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Tony Aarons / Bloomberg:
Ex-Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Files Election Suits in ‘DISTRCOICT’ Court  — Sidney Powell brings cases after being dropped from Trump team  — Georgia case misspells district as ‘DISTRCOICT’ in court name  —  A lawyer who was dropped from President Donald Trump's legal team filed …
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Politico:
Trump's conspiracies have MAGA world talking Georgia boycott  —  President Donald Trump's demonization of mail-in voting may have cost him votes in the recent election.  Now, his demonization of Georgia's entire electoral system is hurting his party's chances at keeping the Senate.
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Colin Kalmbacher / MSN:
Sidney Powell Mocked, Scorned, Ridiculed and More Over Clumsy, Rambling, Typo-Filled ‘Kraken’ Lawsuits  —  Former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell filed two highly anticipated lawsuits late Wednesday evening aimed at overturning the results of the presidential election in Michigan and Georgia.
Washington Post:
Trump's baseless election fraud claims in Georgia turn Senate runoffs into a ‘high-wire act’ for Republicans  —  GRIFFIN, Ga. — Sen. David Perdue was encouraging a crowd at a gun club south of Atlanta to support him and fellow Republican Kelly Loeffler in their bid for Georgia's Senate seats …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo's Virus Shutdown Order  —  Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a decisive role in the decision, which took the opposite approach of earlier court rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court relieves religious organizations from some covid-related restrictions  —  The Supreme Court's new conservative majority late Wednesday night sided with religious organizations in New York that said they were illegally targeted by pandemic-related restrictions imposed …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Major shift at Supreme Court on Covid-19 orders  —  The Supreme Court signaled a major shift in its approach to coronavirus-related restrictions late Wednesday, voting 5-4 to bar New York state from reimposing limits on religious gatherings.  —  The emergency rulings, issued just before midnight …
Discussion: New York Post and Power Line
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship
Discussion: Mercury News
CNN:
Joe and Jill Biden: Our most important Thanksgiving tradition  —  The Biden family poses for a picture on Saturday, November 7, 2020.  From left: Melissa Cohen, Hunter Biden, Beau Biden, Naomi Biden, President-elect Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Maisy Biden, Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden, Ashley Biden, and Dr. Howard Krein.
Wall Street Journal:
A Pardon for General Flynn  —  Finally an end to a disgraceful case of politicized prosecution.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Trump's decision Wednesday to pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn is an overdue act of justice that ends four years of political harassment …
Discussion: The Guardian and Power Line
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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2020  —  On Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for the abundant blessings in our lives.  As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this season of generosity, hope, and gratitude, we commemorate America's founding traditions of faith, family, and friendship …
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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
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
Denver's mayor urged residents to avoid Thanksgiving travel.  Then he flew cross-country to see family.  —  On Wednesday morning, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock urged residents to stay home and meet family online for Thanksgiving to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.  —  “Pass the potatoes, not covid.
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Stephanie Butzer / TheDenverChannel.com:
Hancock travels to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after pleading with Denverites to stay home if possible
Jerry DeMarco / Hackensack Daily Voice:
Hackensack Board Member Who Opposed LGBTQ Curriculum Resigns After Embarrassing Zoom Incident  —  A Hackensack School Board member who made national headlines by opposing a LGBTC curriculum has resigned after an embarrassing incident during a Zoom meeting.  —  Frances Cogelja didn't realize she'd left …
Discussion: New York Post
Pope Francis / New York Times:
A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts  —  To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others' pain.  —  Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and the bishop of Rome.  —  In this past year of change, my mind and heart have overflowed with people.
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Pro-Trump Group Donor Sues Over Failure to Expose Election Fraud  — North Carolina money manager wants $2.5 million donation back  — Fred Eshelman says group made ‘empty promises,’ platitudes  —  A pro-Trump group that promised to challenge the Nov. 3 election results and expose fraud …
Discussion: Law & Crime and POLITICUSUSA
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
MSNBC Legal Analyst Spreads Misinformation About Pardons and the U.S. Constitution Following Flynn Reprieve  —  A former federal prosecutor who currently works as an MSNBC legal analyst spread incorrect and false misinformation about federal law and the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon Workers to Stage Coordinated Black Friday Protests in 15 Countries  —  The day of action includes strikes and protests from garment manufacturers in Bangladesh to call center workers in the Philippines to warehouse workers in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
There's No War on Thanksgiving  —  Republican turkeys pretend pandemic restrictions are a culture-war issue, while Trump floats in a gravy of resentment.  —  This should be a time of national solidarity.  Our nurses and emergency-room doctors should be celebrated like conquering heroes.
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR, National Review and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Biden tries to spread calm, as some Democrats worry about his willingness to fight  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Republicans had been gearing up for the first partisan brawl of the new administration — a battle over whether to confirm the woman widely believed to be on Joe Biden's shortlist for secretary of state.
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
After Admitting Mistake, AstraZeneca Faces Difficult Questions About Its Vaccine  —  Some trial participants only got a partial dose of AstraZeneca's vaccine.  Experts said the company's spotty disclosures have eroded confidence.  —  The announcement this week that a cheap …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and New York Post
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Top Trump Aide O'Brien Shadowed in Asia by U.S. Election Tumult  — Trump told Pence, O'Brien, Pompeo he'd run again in 2024  — O'Brien toured Asia, while Pompeo went to Middle East, Europe  —  A few days before National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien left for a high-profile tour …
Discussion: Business Insider
The Coinbase Blog:
An upcoming story about Coinbase  —  In the spirit of transparency, we're sharing an internal email that was sent to our employees earlier today: … All,  —  I wanted to give you a heads-up that The New York Times is planning to publish a negative story about Coinbase in the next few days.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
And the 2020 winner is ... dangerous distrust  —  For the most advanced country in the world, U.S. elections have become amateur hour.  And the result?  Overwhelming mistrust in the way votes are received and counted.  —  How overwhelming?  —  “The share of Republicans …
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Haaretz:
Amid Controversy, Biden Team Stands by Appointment of Palestinian-American Senior Aide  —  Reema Dodin faced immediate criticism from some conservative groups but is backed by veteran politicians and Jewish Democrats  —  The appointment of Reema Dodin, a Palestinian-American Senate staffer …
Erin Burnett Out Front / CNN:
Avlon: Trump shows fundamental disrespect of fact and reality  —  CNN's John Avlon breaks down President Trump's unwillingness to accept the results of the 2020 election.Source: CNN  —  FOLLOW CNN POLITICS
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 …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Activist Who Fought For Women's Right to Drive Is Sent to Terrorism Court  —  Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent prisoners, has been accused of harming the kingdom's security.  Rights groups consider the prosecution a sham.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon …
 
 
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Nathalie Baptiste / Mother Jones:
Trump Is Leaving the White House. Meanwhile, He's Escalating His Execution Spree.
Karl Bode / VICE:
OAN Is So Dangerous Because It Looks Like a Real News Channel
Washington Post:
Biden wants to re-thaw relations with Cuba. He'll have to navigate Florida politics.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Defense News:
Lawmakers, former officials surge support for Flournoy to be Biden's defense secretary
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president and Jewish philanthropist, dies at 86
SENATOR RICK SCOTT:
Sen. Rick Scott: We Need National Voter ID Requirements Now
Discussion: Florida Politics
Washington Post:
GOP effort to invalidate more than 2.5 million votes in Pennsylvania dealt another setback
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Kentucky coffee shop loses license over defying coronavirus order
Discussion: Townhall
Axios:
Trump agency head who often skips mask tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill
Foreign Policy:
Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board
Discussion: CNN