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8:35 PM ET, November 26, 2020

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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 …
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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:
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court relieves religious organizations from some covid-related restrictions
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship
Discussion: Mercury News and Twin Cities
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump commits to stepping down if electoral college votes for Biden  —  President Trump said on Thursday that he would leave the White House if the electoral college voted for President-elect Joe Biden next month, though he vowed to keep fighting to overturn the election he lost and said he may never concede.
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Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump Says He'll Give Up Power if Electoral College Backs Biden  —  President Donald Trump gave defiant Thanksgiving remarks at the White House Thursday, insisting falsely that he beat Joe Biden and wavering on whether he would ever concede or attend Biden's inauguration.
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Townhall and Portside
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
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.
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
A Pardon for General Flynn
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Vanessa Yurkevich / CNN:
There is a hunger crisis in America this Thanksgiving  —  (CNN)It took just 10 minutes for Regina Status to pick up her Thanksgiving basket in front of her Bronx, New York, apartment.  A last-minute delivery from Agatha House Foundation, a local food pantry, arrived just in time.
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 …
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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Jonathan Montpetit / CBC News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Pro-Trump Group Donor Sues Over Failure to Expose Election Fraud
Discussion: Law & Crime and POLITICUSUSA
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
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
Jerry DeMarco / Hackensack Daily Voice:
Hackensack Board Member Who Opposed LGBTQ Curriculum Resigns After Embarrassing Zoom Incident
Discussion: New York Post