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11:05 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
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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  —  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.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
'Don't Ever Talk to the President That Way': Trump Snaps at ‘Lightweight’ Reporter During Wild Thanksgiving Press Conference  —  President Donald Trump snapped at a reporter who spoke over him during a Thanksgiving press conference, calling the journalist a “lightweight” and telling him, “Don't ever talk to the president that way.”
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump, Still Defiant, Says He'll Give Up Power If Electoral College Backs Biden
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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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 …
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.”
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Donor In Trump's Election ‘Fraud’ Fight Sues To Snatch Back His $2.5 Million Contribution  —  Venture capitalist Fred Eshelman blasts group that launched failed court cases that couldn't come up with any evidence of rigged voting.  —  A major contributor to a group backing President Donald Trump's fight …
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's national security picks are great news — for China  —  President-elect Joe Biden has been quick to shape his national security team.  Jake Sullivan will serve as national security adviser, Antony Blinken is to be nominated for Secretary of State, Avril Haines will be the director …
 
 
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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
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs
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Dan Barry / New York Times:
‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump's Presidency
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael T. Flynn / UncoverDC:
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