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3:10 PM ET, November 26, 2020

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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.
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
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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Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship
Discussion: Twin Cities and 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.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself  —  Here's the first and most important thing to understand about the crime for which President Trump just pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn: Flynn did not lie to protect himself.  He lied to protect Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
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.
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.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Wyoming's governor has resisted calls for a mask mandate.  Now he has the coronavirus.  —  Earlier this month, with coronavirus cases rising dramatically across Wyoming, a coalition of medical experts and nearly every county health officer in the state wrote to Republican Gov. Mark Gordon …
Discussion: The Guardian and Axios
Molly McKew / Great Power:
We walked up to the edge — and did not jump  —  A Thanksgiving message, part 1  —  I've spent these past weeks with breath held, fingers crossed, afraid to look away, but also afraid not to.  To just put all this down for a minute, and take a breath, and look up, out …
Patricia Ravalgi / SpyTalk:
Fear and Loathing on the House Intelligence Committee  —  Can a new Congress fix an old problem?  Don't hold your breath, says a former staffer  —  19 hr ago  —  On June 4, 2000 the Republican staff director of the House Intelligence Committee, John Millis, drove his car to the Breezeway Motel …
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
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
New York Times:
Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After a Cyberattack  —  A wave of damaging attacks on hospitals upended the lives of patients with cancer and other ailments.  “I have no idea what to do,” one said.  —  At lunchtime on Oct. 28, Colleen Cargill was in the cancer center …
Jonathan Montpetit / CBC News:
Quebec mosque shooter's sentence reduced as appeal court rules consecutive life sentences are unconstitutional  —  Alexandre Bissonnette's sentence was reduced to life without parole for 25 years  —  The man who killed six people in a Quebec City mosque in 2017 received a “cruel and unusual” …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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: Raw Story and 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.
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 …
New York Times:
New Jersey's American Dream Mall Is Still Waiting to Fully Open  —  After more than 15 years, the Meadowlands complex began a phased opening in late 2019, but before customers could shop at its stores the pandemic hit and completely upended the retail industry.
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.
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 and USAPP
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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NBC4 Washington:
At Least a Dozen Trump Political Appointees Approved for Civil Servant Positions
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon Workers to Stage Coordinated Black Friday Protests in 15 Countries
Karl Bode / VICE:
OAN Is So Dangerous Because It Looks Like a Real News Channel
Erin Burnett Out Front / CNN:
Avlon: Trump shows fundamental disrespect of fact and reality
Washington Post:
Biden wants to re-thaw relations with Cuba. He'll have to navigate Florida politics.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Defense News:
Lawmakers, former officials surge support for Flournoy to be Biden's defense secretary
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Haaretz:
Amid Controversy, Biden Team Stands by Appointment of Palestinian-American Senior Aide
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Activist Who Fought For Women's Right to Drive Is Sent to Terrorism Court
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
Axios:
Trump agency head who often skips mask tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill