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12:20 PM ET, November 27, 2020

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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.
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
Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
Trump Flips Out At Reporter: 'Don't Ever Talk To The President That Way'
Reuters:
Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden
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 …
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.
Steven V. Mazie / Washington Post:
What a conservative majority on the court really means  —  Steven V. Mazie is the Supreme Court correspondent for the Economist and professor of political studies at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan.  His most recent book is “American Justice 2015: The Dramatic Tenth Term of the Roberts Court.”
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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.”
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 …
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Oh, Brother!  Tears for Trump  —  No arguments — or turkey — this Thanksgiving.  Just a cocktail. … ROCKVILLE, Md. — The mercurial presidency of Donald Trump apparently is over.  Historians, 20 or 30 years hence, will be the impartial arbiters of his accomplishments …
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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Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
EU to use Magnitsky-style law to impose sanctions on human rights abusers
Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald's Peace Theory
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
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's national security picks are great news — for China
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Albert Hunt / The Hill:
North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Social Media's Liability Shield Is Under Assault
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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