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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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and NPR
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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.
Discussion: ProPublica
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
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
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.
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
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:
Andrew Van Dam and By Andrew Van Dam  —  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.
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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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 …
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.
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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.
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 and Raw Story
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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 …
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
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
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
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Sussex County Woman Charged with Concealing Terrorist Financing to Syrian Al-Nusra Front, a Foreign Terrorist Organization  —  A Sussex County, New Jersey, woman, Maria Bell, a/k/a “Maria Sue Bell,” 53, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, was arrested at her home today and charged with one count …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Right-wing media figures are lying about the election being stolen to grift their followers for money  —  Democrats did not “steal” the presidential election, but that hasn't stopped right-wing personalities from grifting their followers by asking for money to supposedly help President Donald Trump stage a coup and overturn the results.
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
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
McConnell's Newest Judge Is Seriously ‘Not Qualified’—and Dangerous  —  Eight years after graduating law school, she just got approved for a lifetime appointment by a lame-duck Senate.  —  BEAST INSIDE … Attorney Kathryn Kimball Mizelle just landed a lifetime seat on the federal court at age 33.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
A Detailed Map of Where Americans Are Staying Home for Thanksgiving  —  Public health officials have been pleading with Americans to stay home this year for Thanksgiving.  And, despite busy airports this past weekend, most people plan to follow their advice, according to a huge survey asking Americans about their holiday plans.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
As Their D.C. Days Dwindle, Ivanka and Jared Look for a New Beginning  —  The end of President Trump's time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, looking for a new home — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey.  —  WASHINGTON — Town officials …
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.”
Discussion: Vanity Fair and National Review
Stephanie Zimmermann / Chicago Sun-Times:
He's fought for his country in the Army and FBI.  Now, he's fighting for himself, other vets.  —  Jim Rudisill has battled terrorists and white supremacists.  Now, he's fighting for better GI Bill college benefits for himself and up to 1.7 million of the nation's longest-serving veterans.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
The US reported more than 2,100 deaths in a single day.  Things are projected to get worse  —  (CNN)More than 2,100 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the US on Tuesday — making it the highest one-day coronavirus death toll the country has reported since early May.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and CBS Baltimore
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
Gov. Cuomo takes President Trump's side against ‘disrespectful’ reporters  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Trump have found one thing they can agree on.  —  The governor took aim at members of the media for taking on a “nastier tone” and openly disrespecting the president at press conferences.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
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China sends a message with Australian crackdown
Jon Miltimore / Foundation for Economic Education:
Lockdowns Not Linked With Lower COVID Death Rates, New Study Finds
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Cassandra Fairbanks / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: Ballot Count Upload Error in Arizona — Over 6,000 False Biden Votes Discovered
Discussion: Townhall
John Moritz / Arkansas Online:
Arkansas Supreme Court invalidates Democratic candidate, GOP declares victory
Discussion: Raw Story
Francesca Paris / The Berkshire Eagle:
Williams prof disavows own finding of mishandled GOP ballots
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CNN:
Here's how Trump's transition blockade finally ended
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico