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11:45 AM ET, November 27, 2020

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Rory Carroll / The Guardian:
‘Mini desk.  Tiny hands.  Small soul’: Trump mocked for giving speech at little table … Play Video  —  For a US president obsessed by size - his hands, his wealth, his crowds - Donald Trump made something of a bold U-turn on Thursday night by addressing the country from a desk seemingly designed for a leprechaun.
Discussion: Breitbart and WHYY
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CNN:
'I'm the President of the United States!':  Trump flips out on reporter - CNN Video  —  President Trump condemned a reporter after being asked if he would concede the election if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden.
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Unthankful Trump Refuses To Say If He Will Attend Biden Inauguration  —  “It's going to be a very hard thing to concede,” the president said in combative remarks between a bevy of falsehoods.  —  President Donald Trump refused on Thanksgiving to say if he will attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump commits to stepping down if electoral college votes for Biden
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
'Don't Ever Talk to the President That Way': Trump Snaps at ‘Lightweight’ Reporter During Wild Thanksgiving Press Conference
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
New York Times:
Live Updates: Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist Killed in Attack, State Media Say  —  The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was seen as the force behind Iran's nuclear weapons program.  News reports in Iran say he died after being attacked in a vehicle.  —  RIGHT NOW Iran's state media say doctors failed …
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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was killed in a targeted attack that saw gunmen use explosives …
The Times of Israel:
Alleged head of Iran's nuclear weapons program is assassinated near Tehran  —  Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's car bombed and shot at; blaming ‘Zionists,’ adviser to Khamenei vows to ‘descend like lightning on killers’; scientist has been called ‘father of Iranian bomb’
Washington Post:
Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist killed in attack outside Tehran  —  ISTANBUL — A prominent Iranian nuclear scientist was who was seen as a driving force behind Tehran's disbanded effort to build a nuclear weapon was killed Friday during an attack east of Tehran, according to Iran's foreign minister.
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Why Did So Many Americans Vote for Trump?  —  To the dismay of Democrats, the president's strategy of ignoring the pandemic mostly worked for Republicans.  —  President Trump's disastrous mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic probably cost him re-election.
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Pushed by Pandemic, Amazon Goes on a Hiring Spree Without Equal  —  The company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million.  —  SEATTLE — Amazon has embarked on an extraordinary hiring binge this year, vacuuming up an average of 1,400 …
Washington Post:
Trump officials move to relax rules on killing birds  —  Overhaul of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act would not hold firms liable for ‘incidentally’ causing scores of bird deaths  —  The Trump administration published an analysis Friday finding that its rule easing companies' liability …
Allyson Waller / New York Times:
U.S. Border Agency Settles With 2 Americans Detained for Speaking Spanish  —  In a video of the 2018 incident in Havre, Mont., a Border Patrol agent is heard telling the two American women he detains that speaking Spanish in the small city is “very unheard-of.”
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
When he leaves office, can ex-President Trump be trusted with America's national security secrets? … WASHINGTON — When David Priess was a CIA officer, he traveled to Houston, he recalls, to brief former President George H.W. Bush on classified developments in the Middle East.
Discussion: Alternet.org
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Next Step in Government Data Tracking is the Internet of Things  —  U.S. Air Force experiments with monitoring peripherals—from autos to fitness trackers  —  WASHINGTON—U. S. government agencies from the military to law enforcement have been buying up mobile-phone data from the private sector …
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
EU to use Magnitsky-style law to impose sanctions on human rights abusers … The EU will take on powers to freeze assets and impose travel bans on individuals involved in human rights abuses from next month, after the bloc's member states provisionally approved a European Magnitsky Act.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
‘Tokenized’: Inside Black Workers' Struggles at the King of Crypto Start-Ups  —  Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency company, has faced many internal complaints about discriminatory treatment.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One by one, they left.  Some quit.  Others were fired.  All were Black.
CBS News:
Former director of U.S. cyber agency Chris Krebs not “necessarily surprised” by firing  —  See the interview with the man President Trump ousted after he said the election was secure, Sunday night on 60 Minutes.  —  Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Exclusive: Suspected North Korean hackers targeted COVID vaccine maker AstraZeneca - sources  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Suspected North Korean hackers have tried to break into the systems of British drugmaker AstraZeneca in recent weeks, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters …
 
 
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Eli Lake / Yahoo Finance:
Trump Was Right to Pardon Michael Flynn
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Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
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Ron Elving / NPR:
Wait, Wait, Don't Inaugurate: Why The U.S. Takes So Long To Change Presidents
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
Florida Governor Extends Ban On Cities Imposing Their Own Mask Mandates—Critic Calls Move A ‘Killing Spree’
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Horse-race political analysis is important — and flawed. We need more moral journalism.
Discussion: Slow Boring
The Daily Beast:
Who Will Trump Pardon Before He Leaves Office?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's national security picks are great news — for China
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs
 Earlier Items: 
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Social Media's Liability Shield Is Under Assault
Vanessa Yurkevich / CNN:
There is a hunger crisis in America this Thanksgiving
Joshua Bote / USA Today:
Dead minks infected with a mutated form of COVID-19 rise from graves after mass culling
Dan Barry / New York Times:
‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump's Presidency
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael T. Flynn / UncoverDC:
A Personal Statement from General Flynn to America: Faith, Family, and Friendships