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10:20 AM ET, November 28, 2020

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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Already Gaming Out a 2024 Run—Including an Event During Biden's Inauguration  —  He's not yet conceded 2020 but is already looking at keeping Republicans in line and making Biden's life miserable.  —  In the twilight of his presidency, Donald Trump is discussing different ways …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden, Iran and the Bomb  —  Will he throw away Trump's Mideast gains to return to a bad nuclear deal?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The Democratic establishment will soon be back in charge of U.S. foreign policy, and the question is how much they've learned in exile.
Discussion: The New Neo
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America  —  In statehouse races, suburban voters' disgust with President Trump failed to translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, ensuring the party's grip on partisan mapmaking.  —  WEXFORD, Pa. — Just a few seats shy of a majority …
Discussion: Politico, Boston Herald and CNN
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Alison Dirr / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee County presidential recount wraps up with Biden adding to his margin over Trump  —  Milwaukee County's recount of the presidential election vote tally came to an end Friday, with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden adding 132 votes to his margin of victory over President Donald Trump in Milwaukee County.
New York Times:
McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses  —  Court filings reveal consultants' talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Pennsylvania State Judge Upholds Halt To Certification, Finds Likelihood Mail-In Balloting Procedures Violate PA Constitution  —  Upholds injunction issued earlier in the week, finds “Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const.
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Campaign Lost In Court — Again — Trying To Undo Biden's Win In Pennsylvania
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Aims to Appoint Liberal Judges After Trump's Conservative Push  —  President-elect will seek nominees who see robust role for judiciary in addressing national problems, protecting individual rights  —  WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden in January will begin an effort to recalibrate …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
US is ‘rounding the corner into a calamity,’ expert says, with Covid-19 deaths projected to double soon  —  (CNN)As Thanksgiving week draws to an end, more experts are warning the Covid-19 pandemic will likely get much worse in the coming weeks before a possible vaccine begins to offer some relief.
Discussion: NMDOH, Forbes and CBS Baltimore
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Covid Overload: U.S. Hospitals Are Running Out of Beds for Patients  —  As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.  —  In excruciating pain with lesions on her face and scalp …
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Carter Page sues James Comey, Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others for $75M
Washington Post:
In nine states, at least 1 in 1,000 people have died of coronavirus-linked causes  —  As daily covid-19 deaths climb to levels not seen since early in the pandemic, nine states have hit one more grim marker: more than 1 in every 1,000 people dead of coronavirus-related causes.
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Are you on the list?  Biden's democracy summit spurs anxieties — and skepticism  —  President-elect Joe Biden has promised to host a gathering of the world's democracies next year, hoping to show that a post-Donald Trump America will be committed to democracy abroad and at home.
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
The Loneliness of One-Click Shopping  —  How did it become a patriotic duty to buy online?  — 27 de noviembre de 2020 a las 05:00 ET  —  One December day in 1991, a woman walked into a Bon-Ton department store in Ithaca, N.Y., in a state of high anxiety.  Christmas loomed and she had yet to purchase a single gift.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump moves to strip job protections from White House budget analysts as he races to transform civil service  —  The outgoing Trump administration is racing to enact the biggest change to the federal civil service in generations, reclassifying career employees at key agencies to strip …
Matt Margolis / pjmedia.com:
Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S. Deleted After Publication  —  Conventional wisdom is that COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths in the United States and nearly 1.5 million worldwide.  This perception has been directly challenged by a study published …
Megan Henney / Fox Business:
Mnuchin plans to move $455B in coronavirus relief out of Biden's reach  —  Moving the money into the General Fund would make it harder for Biden administration to access it  —  Pelosi, Mnuchin ‘getting closer’ on stimulus deal: Tyler Goodspeed  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected …
Discussion: IJR
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Overstock CEO Says He's Put Together an ‘Army of Various Odd People’ to Save Trump  —  After resigning in 2019 following claims that he'd romanced a Russian agent, Patrick Byrne is back and he says he's funding a team of “hackers and cybersleuths” to rescue Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Emma Hurt / NPR:
Republican Infighting Threatens GOP Chances In Georgia Senate Runoff  —  Campaigning in Georgia's two Senate runoffs is well underway, but Republicans are still fighting over the state's November election and casting doubt on its voting system without evidence.
CBS Pittsburgh:
Pennsylvania Republican Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Disputing 2020 Election Results  —  HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers have introduced a resolution intending to dispute the 2020 election results on Friday.  —  The resolution intends to declare the 2020 election results as being …
Discussion: Israpundit and Washington Examiner
Mary Chastain / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
NY22: Democratic Incumbent Brindisi Reportedly Leads Challenger Tenney by Only 13 Votes  —  “[State Supreme Court] Judge [Scott] DelConte has already verbally ruled that ballots invalid that are in [Brindisi's] count.”  —  Incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi for New York's 22nd Congressional District leads …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A.'s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency was rushing to complete one of its last regulatory priorities, aiming to obstruct the creation of air- and water-pollution controls far into the future, when a senior career scientist moved to hobble it.
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Perdue traded hundreds of thousands worth of bank stocks while on Senate Banking Committee
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
‘Historically strange’ spike in incomplete Nevada voter files, casinos as ‘home’
Washington Post:
The United States has closed at least 10 bases around Afghanistan. But drawdown details remain murky.
New York Times:
The Virus Won't Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives
Emily Atkin / MSNBC:
What we should know about Biden's appointment of Kerry as climate czar
Chiara Giordano / The Independent:
James Goddard given restraining order after calling Independent journalist ‘vile scum of the earth’ in court confrontation
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
The inexorable rise of Jake Sullivan
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Paul Demko / Politico:
How One of the Reddest States Became the Nation's Hottest Weed Market
Denis Campbell / The Guardian:
Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days' time
Chun Han Wong / Wall Street Journal:
‘Their Goal Is to Make You Feel Helpless’: In Xi's China, Little Room for Dissent
Wall Street Journal:
Secret Meeting in Desert Between Israeli, Saudi Leaders Failed to Reach Normalization Agreement
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Race And Ideology Take Center Stage In Scramble To Succeed Kamala Harris
Discussion: Mercury News
Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief