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7:00 PM ET, November 25, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump's Pardon of Flynn Signals Prospect of a Wave in His Final Weeks in Office  —  Political allies and associates are starting to press for clemency as the president also considers extending his criminal justice overhaul by commuting lengthy sentences for other offenders.
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Politico:
Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn  —  Outgoing President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday for lying to FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.  —  “It is my Great Honor to announce …
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Biden says he won't order an investigation of Trump, president's legal troubles remain
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.
New York Times:
Stock Trades by Senator Perdue Said to Have Prompted Justice Dept. Inquiry  —  Investigators focused on a sale of at least $1 million of stock in Cardlytics, a financial firm whose board the senator once sat on.  They closed the case this summer without charges.
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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Intellectualist
Alana Satlin / NBC News:
Trump calls into Pennsylvania hearing, rambles about voter fraud on speakerphone … President Donald Trump on Wednesday phoned into a Pennsylvania state Senate hearing where his legal team was appearing as part of their shriveling legal battle against the election results.
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CNBC:
Trump lawyer details far-fetched strategy to reverse Pennsylvania win for Biden  — A lawyer for President Donald Trump's campaign revealed that the campaign could be relying on pulling off a complicated — and possibly unprecedented — legal and legislative trick shot to undo President …
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump cancels trip to Pennsylvania GOP meeting on election irregularities, source says
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump invites Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers to White House after calling in to baseless voter fraud event
KUSA-TV:
After warnings to avoid travel, Denver Mayor Hancock flies to visit family for Thanksgiving  —  Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has told people to avoid travel in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is at record levels in the city.  —  DENVER — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock boarded …
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20  —  The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes.  Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads …
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Washington Post:
NRA reports alleged misspending by current and former executives to IRS  —  After years of denying allegations of lax financial oversight, the National Rifle Association has made a stunning declaration in a new tax filing: Current and former executives used the nonprofit group's money for personal benefit and enrichment.
Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:
“How Many of These People Are Just Batshit Crazy?”:  CNN's Jake Tapper on Politics and Media in the Trump Era  —  The network's chief Washington correspondent sees a world in which Trump's power diminishes, but may not disappear completely.  The real question, though, is how America contends …
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Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
State Senate committee to hold election hearing as Trump campaign touts ‘review’
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Alberta / Politico:
The Inside Story of Michigan's Fake Voter Fraud Scandal
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Pennsylvania Slams Judge's ‘Overreach’ in Certification Ruling  — Pittsburgh judge ordered a halt to certifying Biden's victory  — State says Republican judge trying to interfere in election  —  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and other state officials assailed a Pittsburgh judge …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall and WITF
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Alyssa Fowers / Washington Post:
A growing number of Americans are going hungry  —  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.
Discussion: Forbes, Common Dreams, The Week and The Hill
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project  —  The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”  —  The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, likely dealing a death blow to the long-disputed project.
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Huge court win lets Trump present ballot evidence, could overturn Nevada result  —  In its first court victory, a Nevada judge has agreed to let the Trump campaign present its evidence that fraud and illegalities plagued the state's election, enough to reverse Joe Biden's win and set an example for other state challenges.
New York Times:
C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia  —  The officer's combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region.  —  WASHINGTON — A veteran C.I.A. officer was killed in combat in Somalia in recent days, according to current and former U.S. officials …
Discussion: CNN and Foreign Affairs
Glenn Rifkin / New York Times:
Honestie Hodges, Whose Handcuffing Changed Police Policy, Is Dead at 14  —  Honestie's handcuffing by the police in Grand Rapids, Mich., caused a national uproar and led to a new law enforcement policy on dealing with youths.  Honestie died of Covid-19.
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.
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Who Really Runs The Drudge Report?  —  The Drudge Report has become a conformist shadow of its formerly bratty, oppositional self.  Why?
Dan Avery / NBC News:
Starbucks barista says she was fired for refusing to wear Pride shirt  —  A New Jersey woman has filed suit against Starbucks, claiming she was wrongfully terminated for refusing to wear an official company Pride T-shirt that she says violated her religious beliefs.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and LGBTQ Nation
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox News staffers thought Newsmax was a joke.  But they're not laughing anymore  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News is taking action to stave off newfound competition from Newsmax TV.  —  Producers on some Fox programs have been told to monitor Newsmax's guest bookings and throw some sand …
CNBC:
Joe Biden considers Roger Ferguson to lead National Economic Council, Gary Gensler for Deputy Treasury Secretary  — President-elect Joe Biden is considering TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson to be his National Economic Council director.  — Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman Gary Gensler …
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart  —  Two weeks ago, I staged a reluctant intervention via Instagram direct message.  The subject was a longtime friend, Josh, who had been sharing photos of himself and his fiancé occasionally dining indoors at restaurants since New York City …
Politico:
Biden leans toward Tom Donilon as CIA chief  —  President-elect Joe Biden is leaning toward naming former Obama administration national security adviser Tom Donilon as his CIA director, two people familiar with the situation said.  —  The choice for the spymaster role is one of the toughest facing Biden …
Discussion: Reason and CNN
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Joe Biden urges nation to ‘forgo family traditions’ on Thanksgiving  —  President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Americans not to gather with extended families for Thanksgiving, saying it was a “patriotic duty” to limit the spread of COVID-19.  —  Biden said during an at times campaign …
New York Times:
Congress Pays $850,000 to Muslim Aides Targeted in Inquiry Stoked by Trump  —  The House resolved wrongful termination claims by five Pakistani-American technology workers whose case was twisted into a right-wing conspiracy theory pushed by President Trump.  —  The House of Representatives …
Discussion: (We) Are The News
Mark Davis / Townhall:
Transition Yes, Concession No  —  The wheels of transition are beginning to turn as the machinery of President Trump's election challenges are grinding to an eventual halt.  So is a concession speech in the cards?  Don't bet on it.  And there are solid arguments against it.
Meghan Markle / 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.
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Republicans outspend Democrats in opening stretch of Georgia Senate runoffs
Discussion: Ad Age, CNN and The Daily Caller
Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Release the Vaccine  —  Trump Signs Off on Biden Receiving Intelligence Briefs
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
The New York Times is available to high school students and teachers across the United States — free.
Discussion: The Hill
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.
Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune:
North Dakota Supreme Court denies governor's legislative appointment
Jade Jackson / thv11.com:
Arkansas man receives racist letter about his Black Santa decorations
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Unemployment Claims Rose to 778,000 Last Week
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Eyes Israel Critic as White House Press Sec
Discussion: Sara A. Carter
New York Times:
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Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
North Korean Former Gymnast Fled To South Korea By Jumping Fence
USA Today:
Trump's concession speech, as if he'd actually give one
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
National Democrats' misguided re-embrace of gun control
Discussion: Althouse