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7:00 AM ET, November 24, 2020


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The Daily Beast:
An OAN Host Has Been Helping Rudy With Trump's Legal Efforts  —  Cable-news host Christina Bobb, a lawyer by trade, is actively working with Trump's counsel as it seeks to overturn the 2020 election. … As it seeks to overturn the election results and keep President-elect Joe Biden from assuming power …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump fears Giuliani, other lawyers in Biden vote challenge are ‘fools that are making him look bad’  — President Donald Trump is worried his campaign's legal team, led by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is composed of “fools that are making him look bad,” NBC News reported.
Trump's bizarro-world ‘elite strike force’ legal challenge is about to implode  —  Analyst on if electors can vote against their state's popular vote  —  Elie Honig is a CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion on CNN.
NBC News:
Behind the scenes, Trump frustrated with his legal team's maneuvers
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 …
New York Times:
Biden Will Nominate First Women to Lead Treasury and Intelligence, and First Latino to Run Homeland Security
Yun Li / CNBC:
Dow futures rise 200 points as Trump administration begins transition process
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.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
David N. Dinkins, New York's First Black Mayor, Dies at 93  —  Mr. Dinkins, who served in the early 1990s, was seen as a compromise selection for voters weary of racial unrest, crime and fiscal turmoil, and proved to be an able caretaker rather than a bold innovator.
Discussion: Business Insider, TheGrio and The Root
First on CNN: Key government agency acknowledges Biden's win and begins formal transition  —  (CNN)The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump administration officially authorizes Biden transition  —  After weeks of delay, the head of the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the official governmental transition process has been approved.  —  GSA Administrator Emily Murphy …
New York Times:
Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden
Foreign Policy:
Biden's Likely Defense Secretary Pick Flournoy Faces Progressive Pushback  —  From concerns about ties to defense contractors to worries about forever wars, at least one of the president-elect's potential nominees is raising hackles.  —  the Biden transition
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Dianne Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, after facing blowback from progressives for her handling of Amy Coney Barrett's contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Dr. Scott Atlas / The Stanford Review:
Dr. Scott Atlas Responds to the Stanford Faculty Senate Resolution  —  I was disappointed to learn that the Faculty Senate of Stanford University on November 19, 2020 adopted a resolution criticizing my work for the United States government.  We all wish to guide our nation through this pandemic …
Detroit News:
Michigan board certifies Nov. 3 election, cementing Biden victory  —  Lansing — The Michigan board in charge of certifying election results cast a pivotal vote Monday to validate the state's tallies, cementing Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory despite unproven claims of fraud levied by Republican President Donald Trump.
Washington Post:
Trump relents on transition as Republicans join mounting calls for him to acknowledge Biden's win
ABC News:
Secret Service members asked about protecting soon-to-be-former president Trump full time in Florida: Sources  —  Agents in Trump's detail have been asked about relocating to West Palm Beach.  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tells Trump to concede  —  As Michigan state officials decide …
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Small Gatherings Spread the Virus, but Are They Causing the Surge?  —  Yes, the coronavirus can be transmitted over cocktails and dinners.  But these get-togethers may not account for the huge rise in cases.  —  As states struggle to contain the resurgent coronavirus …
Discussion: Axios
Jillian Scheinfeld / The Dandy:
Highly Qualified: What Does Liberalism Even Mean Anymore?  —  We recently listened to The Genuinely Interested podcast you spoke on.  You guys speak about the “woke” narrative and how it is posed as empathizing with minorities, but data shows that despite Trump's racist comments, minority votes for Trump in this election increased.
Discussion: Instapundit
POLITICO Playbook: The revenge of the careerists  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SEC. OF STATE NOMINEE ANTONY BLINKEN: Harvard, Columbia Law, NSC, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations, VP's office.  —  TREASURY NOMINEE JANET YELLEN: Brown, Yale, Fed, White House CEA chair.
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘People are pissed’: Tensions rise amid scramble for Biden jobs  —  Veterans of the Democratic primary campaign fear they're being squeezed out of plum posts by later arrivals.  —  President-elect Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting with the National Governors Association's executive committee on Nov. 19, 2020.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Meghan Schiller / CBS Pittsburgh:
COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Models Showing 22,000 Cases Per Day By December, Stay At Home Advisory Issued  —  Restaurants and bars are also ordered to suspend alcohol sales from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday to curb the virus' spread during the “biggest day for drinking.”
New York Times:
What Donald Trump Liked About Being President  —  He preferred the parts of the job that combined pomp, splendor and a world amenable to his decisions.  In other words, he always seemed to genuinely enjoy pardoning turkeys.  —  In November 2018, after a vote that did not matter enough …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Controversial gun advocate hired by Justice Department last month  —  The Justice Department has hired an economist known for provocative research claiming that communities can reduce crime by allowing widespread gun ownership and implementing policies making it easier to carry a gun in public.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Biden's Cabinet: The Return of the Blob  —  Stubborn Facts Facing Biden on Iran  —  Memo to Raphael Warnock: Hundreds of U.S. Chaplains Have Been Killed in the Line of Duty  —  Bring Our Troops Home — the Right Way  —  Biden wants Antony Blinken — an establishment favorite who has been wrong …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
'We're in the foxhole together': House Democrats reckon with a diminished majority  —  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, during his two decades as a senior Democratic vote-counter, has often preached to his fractious caucus about what he calls the “psychology of consensus.”
Discussion: Power Line
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania counties certify election results despite isolated pushback from Trump allies  —  Pennsylvania counties rushed Monday to certify results from the Nov. 3 election, even as President Donald Trump and his Republican allies continued to press their increasingly long-shot effort …
USA Today:
'He's irreplaceable': 21-year-old leader of Breonna Taylor protests killed in shooting, family says  —  Bailey Loosemore Hayes Gardner Lucas AulbachLouisville Courier Journal  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A young protest leader known for his energy and optimism amid Louisville's movement …
Discussion: TheGrio
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Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
Biden's Sleepily Reassuring Appointments
Discussion: Washington Post
Dem divide over Confederate bases threatens massive defense bill
Discussion: Roll Call
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
How Misinformation ‘Superspreaders’ Seed False Election Theories
Sharyl Attkisson / RealClearBooks:
The New “Woke” Times  —  If there were any hope that the cacophony of high-profile embarrassments …
Discussion: Instapundit
ABC News:
Trump campaign loses 5 more cases in Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
GOP House candidate's lead shrinks as Iowa recount continues
Discussion: HotAir and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
J.B. Shurk / The Federalist:
5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms
Discussion: USA Today and American Thinker
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Says He Needs More Clarity on Winner of U.S. Presidential Vote
Discussion: Business Insider, The Week and HotAir
Just Security:
On Accountability and the Next Presidency, Starting With the Cabinet
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Vox
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Dan Bongino Floats 2024 Presidential Bid If Trump Isn't On The Ballot: ‘I Will Consider Entering Politics Again’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
What does Biden have in mind for Rahm Emanuel?
Discussion: Washington Post
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden