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11:10 AM 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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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: Power Line, New York Post and USA Today
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship
Discussion: Mercury News
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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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
Tom Porter / Business Insider:
Trump retweeted GOP ally Matt Gaetz calling for a pardoning spree including the president and his whole administration  — President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted a post in which Rep. Matt Gaetz called for the president to issue himself a pardon.  — “President Trump should pardon Flynn …
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Wall Street Journal:
A Pardon for General Flynn
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Trump's Pardon of Flynn Signals Prospect of a Wave in His Final Weeks in Office
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
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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 …
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 and TheBlaze
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KUSA-TV:
After warnings to avoid travel, Denver Mayor Hancock flies to visit family for Thanksgiving
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Politico:
Brian Deese likely pick for top White House economic post  —  President-elect Joe Biden is leaning towards naming former senior Obama administration official and current investment executive Brian Deese his top economic adviser in the White House, although pushback from the progressive wing …
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Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Trump not inviting Biden to White House creates second-longest period after election without transition meeting
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
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
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Biden soars as leader of the free world  —  While the Trump presidency ends with an ignominious conclusion, with Donald Trump desperately trying to cling to power, President-elect Joe Biden is, for all intents and purposes, the effective leader of the free world.
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Perdue Insisted He Had No Input At All On Stock Buys. New Evidence Shows He Did.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
GOP effort to invalidate more than 2.5 million votes in Pennsylvania dealt another setback  —  Republicans faced another procedural setback in a Pennsylvania lawsuit seeking to invalidate more than 2.5 million votes, as a temporary order blocking further certification of election results …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
SENATOR RICK SCOTT:
Sen. Rick Scott: We Need National Voter ID Requirements Now  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement calling for national Voter ID requirements, which he is urging his colleagues in Congress to pass alongside his Verifiable, Orderly, & Timely Election Results (VOTER) Act.
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
Axios:
Trump agency head who often skips mask tests positive for coronavirus  —  The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Washington Post:
Biden tries to spread calm, as some Democrats worry about his willingness to fight
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
Biden wants to re-thaw relations with Cuba. He'll have to navigate Florida politics.
Defense News:
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Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president and Jewish philanthropist, dies at 86
Katherine J. Wu / New York Times:
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Kentucky coffee shop loses license over defying coronavirus order
Discussion: Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Mattis failed to disclose his role with global consultant tied to China in bombshell column
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Trump, Carson tout covid-19 treatments as lifesavers. But regular people find them harder to get.
Foreign Policy:
Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board
Politico:
Biden leans toward Tom Donilon as CIA chief
Discussion: Reason