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9:40 AM ET, November 27, 2020

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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.
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Angry Trump promises rally in battleground state of Georgia  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states led to his election defeat, and said he'll go to Georgia to rally supporters ahead of two Senate runoff elections.
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
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 …
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College  —  President Trump on Thursday said he would leave the White House on Jan. 20 if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the election, but indicated he was not prepared to concede defeat.
Reuters:
Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden  —  President's comments are the closest he has come to admitting defeat in election and set stage for college vote on 14 December  —  Donald Trump has said that he will leave the White House …
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump, Still Defiant, Says He'll Give Up Power If Electoral College Backs Biden
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 …
Discussion: VICE and Gothamist
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Trump's leaving Biden a Christmas gift of Middle East peace — will Joe throw it in the trash?  —  Will Joe Biden and his foreign-policy team accept the extraordinary gift Team Trump is leaving for them under the Christmas tree — or is their hatred for the president so all-consuming that they will toss it in the garbage?
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 …
Discussion: UPI and Law & Crime
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Dan Barry / New York Times:
‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump's Presidency  —  The president's inability to concede the election is the latest reality-denying moment in a career preoccupied with an epithet.  —  In the now-distant Republican presidential primaries of 2016, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas handily won the Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs  —  Two months ago, Democrats were upbeat about North Carolina: the reelection of a popular Governor who won widespread praise for handling the COVID-19 crisis; a first-rate Senate candidate who could topple an undistinguished incumbent …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Who Will Trump Pardon Before He Leaves Office?  —  In this bonus members-only episode of The New Abnormal, Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast do a Q&A to answer your most burning political questions.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The end of the Trump administration is like the end of a season finale of the most batshit Netflix show.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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.
 
 
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Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
Florida Governor Extends Ban On Cities Imposing Their Own Mask Mandates—Critic Calls Move A ‘Killing Spree’
Vivian Salama / CNN:
Biden to face test over access to sensitive information as he inherits Trump's secret server
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Horse-race political analysis is important — and flawed. We need more moral journalism.
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Social Media's Liability Shield Is Under Assault
Vanessa Yurkevich / CNN:
There is a hunger crisis in America this Thanksgiving
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Michael T. Flynn / UncoverDC:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Montpetit / CBC News:
Quebec mosque shooter's sentence reduced as appeal court rules consecutive life sentences are unconstitutional
Discussion: Al Jazeera
New York Times:
Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After a Cyberattack
Patricia Ravalgi / SpyTalk:
Fear and Loathing on the House Intelligence Committee
Molly McKew / Great Power:
We walked up to the edge — and did not jump
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself
Discussion: Raw Story
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
MSNBC Legal Analyst Spreads Misinformation About Pardons and the U.S. Constitution Following Flynn Reprieve
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story