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10:35 PM ET, November 25, 2020

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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Perdue Insisted He Had No Input At All On Stock Buys. New Evidence Shows He Did.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Associated Press:
With US in COVID-19 panic, Sen. Perdue saw stock opportunity
Discussion: Mediaite and The Intellectualist
Washington Post:
Trump wages war on our country and the rule of law one last time  —  In a move no less appalling for it being no surprise, President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, his disgraced former national security adviser.  Add him to the rogue's gallery — among them Joe Arpaio, Dinesh D'Souza …
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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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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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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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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
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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.
Politico:
Brian Deese likely pick for top White House economic post  —  President-elect Joe Biden is leaning towards naming former senior Obama administration official and current investment executive Brian Deese his top economic adviser in the White House, although pushback from the progressive wing …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Trump not inviting Biden to White House creates second-longest period after election without transition meeting
Discussion: ABC News and National Review
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 …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Governor of Wyoming tests COVID-19 positive  —  Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced on Wednesday, a day before Thanksgiving.  —  His office said in a statement the governor has minor symptoms and plans to work remotely, according to CBS News.
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Jordan Freiman / CBS News:
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon tests positive for coronavirus
Katherine J. Wu / New York Times:
Covid Combat Fatigue: Doctors and Nurses Are Running on Empty  —  Doctors and nurses on the front lines are running on empty, under increasing duress as the pandemic surges and hospitals are overrun with patients.  —  About 2 a.m. on a sweltering summer night, Dr. Orlando Garner awoke …
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?
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.
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
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Unemployment Claims Rose to 778,000 Last Week  —  Worker filings for jobless benefits are down sharply from a peak of nearly seven million in late March  —  Jobless claims rose for the second straight week, to 778,000, a sign the nationwide surge in virus cases was starting to weigh on the labor-market recovery.
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and The Week
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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: Reuters and Reason
Axios:
Trump agency head who often skips mask tests positive for coronavirus  —  The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.
Discussion: The Hill
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: LGBTQ Nation and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
As Americans prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the world watches with dread and disbelief  —  Foreign observers are watching with trepidation — and at times disbelief — as coronavirus cases surge across the United States, and scores of Americans are choosing to follow through with plans …
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald and Politico
Foreign Policy:
Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board  —  It's unclear why the Trump administration waited until its final months to shake up the influential group of outside experts advising top Pentagon leaders.  —  Several members of the top federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department …
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.
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Mattis failed to disclose his role with global consultant tied to China in bombshell column  —  A media-celebrated Foreign Affairs column this week by former Defense Secretary James Mattis blasting President Trump's “America First” theme did not disclose that Mr. Mattis holds a senior position …
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.
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Kentucky coffee shop loses license over defying coronavirus order  —  The Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) on Wednesday issued an emergency license suspension for a coffee shop after it refused to close down for violating COVID-19 restrictions.  —  Lexington coffee shop Brewed …
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Democrats would have won bigger if they'd knocked on more doors  —  The pandemic shut down canvassing, but only for one side.  —  When Democrats went to sleep on Nov. 2, they dreamed of a massive blue wave that would put an end to the Trump presidency, retake the Senate and put a dent …
 
 
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Politico:
Wanted: Biden congressional allies
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Washington Post:
Trump, Carson tout covid-19 treatments as lifesavers. But regular people find them harder to get.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Donna Lovell / Stanford News:
Trailblazing economist and presidential adviser Edward Lazear dies at 72
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
CNBC:
Joe Biden considers Roger Ferguson to lead National Economic Council, Gary Gensler for Deputy Treasury Secretary
New York Times:
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Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.
Geoff Pender / Mississippi Today:
Rep. Steven Palazzo ethics investigation: Is the congressman's campaign account a slush fund?
Discussion: Politico
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart
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
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Eyes Israel Critic as White House Press Sec
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran