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2:40 PM ET, November 25, 2020

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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.
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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
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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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Racing to Bring Back Firing-Squad Executions Before He Leaves Office, Says Report  —  ALL GUNS BLAZING  —  There have been many predictions—from instigating nuclear war to pardoning Joe Exotic—about what President Donald Trump might do during his final months in office, but it's fair to say few people guessed this.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump's trip to join Giuliani at Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers' baseless voter fraud event is cancelled  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's planned trip to join his attorney Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday has been cancelled, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign Wants Giuliani to Argue Pennsylvania Appeal
Discussion: Raw Story
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Trump plans to attend GOP election hearing with Giuliani in Gettysburg
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.
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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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Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Biden says he won't order an investigation of Trump, president's legal troubles remain
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and Newsbusters
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.
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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.
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.
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Trump's Embarrassingly Bad Legal Case in Pennsylvania  —  No wonder his campaign kept swapping out its lawyers.  —  On Saturday, a federal district court judge issued a blistering dismissal of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Kathy Boockvar.  The opinion is a lesson in elementary lawyering …
KUSA-TV:
After warnings to avoid travel, Denver Mayor Hancock flies to visit family for Thanksgiving  —  Denver Mayor Michael 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
North Korean Former Gymnast Fled To South Korea By Jumping Fence  —  A North Korean man seeking to escape his homeland took a nearly 10-foot leap of faith earlier this month.  The jump, which occurred under — or more accurately over — the noses of soldiers, brought him to safety in South Korea …
Discussion: New York Post
Lauren Leatherby / New York Times:
A U.S. Record: Two Million New Virus Cases in Two Weeks  —  For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak hit the United States, the country has added more than one million cases in each of the past two consecutive weeks.  Covid deaths, which lag reported cases by weeks, are also at a level not seen since the spring.
Discussion: Forbes
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
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Eyes Israel Critic as White House Press Sec  —  Former MoveOn.Org head Karine Jean-Pierre praised lawmakers for boycotting pro-Israel confab  —  Incoming president Joe Biden is reportedly close to selecting a vocal Israel critic to serve as his White House press secretary.
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
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
Tatiana Favela / KTSM-TV:
City of El Paso hires legal counsel to help collect Trump campaign's outstanding debt  —  EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The City of El Paso is taking further steps in attempts of collecting more than $500,000 that's owed by the Trump campaign from a rally that took place almost two years ago.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Next Two Months of Mayhem  —  Even while sulking, the president and his minions will keep swinging the wrecking ball at Biden.  —  Now that Donald Trump's administration has allowed Joe Biden's team to formally begin its transition into the White House, the president is running …
Discussion: NBC News, National Review and Raw Story
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Pennsylvania Judge Halts Further Vote Certification Steps  —  A Pennsylvania judge issued an order preventing the state from taking additional steps to certify its election results until she holds a hearing on Friday morning.  —  The ruling on Wednesday by Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough …
Discussion: Fox News, Forbes and Townhall
Jade Jackson / thv11.com:
Arkansas man receives racist letter about his Black Santa decorations  —  Neighbors are rallying together to make sure one man feels at home despite the racist letter about his Christmas decorations.  —  NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Chris Kennedy has lived in his Lakewood home in North Little Rock …
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
New York Times:
The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far)  —  We are in a golden age of acting — make that platinum — as we realized when we decided to select our favorite film performers of the past 20 years.  There's no formula for choosing the best (just squabbling), and this list …
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart  —  This is why you can eat in a restaurant but can't have Thanksgiving.  ​​​  —  Two weeks ago, I staged a reluctant intervention via Instagram direct message.  The subject was a longtime friend, Josh …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Trump crams one last racist policy into his final days as president  —  President Donald Trump is threatening to veto the annual defense spending bill, which would change the names of U.S. military bases that honor Confederate military leaders.  For someone who came into office on a wave …
Discussion: Just Security and Raw Story
Geoff Pender / Mississippi Today:
Rep. Steven Palazzo ethics investigation: Is the congressman's campaign account a slush fund?  —  As a congressional ethics office investigates U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo's campaign spending, a deeper look at his campaign finances raises questions of whether he uses his account as a second personal income.
 
 
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends' Jedediah Bila: Unless Trump Concedes Election, a Large Segment of the Population Will Believe it Was ‘Stolen or Rigged’
Daveen Rae Kurutz / Beaver County Times & …:
GOP Chair Christiana asks DA to review mail-in ballot envelopes, requests from nursing homes
Tom Barton / Quad City Times:
Uncalled U.S. House race gets even tighter as Iowa 2nd district recount continues
U.S. Department of Justice:
Sussex County Woman Charged with Concealing Terrorist Financing to Syrian Al-Nusra Front, a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Obama Tells Colbert That Trump ‘Exceeded’ His Worst Nightmares
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Right-wing media figures are lying about the election being stolen to grift their followers for money
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black female senator, eyes interior secretary post
Discussion: The Hill
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
McConnell's Newest Judge Is Seriously ‘Not Qualified’—and Dangerous
Discussion: Raw Story