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1:45 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 …
New York Times:
Iran's Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated: Live Updates and Analysis  —  The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was described by U.S. and Israeli intelligence assessments as the force behind Iran's nuclear weapons program.  News reports in Iran say he died after being attacked in a vehicle.
Washington Post:
Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist killed in attack outside Tehran
Discussion: Reuters and RedState
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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 …
Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
Trump spars with reporter in viral exchange over election result: 'Don't ever talk to the president that way'
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump commits to stepping down if electoral college votes for Biden
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Angry Trump promises rally in battleground state of Georgia
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
'Don't Ever Talk to the President That Way': Trump Snaps at ‘Lightweight’ Reporter During Wild Thanksgiving Press Conference
Discussion: IJR, Townhall, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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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.”
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 …
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, WHYY and Reuters
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
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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.
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 …
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: Axios and cdxnodengn.epa.gov
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
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
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Obama says some Republicans drive message that ‘White men are victims’  —  Obama appeared on ‘The Breakfast Club’ radio show to promote his new book  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for November 26  —  Former President Barack Obama said he believes President Trump garnered more than 73 million votes …
Discussion: RedState and (We) Are The News
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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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
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Washington Examiner:
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