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5:50 PM ET, November 27, 2020

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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Campaign Lost In Court — Again — Trying To Undo Biden's Win In Pennsylvania  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday handed another loss to the Trump campaign's effort to undo President-elect Joe Biden's win in Pennsylvania, with a judge — one of Trump's nominees …
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Caller
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
Court rejects Trump campaign's appeal in Pennsylvania case  —  A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign's emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania's election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign's “claims have no merit.”
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court panel rejects Trump request to block certification of Pennsylvania's election results  —  A federal appeals court panel on Friday rejected President Trump's request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania's election results.
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Court Denies Trump Campaign's Appeal of Pennsylvania Ballot Challenge
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief  —  Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
Trump spars with reporter in viral exchange over election result: 'Don't ever talk to the president that way'
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why did Democrats bleed House seats?  A top analyst offers surprising answers.  —  President-elect Joe Biden garnered an unprecedented 80 million votes, will win the popular vote by as much as seven million, and won fairly comfortably in the electoral college.
Discussion: Forbes
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democrats' Real Liability in the House  —  Joe Biden marked an unexpected and unwanted milestone this month when he won a clear popular-vote majority in the presidential election but saw his party suffer substantial losses in the House of Representatives.  —  That unusual combination of results …
Anthony Kuhn / NPR:
North Korea Executed Coronavirus Rule-Breaker, Says South Korean Intelligence  —  North Korea is taking increasingly harsh measures to stop the coronavirus from entering the country, including executing an official in August who violated anti-virus rules, South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Friday.
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Zoë Beery / New York Times:
The Rich Kids Who Want to Tear Down Capitalism  —  Socialist-minded millennial heirs are trying to live their values by getting rid of their money.  —  Lately, Sam Jacobs has been having a lot of conversations with his family's lawyers.  He's trying to gain access to more of his $30 million trust fund.
Discussion: HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
Secret Meeting in Desert Between Israeli, Saudi Leaders Failed to Reach Normalization Agreement  —  Saudi crown prince backed away from U.S.-brokered deal to solidify bulwark against Iran  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Saudi Arabia …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Blame game erupts over Trump's decline in youth vote  —  Nobody involved in Donald Trump's reelection thought the president would win the youth vote in 2020.  But they didn't think it would be this bad.  —  Now the finger pointing has begun.  —  When the data came pouring in after Election Day …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
New York Times:
Trump Gave W.H.O. a List of Demands.  Hours Later, He Walked Away.  —  When President Trump quit the health organization, he left a list of seven demands on the table.  Here they are.  —  GENEVA — In late May, the American ambassador in Geneva, Andrew Bremberg, went on a rescue mission to the World Health Organization headquarters.
Discussion: Gothamist and Alternet.org
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 …
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: Raw Story and The Atlantic
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.
Libby Emmons / The Post Millennial:
Former CIA Director Brennan's bizarre tweet condemning killing of Iranian scientist sparks criticism  —  Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1. … After an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in an apparent ambush near Tehran on Friday …
Discussion: Mediaite, Twitchy and Raw Story
Julian Brave NoiseCat / NBC News:
In Trump v. Biden, Native American voters played a crucial role.  It's time to recognize that.  —  On Election Night, CNN broadcast a table showing the results of an exit poll that broke the national electorate down into racial demographics.  It read: White — 65 percent, Latino — 13 percent …
Discussion: Portside and The Guardian
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Empowered by an Odds-Defying Win, Susan Collins is Ready to Deal  —  The senator from Maine has emerged from the toughest re-election battle of her career more influential than ever, and ready to play a crucial deal-making role in a divided Senate.  —  WASHINGTON — The calls began pouring …
 
 
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