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6:00 PM ET, November 26, 2020

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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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New York Times:
Cuomo Attacks Supreme Court, but Virus Ruling Is Warning to Governors  —  The court signaled that if unconstrained religious observance and public safety are sometimes at odds, then religious freedom should win out.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — As the pandemic has deepened and darkened in recent months …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump  —  The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.  —  WASHINGTON — A few minutes before midnight …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court relieves religious organizations from some covid-related restrictions
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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.
Joshua Bote / USA Today:
Dead minks infected with a mutated form of COVID-19 rise from graves after mass culling  —  Minks infected with a mutated strain of COVID-19 in Denmark appear to be rising from the dead, igniting a national frenzy and calls from local officials to cremate mink carcasses.
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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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 …
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.
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Washington Post:
Trump's baseless election fraud claims in Georgia turn Senate runoffs into a ‘high-wire act’ for Republicans
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.
Dan Barry / New York Times:
‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump's Presidency  —  The president's inability to concede the election is the latest reality-denying moment in a career preoccupied with an epithet.  —  In the now-distant Republican presidential primaries of 2016, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas handily won the Iowa caucuses.
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 …
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.
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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Michael T. Flynn / UncoverDC:
A Personal Statement from General Flynn to America: Faith, Family, and Friendships  —  By Almighty God's grace and with the love and courage of my wife Lori, the strength and fortitude of our families, and the inspiration of our friends and every single patriot who circled me with their prayers …
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
What hunting Bigfoot taught a Republican congressman about politics  —  AFTON, Va. — There was a time in Denver Riggleman's life when he sat on the banks of a creek that reeked of dead fish and peered through night-vision goggles into the thick of the Olympic National Forest.  —  He was looking for Bigfoot.
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Top Trump Aide O'Brien Shadowed in Asia by U.S. Election Tumult
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider
Karl Bode / VICE:
OAN Is So Dangerous Because It Looks Like a Real News Channel
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Biden tries to spread calm, as some Democrats worry about his willingness to fight
Discussion: The Guardian and USAPP
Erin Burnett Out Front / CNN:
Stark contrast between Biden and Trump's words
Discussion: New York Post
Joe Concha / The Hill:
And the 2020 winner is ... dangerous distrust
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Daily Beast:
Trump Literally Phones It in for Voter Fraud ‘Hearing’ as He Frets Privately About Prosecutors Ready to Pounce
Washington Post:
Biden wants to re-thaw relations with Cuba. He'll have to navigate Florida politics.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Activist Who Fought For Women's Right to Drive Is Sent to Terrorism Court
Discussion: NPR
Jerry DeMarco / Hackensack Daily Voice:
Hackensack Board Member Who Opposed LGBTQ Curriculum Resigns After Embarrassing Zoom Incident
Discussion: New York Post