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Axios:
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.
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CNN:
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.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Penguin Random House Parent Near Deal to Buy Simon & Schuster From ViacomCBS
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.
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 and CNN
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: NEW: What Paul Ryan is saying about Biden and Trump
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell still mum on Biden's win as Trump administration begins transition
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.”
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.
Wall Street Journal:
After Setbacks, Trump Looks Beyond Legal Fight  —  Publicly, president says he will ‘never concede.’ Privately, he is focused on his political future as Biden transition moves forward.  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump has publicly vowed to keep up the fight to overturn the election.
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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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Francesca Paris / The Berkshire Eagle:
Williams prof disavows own finding of mishandled GOP ballots  —  Don't miss the big stories.  Like us on Facebook.  —  A Williams College professor has apologized for a “lack of clarity and due diligence” after his statistical analysis of Pennsylvania mail-in votes was used by conservative lawmakers …
Discussion: CNBC, RedState and TheBlaze
Travis Fossing / KCLO-TV:
Krabbenhoft, Sanford part ways, health organization says  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Kelby Krabbenhoft and Sanford Health have agreed to part ways, Sanford announced in a news release at about 5:45 p.m. today.  —  Bill Gassen will replace Krabbenhoft as the president and chief executive officer of Sanford effective immediately.
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.
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
JNS.org:
Incoming senior Biden staffer justified suicide bombers during Second Intifada  —  In 2002, Reema Dodin, then a student at the University of California, Berkeley, spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that “suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people.”
CNN:
Here's how Trump's transition blockade finally ended  —  (CNN)Two weeks after Joe Biden was projected to win the presidential election, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy was finally prepared to stop stalling the transition.  —  It was Friday, November 20.
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
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Joe Biden is reviving all of his past failures — and it won't stop  —  Psst, an occasionally reliable source tells me Joe Biden has settled on a motto for his administration.  It's going to be “The Way We Were.”  —  Just before he announced the first members of his team, the next president was heard singing in his Delaware basement,
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Trump Stress-Tested the Election System, and the Cracks Showed  —  Even in the absence of a questionable outcome or any evidence of fraud, President Trump managed to freeze the passage of power for most of a month.  —  As President Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election have steadily disintegrated …
Politico:
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 Joe Biden's health secretary.  —  New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has emerged as one of the top picks to be Biden's health secretary.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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 …
 
 
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