Joe Biden. Here's how
Discussion: HotAir
Mosaic Magazine:
What Saudi Arabia Is Thinking
Discussion: UPI
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden forges ahead with building team after Trump clears way for transition
John Murawski / RealClearInvestigations:
Post-George Floyd, a Wave of ‘Anti-Racist’ Teaching Sweeps K-12 Schools Targeting ‘Whiteness’
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Laura Ingraham says that Biden will be president: ‘This constitutes living in reality’
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: COVID Thanksgiving
Discussion: Associated Press
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Low interest rates are a curse — we need massive fiscal imprudence
The Daily Beast:
Ivanka's BFF: Trump Gave Kids' Friends Supermodel Nicknames
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
'He's irreplaceable': 21-year-old leader of Breonna Taylor protests killed in shooting, family says
Discussion: TheGrio
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'We're in the foxhole together': House Democrats reckon with a diminished majority
Discussion: Power Line
Dr. Scott Atlas / The Stanford Review:
Dr. Scott Atlas Responds to the Stanford Faculty Senate Resolution