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5:05 PM ET, November 24, 2020

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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 …
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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
What Facebook Fed the Baby Boomers  —  Many Americans' feeds are nightmares.  I know because I spent weeks living inside two of them.  —  Opinion writer at large.  —  In mid-October I asked two people I'd never met to give me their Facebook account passwords for three weeks leading up to and after Election Day.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
YouTube temporarily suspends, demonetizes OANN  —  YouTube has barred One America News Network from posting new videos for a week and stripped it of its ability to make money off existing content after the Trump-friendly channel uploaded a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi tells Axios.
Bloomberg:
Trump Emerges to Tout Stock Gains Driven by Biden Transition  — President makes only fifth public appearance since election  — Trump administration agreed Monday to begin Biden transition  —  President Donald Trump celebrated stock market gains and progress toward coronavirus vaccines …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The disloyal markets have improved more since this year's election than they did in 2016
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 …
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Mnuchin Plans to Put $455 Billion Beyond Yellen's Easy Reach  — Biden Treasury pick Yellen left with smaller lending backstop  — Mnuchin urged Congress to use unspent money to help economy  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will put $455 billion in unspent Cares Act funding …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Roger Stone-Tied Group Threatens GOP: If Trump Goes Down, So Does Your Senate Majority  —  BURN IT DOWN  —  The group becomes the latest in a growing list of Trump backers who are encouraging people to either not vote in the runoffs or write in the president's name.
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Brittany De Lea / Fox News:
US should encourage China's rise, Biden national security pick Jake Sullivan says
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: NEW: What Paul Ryan is saying about Biden and Trump  —  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP appeared in the briefing room for a minute or so around 12:30 p.m. to congratulate the American people on the stock market breaking 30,000.  He did not take a single question.
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Redfield projects COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out by ‘end of the second week in December’  —  CDC director tells Fox News vaccine will be distributed ‘in a hierarchical way’ starting with nursing home residents  —  CDC head: COVID driven by ‘silent epidemic’ of asymptomatic infections
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Christina Maxouris / CNN:
A new model projects Covid-19 cases in the US will nearly double over the next two months
Discussion: Mercury News
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 …
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” …
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Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
On day five of election recounts in Milwaukee, all observers were given poop emoji wristbands from Wisconsin Center staff  —  Each day of the recount seems to bring some new controversy.  —  And on Tuesday morning, the controversy briefly turned to poop — or more specifically …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
The Intercept:
Congress Has the Power to Override Supreme Court Rulings.  Here's How.  —  From, 1979 until her retirement in 1998, Lilly Ledbetter worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber's plant in Gadsden, Alabama.  Once she had left the job, she learned a disturbing fact.  When Ledbetter had started …
Wall Street Journal:
Rural Americans Stopped Staying In.  Then Covid-19 Hit.  —  Coronavirus cases rise to record highs and hospitalizations surge as people return to some semblance of normality  —  The coronavirus is resurging across the U.S. But it's hitting hardest in rural places, where people …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump has set a hidden trap for Biden.  It could do great damage.  —  From beginning to end, Joe Biden's campaign focused heavily on President Trump's encouragement of white supremacy.  His campaign launch video was all about Trump's refusal to unambiguously condemn racist violence.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Alex Heath / The Information:
Facebook Researchers Found Its ‘Political Whitelist’ Influenced Misinformation Spread  —  During a September 2019 speech in Washington, D.C., Facebook's global policy and communications chief Nick Clegg gave an ardent defense of the company's policy to not fact-check politicians …
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
CDC Finalizing Recommendation to Shorten Covid-19 Quarantines  —  Agency is considering shortening the advised quarantine time to between seven and 10 days  —  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon shorten the length of time it recommends that a person self-quarantine …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Every Day Trump Repeatedly Emails His Supporters a Dangerous Message: Democracy Doesn't Work  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  I've heard from Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Lara Trump.
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
As he ignores election defeat, Trump pardons turkey  —  This is the president's fourth year taking part in the traditional event.  —  Presidential turkey pardons through the years  —  In a longstanding tradition, presidents pardon Thanksgiving turkeys.  —  Drew Angerer/Getty Images, FILE
Discussion: The Hill, Politico, RedState and IJR
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden's former chief of staff  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a “deficit hawk.”
Discussion: NBC News, NPR and Grist
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 …
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
SPECIAL REPORT: The Stealing of the Presidency, 2020  —  Text to Speech Font Size  —  The left-wing news media didn't just poison the information environment with their incessantly negative coverage of President Trump going into the 2020 election.  They also refused to give airtime …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Nearly a sixth of the Senate Republican caucus has tested positive for coronavirus  —  Since the novel coronavirus emerged in the United States, more than 12.5 million Americans have been confirmed to have been infected by it.  The actual number is unquestionably far higher than that …
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Biden Weighs Mike Morell as His CIA Chief.  A Key Dem Senator Says Don't Bother.  —  Sources say Morell is a leading candidate to be Biden's CIA director.  But his defenses of the agency's torture and drone strikes are already drawing progressive opposition.
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” …
NBC News:
Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes hit record high … The latest surge of coronavirus cases is fueling a record number of nursing home outbreaks, as the virus is spreading quickly inside long-term care facilities in the Midwest and the Great Plains while also re-emerging in facilities swamped by the first wave of the virus.
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson distance themselves from Trump  —  Rush Limbaugh also distances himself from president's efforts to overturn his election defeat by Joe Biden  —  Donald Trump continued to gravitate towards his new rightwing media allies at TV channels …
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Yes, the election was rigged for Joe Biden.  Here's how  —  How Democrats, Big Tech and the mainstream media waged an unfair fight in 2020  —  Tucker: Dems used the power of Big Tech to win presidential election  —  You've heard a lot over the past few days about the security of our electronic voting machines.
Discussion: HotAir
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case  —  Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths but also angering critics …
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet:
USS John S. McCain conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation  —  PETER THE GREAT BAY - On Nov. 24 (local time) USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan.  This freedom of navigation operation ("FONOP") …
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.
 
 
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Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Thanksgiving could make or break US coronavirus response
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Evidence Builds That an Early Mutation Made the Pandemic Harder to Stop
Discussion: HotAir
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Even ‘Birther’ Orly Taitz Isn't Sure About Trump Lawyer's Claim He ‘Won In A Landslide’
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Invited His Mother for Thanksgiving. New Yorkers Noticed.
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's national security adviser floats a 2024 bid with friends
Discussion: New York Post
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Want to understand Biden voters? Here's your reading list.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
The Daily Beast:
A Fox News Host Got COVID, and Staffers Say They Were Never Told
Discussion: TVNewser and Raw Story
New York Post:
David Dinkins, NYC's first black mayor, dead at 93